These 5 vacation destinations are too dangerous to travel to in 2016 Associated Press
The great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the Citadel and the great Pyramids, in rear left, are illuminated before having the light switched off to mark Earth Hour, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

If you haven’t yet had a getaway this year, what are you waiting for? There are tons of reasons why taking a vacation is good for both your work performance and your personal life.

But there are some destinations you should avoid for the time being, no matter how cheap it is to travel there. CheatSheet has named five of them. (Not surprisingly, all of these places also popped up on the list of most dangerous countries to travel to.)

1. Turkey

Why you shouldn’t go there: The beautiful Mediterranean country has experienced a number of recent terror attacks and threats. Terror groups are known to target crowded places that attract tourists, such as sporting events and open markets.

The U.S. government has a travel warning for Turkey in place, saying on the Department of State website:

“The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey… U.S. citizens should carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time. In addition, we have recently experienced delays securing consular access to U.S. citizens, some of whom also possess Turkish citizenship, detained or arrested by security forces.”

In July 2016, the Turkish military staged an attempted coup, which led to a 90-day state of emergency.

2. Egypt

Why you shouldn’t go there: Civil unrest has made Egypt unsafe for visitors, and terror groups have attacked and threatened some popular tourist attractions, including the pyramids.

Travel experts recommend avoiding the country’s border with Libya, as the area has “a heavy threat of terrorism and kidnapping.” Those who do travel to Egypt should stay away from protests and large gatherings, which have a tendency to turn violent.

3. Mexico

Why you shouldn’t go there: Drug cartels increase the danger in cities near the U.S.-Mexico border, even in popular spots like Tijuana. American visitors are also often targeted by carjackers and pickpockets.

Sure, Mexico’s beaches are beautiful, but if you plan to visit an all-inclusive resort, don’t wander too far from it. And be careful if you drive across the border — CheatSheet says highway robbers look for cars with U.S. plates; dark-colored SUVs are especially vulnerable.

Hailing a cab isn’t always your best bet, either — taxis that aren’t regulated by the government could drive you right into a dangerous situation.

4. Syria

Why you shouldn’t go there: Have you watched the news lately? Syria is in the grips of a civil war, which has killed more than a quarter million of its residents and sparked an international refugee crisis.

RELATED: Are Syrian “safe zones” even safe?

Five years ago, Syria was one of the safest countries in the Middle East. Now, visiting Westerners run the risk of being kidnapped and executed. Even heavily traveled public places, like government buildings and shopping areas, are rife with conflict.

It’s a shame, as Syria is “rich with history, beautiful ruins, and castles that would make for a beautiful Middle Eastern vacation,” according to CheatSheet.

5. Honduras

Why you shouldn’t go there: According to the U.S. Department of State, Honduras has a “critically high” level of “kidnapping, crime, and violence.”

Much like Mexico, Honduras is home to world-renowned beaches — and a high level of crime against Americans. Carjackings are common, and some criminals even set up fake police roadblocks to easily rob victims, as the U.S. travel warning states:

“Honduran law enforcement frequently report highway assaults and carjackings by criminals posing as Honduran law enforcement throughout Honduras… These criminals set up road blocks or checkpoints and wear some elements of police uniforms and equipment, but are often mismatched and inconsistent.”

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