Most people go on vacation because they want to forget about all their troubles. But then, of course, there is the particular breed of human that goes off to far flung places specifically looking for trouble. If that sounds like you, we should be best friends! If you are looking for adventure and are willing to accept the possibility that you won’t make it home alive, here are 10 tourist attractions that are right up your alley!
1. The Danakil Desert, Eritrea, Ethiopia
It’s hard to imagine why anybody would want to spend a vacation in this literal “Hell on Earth” where temperature can reach 120F (50C) and volcanic eruptions that spew deadly gases into the air are everywhere. But it happens. However, if you think you’re going to manage to travel there solo, think again. The Eritrean government doesn’t cotton to your particular brand of crazy. It’s only possible to go there with an experienced guide.
2. Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome, California
Looking to laugh at Death in the face? This is the place to do it. It takes an entire day to climb to the top and can burn as much as 10,000 calories, which sounds great if you are into fitness. But major problems arise when you reach the last 400 feet, which is nearly vertical and requires the aid of metal cables while climbing slippery rocks. More than 60 people have been killed attempting this.
3. Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia
Interested in witnessing a real volcanic eruption? Fine with the idea that the next unpredictable eruption could straight up murder you? Then feel free to put Sinabung Volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on your itinerary. In 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, eruptions covered entire villages in ash and ejected deadly clouds of volcanic gas into the atmosphere. The next violent eruption could come later today for all we know.
4. Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand
Goodness, this sounds like some kind of enchanted Disneyland attraction, doesn’t it? But with fewer friendly cartoon mice and a whole lot of dangerous…um…crocodiles. Yeah, we were thinking that sentence would end with “elephants” too. Anyway, the crocodiles are free to roam the waters and will even leap up and snap their jaws as the tourists feed them meat from a small semi-closed raft. Some of the tourists will even tease the hungry crocs by dangling the meat out and then bringing it back at the last second. It’s been said that trolls are particularly delicious.