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My 7 Scariest Travel Experiences

My 7 Scariest Travel Experiences
As a nomad by choice who has been traveling the world since infancy, I can’t say enough about how rewarding and stimulating travel is. Yet for all its benefits, the travel bug can land you on the dark side of a nightmare faster than you’d expect. Scary experiences are the norm when you leave the comforts of home behind. Here are my top seven:
1

Road-tripping:

At the age of three, my parents introduced me to the joys of travel by strapping me into a car seat and driving across Ireland. When we stopped for a bite to eat, they left me behind in the restaurant. Fortunately, they came back.
2

Trekking:

Teenage Maoists stopped me in the middle of the Himalayas, demanding a “tax” of all the rupees I was carrying. After half an hour’s bargaining, they split the contents of my wallet with me and wrote me a receipt.
3

Lodging:

The hotel in Tehran seemed comfortable enough, but my partner and I returned from a city tour to find that it had been bombed. However, the owner had received prior warning and had thoughtfully moved our belongings to the next-door hotel.
4

Hitchhiking:

A nice couple picked me up while I was hitchhiking across Alabama. After chatting and laughing together for a couple of hours, they abandoned me at a 7-11, stole my rucksack and ran up two thousand dollars on my credit card.
5

Walking:

During a walking tour of Alsace, I was attacked by a grey poodle. As I tried to pry its jaws open, the owner accused me of provoking the dog and hit me over the head with a striped umbrella.
6

Bicycling:

While exploring the Andes by mountain bike, I took a wrong turn and hurtled off the sheer cliff, landing on a patch of agave cactus and twisting my ankle. Several hours later, a farmer gave me a lift to the nearest town on the back of his tractor.
7

Sightseeing:

Halfway up a pyramid with a guided tour, my education about the history of the pharaohs was interrupted by a text message. I flipped open my phone to learn that the Twin Towers had been destroyed.

Comments (4)

bheja
if that maoist tax thing was in nepal then on behalf of all the people here i apologize for their stupidity and hope you won't reflect that on all the other people of this country.
MsKatie
I believe you
cccreate
Sorry you don't seem to have had, much luck on your travels think the most weard and upsetting one was number 7.
lunalenape
Sounds slightly more than contrived.
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