I read an earlier addition to this book years ago, before I had been to any countries that I thought were truly dangerous and I couldn’t resist rereading it, as I’ve been to many of the places in the book. Not sure how I ever got hold of it, but I was pretty surprised to see all the places in it that I had already been and never even had a whiff of danger, even in the most remote places. Me and my family tend to get “off the beaten path” a bit and really don’t like to frequent tourist hangouts, so some of the book most likely applied to us. As I got older, I started going to more countries described by the book, usually on “business trips”,,,and business was good in those days.
The World’s Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton is now in its 5th edition but mine is the 4th edition, published in 2000 with a total of 1007 pages. It’s a pretty great value for $15.95,,,,and you can buy it from Amazon via the link above if you want some great reading on places you might go. Keep in mind,,,,,the US is featured on page 927 and there’s some truly scary info and stats on US violence and LACK of regulations that might stop your trip to Disney,,,,if you can get into the USA .
Both me and the author are of the same mind about travel and the info in this book. Dangerous means places where people will KILL you just for being who you are or because of your skin color. Torture is bad and dangerous too. The author openly says that this isn’t a travel guide and should not be used as a travel guide, it should be used as a survival guide if you HAVE to go to some of these countries. There are places in the book I just would refuse to go to on vacation,,,,period. It would be much different if my work sent me and this is one of the reasons I bought this book so long ago,,,,,cause my work did send me and I wanted to know as much as possible about the area I was going to. However, there’s also places in the book that are more benign and you should think about, cause they’re worth the trip. Of the countries in the book, I’ve been to roughly half of them mentioned,,,,and only felt in danger in two of the countries in the book. However, my version was written in 2000,,,,,by 2017 there’s a new world order and lots of places have been destabilized and changed since then. Of the places accessible by boat, I would not recommend anyone go near the Horn of Africa area (pirates) or some places in Malaysia (pirates). “I” however, would go to the US, Bosnia, Mexico, Greece, and Nicaragua,,,,,all mentioned and written about in the book. I’ve already been to several of these countries and never felt the least bit worried or harassed but we ALWAYS avoided the tourist places and the Ugly American Syndrome. There seems to be enough of that around,,,,please try to avoid it when traveling,,,,it’s not your country.
The author (Robert Young Pelton) has a pretty great website all about surviving in some of these countries and some of his adventures. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up in places that have need of professionals on private “business trips” and thus has gained all of his experience that way, but he certainly has interesting connections in some really cool places. If you’re going to sail to places like Mexico, East Timor, South America, the Philippines or Malaysia,,,,you might want to pick up the 5th edition and continue your research and education before you go by boat. Lastly, Robert Young Pelton has written a number of other books you can find on Amazon, but they might not fit in an adventure travel/sailboat blog-
While I’m certainly not as experienced as Robert Young Pelton, I’ve been to over 30 countries and have a wealth of experience with adventure travel. I’m excited to write about it and review books like this, so please keep reading and following for MORE. You can also check out our Pinterest site, just look for Boats, Beaches, Bars and Bikini’s and you’ll find us there-