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The World's Most Dangerous Places

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Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places
First edition
AuthorRobert Young Pelton
GenreGuide book, War tourism[1]
Publication date
1st edition (1994)
4th edition (May 30, 2000)
5th edition (April 1, 2003)
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint
Followed byDP Professional Strength 

The World's Most Dangerous Places is handbook of survival tactics for high-risk regions first published in 1994, written by National Geographic Adventure columnist Robert Young Pelton and his contributors.[2] The fifth edition was published in 2003.[3]


The book is divided into three parts.

The first is a primer on the basics of staying safe in war zones and high-crime areas. This includes safety advice regarding transportation, crime, terrorism, bribery, disease, drugs, weapons, kidnappings, land mines, mercenaries, and more.

The second is essentially a chapter-by-chapter list of dangerous locales. Each nation or autonomous administrative division is assigned a rating depending on the level and type of danger.

The third section contains the authors' first-hand stories of traveling through the listed places.


  • Robert Young Pelton. The World's Most Dangerous Places (April 1, 2003 ed.). Collins. p. 1088. ISBN 0-06-001160-2.
  • The Best American Travel Writing
  • Best Adventure and Travel Stories
  • Boots on the Ground


  1. ^ "Robert Young Pelton". PBS. 2004-03-24. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  2. ^ "Come Back Alive". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  3. ^ Pelton, Robert Young (2003). Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780060011604. Retrieved 5 September 2017.