All these stories are really interesting. The bottom line is though that the world is an amazing place with lots of horrible people. There probably isnt a safe place anywhere. I live in London and i know about things that happen here that dont even get mentioned on TV or in newspapers. My mum works in the metropolitan police here and she deals with horrid things all the time. Lots of gang warfare. People have there limbs cut off with Samurai Swords! thats no joke either. I dont want this to happen but I think this country is heading for a civil war real soon. We know of the bombings on the underground. That wasnt good. Also I read the other day that all prisons in England are nearly full so then what? Prisoners are being released and given these tags so they can be kept under control at all times. They just take them off and throw them away.
Im planning on going across the states and then to new zealand. I know its going to be dangerous. I watched a tv programme where this guy went to different countries in the world to look into gangs. He went to London, Rio, California and to my suprise... NEW ZEALAND! that sums it up. its meant to be so peaceful there. Its just not as bad as anywhere else but still the chance of being caught up in some kind of violence is there.
My nan and grandad live in a little house in southern Ireland far from any big cities. Guess what... They got burgled.
Ive never really heard of anything bad in Canada except recently when a terror plot was discovered by police in Toronto. Im waiting for some bad stories about Canada. Dont worry though. I wont be surprised. People just need to be so careful when travelling. I will be.
To matt_25 Enjoy Colombia and good luck with the young ladies, I read your post on poorbuthappy, however I would advise single men to avoid those red light districts at night and if you do enter such a place never go alone, and never never accept drinks from strangers, ever! Don't reveal where your lodging place is to anyone and take taxis back to hotel late at night even if only a few blocks. This also goes for other Latin American countries. Where I reside I often spend late afternoons in the Mall with professional friends and students and am home by 7PM safe and sound, there are nice places to go out at night and many nice people to meet, it may seem boring at times, but better safe than sorry.
To patience...That is really sad to hear about London, I was there many years ago, I got lost, and an elderly lady I asked directions of took the time to walk me nearby the Charing Cross Underground station, so polite and nice. Walking around at night never seemed a problem. I grew up in small town USA in the 1950s and early 1960s, we never locked our bicycles, when my parents went on holiday the house was unlocked, was the same then in Montréal, and hitch-hiking rides was a way to get around everywhere for a while. I used to stick out my thumb up about 20 miles, 30 km. north of NYC at thruway exit and be in Montréal 8 hours later! I live in a country considered very dangerous, yet I have never been assaulted here, yet know many natives who have. Sad we all don't have that freedom of traveling anywhere, everywhere without fear like we used to. Have good online friends in NZ, Native Maori people with a big big website on NZ and they love helping visitors. Hear NZ is still fairly safe.
To magykal1 I just rented a tuxedo or smoking jacket and have booked a tour for Antartica, where I will try and blend in with the locals..the Penguins! Thanks.
Hi Numero1, thanks for writing back. You are totally right, violent crime in Sydney is on the increase which is a terrible thing, but the worst thing is that its senseless violence. the FARC and ELN in Colombia are rightly or wrongly fighting for a cause, and the method they use (terrorism) to the average person is totally innapropriate, but to them they are desperate and will use any means possible to get their message accross. (note it can be argued that the motivation of the FARC and ELN groups has long since changed from politics and switched towards drugs but thats another story). The violent situations occuring in Sydney that you described above are ridiculous, and unfortunately they occur too often....and are nothing more than groups of drug and alcohol fueled cowards who for whatever reason see nothing wrong in kicking an unconcious opponent on the ground until he is at the point of death. I would still take Sydney over Bogota though, mind you I would not tell anyone to not go there, and I am keen as mustard to go to Colombia myself (Baranquilla).
It was interesting reading the posts on this thread suggesting various places in central america that I have been to as most dangerous candidates. Myself and my cousin spent a few nights in San Pedro Sula on our trip in december 05/ jan 06. We went out on the town with a local whom we met in a restaruant and danced the night away at a local tango club called the "chicken express" (oddly it was named in english). We had a blinding night there, got dropped off at the wrong hotel on the way home in a cab we shared with more locals, then walked the streets through the dark to get to our proper hotel. It was one of the best nights of our trip, and by all accounts we should have been raped mugged and murdered 1000 times over for all the risks we took that night!!! But you know people can be lucky and some can be unlucky...im sure if we carried on like that long enough something would have happened. (the owner of the hotel we stayed at couldnt belive we went to the express, he said (quote) YOU WENT TO THE CHICKEN EXPRESS??!!?!?! Man you guys have some nuts....we had no idea that this place had a reputation for being nasty.
PS when we were leaving Honduras this guy sitting next to me in the airport got up to catch his plane, and he asked if I spoke spanish and I said yeah, a little. So he gave me his paper and I started reading the short articles as they were easier to digest (you know there ones where there is like 5 tiny articles in a column) and in those 5 article 3 stood out. 1 was about a break and enter into a house where masked gunmen murdered a family of three, another was about a mass grave which had been uncovered containing 7 skeletons including that of a child, and the third was about a gun fight that had occured in broad daylight between police and drug dealers. I thought to myslef, man...if this stuff doesnt even make the front pages of the paper, let alone a decent article, imagine what does!!!!
Hey guys -interesting thread this.
Yes most of the world has a dangerous element but if you are careful about where you go and what you do you are fairly safe. Speak to the locals who will be a reliable source of information on safety aspects.
South africa in my opinion is a real dangerous place to be at the moment. It saddens me to have to say this as it is a beautiful country that is being spoilt by criminal elements. For the real deal check out http//crimexposouthafrica.org this will give you a good idea of what ordinary South Africans have to deal with on a daily basis.
Sorry but this thread sucks i shouldnt have read it, i just travelled down from Mexico to Panama and im going to take a cargoboat from Panama to Buenaventura/Colombia in a few days, from there i will go over Cali and Medellin to Bogota.
Regarding to this thread im gonna be raped, kidnapped or murdered in a few days, actually i should have been already for several times.
To: The Two Re: Colombia
Doubt that you'll be robbed, murdered or raped unless you are really careless, love staying out all night in the worst part of towns with sleazy strangers in tow spending money and carry all your valuables in your back pocket.
Join the travel forums on http://poorbuthappy.com/colombia and see!
A great country to visit..just use common sense.
I'm colombian and I know how dangerous my country is; but i'd never suggest anyone not to come here. The biggest cities are as safe (or unsafe) as the estandar latinamerican city. In fact, in 2005 the so-called "most dangerous city in the world", Medellin, had a murders rate of 659 people. Detroit and St Louis had almost 500 murders and they have almost 3 times less inhabitants. I know that's still a scary statistic but is not far from other latinamerican and even american cities. If you are careful you can go almost anywhere here...if you`re not a rich local or a well paid engineer working for an oil company in the jungle, you won't probably have any trouble. I've been almost in every south american capital and I'm sure that some cities are far more angerous than Medellin or Bogota.
Just what do you mean by dangerous??!!?
Australia has more things that want to kill you than you can imagine - sea stingers, crocs, spiders, snakes, serial killers etc etc etc. We all know the list of Oz bities.
Personally, having a rifle in my face at Dubai airport left me feeling a little bothered, and having to get escorts all over the place in Egpyt left me with come concerns, but the worst I have experience personally is having train guards inviting themselves into my sleeper cabin on overnight trains in Eastern Europe.
I think dangerous depends on what you expect to happen to you. Men at my door at 3.00 in the morning has been the worst thing for me. Thankfully I have the capacity to deal with these things and he left before things got ugly.