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I Dare You To Visit These Dangerous But Beautiful Places In The World…

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I Dare You To Visit These Dangerous But Beautiful Places In The World…

Let me just start by saying that if you happen to live in one of the places on this list, I mean no offense. I’m just going off of some statistics, so it’s not like the places below are completely unlivable and disaster ridden 24/7. To give an example, I could say that some places in California are dangerous because of earthquakes, but we all know that those don’t occur every single day, at least not the humongous ones. Anyways, with that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the places on Earth that are just a bit more precarious to live in than your average sleepy village in the land of safety and cotton balls…

1. Haiti

DBP#1

    Located in the Caribbean, Haiti has always been a place rife with turmoil, starting with the slave revolts and civil wars that rocked it in its early years, and continuing with the frequent natural disasters it experiences in the present. Couple that with a directionless government and extreme poverty, and you have a recipe for failure. What makes Haiti especially treacherous to live in is that it not only exists in one of the most active Hurricane spots on the globe, but it’s naturally prone to flooding.

    2. Cape Town, South Africa

    DBP#2

      Beauty and natural wonders abound, but so does crime, poverty, and political unrest. From what I’ve seen, it can be worth the trip; you just need to be careful where you travel within the city, especially at night.

      3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      DBP#3

        Located in chilly, snowy Wisconsin, Milwaukee experienced a 5 percent increase in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. Though it might look like a winter wonderland from the exterior, there’s reason to be cautious when visiting this city.

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        4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        DBP#4

          Philadelphia is a beautiful city, filled with national landmarks. That being said its crime rate has been “increasing steadily over the last several years.”

          5. Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

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            Lake Kivu contains a deadly pocket of methane gas beneath its murky depths, and all it’ll take to release it is a bit of volcanic activity. If that happens, the people living near the lake are in grave danger, as would be any visitors.

            6. St. Louis, Missouri

            DBP#6

              Blue skies and an intriguing skyline make St. Louis look inviting from afar, but within its city limits exist copious amounts of crime, so much so that one website described it as being “dangerous” to live within its borders.

              7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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              DBP#7

                When you think of Brazil, you think of white sands and resorts. That is, until you witness the shanty towns of cities like Rio de Janeiro. While it’s still relatively safe to roam the beaches and hotels, experts caution against straying too far into the city at night due to street crime.

                8. Acapulco, Mexico

                DBP#8

                  Another resort town that’s popular when it comes to tourism. That may change, however, as drug violence in the city has steadily increased in recent years.

                  9. The Maldives

                  DBP#9

                    According to Popular Mechanics, the Maldives might not exist at all in a few years thanks to rising sea water levels. Its gotten so bad that some politicians there are advising that they relocate the entire population.

                    10. Minqin County, China

                    DBP#10

                      Located in China’s Gansu province, Minqin County is trapped between two growing deserts, each of which frequently send sandstorms blasting in its direction. Every year, the deserts expand by 10 meters, meaning this county will be enveloped soon enough.

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                      11. Victoria Falls, Africa

                      DBP#11

                        A popular tourist attraction, this 355 foot tall waterfall is a site to behold. The dare devils among you have the option of swimming in a small natural pool dubbed the “Devil’s Pool” near the edge of the falls. I don’t know why people would want to do that, but apparently it’s a thing.

                        12. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

                        DBP#12

                          Absolutely spectacular to behold. Pictures don’t do it justice, so if you get a chance, go. Still, it’s important to make sure you don’t get too near the edge of the multiple cliffs you’ll be able to walk to, lest you wish to fall over like countless hapless tourists in the past.

                          13. Llangollen Canal, Wales

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                            This gigantic aqueduct is an impressive site, and you can even ride it on a boat. There’s no guard rail however, and, seeing as the canal rises hundreds of feet above the ground, things can go badly pretty easily.

                            14.Perrine Bridge,  Idaho

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                            DBP#14

                              One of the more insane bridges I’ve ever seen. Apparently, you don’t need a permit to base jump here, so take that for what it’s worth if you’re into that sort of thing. Just remember: it’s a long way down…

                              15. Mount Merapi, Indonesia

                              DBP#15

                                Otherwise known as “the mountain of fire.” If that doesn’t sound ominous enough, just know that its been responsible for killing over a thousand people in the last century due to frequent eruptions of scalding clouds of gas that kill on contact. Despite its deadly reputation, near a quarter of a million people still choose to live near its base.

                                Have you been anywhere you’ve considered beautiful, but also potentially dangerous? Tell me in the comments below!

                                Featured photo credit: Victora Falls/ Steve Jurvetson via flickr.com

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                                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                                Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                                During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                                But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                                Simplify

                                I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                                Absolutely.

                                And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                                If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                                • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                                • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                                • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                                Be Mindful

                                You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                                Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                                Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                                Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                                Reflect

                                As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                                Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                                But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                                So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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