The No Go List: 18 Destinations to Avoid This Year

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North Korea
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North Korea

Why it's controversial: North Korea is in desperate need of foreign funds and has warmed to the idea of tourism in recent years. However, tourists can only visit the hermetic nation on guided tours with government minders, which critics argue help fund a dangerous regime that loves to flaunt its nuclear ambitions. Moreover, a recent UN report on human rights accused the government in Pyongyang of "extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence" that your tourism dollars may unwittingly support.

Instead go to: The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from South Korea to learn about the conflict that split the Korean peninsula in half in 1953 along a 2.5-mile-wide, 155-mile-long belt.

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