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

im going to south africa in a couple of weeks time and have a feeling that i am going to get a rocket stuffed up my ass:(

22. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Comments on the list earlier given by a colleague traveller:

"A trip to one of these places could easily be your last

  • Iraq -> been there at least 6 times
  • Colombia
  • Israel
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Haiti

These destinations fall in the second most dangerous category:

  • Philippines
  • Iran -> been there at least 5 times
  • Afghanistan -> many times, lived there for months
  • Albania -> many times
  • Pakistan -> lived there for 2 years
  • Georgia -> visited
  • Liberia -> visited
  • Sierra Leone -> visited
  • Nigeria
  • Congo -> lived there, visited many times
  • Angola -> lived there (twice)
  • South Africa -> visited
  • Zimbabwe -> visited
  • Sudan -> visited
  • Uganda -> lived there for 4 years
  • Rwanda -> visited so many times, I could have lived there
  • Somalia -> visited
  • Ethiopia -> visited several times

"
My point is: travelling to 'dangerous places' can be very rewarding. I lived and worked in those places for work. Had little choice. But in the end, i loved every minute of it. Take the right safety precautions, and travel to those place 'where no man with a sane mind would want to go', can be a very enriching experience.

Even so, there are definitively some places I would not typify as dangerous places... Iran is very safe, eg. By the way, Iraq before the war was one of the safest places I have ever been to.
There are some places I would include in your 'be careful' list:
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Central Station Brussels at night
- ..

PS: Horror stories about certain countries always sound much worse than it really is.
PPS: if you really want to go to these places, buy the book which is appropriately called 'The World's Most Dangerous Places' by Robert Young Pelton (Harper-Collins). A 1,000 page travelbook about places no-body wants to travel to. Hillarious.. Informative.. Helpful.. One of the best travel books I have ever read. My bible. Going nowhere without it.
PPPS: for travelstories about many of the places listed above, try theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com

Oh and my most disappointing travel destination: India... Dunno, just could NOT get in sync with the place and the people I met. Weird, hey?

p.

23. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

I was a little bit dissapointed with Venice, but I think that was mostly because of way too high expectations than something being wrong with the city. I had a great time there but it smelled like sewage everywhere.

24. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I think what angela_ said is spot on - sometimes you have a place built up on such high expectations that it simply cannot meet them and it disappoints - not maybe through any fault of that destination just because reality and expectations fail to collide!

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

Quoting petercasie

Comments on the list earlier given by a colleague traveller:

"A trip to one of these places could easily be your last

  • Iraq -> been there at least 6 times
  • Colombia
  • Israel
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Haiti

These destinations fall in the second most dangerous category:

  • Philippines
  • Iran -> been there at least 5 times
  • Afghanistan -> many times, lived there for months
  • Albania -> many times
  • Pakistan -> lived there for 2 years
  • Georgia -> visited
  • Liberia -> visited
  • Sierra Leone -> visited
  • Nigeria
  • Congo -> lived there, visited many times
  • Angola -> lived there (twice)
  • South Africa -> visited
  • Zimbabwe -> visited
  • Sudan -> visited
  • Uganda -> lived there for 4 years
  • Rwanda -> visited so many times, I could have lived there
  • Somalia -> visited
  • Ethiopia -> visited several times

"
My point is: travelling to 'dangerous places' can be very rewarding. I lived and worked in those places for work. Had little choice. But in the end, i loved every minute of it. Take the right safety precautions, and travel to those place 'where no man with a sane mind would want to go', can be a very enriching experience.

Even so, there are definitively some places I would not typify as dangerous places... Iran is very safe, eg. By the way, Iraq before the war was one of the safest places I have ever been to.
There are some places I would include in your 'be careful' list:
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Central Station Brussels at night
- ..

PS: Horror stories about certain countries always sound much worse than it really is.
PPS: if you really want to go to these places, buy the book which is appropriately called 'The World's Most Dangerous Places' by Robert Young Pelton (Harper-Collins). A 1,000 page travelbook about places no-body wants to travel to. Hillarious.. Informative.. Helpful.. One of the best travel books I have ever read. My bible. Going nowhere without it.
PPPS: for travelstories about many of the places listed above, try theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com

Oh and my most disappointing travel destination: India... Dunno, just could NOT get in sync with the place and the people I met. Weird, hey?

p.

Peter, very interesting to hear from you. The book you mentioned sure is a nice one. Shouldn't your post be somewhere in another topic by the way?

About several countries in the list you mentioned: I guess Israel surely is not ment to be in the number 1 list is it? It's actually quit safe.
Also places like Albania, Georgia, Rwanda and Ehtiopia surprise me. I have been to several countries, like Albania and Georgia and I have never felt any safer, well maybe in Syria and North Korea...probably the axis of evel is actually more safe than Bush' backgarden or any tiny village in Texas...;)

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

And considering me putting London on the disappointing list and having at least two people having questions about that....well, this is a subjective thing isn't it. I mean, to me certain cities that are so popular are really ugly. London and Beijing are two of them, but I could easily think of several more.

27. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hmmm.. it seems my previous reply was misunderstood as probably people did not read through the whole reply list...
Got quite a bit of private replies and questions also about my post too.

Let me clarify..: The countries I listed in my previous post, is a quote from the list a colleague traveller in this forum listed as dangerous, and no-go areas. It is in the previous replies...

In my reply I indicated for that list where I had been or lived in, concluding many of them were SAFE (with some exceptions).

In addition, I intended to say 'even for those countries which are not considered safe, travelling can be very rewarding'.. So I would not rule out dangerous places as places where 'i would not go to'...

Hope that clarifies a bit... :-)

Peter

28. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Yeah, 'cause disappointment depends partly on expectation. If you'd expected London to be horrible and dull then it might not have been so disappointing Utrecht ;)

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

Quoting magykal1

Yeah, 'cause disappointment depends partly on expectation. If you'd expected London to be horrible and dull then it might not have been so disappointing Utrecht ;)

LOL. Ok, I rest my case..;)

30. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Yeah, 'cause disappointment depends partly on expectation.

I agree with you, Rob, though I think expectations play a large role in one's disappointment (or satisfaction) with a particular destination.

Someone commented about Montego Bay being a disappointment for them. Yet, I have visited MoBay and other places in Jamaica many times and have rarely been too disappointed. I can't say I was thrilled with Negril, but I had certain expectations that were not necessarily realistic ones. I found the same with visiting Panama. I had a wonderful time, but what I visualized about the country and what I really saw were completely at opposite ends of the spectrum. I had a picture of the Panama Canal srrounded by thick tropical jungle - my fault!!

I tend to be more disappointed with the other visitors (mainly my own countrymen) than I even am with the destination. There are always some jewels and unexpected adventures that we stumble upon washing away the less-than-ideal aspects. Maybe I just look at it all from the perspective that I could be home hanging out in the laundry room washing clothes - now that's disappointing destination. ;)

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