Brett Forrest has spent many years in Africa, Transdniestria, Azerbaijan, Bogota, Brazil, and Moscow, working as a journalist and international consultant on questions of war and organized crime. In short, he goes to the places you (and we) are far too shook to go to.

The world is full of places you’re better off avoiding, unless you’re willing to risk the danger for a good story to tell. Life at the margins has its excitements. Excluding active war zones, here are some of the most dangerous places in the world.