How it'll go: Tropical cyclones and storms, earthquakes, landslides
The Philippines is home to eight of the top 10 riskiest cities due to its vulnerability to massive cyclones and tropical storms. In fact, the 2013 typhoon Haiyan killed thousands and caused around $13 billion in structural damage. But the island nation is also susceptible to earthquakes and landslides, and with poor infrastructure and emergency response, citizens constantly face peril. Relief and rescue efforts during Haiyan quickly shed light on how quickly one city can become disconnected from the rest of the country.
What you’ll miss: Though Manila gets a bad rap for poverty, pollution, and crime, the city is rich with culture, food, and nightlife. Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese, and Arabic influences make for a unique cultural mix, and Manila boasts attractions such as the stone citadel Intramuros and art museums, as well as serving as a base for day or overnight trips to outlying islands and volcanoes.