I’ve invited bloggers to tell me about their fearful adventures. It could be something epic, like circling the globe on a rusty unicycle, or something creative, like starting work on a novel. There are only two conditions: 1. It inspires you, 2. It scares you.
Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, Love with a Chance of Drowning (2013) and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (due out September 2017). She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, and two Lonely Planet anthologies.
Is it possible to learn to scuba dive when you have a shark phobia? In Koh Tao, Thailand, I take the plunge to find out.
Why should we face up to our fears? For as long as I can remember, I’ve been afraid of the ocean. Living with this fear isn’t much of a burden, unless…
Some say those who journey into dangerous places are ‘stupid’ and I won’t argue with that description. ‘Nuts’ is another popular adjective, and ‘crazy douche bag’ packs a nice punch, don’t you think? I admit that I’m all of those things. But I’m also a big coward.