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The World’s Most Dangerous Countries To Visit Revealed

Before you pack your bags and book for travel packages, check these maps and find out which spots you should avoid.

Do you love to travel around the world too? A lot of people are hardwired for the excitement of travel and adventure. But the way you’ve been looking at the world may not be the way everybody else does. In fact, once you find out how risky your dream destinations really are, you might end up changing your plans and course of travel.

We are all self-described travel nuts. For some, travel is a sweet plan for retirement on a boat, a house bus, with a backpack or by train. But we always yearn for greater travel adventures like flying far away from our hometowns for a month in Africa or a year in America. The world is indeed full of sweet and wonderful spots to see. Greece, France, Italy, Iceland, Maldives, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, New Zealand, almost every corner of every continent has something to boast about.

Traveling to places is a dream come true for most of us, but you might want to check on how safe your preferred destination is before packing your bag and setting off.

Touring the world can be a dream come true. But before the fun and enjoyment, your safety and health should still be your top priority when you travel to places.

This year, the International SOS and Control Risks have once again released a map that shows just how tourist-friendly all countries are. If you are planning to take a lengthy trip to a place you’ve never been before this coming 2018, then this risk map can be worth looking at. In spite of all the fun we can get from our travels, we still want to go home safe and sound to our own nooks and families.

The interactive “Travel Risk Map” shows how the risk rates at every country relative to road safety, security and medical matters. These data were collected from the World Health Organization and other institutions.

According to The Ipsos Mori Business Resilience Trends Watch 2018, 63% of people think travel-related risks have increased since last year. Security threats and natural disasters were cited as main reasons for changed travel plans.

So before you book a flight to anywhere in the world, check out how countries rank up against each other in these travel risk maps.

Here are the maps based on health risk factors

These are the maps based on security risk factors.

Finally, these maps are based on number of road accidents.

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Japan Has Its Own Version of Venice in Kyoto

The houses appear as if they are floating on water.

Want to go to Venice but your budget can only affor Asia? Well head over to Japan instead. Aptly nicknamed "The Venice of Japan," the sleepy town of Ine no Funaya or The Boat Houses of Ine is the country's version of Venice.

There are 230 wooden boathouses standing on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the mountains. Ine no Funaya has the sea as its front, but there's no need to worry about powerful storms and crashing waves.

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40 Illegal Photos of North Korea That Kim Jong-un Doesn’t Want the World to See

There is a reason why the Supreme Leader wants to isolate the country.

A photographer by the name of Eric Lafforgue had the chance to experience what it is like to live in North Korea. Being able to visit the country six times already, he managed to capture images that were actually forbidden to take and/or were asked to be deleted. These are simply the kind of photos that the Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un does not want the world to see.

At first, Lafforgue was interested in being a casual tourist in the communist country. But as the time went on, he began to reveal its only façade. And he wanted to go beyond what common people think of the nation, from catching a domestic glimpse of the land to how the regime completely reigns. Eric admitted that, like any other tourist, he was not allowed to take pictures of the police and the army, among others.

Thanks to his 300mm zoom lens and a comfortable sitting position at the back of his bus, he was able to take as many shots as he can. “As soon as they were opening a new area to visit, I tried to go and see it,” he said.

Well, without further ado, here the photos captured by Eric. Enjoy!

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10 Travel Scams and Rip-Offs to Watch Out For When You Travel Abroad

There are effective ways to counter scammers – specifically by understanding how these crooks work!

In a recent statistics, there were around 1.235 billion international tourists across the globe. That goes to show that human beings love to travel and explore the world. In terms of the popular countries among tourists, the list includes the USA, France, Italy, China, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

But with the increase of tourists, deceivers have also doubled in numbers. These scumbags continue to trick travelers in hopes to scam them. Apparently though, some tourists are also to be blamed. They simply rely too much on locals and fail to recognize scammers.

There are, however, plenty of ways to counter these deceivers - and one of them is by understanding how these thieves work. Below are some of them.

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