Heading somewhere a little dangerous next year?

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Timbuktu are among the most dangerous countries in the world, according to a new map designed to alert travellers to the level of risk they face when visiting destinations worldwide.

Beyond these war-torn destinations, hotspots favoured by tourists such as Colombia, Mexico, and Egypt have also been ranked as ‘high risk’ in the new findings. The safest countries in the world are Norway, Finland,and Iceland, according to the research. However, in reality the biggest risk for travellers continues to be petty crime and road safety threats, with terrorism being a secondary risk.

Have a look at the map below, and take the findings with a pinch of salt – as we’ve been to a couple of these “high risk” destinations and they’re not at all like they’re portrayed in the media.