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Most people have a general idea of the countries they should avoid due to ongoing conflict or poor relationships with the U.S. Places such as Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, and Syria don't exactly bring to mind a safe and carefree vacation. Recently, the World Economic Forum released its annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which studies tourism in 136 nations. The report ranks the most dangerous countries to visit, based on the extent to which tourists may be endangered by crime, terrorism, and violence.

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1. Pakistan

The continuing presence of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are particularly dangerous to Americans. The government forbids foreigners from traveling in certain regions because of ongoing religious conflict and terrorist activity that has racked the country for decades. The Pakistan armed forces are currently battling militants, mainly in the North-West Frontier, but in other regions as well. The U.S. Department of State recently raised the travel advisory for Pakistan to a level 3: "reconsider travel."

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