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The World's Most Dangerous Countries for US Travellers Have Been Revealed

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 1 June 2017

With everything going on in the world, we all need to be that little bit more cautious. And while we all might have a thing for ‘dangerous travel’, it’s always smart to educate yourselves a little bit before venturing into the unknown. 

While everyone’s a tad obsessed with the concept of the adrenaline junkie, even the most experienced, brave (and at times reckless) travellers know they shouldn’t gamble with their lives when they’re exploring the globe.

In an effort to help Americans decide on where to go next, a few months back Priceonomics published a report revealing the most dangerous countries for Americans to visit. How did they do it? The whizzy analysts examined tons of travel warnings issues by the State Department, as well as the numbers of Americans killed abroad and the ethics surrounding these warnings overall.

So, who topped the list? According to the people at Priceonomics, the State Department has issued the most travel warnings for Mexico, Mali and Israel over the last few years, but it actually turns out that Americans were actually worse off in countries like Pakistan, Thailand and Honduras.

All the other nations on the list are, in general, under immense pressure from terrorism, drug cartels or are facing some kind of international crisis.

If you’re interested to know where Americans have lost their lives in the most, see the top 10 below:

1. Mexico…

American lives lost: 598

© Vincent St. Thomas/Shutterstock

© Vincent St. Thomas/Shutterstock

2. Afghanistan…

American lives lost: 84

Kabul | © Wandel Guides/Shutterstock

Kabul | © Wandel Guides/Shutterstock

3. Philippines…

American lives lost: 74

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© Alena Ozerova/Shutterstock

4. Haiti…

American lives lost: 65

© Sylvie Corriveau/Shutterstock

© Sylvie Corriveau/Shutterstock

5. Honduras…

American lives lost: 46

Pulhapanzak Waterfall | © Matyas Rehak/Shutterstock

Pulhapanzak Waterfall | © Matyas Rehak/Shutterstock

6. Dominican Republic…

American lives lost: 45

© Valentin Valkov/Shutterstock

© Valentin Valkov/Shutterstock

7. Jamaica…

American lives lost: 39

Negril, Jamaica | © Mbrand85/Shutterstock

Negril, Jamaica | © Mbrand85/Shutterstock

8. El Salvador…

American lives lost: 34

Izalco Volcano | © Hugo Brizard/YouGoPhoto/Shutterstock

Izalco Volcano | © Hugo Brizard/YouGoPhoto/Shutterstock

9. Costa Rica…

American lives lost: 27

Poas Volcano | © Styve Reineck/Shutterstock

Poas Volcano | © Styve Reineck/Shutterstock

10. Guatemala…

American lives lost: 26

Antigua, Guatemala | © Olivier Tabary/Shutterstock

Antigua, Guatemala | © Olivier Tabary/Shutterstock

Despite the rankings, all US Citizens are able to safely and freely visit these nations. If in doubt, and for more concrete hyperlocal information, check out the State Department’s travel alerts and warnings page.


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