There are some amazing places on earth you wouldn’t want to visit. If you are planing for going on holidays soon? or maybe looking for a new interesting place to move and live new experiences. These are the places to ignore. Despite what you may have heard from some singing animatronics on your last trip with the family, it’s really not that much of a small world after all. Before you decide where you want to go, perhaps it’s best to figure out where you definitely do not want to go.
Whether you believe it or not there are actually some places in the world where you simply cannot go (or you just probably shouldn’t go). Hope you didn’t have your heart set on visiting a floating island of garbage.
10. Thetford Mines
These Canadian mines have enough asbestos in them to kill an army of elephants.
Fortunately, there’s a good reason why you can’t visit most of these places (DEATH). If you have a bucket list, you just might want to leave these off.
Thetford Mines (Canada 2011 Census population 25,709) is a town in south-central Quebec, Canada. It is the seat of Les Appalaches Regional County Municipality.
Thetford Mines was founded in 1876 after the discovery of large asbestos deposits in the area, and the city became a hub for one of the world’s largest asbestos-producing regions. In 2001 the city expanded to its current boundaries, merging with Black Lake, Robertsonville, Pontbriand and Thetford-Sud.
The former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, originally settled in Thetford Mines, after arriving in Canada from Haiti.
Thetford Mines is the seat of the judicial district of Frontenac.
9. The Zone of Alienation
Surely, you’ve heard of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Well, just because it might seem dated doesn’t mean you can’t still feel the effects of it. And feel the effects of it you will if you step foot in this radiation-filled area.
The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear catastrophes ever. On April 26, 1986, a meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what is now Ukraine released a massive amount of radiation thousands of feet into the air. As a result, the area around Chernobyl was evacuated, forcing the displacement of anyone living within a 30 kilometers of the power plant. That abandoned area is called the Exclusion Zone.
Even though the Exclusion Zone is still guarded by the Ukrainian military and still very radioactive, thousands of people have returned to their homes illegally, undeterred by the sever health risk that their surroundings impose. Less than 200 of these people are still alive.
8. Isle of Poveglia
Poveglia is a small Italian island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon. A quarantine colony during the height of the Bubonic Plague and home to a grossly unethical mental facility, this island is thought to be filled with incredibly bad vibes, if not totally haunted.
The island is first mentioned in chronicles of 421, when people from Padua and Este fled there to escape the barbarian invasions. In the 9th century the island’s population began to grow, and in the following centuries its importance grew steadily, until it was governed by a dedicated Podestà. In 1379 Venice came under attack from the Genoan fleet; the people of Poveglia were moved to the Giudecca. The island remained uninhabited in the subsequent centuries; in 1527 the doge offered the island to the Camaldolese monks, who refused the offer. From 1645 on, the Venetian government built five octagonal forts to protect and control the entrances to the lagoon. The Poveglia octagon is one of four that still survive.
7. Ramree Island
If you don’t want to finish as dinner you should probably forget about visiting this island. Burmese island is home to thousands of salt water crocodiles. Hungry salt water crocodiles. During World War II, Ramree Island off the coast of Burma was the site of a number of military battles, but the truly terrifying action only began after the military maneuvers ended.
On January 26, 1945, British troops made their way to Ramree Island so that they could establish a new airbase. However, first they had to drive off the Japanese invasion force which had already claimed the island. After a bloody but successful campaign against the Japanese, the British soldiers managed to drive nearly 1,000 enemy combatants into the dense mangrove swamp that covered some ten miles of Ramree. While this may have seemed a fine opportunity to slip into the wilderness and regroup, most of the Japanese soldiers would never be heard from again.
6. The North Yungas Road
Many refer to this Bolivian street as “Death Road”. To one side is solid rock. To the other, a 2,000-foot abyss. In between is a two-way, 12-foot-wide path known as “Death Road.”
Regularly named as the world’s most dangerous route, North Yungas Road was cut into the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountain chain in the 1930s. Many sections are unpaved and lack guardrails. Warm and humid winds from the Amazon bring heavy rains and fog. There are numerous mudslides and tumbling rocks, and small waterfalls occasionally rain down the cliff sides. These conditions explain why an estimated 200 to 300 people are killed on the road every year.
Special rules apply at North Yungas Road. While the rest of Bolivia drives on the right side, here vehicles drive on the left. A driver on the left has a better view of the edge of the road. Furthermore, descending vehicles never have the right of way and must move to the outer edge of the road. This forces fast vehicles to stop so that passing can be negotiated safely.
Drivers will likely encounter groups of cyclists during the treacherous journey—tour operators lead rides along the road, marketing the experience as an extreme-sports challenge.
5. Door to Hell
If you can’t see why this mine that’s completely on fire is unappealing, you might as well walk right in. The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze (also spelled Darvaze, meaning “gate”), Ahal Province,
Turkmenistan. The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical engineers in 1971. The fire is fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance.
4. The Alnwick Poison Garden
The only garden in the world where literally everything can kill you. Inspired by the legendary botanical gardens in Padua where the Medicis plotted the untimely, frothing ends of their enemies, an English duchess created this garden, dedicating it entirely to flora which are deadly and/or narcotic.
Behind big black gates, the carefully curated garden contains about 100 legendary killers like Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade), Strychnos nux-vomica (strychnine), and Conium maculatum (hemlock). Guides explain their deadly properties while keeping ne’er-do-wells and curious children away from the plants, warning them: “Do not touch any of the plants, don’t even smell them. There are plants here that can kill you.”
3. Izu Islands
These Japanese islands smell like farts thanks to all of the sulfur that’s pumping out of their volcanoes. The brave souls inhabiting Miyakejima, one of Japan’s Izu Islands, an archipelago just south of Tokyo, have a unique problem.
Here, the land rests atop an active volcanic chain that has erupted six times in the last century. However, the danger isn’t just from volcanic eruptions, but from the highest concentrations of poisonous gasses (primarily sulfur) in the world regularly leaking up through the ground.
2. Snake Island
The Brazilian government won’t let you go here, but it’s really common sense that should be the one keeping you out, as this island is home to the many of the most lethal snakes in the world. Off the shore of Brazil, almost 93 miles away from São Paulo downtown, is Ilha da Queimada Grande. The island is untouched by human developers, and for very good reason. Researchers estimate that on the island live between one and five snakes per square meter. The snakes live on the many migratory birds (enough to keep the snake density remarkably high) that use the island as a resting point.
“Between one and five snakes per square meter” might not be so terrible if the snakes were, say, 2 inches long and nonvenomous. The snakes on Queimada Grande, however, are a unique species of pit viper, the golden lancehead. The lancehead genus of snakes is responsible for 90% of Brazilian snakebite-related fatalities. The golden lanceheads that occupy Snake Island grow to well over half a meter long, and they possess a powerful fast-acting poison that melts the flesh around their bites. Golden lanceheads are so dangerous that, with the exception of some scientific outfits, the Brazilian Navy has expressly forbidden anyone from landing on the island.
1. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
This floating isle of trash is bigger than Texas. The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N. The patch extends over an indeterminate area, with estimates ranging very widely depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.
The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its enormous size and density (4 particles per cubic meter), the patch is not visible from satellite photography, nor is it necessarily detectable to casual boaters or divers in the area, as it consists primarily of a small increase in suspended, often-microscopic particles in the upper water column.