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

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

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    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

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      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

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        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

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          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

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              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

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                  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

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                    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

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                      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

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                        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

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                          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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                              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

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                                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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                                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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