THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM TRAVELING IN DANGEROUS PLACES
I like going places people tell me not to.
- •Nowhere is safe to go by yourself, so go everywhere.I'm not safe walking alone in my home of Los Angeles so why should I stay there and miss out on the Jordanian desert or the Istanbul nightlife?
- •Don't go to protests. That said, I love a good protestThe safe rule is don't go to protests in other countries. But I heard a group of people shouting "allahu akbar" in Istanbul and couldn't resist joining them. In Athens yesterday protesters got smoke bombed and tear gassed by the police and I went closer to get a better video. Don't be stupid like me. I will probably get killed someday and will feel very stupid.
- •If you can be with a guy, be with a guy. If not, oh wellMost places in the world are more comfortable with a man at your side, no matter how wimpy. People just leave you alone more than if you're a woman alone or in a group of women.
- •Try and not look like an AmericanDo your best to stop smiling all the time
- •Put money everywhere. In the sole of your shoe. Your tiniest pocket. Your buttcrack
- •Register with the state department so if shit goes down in a country, they know you're there
- •Be aware of your surroundings all the time. Just internalize it. Be like Batman and echolocate yourselfAnd try to not walk around with a map out. Even I want to mug people standing on a corner with their map out
- •Don't listen to people at home who try and scare you out of goingThey probably have never been there and don't know.
- •Enjoy it. You're probably going to be fine, and you'll have a fun and exciting vacation, different from what everyone else is doing.And if you die I claim no responsibility, it's not my fault
- •Don't join ISISEver.