Death Road, Camino de la muerte, South America, Dangerous, Biking

Danger, should you let it hold you back? PART 1

**Disclaimer: Life, Love and Adventure & fellow collaborators are in no way recommending anyone to participate in potentially dangerous activities; as well, we in no way are responsible if injuries may occur during said activities. — Please evaluate your own physical capabilities before taking on a tasking or potentially dangerous activities.

Have you ever looked danger in the eyes and said, “&^%$# it! I’m going to do this, even if it’s potentially dangerous and might scare me to death ?

I certainly have … I can’t say I regret a moment of it .. but I also can’t say I’d sign myself up for some adventures again, haha! Sometimes activities are given the title ‘dangerous’ because there is the potential hazard of injury but it’s not always the case especially if you are aware, use common sense and abide by the rules set in place.

Here are some potentially dangerous activities/places around the world that myself and fellow travel bloggers have experienced and completed safely.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T. S. Eliot


Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

The Kalalau Trail, located along the Na Pali Coastl on Hawaii’s island of Kauai, has been named one of the most dangerous hiking trail in the world. It is 11 miles long each way and typically takes a day to hike in and a day to hike out. There have been several known casualties and injuries along this hike; though, most are caused by disregarding signs or overconfidence when faced with a spot on the trail that is very hazardous and unpredictable. The most common fatality is drowning, over 100 lives have been lost swimming at the remote beaches along the hike because the currents are extremely unpredictable.

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, Hiking, Dangerous

Be sure to obey each and every park sign you may pass, they are there for a reason!

During this hike there are three streams that must be crossed in order to advance further along the hike. These three streams can, and have been known to, rise quickly during sudden rainfalls which can cause them to become impassable. Another serious hazard you will encounter on this hike when the trail leads you along a sheer cliff that drops down to the rocky ocean. It’s important to put safety first and proceed with extreme caution, if you feel as though something looks impassable or you aren’t comfortable with it then I would recommend turning back, regardless of the disappointment. Mostly though, be certain to obey each and every park sign you come by, they are there for a reason!

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

We took extreme precautions when we decided to take this hike on, we made sure to pack all our first aid gear and essentials as well as wearing proper shoes and hiking gear!

If you want to see more photos of my hike on the Kalalau trail in Kauai, check out my Instagram ! :)


Claudia || My Adventures Around the World‘s experience

Biking Carretera de la muerte (Death Road), Bolivia

Death Road, Camino de la muerte, South America, Dangerous, Biking

Biking Carretera de la muerte

It had been on my mind for a long time. I had read about it, seen pictures of it, and even documentaries that stressed how dangerous it was. So, when I finally managed to visit Bolivia on my latest trip to South America, I had to go see it with my own eyes, or better, bike it with my own bike: I biked the carretera de la muerte, or the death road, one of the world’s most dangerous roads.

Death Road, Camino de la muerte, South America, Dangerous, Biking

The road tends to get slippery because of dust and mud which sometimes causes bikers to go down way too fast, as if they were in a race.

The road that connects La Cumbre, at 4700 meters above sea level and a bit out of La Paz, to Coroico, at about 1500 meters above sea level, has actually been replaced in March 2007 with a new one, so the carretera de la muerte is now mostly just a tourist attraction; and a dangerous one it is: over 20 bikers have died on it, even in recent times. It is a 64 km, narrow gravel road that trails along cliffs that drop 600 meters; and it has no safety barriers. The road tends to get slippery because of dust and mud which sometimes causes bikers to go down way too fast, as if they were in a race. I went at a leisurely pace, speeding up when I could which gives the potential risk of falling off once or twice. The actual ride is a lot of fun, if done with proper gear and good guides. I never really felt unsafe, and only realized the real danger when I finally saw the pictures that the guides had taken of the group.

Death Road, Camino de la muerte, South America, Dangerous, Biking

I never really felt unsafe, and only realized the real danger when I finally saw the pictures the guides had taken of the group.

I had a great time, and I highly recommend doing it, with all the necessary precautions!

Want to see more of Claudia’s adventures? Check out her Blog, Facebook & Twitter :)


Viktoria || Chronic Wanderlust‘s experience

Bungee Jumping in Cancun, Mexico

Danger, Bungee Jumping, Cancun, Mexico

What if the rope breaks?!

Being afraid of heights, still going rock climbing and hiking on narrow paths, is pretty much what my life is all about. I enjoy the thrill – only if the thrill is reasonably safe. I would never go on a hiking trail without being properly equipped! I like the safe thrill so to say! Anyhow, I was in Montreal when I talked to a guy at a hostel that just came from Mexico and told me about this bungee jumping over the ocean in Cancún. I decided to give it a chance and call them to make a reservation. Janice, a Canadian who I met diving in Playa del Carmen came with me to do the jump as well. If it hadn’t been for her I would have skipped it because of the fear. Finally I was up there on the tower over the sea with a stunning view. But I was paralysed with thoughts and what-ifs! It took me for ever – or more likely the longest 3 minutes in my life to finally do the jump and get down.
Bungee Jumping, Cancun, Mexico, Danger, Adventure

Apparently the rope didn’t break but I carry this thought with me and will never ever do it again.

