There are 196 countries in this world but seems like a lot of places are difficult to go. For example, since I am going to Africa and middle east, I did a bit of research on how to travel to Chad, Djibouti , Somalia and Saudi Arabia. First, I tried to Google on how to get into the countries in nearby border and check to see who had already traveled the world. I check out travelblogs and signed up for Most Traveled People.
Not a lot of information come up except photos of the places. Some bloggers actually had families over those countries or are originally from there. Even the Most travel Person-Charles A Veley do not listed out how he traveled to the place I want to go this time. Anyway, I finally found out a post by other traveler regarding Saudi Arabia and he said the way he got into this forbidden Kingdom was through Bestway Tours & Safaris. The tour company help traveler to get Business Visa instead of tourist visa because Saudi Arabia do not issue tourist visa. People on the tour are extremely restricted on what they can do or they will be in big trouble….hmmm sounds pretty much like North Korea…or much worst. His tour consisted of 9 people-men and women. So, immediately, I shoot an email to the tour company but received their email saying that Saudi Arabia do not issue visa to traveler anymore and their tour is close for now. The operator said he will email me once the tour open again. So, Saudi Arabia is out, there is no way people can get in Oman or Yemen or any other nearby countries. You cannot even get on a “business” tour even if you pay US$4500 which is the listed price on Bestway Tours website. But I will not give up so far, I have hope in the future that I will eventually get in the Kingdom later.
For Somalia, check out the interesting story by Simon Reeve.
Chad and Djibouti actually have few tours people can join but there are all kinds of warning telling people not to go!! One thing which I learned from traveling was-you got to know a lot of people living in weird place. I had met a Geologist living in Niger(that’s why I get to visit him and travel to the danger zone) and one of my Chinese friend actually started a family business in Congo which I hope to visit her in the future. Such a coincidence was, the guy I met on the Tran-Siberian train just go a job in Doctors without borders and will station in Chad for the next 6 months. I cannot wait to pay a visit there. Connection is everything now and people are actually more kind in some so called “dangerous” places. So now…anyone dare to go traveling with me to all the danger zone?? Please leave your contact information ASAP.