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Five Destinations for the "Super-Adventurous"
The two scariest places on the list are Iraq and Afghanistan, thanks to the fact there are ongoing wars in both places. Iraq has just officially reopened for tourist traffic for the first time since 2003, with small tours visiting some of the historical sites throughout the country. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has generally remained open these past few years, although certain places remain safer than others. That country is lauded for its historical landmarks as well, although the more remote regions get a nod for scenic beauty too.
Which brings us to the final destination on their top five, which is Transylvania. While I'm sure the country is interesting and exotic, it doesn't exactly strike me as an "adventure" destination. They recommend taking a Dracula tour, which really isn't inspiring adventure either. Compared to the other four on the list, Transylvania, which I'm sure is quite lovely, is down right safe and boring for adventure travelers
Reading over their list I can't help but wonder if an adventure travel destination needs to be intrinsically dangerous to appeal to that segment of the travel industry. Personally, I don't think so, as I think there are great adventure destinations that are not necessarily dangerous. But looking at the Wall Street Journal's choices, it seems that they think there should be an element of danger involved, even if it is from vampires.