Frequent Travelers Share The Scary Places They'll Never Visit Again

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Vote up the creepy travel stories that make you uncomfortable.

Who doesn't love going on vacation, or even a business trip, that takes you to a place you've never been? Well, anyone who's ever returned with an eerie travel story.

Seeing the world is all well and good, but occasionally we end up in cities, towns, or even whole countries we never want to visit again. Frequent travelers have shared the harrowing experiences that made them swear off these locales forever. Vote up the scary trip stories that creep you out!

  • The Balkans
    Photo: Deyan Vasilev (Dido3) / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
    567 VOTES

    The Balkans

    From Redditor u/Extreme_Suit1520:

    My sister, my mom, and I were almost trafficked. We are originally from the Balkans, living in Germany. When my parents divorced, my mom took us for a holiday back home. 

    The bus drive was 30+ hours. We almost arrived and my uncle was supposed to pick us up at the bus station. But we didn’t arrive. It was around 11 pm and the bus drivers said we had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. There were three other women left in the bus. They started crying, since they told us there were some nice taxis waiting for us on the street to bring us to our homes. Which in retrospective was ridiculous since we all lived in different cities. But my mom and sister already got into the taxi, bags in the trunk. Then the women started screaming and crying, trying to call their husbands. Luckily one husband wasn’t living far away so he came with his family and the bus drivers were scared and the taxis left.

    Long Story short: We later found out that a lot of women and girls went missing the last couple of months due to human trafficking.

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    From Redditor u/strong_cucumber:

    It happened in Vietnam in the middle of nowhere. I was just hopping on my scooter outside a 7-11 when a young woman ran into the store screaming. She was clearly beaten and her clothes were ripped. A few seconds later, three men came after her, dragged her outside, and forced her into a car. One of the men had a knife in his hand. 

    I was so shocked. I wanted to help but I was too afraid to do something. She looked at me yelling and banging at the car window when they drove away. I still think about her sometimes and feel guilty for my non-action.

    • Located In: Asia
    • Area (km sq.): 329560.0
  • 3
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    From Redditor u/thien228:

    Little Woods exit in Louisiana. It was dark as sh*t, every sign and street lamp had bullet holes in it. Same night had a car burning on the side of the road. Apparently, someone was burned to death in the trunk of the car that night. I’ll never take that exit again even if there is daylight with police presence.

    • Located In: Contiguous United States, USA
    • Area (km sq.): 135382.0
  • Venezuela
    Photo: Ccmaracay2 / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    355 VOTES

    From Redditor u/Kaladrax182:

    I will never go to Venezuela again. I won’t make a broad statement by saying “they all hate Americans,” but everyone we encountered f***ing hated Americans. Even the people who hired us to go to Venezuela to work with them. 

    Everywhere we went, we got glared at, had our food tampered with, and had our safely threatened. Even the hotel security guards were very aggressive towards us. Neither one of us slept very well for the week. We had to drive to and from the job site in the dark so it wasn’t immediately apparent we were white, let alone American. I’ve never felt so unsafe in my life. If I ever go back, it will be too soon.

    Edit: Also spent a week in Ciudad Juarez. Our host literally and in all seriousness told us “It’s been a good week. We’ve only had eight murders and they haven’t found a van full of heads in over a month.” Never going there again. Ever.

    • Located In: Americas
    • Area (km sq.): 916445.0