Often people expect wild and crazy times from an essentially clichéd travel destination. From my adventures I have learnt one thing – if you’ve seen it on TV then it is basically bound to be tame. A night out in Amsterdam – tame. Tame as hell. New Years Eve in NYC (or in Sydney for that matter) – again, tame. Even slightly boring. Skiing in Queenstown – tame, tame, and tame. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being a snob (well maybe just a little) but those things you’ve dreamed about doing for years are probably going to fall short of your expectations when you actually do them. If you want my advice the best, most memorable and life-changing experiences I have had when overseas have happened when I’ve been taking a huge, unpredictable risk. What follows are tales from my gap year – the worst, scariest (but also my favourite!) travel experiences.