Undoubtedly, a selfie at a beautiful landmark or an enchanting landscape of nature is on many people's to-do list when they go on a trip. You take a nice selfie and post it so your friends and family can see how you're doing or where you've been. But have you ever imagined that a selfie can be extremely dangerous?
It has been reported that in recent years, many have been injured or even killed trying to take a selfie in dangerous locations. Although selfies help you capture memorable moments of your life and upload it on social media, is it worth risking your life for a few photos and likes? The facts speak for themselves. From January 2008 to July 2021, according to a study by the iO Foundation, at least 379 people have died under these conditions.
Check out the places that have made it to the most dangerous selfie spots in the world.
1. Niagara Falls, Canada
The famous Falls of the Niagara River is about 236 meters above sea level, with a drop of about 51 meters and for this reason it has been declared the most dangerous place to take a selfie. In 2019, a man fell from a height of more than 50 meters into the raging waters of the waterfall and managed to get out alive.
2. Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal, India's most famous and widely recognized building, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the world's marvelous masterpieces of world heritage" and receives millions of visitors annually from the whole world. It is located in the eastern part of the city on the south bank of the Yamuna river and is 73 meters high. In 2015, a Japanese tourist died when he fell down the stairs while trying to take a selfie at the Royal Gate.
3. Charco El Burro, Colombia
The natural corner of Charco El Burro with a depth of more than 16 meters is ranked 4th among the list of dangerous hotspots for selfies. A 29-year-old woman died tragically when she slipped and fell from a height of 10 meters into one of the waterfalls while trying to take a selfie.
4. Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Nusa Lembongan, an island located southeast of Bali, is one of three small offshore islands which make up this district. Nusa Lembongan is the most popular destination for visitors to the Nusa Islands as it has the most accommodation and dining options for travelers. A tourist almost died in 2019 when she wanted to be photographed along the rocky coastline when a wave came up from behind and threw her against the cliffs.
5. Glen Canyon, USA
Following in fifth place is another US attraction: Glen Canyon. Glen Canyon Dam is a 710 ft (220 m) high concrete gravity arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona. One of the most risky things to do there is cliff jumping, let alone to take a selfie. In 2020, more than 10 deaths were recorded at this site.
Completing the top 10 most dangerous hotspots are:
6. Penha Beach, Brazil
7. Mlango Water Falls, Chepkiit, Kenya
8. Ural Mountains, Russia
9. Doodhpathri, India
10. Langkawi Archipelago, Malaysia