Is it Safe? The Holiday Destinations Where Danger is Never Far Away

There are so many things to consider when booking a getaway. Booking flights, accommodation, activities and the weather are usually top of the list but personal safety should be your primary concern.

You may be surprised to find out that many popular holiday destinations have hidden dangers. Sure, travel insurance will give you peace of mind that costs are covered if things go wrong but unfortunately it’s not going to stop you getting food poisoning or bitten by a pesky creature.

To give you a helping hand with your travel plans, we’ve uncovered some of the most dangerous countries in the world for tourist-related incidents.

Food poisoning and stomach bugs

India is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and has so much to offer tourists, from amazing food and culture to the spectacular beaches, wildlife and architecture. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the riskiest countries for tourists when it comes to food poisoning.

The last thing you want on your trip is a case of travellers’ diarrhoea so take our advice and avoid drinking or brushing your teeth with tap water. Ask for your drinks without ice and if you need to wash fresh fruit and vegetables, do so in bottled water.

It’s best to eat where the locals eat and ensure your food is piping hot to eliminate bacteria. Buffets are a no-go and always, always, remember to wash your hands!

Other hot and humid countries with a high risk of food poisoning incidents include Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya and Sri Lanka.


Mexico is an extremely popular travel destination but still considered one of the most dangerous countries for tourists to visit. Violent crime, such as car theft, robbery and kidnapping are rife in certain parts of the country. It is recommended that you stick to the tourist resort areas, as they are generally considered safe.

European cities like Barcelona, Paris and Rome are safe places to travel in 2019 but keep in mind that they’re known for pickpockets and bag thieves.

Our advice is to keep your valuables close to you at all times. Take extra care on busy streets, public transport and in touristy areas. Be wary of strangers approaching you and participating in street shows or games. Most people you meet will be great, but it’s best to keep your wits about you.

Viruses and disease

Malaria is no joking matter. A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to be infected and if not treated properly, it can be fatal. Uganda, Kenya, Haiti and The Dominican Republic are just some of the countries where you’re at risk of Malaria. According to the NHS, Antimalarial tablets prescribed by your GP can reduce your chances of contracting the deadly disease by up to 90%.

Another nasty disease spread by mosquito bites is Yellow Fever. Travelling to African countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Uganda and countries in South America like Argentina, Brazil and Peru may put you at risk of Yellow Fever transmission.

The good news is that you can vaccinate against Yellow Fever. The bad news – it’s not free on the NHS and you’ll have to pay between £60 and £80. It’s worth it for your own personal safety, plus some countries will not allow entry unless you have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Deadly creatures

Endless sun, fantastic beaches and a laid-back lifestyle, what’s not to like about Australia? Well, it’s a country where danger often lurks in unexpected places.

There are the more obvious deadly creatures to consider – we’re talking sharks, crocodiles and snakes but did you know that many people are badly injured by spiders and jellyfish too? Jellyfish can wash up almost invisibly and Australia’s deadly spiders are often so small you won’t see them until they strike. A jellyfish sting or spider bite can seriously spoil your holiday fun, so always keep an eye out.

Enjoy your travels

The bottom line? Don’t let the dangers rid you of wanderlust. Enjoy every adventure but plan ahead, take great care and always have travel insurance that’s tailored to your needs.

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