Putting yourself in danger, isn’t usually what holidays are for. But, if you really want to test the holiday compensation on your travel insurance try out these danger filled, adrenaline fuelled getaways that invariably end in holiday accident claims!
Brazil is home to some of the highest crime rates in the world, with daily shootings, stabbings and robberies, as well as a thriving drug trade. In tourist hotspots like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro travellers are targeted by gangs, who kidnap you, before driving you to a cash machine, so that they can empty your bank account. On receipt of your life’s savings, the robbers will normally let you go. If you manage to avoid the dangers however, you’ll be able to enjoy the world famous carnivals, parties and beaches.
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of reaching the highest peak on earth. Conquering Mount Everest in Nepal will leave you with an incredible buzz of accomplishment and offers some of the most amazing scenery you’ll ever see. However, if the mountain conquers you, you’ll be left feeling rather less cheery. The trail up to the top is lined with the frozen bodies of the under prepared and unlucky. Even experts have been caught out by the extreme weather conditions. The climb offers the ultimate thrill, but can end in the ultimate sacrifice.
Even for an African country, Nigeria is particularly dangerous. Civil wars and an unbelievably corrupt police force are just a couple of the dangers facing travellers to the West African region. Travellers and locals alike also have to contend with area boys, gangs of young men who tax anyone who walks in their path. However, if you can put up with a bit of daylight robbery, then you’ll be able to experience a country like nowhere else on earth. The country is home to a football mad, fun loving culture, as well as beautiful national parks and an amazing floating city in the capital Lagos.
Haiti is one of the poorest places in the Western Hemisphere. It has been torn apart by years of internal waring and by a massive earthquake that devastated the country two years ago. The desperation of the impoverished population has led to extremely high crime rates. In fact, the area is so unstable, that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises travellers to exercise extreme caution throughout the country and to avoid some areas completely. However, if you can see past all this, then you’ll be able to enjoy some of the most incredible views in the Caribbean, as well as great resort areas with some amazing parties.
If your car breaks down, one of the long stretches of roads in Kenya’s desolate deserts is the last place you want to be, especially if you’re a tourist. Travellers stranded on these remote paths are targets for gangs of criminals. The gangs won’t kill you, not directly anyway, but they will strip you of your belongings, and spare parts from your car, leaving you to fend for yourself in the barren and searing landscape. The country is also home to a huge number of scammers and pickpockets. However, despite the dangers, the draw of Kenya is irrepressible. With its fun music scene and famous safaris, it’s a risk well worth taking.