The body of Shosei Koda, 24 was found on a roadside in central Baghdad the day before. His head had reportedly been wrapped in a U.S. flag and left near his body. Koda, from Japan's southern island of Kyushu, traveled to Iraq on what he described to friends as a journey of self-discovery.
I am not sure what to think about this. As a fellow traveller who has been to and continues to think about going to places that are a little "dodgy" (though nothing as out there as Iraq), it is a story that has grabbed my attention. However, at present I don't know how to feel about this whole thing.
What do people here think? When you travel, how much do you take into account the probability of civil unrest in the countries you are going to? Do you even do any research? Would anyone here travel to Iraq at the present time?
am planning a trip to Iran, well not as bad as Iraq but is bad enough to be "axis of evil". I am going there with my Iranian friends so i guess is ok. am definitaly not going there without the accompanion.
I definitely wouldn't go to Iraq. I do take into account civil unrest, etc.. to some extent. The most 'unrest' I had to deal with was when I went to Albania. There were regular gun shots during the night and on one occassion we heard that bandits had planned to rob the truck we were driving around (full of presents for kids). I never felt really unsafe and would definitely do a trip like that again.
The situation in Iraq is well beyond that though. I'm not really the type to hang out in war zones.
What happened to Shosei Koda is appalling, however he must have had rocks in his head to go to Iraq for "self discovery". He must have known the dangers, decided to take the risk, and now he's dead.
I'm a fairly careful traveller, and it would never cross my mind to go to a place like that. If I really wanted to go, I'd join the army and at least have a gun.
This is a tricky one for me to answer - I would never travel anywhere really dodgy just for the sake of going there because it's dodgy or because i wanted to find myself or the like. Having said that, i was in Iraq not all that long ago, and was also in Serbia/Kosovo etc during the conflict plus also Iran and several of the old Soviet states during times of either conflict or at least unrest. But you always have to understand and accept the risks, and listen to what people on the ground are telling you, and going just for the sake of going, or for the "thrill" is crazy to my mind.