Come holiday time, you can either take it easy and head for the local beach, or have the adventure of a lifetime, a real risk to life that you’ll remember till your rocking in a chair with the peeled ears of grandchildren hanging on your every word. Where to go? The world is full of lively locales and spots meant only for the brave, though few know of their existence. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of the 15 most dangerous places to visit. Here they are.
Izu Islands. Japan
Ever been to a souvenir shop and noticed that the most sold item is a gas mask? No, me neither. But souvenir shops on the island of Miyakejima, one of Japan’s Izu Islands, keep them in stock, and for good reason. Miyakejima is a volcanic island, but that’s the least of anyone’s worries. The volcanic activity sends poisonous gasses up from the ground, forcing the residents and visiting tourists to wear gas masks. Mount Oyama, the main volcano on the island, last belched in 2000, prompting a mass evacuation due to extremely high levels of toxic gas. All flights into the area were banned for over eight years due to the high levels of sulphur. Residents were finally permitted to return to their “normal” routines in 2005 but they were, and still, required to carry a gas mask with them at all times. However, visitors have said that the scuba diving is among the best in the world.