When you think of travel, danger doesn’t even enter your mind, but it should. These top destinations have the most deaths associated with them among the world’s top tourist attractions. You should seriously reconsider these destinations or at least be cautious when visiting them. Which deadly destinations will you be avoiding come vacation time?
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Hiking on an active volcano seems like a numbskull idea to begin with but some people are just stupid. There are three active volcanoes ion the Hawaiian Islands but Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most deadly. 40 people die each decade while visiting these volcanoes. The last major eruption was back in 1983 but lava continuously flows from them. Deadly gasses leak out daily and can cause death or serious health problems if breathed in. It probably best to not hang around an active volcano on your vacation. Hawaii has plenty to offer that doesn’t involve hot lava.
The Colorado River runs through five states and is incredibly powerful, so powerful it claims on average 20 deaths per year. Taking you from Colorado, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, the Colorado River is a popular vacation destination. Rafters and hikers are killed each year when rainstorms flood parts of the river rapidly. Many people are killed in the river’s famous rapids, as they are bigger and stronger than they look. Be smart and wear proper safety equipment or just go to a beach like a normal person.
New Smyrna Beach, FL
New Smyrna is the “shark capital of the world” according to the International Shark Attack File. This sleepy little beach town in Florida has reported over 250 shark attacks in recorded history, yet people still flock here. That alarming rate makes it the highest number of attacks per square mile anywhere in the world. Most attacks here don’t result in deaths, as it’s a known nursery for young Bull sharks, the most aggressive of all shark breeds.
I don’t care how great this beach is; I will never get in the water there. The fact that people still go here just shows how stupid some people are. I’m sorry, that’s way too many shark attacks to justify a vacation here.
Half Dome, Yosemite
Yosemite national Park in California is a wonderful place to spend a vacation, but the Half Dome hike is one of the most dangerous in American history. The full day hike requires a special pass and is not recommended for beginners. If you head to the summit, you have to use metal cables to reach to peak. Over 60 climbers have met their untimely deaths on this hike. If adventure is what you seek, there are plenty of safer hikes in Yosemite for you to check out. I’d rather admire the view from afar and stay safely on the ground, thank you very much.
Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Mountains are spectacularly beautiful and also super deadly. Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in all of Europe at a staggering 16,ooo feet above sea level. This massive mountain is responsible for over 100 deaths per year. Avalanches and inexperienced climbers are the top two causes of deaths each year. Some 30,000 people each year attempt to summit the mountain. Can’t we find activities closer to the ground that is less deadly?
Lets try and find some vacation destinations with less annual deaths please and thank you.