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1. Posted by Berra2k (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

to finance your travels? I mean like smuggle drugs, transport anything illegal, steal. If you were travelling with a partner and found out they were smuggling something illegal or whatever what would you do? Would you ditch them or ask to get in on the action or blissfully ignore it?

I would totally do whatever I have to to keep travelling and support myself. Fuck a job, I'm young and dumb and it just seems like there would be too much adventure in walking on the wild side so to speak. Hell, I would probably get in on some illegal job or scam even if I didn't need the money if I felt it would make for an awesome experience. Am I just crazy or are there others like me? I feel like the stereotypical backpacker is kind of a wimp and would piss themselves at the thought of a stupid bar fight or something lol. Where are the renegades at haha.

2. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 7y

i would have to draw the line at transporting drugs/or anything else illegal for that matter, after watching films like midnight express and seeing in the news more recently that brit girl in laos she got done for smuggling heroine or coke not sure which this is a death penalty in that country she ended up getting pregnant by another inmate to prevent the death sentence but still got like a life sentence...i dont think that is quite carrying on the travel adventure being stuck in some shithole prison!! i personally wouldnt take the risk..would you?

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I wouldn't do anything that could land me in jail, especially not in a third-world country.

Your attitude really worries me. What use would be the money you gain from drug-smuggling if you are stuck in jail? No travelling then. Plus your life and your future employement chances will be pretty fucked up by jailtime. Future employment will have a big impact on your ability to travel past 25 or 30, are you sure you want to throw that away before you had the time to see a signiificant part of the world?

As much as I love travelling I rather beg, sleep on the sidewalk or go hungry than to do anything really criminal. Camping wild, cheating on train and public transport tickets, digging up potatoes from a field or nicking some fruits from an orchard is all fine with me, maybe even overstaying the visa if you fully know the risks involved. But anything else? No thanks.

I would probably ditch a travelling companion if I found out that he or she is smuggling drugs.

4. Posted by Berra2k (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

I would never try to smuggle anything through an airport or any other high security checkpoint. If there's one thing I've learned from the show "locked up abroad" it's whatever you do, don't bring it to an airport lol. And yes, I would. As long as I don't have any moral dilemma with it and feel the benefit outweighs the risk, sure why not. I've sold drugs before for a little extra cash and still do some illegal things but it comes with the territory of being a rowdy 20 year old I guess haha. I don't know, it just seems like there's a bigger thrill or more adventure in life if your taking risks and living for the moment. Plus constantly traveling would make it nearly impossible for you to be arrested for most white collar scams or crimes.

World traveling drug pirate smuggler > Mundane life working a shitty job.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 07:21 by Berra2k ]

5. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

I may be 50 something however I don't want to come off sounding like someone's parents! When I was young, I took my share of hitch hiking and other risks in my travels (of course hitchhiking was safer and more accepted decades ago) but outright theft and drug dealing - sorry friend, no way for me!

I am not a doctor or a mental health counselor but I can't help but wonder that you may have a little too much testosterone in your veins for your own welfare - and I mean that literally. If there is a medical reason for your "Type A" behavior, it can be regulated in much the same way as a Diabetic can regulate their insulin and sugar intake.

I suppose that you could become quite famous at some kind of extreme sport but sooner or later even that will ruin your life and "take you out". At least extreme sports would bring you fame and celebrity rather than contempt from the rest of society! Or does the rejection and hatred from society seem grossly appealing???

Personally I have nothing against "adrenalin rush fulfillment" but you will enjoy much more of that fulfillment if you can live to a ripe mature age by avoiding reckless criminal behaviour.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Taking a job under the table is one thing--but drug smuggling?

Call me naive, but I truly believe we get out of life what we put in. Working for your travel money makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Knowing you sweat for every dollar, knowing the value of every single thing you buy, makes you truly appreciate the entire experience. I'd never say no to a free trip, but I don't think I'll ever wholeheartedly love a trip that wasn't financed on my own. It's a philosophy I extend to my entire life, mind. Maybe I'm just hard-headed...

Plus, you may be young and dumb, but those are some mighty fine criteria for trouble in jail.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Berra2k

I would totally do whatever I have to to keep travelling and support myself. Fuck a job, I'm young and dumb and it just seems like there would be too much adventure in walking on the wild side so to speak.

Which basically means you have "arrest me right this minute" tattooed on your forehead. As Tway said "Plus, you may be young and dumb, but those are some mighty fine criteria for trouble in jail." Depending on the country - they don't jail you, they bury you.

Also keep in mind that (being young and dumb) if you do decide to apply for a job - there's a good chance a potential employer will come across this thread. If you use your username on other sites, you're traceable. I'm sure you'll be at the top of the "do not hire" list. But then, you'll have those illegal skills to fall back on in a pinch.

Sorry, but being a renegade and being stupid are not necessarily mutually inclusive. The "typical backpacker is kind of a wimp and would piss themselves at the thought of a stupid bar fight" is also the one who lives to tell about their adventures.

8. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

The biggest trap about committing any serious crime is, if you get away with it, you will do it again until you get caught - and that's when pure reality in all it's glory will hit Berra2k like a truck. It's a bit like when a baby discovers lying - 'wow! that was easy! i'll keep doing it'. I'm not calling you a baby, but you get the point.

Have you thought of teaching English? Yes it's work - but it will keep you on the road. I'm actually considering it myself.

Anyway - that's my take on it. Sorry if it sounds a bit harsh. see link to foreign jails.
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=visit+foreign+jail&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
http://www.prisonersabroad.org.uk/index.html

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 10:17 by fabyomama ]

9. Posted by bjnsharp (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

The biggest trap about committing any serious crime is, if you get away with it, you will do it again until you get caught - and that's when pure reality in all it's glory will hit Berra2k like a truck. It's a bit like when a baby discovers lying - 'wow! that was easy! i'll keep doing it'. I'm not calling you a baby, but you get the point.

Have you thought of teaching English? Yes it's work - but it will keep you on the road. I'm actually considering it myself.

Anyway - that's my take on it. Sorry if it sounds a bit harsh. see link to foreign jails.
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=visit+foreign+jail&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
http://www.prisonersabroad.org.uk/index.html

It's not harsh. Anyone considering drug smuggling is just plainly a complete idiot! If he wants to try his luck it's upto him, but don't complain when you get put in a disgusting pit of a prison or when your put up infront of a wall and shot. Because these are the situations you deserve to be in if you try and smuggle drugs.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

As Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) said in Porridge, when the Prison Governor was showing a guest round and introduced him to Fletcher. The Governor commented.... "Better watch this one Sir." Oh - who's this??" The visitor asked asked. "That's Norman Stanley Fletcher." Oh - what did you do to end up here Fletcher?"
"What did I do to get here? Just one thing.... I got caught!"