I USED to go on adventures but then I got married had a kid and needed to be clockworked to keep…

You’re absolutely right, Mark — and as several people have pointed out in the comments, that’s a point I didn’t address in this article. While I can make light of my own experiences in these countries, I never make light of the difficulties of my friends who live in these places. I’m extremely privileged to be able to move on when I want to, and that fact is constantly in my mind, everywhere I travel.