Holiday goers want to enjoy a carefree time. Sadly, too often these tourists get caught up in unsafe and unpleasant situations. The holiday review website Zoover has compiled a list of holiday destinations that are best avoided if you want to enjoy a carefree and much earned vacation.
1) Durban, South Africa
In South Africa some cities are unable to guarantee your safety. Especially the harbor city of Durban is notorious as far as personal safety goes. A. Dijkhzuizen has the following warning: "Be careful, don't just get into a taxi. You could get ambushed, robbed etc. Taxi chauffeurs are regularly murdered, especially those driving buses or vans."
2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This South American metropolis is known for its criminal activity and corruption. The reason Jeroen van den Bos won't return to Rio de Janeiro, in his words, is: "At first glance it appears to be a beautiful city but in reality it's polluted and we were robbed at gunpoint of our money, sunglasses and sports shoes in the Ipanema suburb. The police did not make us feel any better or safer".
3) Nairobi, Kenya
The capital of Kenya displays a large discrepancy between the wealthy and poor. Bert has the following to say: "Kenya and the capital Nairobi are beautiful but terribly criminal. Make sure that you take a taxi at night or are escorted because "going out" without such safety precautions is foolish".
4) Playa el Agua, Isla Margarita
This popular coastal destination is becoming increasingly unsafe. "Very dangerous, we could not even leave our compound. Several people were robbed, and I mean with a gun to their head", according to Wendy who spent her holiday there.
5) Caracas, Venezuela
In the capital city of Venezuela, poverty is sadly the cause of much criminal activity. Tonny Oosterwaal experienced this first hand: "I was robbed at gunpoint which caused my wife to faint," he told Zoover.
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