5 Dumb Ways to Die While Traveling

Be warned: cheap thrills are not worth your life.

By Mathew S. Chan
October 06, 2015


It’s one thing to travel and take risks and another to just be plain reckless. You don’t want to meet an untimely death while you travel, so try to keep as safe as possible on your next adventure. If you choose to be reckless just so you can have a “good time,” you never know if death will be stalking you. Read on to find out some of the dumbest ways you can die while traveling.

1. Bungee Jumping to Death
According to a report by The Free Lance-Star, a 24-year-old man died after a failed attempt to bungee jump off the trestle of a bridge in 1997. It was found out that the man had tied several bungee cords together. The cord was apparently longer than the distance of the trestle to the parking lot below, causing the fatal accident. Lesson learned: Don’t make your own bungee cords and also remember that they stretch.

2. Death by Selfie
Selfies have apparently killed more people this year than shark attacks, and if you think about all the stupid things you could possibly do to take a selfie, it’s not surprising. You can be so busy taking a selfie that you could walk into a speeding car. Maybe if you get too distracted, you might slip, fall, and hit your head. It is truly a dumb way to die considering you just want to get a good picture of yourself.

3. Cliff Diving Head First
In 1999, a 27-year-old amateur cliff diver met his demise while cliff diving 80 feet. Some speculate that the 80-foot dive should have not been fatal, but the diver landed head first into the water, knocking him unconscious. He was proclaimed dead on arrival when rushed to the hospital by his friends. So the next time you want to impress your friends with wild stunts you’ve never tried, don’t.

4. Eaten by Wildlife
There is a reason why signs like “Do not feed the animals” exist. They live in a controlled environment, and if you try to interrupt their natural feeding process as created by, say, the zoo or wildlife reserve, you can find yourself in a very Jurassic Park kind of situation. Follow the rules, and you should be fine. Taunting animals in captivity is never a good idea.

5. Jet Skiing over the Niagara Falls
There have been several people who've attempted to jump off the Niagara falls. There were those who survived, and those who didn’t make it as well. In a report by the LATimes.com, in 1995, a man who was trying to jet ski over the Niagara Falls to draw attention to the plight of the homeless died after his parachute failed to open, forcing him to plunge down the falls.