Local media reports that Miles Routledge’s trip to Afghanistan is only the latest in the list of “danger travel” trend where thrill-seekers travel to dangerous places or participate in dangerous events.
A BRITISH student who was in Kabul as the Taliban forces took over the Afghanistan capital now claims he was abandoned by his embassy.
Miles Routledge, 21, shared on social media that he had planned to travel to the “most dangerous cities to visit” and told his followers “I was fully prepared for death.”
He reportedly booked the trip in May 2021 scheduled on August 13 – a Friday the 13th - thinking it would be a few more months before the Taliban takes Kabul.
The militant group instead took the whole world by surprise when it took over the city on Monday, August 16.
“I kind of thought, what’s the most fun country I could go to that isn’t boring, as in, there’s some excitement in there and it’s different,” he shared online.
Local media reports that Routledge’s trip to the war-torn country is only the latest in the list of “danger travel” trend where thrill seekers travel to dangerous places or participate in dangerous events.
In an interview, he mulls about not having the opportunity to take risks on his travels after graduation, taking a full-time job, and having a family.
“I thought ‘goofing off in Afghanistan...sounds good!’”
The Brit have previously bragged about an earlier trip to Ukraine visiting the scene of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. He added he had plans to visit North Korea but cancelled when Covid-19 broke out in 2020.
Currently, Routledge says he has evacuated the city and is currently staying in a safe house with other civilians.
“The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them,” his recent post reads.
Some people have been skeptical of Routledge’s claims but friends and family have stated that he is “definitely in Afghanistan - 100 per cent.”
The UK Foreign Office and the United Nations has not confirmed Routledge’s claims nor has commented on the situation.
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