For most, travel is a life-changing experience. But for some travelers, it’s life-changing for the worse. The following travelers had no idea when they boarded planes for overseas that they’d never come home. Read their tragic stories below.

Morocco: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen And Maren Ueland Lost Their Lives While Camping

The attack on Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland shook both Morocco and Scandinavia. After camping in the Atlas Mountain in mid-December, 2018, the bodies of the two women were found on December 17, near the village of Imlil in the foothills of Mount Toubkal.


Tragically, video footage of Louisa Jespersen being murdered while her attackers swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was leaked to the internet. This led the Moroccan general prosecutor to label the murder a terrorist attack. The Moroccan Police arrested a group of local men in relation to the murders, with 24 going on trial. All but one of the men were locals from Marrakech. Three of the men on trial were sentenced to death in July of 2019 for the murders.

Louisa Jespersen was born in Denmark, only 24 years old at the time of her shocking death. Maren Ueland was born in Norway and only 28 at the time of her death. They are remembered fondly both in Scandinavia and in Morocco.

Greece: Suzanne Eaton Was Attacked On The Island Of Crete


Suzanne Eaton was a celebrated molecular biologist who worked at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany. Her premature death left a strong impact on academia both in the United States and Europe.

Eaton was visiting the Greek island of Crete in July 2019 when she disappeared during a midday run. She remained missing for over a month until her body was discovered on July 8 in a former Nazi bunker that was carved out during the Second World War. The acclaimed scientist and mother of two had been sexually assaulted and suffocated after being hit by a car.

Her attacker was a local 27-year-old man who was later charged with her murder. Following his arrest, five women came forward to testify against him after he had similarly tried attacking them with his car.

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Australia: Peter Falconio Never Returned From The Outback


The Australian outback is a wondrous place full of mesmerizing landscapes. But the vast wilderness is the type of place where you can never be too careful. Quite a few foreigners have lost their lives in the outback, one of the most famous being British tourist Peter Falconio.

On July 14, 2001, Falconio was traveling along the Stuart Highway with his partner Joanne Lees in the couple’s Kombi when a car started following them. The man in the Toyota pulled up alongside them and asked them to pull over. Once Falconio had stepped outside the car, the man shot him dead and then attempted to abduct Lees. She managed to escape into the bush. Meanwhile, the attacker hid Falconio’s remains, which have never been found.

Serial rapist Bradley John Murdoch was charged with Falconio’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole in 2032 at the age of 74.

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Peru: Oliver Park Died Trying To Get A Photo At Machu Picchu


Visit any famous landmark and you’ll see crowds of tourists taking selfies in front of it. While most selfie-taking is annoying, at worst, for the surrounding people, some selfies can be lethal. In recent years, countless tourists have seriously injured themselves or lost their lives while in pursuit of an impressive selfie.

German tourist Oliver Park lost his life during a visit to Peru in 2016 while he was trying to take a photo of himself leaping into the air in front of the iconic Machu Picchu. According to the BBC, Park ignored warnings from the local wardens and safety signs and ventured into a restricted area of the site. He lost his footing while jumping in front of the camera and fell into a ravine.

Stories like Park’s remind us that safety signs and warnings are always there for a reason. No photo is worth risking your life for.

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Indonesia: Andrew Chan And Myuran Sukumaran Were Sentenced To Death In Bali

Some tourists never return home from their travels because they’re targeted by attackers, or because they fail to respect the local landscape. Others break the law in countries that are notoriously strict. Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted of drug trafficking on the Indonesian Island of Bali in 2005 and sentenced to death.

The two spent nearly 10 years in the notorious Kerobokan Prison, turning to art, religion, and community service during that time. In April of 2015, the men were brought to the prison island of Nusa Kambangan where they were executed by firing squad.


The executions of Chan and Sukumaran gripped Australia and the world, reinforcing how important it is to respect local laws when traveling.

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