Every year, travelers around the world make plans to see some of the most amazing destinations this planet has to offer. From the natural phenomenon of the northern lights, to the marvels of the globe's most modern cities, there is always something to see around the bend on the next flight, train ride, or road trip.
However, not all trips offer excitement around every bend. In certain situations, some destinations are considered simply too dangerous, too polluted, or threatened by constant tourism and climate change. These destinations do not include protected destinations on the UNESCO World Heritage list, but also some of growing business destinations in developing countries.
The editors of Fodor's Travel released their "2018 'No' List," advising travelers on some of the destinations they may not want to make plans for in the year. Before buying tickets and booking hotels, travelers may want to think twice about visiting these five destinations.
For history buffs and diving enthusiasts, Honduras is known for their relics both above and below the water. The nation boasts access to both ancient ruins from native cultures, as well as the best opportunities to view baby whale sharks and manatees in their natural habitat. However, the trip is only valuable if travelers live to tell the tale.
Among some of the other dangerous nations in the world, Honduras is growing as a murder capital, with a very high homicide rate. In addition, Fodor's notes that police officers are the "primary perpetrators" of those very same homicides. What's more, members of the LGBT community are often considered easy targets for violence.
While Honduras, Colombia and Venezuela should be avoided, it does not mean that every city in Central or South America comes with inherent danger. Both Panama and Costa Rica are very friendly to tourists: Panama uses the U.S. Dollar as their primary currency, while Costa Rica is considered a haven for expats.
In 2015, the United States and Cuba worked to mend fences and open their borders once again to introduce reciprocal travel. However, since the change in administration, many of those same liberties have been pulled back, leaving travelers scrambling to visit Cuba while they still have the chance.
Although Cuba is a hot destination for many travelers, Fodor's warns travelers it may not live up to the expectations. Getting to the once-embargoed nation is still highly regulated, requiring travelers to fill out paperwork and travel with a government-sanctioned tour company and purchase travel insurance prior to landing. In addition, the newly-opened U.S. embassy is running on a shorter staff, after suspicions of an attack on diplomatic workers. The embassy is now only offers emergency services to American travelers.
For those who want to get a taste of island life, there are plenty of Caribbean destinations that are more welcoming to travelers. Americans are welcome to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands and don't even need a passport to enter!
When travelers create lists of the greatest sights in the world, the Great Wall of China is often on that list. For many, no trip through Beijing is complete without a stop at the Great Wall. But that wall may not be great for much longer, due to overtourism and pollution.
Although smog and pollution have been critical problems for Beijing for many years, in 2017 the city declared their first "red alert" for air conditioning, noting a critical hazard for breathing. Meanwhile at the Great Wall, man-made issues have also created problem for this world wonder. From mining and erosion, to local farmers turning portions of the wall to shelters, problems at the Great Wall are making this international treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site less great.
The State of Missouri
Once considered the "crossroads of America," Missouri was the place where westbound pioneers started their trek on the Oregon Trail. That's not all the "Show Me" state has to offer: from Kansas City-Style Barbecue, jazz, professional sports, and the home of Budweiser, Missouri has contributed plenty to the United States.
This state is also gaining a reputation as one of the most dangerous places to visit in the United States. Discounting gun violence in America, Fodor's notes the state recently passed laws tightening down on the definition of discrimination, tourists killed in jail without actually being arrested and religion-based murders also made headlines in 2017. The situation is so bad, the NAACP has publicly warned people of color to avoid Missouri entirely.
If you still want to get good barbecue, brewery tours, and a taste of life in the south, there are plenty of friendlier places to visit. Charlotte, North Carolina and Austin, Texas are among the most progressive cities in the south, inviting individuals of all creeds to experience a different side of American life.
Many travelers consider reaching the summit of Mt. Everest -- the world's tallest mountain -- a pinnacle achievement. Even getting beyond the base camps is a event worth celebrating, but actually making the trip comes with a number of barriers.
First, the price of scaling the world's tallest peak ranges from $25,000 to $45,000 for supplies, a guide, and travel. Second, there is an inherent danger which comes from climbing a mountain, even during the good seasons. In 2017, six climbers were killed trying to reach the summit, and over 200 bodies remain on the icy slopes. Rescue crews will not attempt to recover human remains on the mountain, so should you die during the climb, it will be your final resting place. Don't expect travel insurance to help: mountaineering is one of many activities that are not honored under most trip insurance plans.
If you are looking for new adrenaline rushes in 2018, there are many safer ways to find them in the world. In Las Vegas alone, thrills come in all shapes and sizes, from desert rock crawls to death-defying roller coasters.