Places like India, Thailand or some African countries are sometimes contain risks for travellers. It probably will be fine if we stay in the main town area, but some interesting places to visits are really creepy when viewed from TV.

Some dangerous activities will include hiking, diving or camping.

So, when thinking of visiting or doing them, there is always fear of anything might happen such as kidnapping, getting lost, hostile citizens/villagers, crimes, shark attack, jelly fish attack, accidents and so on. Therefore, I only will visit places that is already proven really safe and convenient.

I really want to do it sometimes. Any suggestion to fight the fear?

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    It's especially important in the early days of a site to keep the questions objective. Asking for suggestions to fight the fear isn't on topic to this site, nor is it objective. You're asking a self help question, not a travel question. Jun 22, 2011 at 13:59

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Jozza'a quote above is on so many of the 'crazy' travellers' Facebook profiles that I encounter. I'm in southern Russia at present after a 34 hour train journey, and I'm trying to work out how to get into Kazakhstan. I don't speak the language, don't know where I'm going, and am on my own. And you know what? I haven't had any problems, no crime, the train runs fine (exactly to time), and in general people are friendly and helpful, even if you can't understand each other.

A friend cycled from London to New Zealand over 20 months. She was on her own cycling through places like Iran, Afghanistan, India - all 'hard' countries, some very scary. Again, she was fine. She had some scares, sure, but in general she made it through with amazing stories.

My personal quote is that as long as you survive a bad experience, it makes a great story and adds to your character.

Another friend (who I'm currently chasing) is in Uzbekistan. He's riding a 85cc scooter from London to Mongolia. He's crashed, broken down, lost parts - and people have welded his scooter together for nothing, hunted out spare parts for him, and always refused to take money - they're happy to help out of the goodness of their hearts.

It's something you start to realise - every country has some crime, some bad people. But if you're careful, in GENERAL, people everywhere are basically good, and happy to help a fellow human being.

Don't be scared, be cautious. It's a fantastic world out there - it's scary, but it's exciting. Go explore it!

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    "My personal quote is that as long as you survive a bad experience, it makes a great story and adds to your character." Great quote @Mark!! thanks
    – Sufendy
    Jun 22, 2011 at 7:30
  • Sounds like the scooter guy is doing the Mongol rally?
    – Beaker
    Jun 22, 2011 at 7:59
  • +1 People are good. A saying where I come from "Folk are folk."
    – Beaker
    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:00
  • @Ginamin - technically no, he's started early, but has signed up with Mongolia Charity Rallies anyway as it means he can ditch the scooter through them more easily in Mongolia. His blog: mongolia.charityrallies.org/zorritosloquitos
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:05
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    Awesome. Unofficial is the way to go. Gotta support the rally runners.
    – Beaker
    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:08

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain


Get someone who wants to travel with you. Someone who already visited some of the countries that fall in your "dangerous" category.

And try to remember that hiking and camping are not dangerous and that most people are actually nice. India and Thailand are very safe.

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