As these photos illustrate, you've really only ever moments away from a potential nightmare no matter where in the world you are.

Holidays are supposed to be enjoyable - time spent away from the relentless grind of daily life.

So the last thing you'd want to be faced with, for example, is a visit from an enormous Australian spider in your room, or a South African elephant taking a pew on your car.

As these photos illustrate, you've really only ever moments away from a potential nightmare no matter where in the world you are.

One image captures a truck teetering precariously over the edge of a steep ravine in Bolivia, while another shows a air passenger bound and gagged after drinking too much.

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Another chap was unfortunate enough to emerge from a nice swim in the ocean with a slimy octopus clinging to his back.

Here, MailOnline Travel has rounded up a collection of dismal scenarios which will leave you feeling relieved to be safe at home:

This horrifically huge spider was apparently captured in Australia, home to some of the most fear-inducing creatures on earth. Photo / Imgur
This horrifically huge spider was apparently captured in Australia, home to some of the most fear-inducing creatures on earth. Photo / Imgur
Enough dismal weather can ruin pretty much any camping trip, as seems to be the case with this group. Photo / Imgur
Enough dismal weather can ruin pretty much any camping trip, as seems to be the case with this group. Photo / Imgur
Taken in South Africa's Pilanesburg National Park, this is the moment an elephant used a car to scratch an itch. Imgur, FauxTales
Taken in South Africa's Pilanesburg National Park, this is the moment an elephant used a car to scratch an itch. Imgur, FauxTales
According to the uploader, this was the result of some Canadian tourists forgetting to use their handbrake in Turkey. Photo / Imgur, GloriousShinyBastard
According to the uploader, this was the result of some Canadian tourists forgetting to use their handbrake in Turkey. Photo / Imgur, GloriousShinyBastard