This is a list of the top five most dangerous places in the world.

Places you might consider not visiting when planning your next trip. But you are, of course, free to ignore our advice and go anyway!

1. Brazil

For anyone travelling to Brazil, be wary of muggers! Street crime is rampant in parts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and whilst many victims are left unharmed, the experience can still scar you.

Incidences of “quicknappings” has also risen in major cities. This involves being abducted and taken to an ATM to pay your ransom. If you can’t pay, your family is only a call away.

Along with street crime, organized criminal groups have waged wars against police and public institutions that were unable to be bribed. If you survive all that don't forget the drugs and narco-terrorism.

2. Russia

The Russian mafia runs wild, there are more gangsters than police, and a Russian is assassinated every 18 minutes, averaging 84 murders per day in a nation of 143 million.

Foreigners are kidnapped more frequently due to the higher ransom allocated. Crimes include but are not limited to pickpocketing wallets, cell phones, cameras, cash, and physical assaults.

3. South Africa

Any nation described as the ‘rape capital of the world’ should be one to take extra special care in. But rape is not the only vice to be worried about.

Another damning statistic for South Africa is its appalling high murder rate. Most crime is confined to poor areas but it hasn’t stopped gated communities springing up all over South Africa and armed guards protecting wealthy tourist groups.

Farming in South Africa has become one of the most dangerous professions in the world. And like anywhere, sex can be very dangerous in South Africa, where more than 10 million people are infected with HIV.

4. Burundi

Mass murder and mayhem compete with environmental problems as the biggest headaches for the people of Burundi. The list of assassinated leaders is extensive, and control of the nation has changed hands numerous times in the last 60 years. The biggest risks for visitors are crimes committed by roaming gangs and armed children. Muggings, carjackings and kidnappings await, so you are advised not to stop the car for souvenirs.

Should you be injured or harmed while in Burundi, just forget it and run back home. Local clinics have almost no resources to assist you.

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5. Afghanistan

Asides terrorism and underdevelopment, during the Soviet invasion, the Red Army planted more than 12 million landmines in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people are killed, shredded, and maimed each year due to these insidious devices. Following the Soviets came the Taliban, whose control meant women were banned from jobs and universities.

In 2001, the United States overthrew the Taliban, but banditry, tribal rivalries and drug-related violence have left the nation unstable. Suicide bombings are a constant threat, and nobody in Afghanistan is safe.