Apparently the rope didn’t break but I carry this thought with me and will never ever do it again. For me it was a one time thing, something to check off on your bucket list!
Want to see more of Viktoria’s adventures? Check out her Blog, Facebook & Instagram :)

Paula || Contended Traveller‘s experience

Biking in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Why I will Never Ride a Bicycle Again …

Some people may think that jumping out of an airplane is dangerous, or trekking to the top of Mt Everest, diving the depths of the ocean or base-jumping are all perilous activities. Try riding a push-bike in Vietnam, in the city of Ho Chi Minh and then you will really know what real danger is all about. On a trip to Vietnam, one activity was riding a bicycle though the streets. Ho Chi Minh is a very busy city and a city that is intimidating for people walking let alone riding a bike. When I first arrived and saw all of the motorbikes on the streets I was reasonably sure that I would just continue to walk around the one block for the entire time I was there. It was only when a lovely old lady held my hand and guided me across the road that I was able to build up the nerve to do it for myself.

Motorbikes, Vietnam, Dangerous, Biking, Busy, City, Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is a very busy city and a city that is intimidating for people walking let alone riding a bike.

If you have been to Vietnam, you will know that it is totally manic. People spend their time always beeping yet there is no road rage. They drive straight at one another, like a game of chicken, and only at the last minute does one veer out of the path of the other. Keep this is mind as you hear about one of the most dangerous and perilous activities a person can do. I took to the streets with the confidence of a dare devil adventurer. Then a truck … or 50, roared past me beeping, causing a little de-stabilization in my confidence. I kept going as the roads seemed to narrow and the traffic definitely increased.

My adrenaline was now in over drive as I attempted to keep my cool. Then the bloody chain on my bike broke in the middle of a very narrow single lane bridge that was at full traffic capacity. Of course it did, so I had to repair it without getting my butt hit. It continued to break and I continued to break down. I ended up wheeling it back to base and have never really ridden since.

Much as Gordon has tried to help me regain my confidence, I now seem to aim for cars and trucks when I ride. True story people.

Want to see more of Paula’s adventures & mishaps? Check out her BlogFacebook & Instagram :)


 Jennifer || Made All The Difference‘s experience

Climbing Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah, United States

Made All the Difference, Angels Landing, Utah, United States, Dangerous

There is no one to see me fall. There is no comfort when the small rocks shift below my feet. I take each step slow and carefully. I try not to look over the edge.

“Only an angel could land on it” exclaimed an early explorer of Zion National Park. He was describing the sandstone isthmus that is Angels Landing. I hope he was right. It was 6:15 am and I was about to start the 2.5 mile hike to Angels Landing. The first mile is a steady uphill climb, and the second is twenty-one steep zigzags that lead to Scout Lookout. It is just a small warm-up. The Lookout provides a clear view of what awaits me. This half-mile trail scares the tar out of me. It is known as one of the scariest and most dangerous trails in the United States. I try not to think about the vertical drops.

I looked behind me and realized that this is truly a solo hike. The other two hiker I started with are still on the Wiggles. There is no one to see me fall. There is no comfort when the small rocks shift below my feet. I take each step slow and carefully. I try not to look over the edge. Finally, I take the final steps to the top on Angels Landing. The early morning view looking over the landmarks of Zion make each terrifying step worth it.

Made All the Difference, Angels Landing, Utah, United States, Dangerous

Personally, this was the scariest hike I have ever done.

I wish someone had told me that climbing to the Landing is easy. Coming down, now that is terrifying. It is impossible to avoid at looking over the sheer cliff faces. The chain becomes my best friend. I hang onto it for dear life as I take each step down. It takes me twice as long to go down as it did to come up. I would say Angels Landing has lived up to its reputation. Personally, it was the scariest hike I have ever been on.

Want to see more of Jennifer’s adventures? Check out her BlogFacebook & Instagram :)


Have you traveled anywhere and come face to face with danger? Where were you and what did you do?

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27 Responses to “Danger, should you let it hold you back? PART 1”

  1. frugalfirstclasstravel June 6, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Danger is very much a personal perspective isn’t it? I would never try bungee jumping because I’m just not that interested, but I don’t consider it “dangerous” as such. Let’s face it, in some places just being a woman walking alone in a street could be considered dangerous

    • dawnkealing June 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      I agree completely and there definitely places it’s not safe to walk alone, I’d even consider my own city a dangerous place to walk alone at night. There always seems to be a potential risk in everything that we do; yet, I wouldn’t ever want that to hold me back from something I find fulfilling. I am definitely more aware and cautious when it comes to something obviously dangerous though! :)

  2. Katja - globetotting June 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I would love to try montain biking down the Carretera de la muerte, it sounds incredible. I’ve so far managed to successfully avoid bungee jumping anywhere in the world and will probably leave it that way :) I’m going to add cycling in Beijing to the above list, I can only imagine it’s similar to the Vietnamese experience.

