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111. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 9y

Most dangerous countries in the world would probably be Iraq and Afghanistan.

I wouldnt want to be travelling around there at the minute.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2007, at 3:55 AM by Andyroo ]

112. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

guys its obvious! its baghdad without question! where else can you get an rpg rocket fired at you! or your head cut off you?

mind you the thought of a somalian running towards me with a machete does sound appealing!

113. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Try crossing the Darien Gap by foot..
Or sleeping in a tent in Ojmjakon in winter...
Or eating bullitfish of an unexperienced chef..
Or swimming with stingrays...;)

114. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

guys its obvious! its baghdad without question! where else can you get an rpg rocket fired at you! or your head cut off you?

mind you the thought of a somalian running towards me with a machete does sound appealing!

I think its also not very appealling to spend your holiday in Afghanistani Kandahar. The only benefit is that it is rockbottom cheap.

115. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Quoting OzeHiker

I believe Indonesia to be the most dangerous

i have to disagree! I spent a month in Indonesia, just 8 months ago, never had any problems, or had anything or any situation make me feel unsafe! Indonesia was one of the high lights of my South East Asia trip

116. Posted by lindsaytay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

i didnt get a chance to read ALL of these. but after reading several posts, i think its obvious that you can argue back and forth about colombia and brazil and so on. but really, it just depends on your experience. these are huge countries where some parts are extremely dangerous and other parts are harmless.

personally, ive been to haiti 3 times. haiti is on all the "most dangerous" lists. but, ive had wonderful experiences all three times. i never felt in danger, and all the people were friendly and welcoming. i think the media doesnt accurately portray anything anymore, so you have to just investigate it for yourself!

117. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

yeah..go to baghdad...everything is just aok! the media are liars!

118. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Quoting caro_stern

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.

I think any tourist trying to drink an Aussie under the table is dangerous too.

119. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

I believe Indonesia to be the most dangerous

i have to disagree as well. Indonesia is not the safest place in SEA, true, but i think the lack of safety is more than made up by exercising a bit more caution and restraint at night especially. I think, for the inthe world category, indonesis should not turn up at all. INdonesia has a reputation for being dangerous, but stick to safer options and routes and i think its fine. Its not as if if you exercise due caution such as taking safer modes of transport and things will still occur no matter what you do. This, however cannot be said of columbia, iraq for example. Nepal was also a dangerous country with the MAoist situation, but things change over time, but normally i would assocoiate most danger with political instabiltity such as iraq or even inadequacy in columbia. For SEA, i think the Thai south is currently v dangerous, and maybe the philippines - although this is only supported by information form my friend who supposedly made it a point to lock himself in his room by 7 in the evening.... Malaysian railway stations can also be very dangerous at night, as i think my malaysian friends can attest to. Been robbed there once at syringe point by a guy who seemed high on drugs and i did not want to get jabbed by that thing that could well have HIV etc, so definitely one of the low points of my travel within my own country... Yes and eastern european trains where you can lock your compartments all you like but your stuff just goes missing when you wake with the locks still intact... amazing stuff - guy must have done a houdini, cause our band was travelling together so not a inside job definitely... Lost some cash and a few cameras, though we still had our passports and hidden stash of money, luckily...

120. Posted by exploring (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Any country or city that you visit can be dangerous if you don't use common sense. If you go looking for trouble you will find it. For example if you are male stay out of the "red light districts". Another tip would be don't accept assistance or offers to take you to a cheaper shopping district by overly friendly taxi drivers or locals. Stick to the main streets and you will be reasonably safe. There is also safety in numbers so if you can, travel with some friends. Latin America has a male dominated culture. If you are a female always dress modestly and avoid accepting a coffee or drink from a stranger. Dressing the way that is acceptable where you currently live may not be acceptable where you visit. I know that rape is not only an involuntary sexual act but also a crime of power. For your own safety please always wear a bra and avoid very tight shorts. If you dress in what Latin men consider provocative, you may be sexually harassed even though you are on a main street that has a police presence on it. You should also realize that just by being a foreigner, you are an exotic woman to the local men. Also realize that you shouldn't engage in activities that the locals are doing. For example in Brazil there are topless and nude beach areas. Don't go there. I hope that my remarks aren't taken as sexist but I have travelled through out all areas of Latin America a lot. I have had to go to the assistance of foreign women I didn't know (thus placing my own safety in jeopardy) and a female friend of mine was raped on a beach in Brazil where she had gone to watch the sunset. I do not wish to deter anyone from traveling and having a good time. I do have an advantage over the average foreigner when visiting Latin America because I am very fluent in Spanish (no foreign accent) and my Portuguese is acceptable. Despite this I am easily recognizable as a foreigner because of my features (brown hair, blue eyes and pale skin). So despite my command of the languages, I use common sense. I listen to people around me, dress comfortable but modestly, do not flash credit cards or large denomination bills around and do not wear expensive jewelry or watches. I carry a "throw away" wallet that has a small amount of cash and some ID that is easily replaced. Everyone is aware of the existence of money belts so although they are better than nothing they are not fool proof. I carry my real wallet attached to my leg in a velcro pouch. Since I wear loose jeans it is not noticeable. I wear steel toed shoes or boots an amitted inconvenience at the airport and slightly tiring to wear but effective if I ever have to defend myself. If you are planning on carrying any weapons on you first check the local laws. Many countries (for example Mexico) have very strict laws regarding fire arms. Personally the most I have ever armed myself was to buy a switch blade that was being openly sold by street vendors when I missed my bus stop and found myself getting off in a rough neighborhood. Like I wrote, I have travelled in Latin America a LOT. Although I have had four or five verbal confrontations over the years, I have never been mugged or assaulted. I apologize for the length of my posting. I have only one more tip. If you are a dual citizen apply for a passport other than in the US and use it on your travels. Americans are disliked by some Latin Americans and this dislike is encouraged by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela. In addition there have been incidents where Americans and people of the Jewish faith were held as captives while citizens of other countries were released. I only use my US passport when entering the US. When asked about the lack of entry and exit stamps on its pages, I show the officer my other passport and explain that I always use it when traveling. Don't let what I have written deter you from traveling. Just use common sense, be aware of your surroundings, act and dress modestly and you will have a wonderful time. HAPPY TRAVELS!!!