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11. Posted by salsachick (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

The only danger would be dying of boredom.

hahaha!!! good one Tway!!!
Girls and boys just trust your instincts and gut feelings about travel!

12. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

as far as safety goes, i'm pretty sure most people are at least a little cautious when they travel... that goes for women AND men... it's not like people are going to walk around some small town in designer clothes and expensive jewellery just asking to be mugged or robbed... i think anyone who travels probably has a little more sense than that.
but hey, maybe im wrong!!;)
lauren

13. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting counsellor

Any place in the world can be a safe or a dangerous one, it will only depend on your attitude as a traveler.

He summed it up in his..first sentence.I'm trying to see it in context and i think he meant only to be helpful although probably a bit like an overzealous counsellor trying to micro-manage his young charges.
. Not every woman(and man), young or old, is streetsmart enough to know how to deal with suspicious strangers. There may be young children reading this forum afterall,who knows?

Anyway anyway, some women are incredibly psychic with their intuitions..U know, those that know what you're thinking before u even move your a**.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I saw your a** move Jared!
But, you are correct, there will be people reading this that don't have the same "street smarts" as others. Though, Counsellor posted it in a way which can be seen as scary. There are many posts throughout the forums where the poster's attitude toward possible dangers is rather cavalier. Whether that is how they travel or not... We don't really know.

Fore-warned is fore-armed. Those who have already made up their minds to step out into the world, will do so as safely as possible I'm sure. Those who aren't quite there yet - hopefully will take in all the information (good and bad), then realize that traveling is safe when you are aware of your surroundings. (S**t happens, but usually close to home.)

15. Posted by salsachick (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I totally agree Isadora;)

16. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Quoting steffbo

why shouldn't guys be in danger if they happen to meet a psycho while travelling?

I would almost think men would be in more danger...with their bravado and all......

Hey are you saying we do some stupid things? That sometimes we do stuff to get ourselves in trouble?

17. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Let's see... there were 42 murders in Montreal last year. Oh my gawd! That's unsafe! Either I should never, ever leave the front door, or I'd better move! Hmm.. .Missaguga was rated the "Safest City in Canada" last year. Maybe I should move there. The only danger would be dying of boredom.

Hey that's not so bad, we average a murder a day down here in Philadelphia. We even had a little streak (a bad streak) when more people were killed around here than were killed in Iraq during the same period.

But around here it's still really safe. As long as you just watch out and stay out of certain neighborhoods and situations, etc.. It's the same when you travel. Sure lots of people may get murdered in Rio, but if you're walking along Cococabana Beach during the day and not walking through a favali at night, there's a pretty big difference.

Wherever you are, the key is to make sensible decisions, be alert, know a little about the situation in the places you visit, and use some commen sense.

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I (we) have never had any problems in any of the countries/cities we have visited. A police officer in Panama stopping us in the middle of nowhere did give us that uneasy feeling - he just wanted a ride to his station. Our last night there, the hotel was a bit dodgy but we kept our eyes open and used our common sense to avoid trouble. Everywhere else - we are keenly aware of our surroundings, but not to the point of not enjoying the sights or our trip.

As to the troubles being closer to home - when I live in Chicago, the next door neighbor kid (age 15) tried to rob me at knife point on my front step. I was more shocked than scared since I knew the boy. I started yelling at him on how stupid he was behaving, that I was going to tell his mother, and if he didn't go home - I was calling Immigration (his family was here illigally and Immigration sent the father back to Mexico on a regular basis). He was so surprised at my outburst that he went home. I would never have called Immigration! But he didn't know that. (Besides, I liked his family and they were very hard workers just trying to make a good home for their kids.) Oh, I did tell his mother and he was forced to apologise to me as part of his punishment. She thanked me for making her aware of his activities.

19. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Sad as that sounds...isn't it the way in the U.S.? Usually it is close to home.............:(
(by the way Isa, very brave of you!!!)

20. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Sounds to me like the real lesson in this email is not to have affairs with strange men who have urges to kill women.