Violent crimes, kidnappings, and political turmoil are probably not things that anyone looks for in a travel destination. But what if you found out that these hazardous destinations could provide you with exceptional local eats? Could the quest for new culinary adventures override the fear of potential danger?
The unfortunate truth is that places with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, historic sights, and exceptional food specialties have become known for political unrest and violence. But adventurous travelers willing to brave danger will usually be the first to tell you that their culinary discoveries are often better and more memorable than any five-star experience you could pay for at home. Of course, caution is essential, and nobody is suggesting that you risk personal safety for food nor take lightly the political, social, military, and economic issues and natural disasters affecting dangerous areas. But should you be curious, or find yourself in one of these places, you'll find yourself stumbling across some of the most underrated great food in the world.
The numerous delicacies that await the daring traveler include anything from a local sandwich specialty stuffed with french fries to handmade arepas.
In order to find a solution to the dilemma of "to go or not to go?" we decided to dig deeper into the facts and figures on the safety of some of the world’s most dangerous, yet gastronomically alluring, places. To compile our list of the 25 Most Dangerous Food Destinations, we used reports from the U.S. State Department as our main source, and advise anybody planning to visit a destination in these "culinary danger zones" to check the most recent warnings and advisories before every trip.
However, if high crime, risk of terror attacks, and political riots don’t stop you from craving new, thrilling food adventures, browse through our countdown of the 25 Most Dangerous Food Destinations in the slideshow.