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What have you fled from, on your travels?

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Fires, storms, wars, floods, disease...
8 years ago, April 9th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #133346  
Check this honeymoon experience out. If there is a prize for the most disaster packed honeymoon, this couple should get it.

A Swedish couple on a four-month honeymoon managed to stumble upon six disasters on their journey, including cyclones, flooding and earthquakes.

Stefan and Erika Svanström left Sweden on 6 December last year and were first stranded in Munich, Germany, due to the snowstorms that hit Europe...


Honeymooners stumble upon six disasters


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8 years ago, April 10th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #133416  
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This couple really win the gold medal dont they - great to see their amazing attitudes.

Ive never technically had to flee anything but I seem to attract political demonstrations - 1989 I was living in HK and was supposed to be in Beijing on June 9 but after having been slightly trapped in protests in HK decided not to push my luck. Went from there to Kashmir and had an idyllic few months on a houseboat on Lake Sirinagar until the sound of gunfire got too much.

Fast forward a few years - 11 Oct 2002 had a drink at the Sari club in Bali on my 24 hour no fly stop after diving out on the islands - the night before the Sari Club was blown up, 2008 - Lae/Port Moresby riots, 2009 - Bangkok Redshirts and again in Apr 2010 transiting through BKK so decided not to go into Bangkok city and diverted south to the islands and had a lovely peaceful time.
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8 years ago, April 12th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #133631  
Not exactly fled, but had to take a flight....
Whilst we were in Pokhara the Maoists decided to ban all travel, threatening to shoot anyone seen using a vehicle. So we had to cancel our 12hr road trip to Kathmandu, taking a Buddha Air flight instead.
So, thanks to the Maoists. we missed bumping along in a sweltering bus and instead flew past breathtaking views if the Himalayas and had more spare time to explore Kathmandu.
Three cheers for the Maoists 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, April 13th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #133749  
In 2007, on our around the world trip---
We encountered some floods in Vietnam. The town of Hue was knee deep in water. Later on the train to Nha Trang the tracks of our train were washed out. After waiting 20 hours we finally hired a cab and made it to Nha Trang safely.

We were supposed to fly into Mynmar the morning the Japanese photographer was killed in all the turmoil. At the last minute we stayed in KL. I guess that was a near miss. Glad we didn't go. They had a real mess for a few weeks. Reply to this

8 years ago, April 16th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #133976  
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I was on holiday in northern Spain and I found a huge tornado in Cantabria and it is not common in this country.<snip>
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8 years ago, April 29th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #134931  
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Flood - whilst camping at Mount Mee last January 2011. We got stranded and couldn't flee. The Park Rangers came to our rescue 😊

Snow Storm - hit us on our way to Milford Sound New Zealand last September 2010. Got bogged in the snow then hit by a tour bus !

Earthquake - fled from the constant tremors whilst in Christchurch NZ (September 2010)

Bush Fires - whilst camping at Mount Mee in September 2009. Then got hit by a duststorm when we got home the next day.


** Also survived a 7.6 magnitude earthquake which claimed more than 1600 souls in the Philippines.


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8 years ago, May 6th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #135614  
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I was in Cusco when the torrential rains hit early last year, we didn't flee like most tourists but when it abated we ventured out and witnessed the sheer heartbreak caused by the mudslides, we took a bus a few days later to Puno and saw the hundreds of plastic lean-tos that had become home to thousands, We stayed and the tourists literally stopped coming, The funny thing was the sun came out along with multiply wild flowers, we had a great time because it was so quiet but to the detriment of the poor local businesses. For a week helicopters filled the sky ferrying the stranded from Aguas Calientes, It took months for the tourists to come back.

We were in Northern Chile whilst in bed 1 night we heard the sound of a train coming towards us, we jumped out of bed and ran to the door just as the whole room started shaking, the epicenter was 50kms away but was deep enough not to cause much damage but it sure as hell scared the life out of me Reply to this

8 years ago, May 6th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #135616  
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In response to: Msg #133346 I read about this and was also really impressed by these people's attitude, they took it in their stride, hopefully the riotous start to their marriage means that all the bad stuff is out of the way and they live a long happy life together Reply to this

8 years ago, May 7th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #135665  
After having a traveling experience i would like to share that I was being fledded by height, but now after having such a good experience of travel now I don’t got fled by height even I have taken lots of task in air. Thank you so much. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 12th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #136066  
According to my boyfriend, I come accross so many world disasters that I have to be causing them. I dont think I encountered more than any traveller who has travelled on and off for 23 years has.

I tend to hide out, rather than flee though, because it generally has seemed the safer thing to do.

I hid in my hotel room in Cuba, listening to the hotel staff in the courtyard praying and rattling rossery beads, as a horricane tore accross the country.
I hid out on an island in Uganda, because there was a war on. The island had no electricity or running water, and at the time it was not so easy to get there, so I figured the war wouldnt bother going to the trouble.
A volcano errupted when I was on my way to Quito, Ecuador and all flights to there were stopped. I took a detour to Peru instead.
etc

It was just a few months before I went to Thailand in 2006, when the coup happened. I have been to Thailand a few more times since then. A few months before going there on every time, some political crisis happened. I am due to fly to Thailand in just 2 and half months, and right on schedule, the following is in todays news.
Thai lawmaker shot, fueling election violence fear

My boyfriends comment about what is in todays news is as follows.

I swear it's you, somehow :D
You'll be in the dictionary under Disasters, tTsunami, earthquake, revolution, MelFla :D



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8 years ago, May 12th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #136076  
Ok-- I'm laughing now.
Maybe you could convince world governments that this is true and you could be paid to stay at home!
Just thinking...... Reply to this

8 years ago, May 12th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #136079  

... you could be paid to stay at home!


I must say, there are worse ways to make a living. I like that idea. If I stay at home for say 10 months, I wonder if it would earn me enough money for a trip someplace. :D Reply to this

8 years ago, May 12th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #136089  
Hey--- I had not thought of that....yes, I'll bet that would work! Reply to this

8 years ago, May 15th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #136280  
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In response to: Msg #136079 To a padded cell hopefully you could keep yourself out of bother there Reply to this

8 years ago, May 25th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #137090  
In response to: Msg #133346

I have experienced a major volcanic eruption near my place where I stayed. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 25th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #137092  
Mel--- you haven't caused this Volcano to erupt in Iceland have you? Reply to this

8 years ago, May 25th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #137093  
@D MJ Binkley: Promised I didn't caused that volcano to erupt. Talking of Iceland, can anyone pronounce the name of the place where the volcano has erupted?
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8 years ago, May 25th 2011 No: 18 Msg: #137096  
George-- glad you were not the cause. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 16th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #143361  
That's one of the problems that you will have to deal with. You can't travel without a passport. You can't get a passport. You can't travel. Reply to this

7 years ago, December 13th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #148759  
Just lived through the Bangkok flood. It was the longest, most drawn out and anticlimactic disaster ever. Thank God I live in inner BKK though, or things would've been much worse. Reply to this

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