Originally Posted by ASD
Interesting thread. I have a question(s). Why place yourself, crew and boat in danger in the first place?
I think most people listen to the media hype and base their decisions off that. Each to their own, but the media craves bad news and this attitude is the killer of amazing experiences. The only way to know is to go - and as it turns out, the world is much nicer than its shown on TV...
I hitchhiked through Iran back in 2012 during the media frenzy about them. I felt so welcomed and totally safe. Honestly one of the best countries on Earth. I didn't use my tent once - I was always invited in. The polar opposite of what the media would portray of the country.
, since when was that a no-go-zone? Their politics is amongst themselves, tourists are unlikely to feel anything different to usual. People getting on with their lives...
For example, in Iran a man on the street said to me "Your government
is our enemy - we don't like your government, but our people love your people".
Surely the biggest risk in life is living it half-cocked. This is how most people seem to do it. We have one life and an amazing world full of awesome people. Weigh up the risks, and go live something incredible. After all - a ship is safe in harbour...!