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Forgive travelers like Ali Caldicott who see countries in turmoil as irresistible adventures.

Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan, take your pick. The bigger the upheaval, the more tempting, as far as these adventure travelers are concerned.

"Curiosity, mainly," Caldicott, 33, said matter-of-factly, explaining his risky travel preferences.

Among his destinations, which he has charted in a series of books from some of the world's most difficult locations: Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, the Palestinian territories, parts of Colombia and Myanmar, to name a few.