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Brit In Afghanistan With Taliban Has Planned 'One Way Trip' To World's Most Dangerous Island

Jess Hardiman

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Brit In Afghanistan With Taliban Has Planned 'One Way Trip' To World's Most Dangerous Island

Featured Image Credit: Miles Routledge

A British tourist who has become known for travelling to warzones and other high-risk locations says he’s been arranging his next potential adventure – claiming he’s planned a trip to the place widely-regarded the world’s most dangerous island

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Miles Routledge shot to online fame after going to Afghanistan on holiday last summer, just before the Taliban took hold of Kabul, later also documenting his travels in the likes of Ukraine and Pakistan. 

Now, he’s revealed he’s been eyeing up North Sentinel Island, located deep in the Indian Ocean and roughly the size of New York’s Manhattan – although admits it may be too expensive for him to fund. 

Taking to Twitter, Miles proclaimed: "Need ideas for the future. What's the most dangerous daring adventure that I could realistically do on a budget? 

"I've planned North Sentinel Island but that'll take so much money and I'd need to be bigger in order to get away with it." 

North Sentinel Island is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and administratively part of India, with strict protective laws in place to ensure people stay away from the island and its inhabitants. 

It's estimated that the island could comfortably support between 80 and 150 people, but there could be as few as 15 or as many as 500 people living on it. 

The remote location hit headlines back in 2018 when an American missionary called John Allen Chau travelled there with the intention of converting the people who live there to Christianity. 

However, after the 27-year-old paid a fisherman to help him get across to the island, it became apparent he was killed by the locals once he'd arrived there. 

Commenting on Routledge’s tweet, many other users warned against the idea, with one telling him: “Yeah, a trip to NSI would be a one-way trip. Pls don't. Last guy who tried died pretty quickly iirc [if I remember correctly] and it p**sed off the Indian government bc they absolutely forbid anyone from going.” 

Someone else said: “Yeah, don’t do that one.” 

North Sentinel Island. Credit: Alamy
North Sentinel Island. Credit: Alamy

Routledge is used to dangerous and exotic holiday locations, having decided to go to Afghanistan last year after it came up as the number one entry for the ‘ten most dangerous countries in the world’, only to then admit he’d ‘bitten off more than he could chew’.  

After ending up in a UN safehouse, Miles was eventually transported back to the UK – but his dangerous ventures were far from over.  

Despite receiving backlash for his actions, the student decided to travel to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country earlier this year.  

More recently, Routledge who is originally from Birmingham, claimed to be stuck in Pakistan after he’d run out of money

He couldn't have been that stuck, however, as he soon popped up in Afghanistan where he said he was able to apparently break bread with the Taliban. 

Miles Routledge claims to have been hanging out with the Talban. Credit: Twitter/Twitter/@real_lord_miles
Miles Routledge claims to have been hanging out with the Talban. Credit: Twitter/Twitter/@real_lord_miles

Tweeting a selfie with the supposed members of the Taliban, he wrote: “TEA WITH THE TALIBAN! I’m in Afghanistan, walked into Taliban residency by accident and after talking they gave me food, tea and even offered for me to stay the night. They are so kind!” 

He later admitted he’s been paying for the meetup in more ways than one – beyond scepticism from the online community, Routledge says he’s now suffering from food poisoning.  

Taking to Twitter again on 30 April, he wrote: “I think I have food poisoning. I am throwing up a lot, very cold and very weak.” 

In a follow-up message, Routledge added: “Oh my it's not stopping,” and: “I’m still throwing up.” 

Topics: Travel, UK News, World News

Jess Hardiman
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