    • dawnkealing June 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Hehehe, i’m glad I am not the only one avoiding bungee jumping around the world! I did a tarzan swing in Costa Rica and literally scared myself to death, I don’t think I would live through Bungee jumping… it doesn’t really appeal to me. :P Mountain biking down the Carretera de la muerte is definitely something I’d do though! :D I can see Beijing and Vietnam’s experiences being very similar! :P

  3. WanderingCarol June 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Yikes, I’m not sure I’d do ANY of these. The scariest thing I’ve done lately is sit in a pool at the top of Victoria Falls. Oohh, such a long way down.

    • dawnkealing June 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      Well, now that just sounds amazing! It does sound a bit freaky though.. were you able to stare over the edge of the falls? I think i’d lose it, serious fear of heights!

  4. Jennifer June 7, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    Yipes! Some of those things looked pretty scary! I prefer to keep my feet firmly on the ground.

  5. tanjtrubiano June 7, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Wow! Looks scary. I dont have the heart for this but great job!!

  6. sophierose233 June 7, 2015 at 2:37 am #

    Great post. I think as Jo said Danger is your own personal perspective on things. Some people might think something is dangerous when you might disagree – mine probably was hiking at night Hua Shan in China. Pretty scary and dangerous!

    • One Girl: One World June 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

      I agreed with that comment as well! It’s all about perspective.. most times. Then sometimes when a sign is warning you it can be assumed that it really is dangerous lol. I commend you for not letting fear stop you!

      • dawnkealing June 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

        Haha, I very much agree! I was in Central America traveling and a local on the bus asked me where we were going, I responded, “Belize City” and instantly he responds, “No, you DO NOT want to go there right now.” …. In that case I definitely assumed there was real danger and we rerouted our trip. :P Yet when we visited Egypt, my whole family was freaking out because all the upheaval that was shown on the news, we were completely fine and it turned out to be not nearly as serious as it was show back home. :)

  7. contentedtraveller June 7, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks for featuring me and one my scariest moments

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your scary adventure Paula! ^_^

  8. Orana June 7, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    I dont think I could EVER bungee jump. Although the hike in Hawaii and the biking in Bolivia I think I can muster. Great experiences you´ve had!

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      I’m with you on the bungee jumping, it’s scary enough for me to just watch others bungee jumping! Definitely hiking and biking are more so my kind of activities! :)

  9. Jennifer @ Made all the Difference June 7, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    I can’t wait to hike the Kalalau Trail. I really want to try bungie jumping in New Zealand.

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      You’re more daring than I!

  10. Amanda Zeisset June 7, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Great post and I agree! I also can’t wait to hike the Kalalau Trail..and the Angels Landing one too.

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Thanks Amanda, I’m glad you enjoyed it! ^_^ I hope you get our chance to do both soon … And please be careful! :)

  11. Milosz Zak June 7, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    I think we all take risks when we travel, it is all a matter of scale and scope. I think we’re all very much addicted to a spike in adrenaline.

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      I agree completely, pushing through barriers is positive but being realistic of the challenges you’re taking is just as important! :) I’ve definitely pushed my barriers and there has been times I’ve realized after doing it that it’s something I really didn’t enjoy, I seriously though I died of a heart attack doing a Tarzan swing, haha. :P

  12. katefrankiebrennan June 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Don’t let being scared hold you back but be realistic about dangers I think. Definitely push yourself and do things you wouldn’t usually do. I loved climbing hills, mountains, temples and swimming with sharks and rays but everyone has a limit. Just respect your own limits and other peoples when you travel and go on adventures. Great stories and photos!

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Absolutely, I couldn’t have said it any better than that! :)

  13. RaW | Ramble and Wander June 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    I don’t think I’d do any of the above *shudders* haha! I prefer a more “sedated” kind of travels. The most “adventurous” activities that I’ve done so far would be paragliding and flying in a hot air balloon. I know they are pretty safe by comparison but your mind sure can play tricks when you’re afraid of heights. :)

    • dawnkealing June 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      I agree, very much so. I really am not a fan of heights! Though, I want to go paragliding (and hang gliding) so bad! But in my soonest upcoming adventure I’ll be gliding (flying in an engineless plane). I’ve been in a hot air balloon twice and I loved it soooo much! My husband Thomas has been quite a few times, his hot air balloon actually crash landed in Laos.

  14. Tammy Lowe (@TammyOnTheMove) June 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Aww, that brings back great, though somewhat petrifying memories, of my bike ride down the world’s most dangerous road. It was raining heavily when I did it which added to the thrill.

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