The world is a platter of goods ripe for the taking. So many people fall in love with the world because it gives them such a diversity of experiences. No two places in the world are the same. There will be similarities, but the people, the food, the landscape, the views, the political climate, and a million other factors all make each place something to be experienced in its own right.
Travel is a beautiful thing, and it should be experienced by people in its fullness. However, there are risks that come with the territory. Not all places are equal. Some are safe and homey, others are risky, dark, and depressing. Before you travel, it’s a good idea to know yourself and know what you can handle. When you travel you’re more likely to be caught off guard, and that’s a risky place to be, especially if you’re prone to substance abuse and other behaviors of the like.
If you have the kind of personality you know is prone to things like substance abuse, here are 3 places you shouldn’t step foot:
Considering the current happenings in the MIddle East, Iran may or may not be on your list of places to travel to. In any case, if you have an addictive personality and you like to try a host of things when you travel, stay clear of Iran. Iran has the highest addiction rate for Heroin in the world at 14.32% per capita. You might tell yourself you’ll never get into the hard stuff, but you just never know. You become what you surround yourself with. If you travel to Iran, with the amount of usage in the country, you could be on a fast track to addiction.
Everybody has their vice and if you know that yours is alcohol, you’ll want to avoid Great Britain like the plague. The Irish and the Scottish have a reputation for drinking, but in reality, the entire country likes the bottle and spirits. It’s estimated that 1.6 million people in the United Kingdom are dependent on alcohol. That’s 13.65% per capita. It’s enticing to visit the country, as the accents are sexy as hell, but if you’re a lover of all things alcohol, know that you’re going to have a problem as soon as you step through British borders.
Of all the romantic countries in the world, France is definitely at the top of the list. The Eiffel tower, the Louvre, and the accents are enough to draw millions to the country a year. France has a problem with prescription pills, though. At a 13.2% per capita addiction rate, more people are popping pill bottles in France than in the U.S. Drugs are cheaper in France, and maybe that’s the reason, but in any case, if you want to keep yourself out of rehab, it’s recommended you stay away from the places that will light a fire to your dirty little secret.