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“To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to. To draw closer, to see and be amazed.” – James Thurber

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Things Dangerous is the world through a journalist’s eyes.

This site came about after a failed trip to China. Struggling to find buyers for an expensive story about financial infrastructure in the nation’s forgotten west, I thought about all the good stories that get left on the cutting room floor. It pushed me to finally follow through on my longtime plans and create a site for all those orphaned stories, the ones worth telling that could never find a home.

One step at a time this idea took shape and got bigger until it became the site you’re visiting today.

This is a site dedicated to both long and short form travel writing. Its mission is to report on things beautiful and interesting, dangerous and rare. It is dedicated to the sound of grilling meat after a Thai midnight, the call to adventure hiding in a Netflix queue and the hopes of a marginalized community on the slopes of Lima. This site is about the world we live in and the people we share it with, and is one where lighthearted and fun travel pieces can run next to serious reporting.

And, like most journalism, Things Dangerous is about power, how it’s used and the people who have none.

The title of this site is named in honor of Life Magazine’s old motto, “to see the world… things dangerous to come to.” There’s a lot of world out there, and a lot of stories to be told about it and the process of seeing it. Things Dangerous is about the stories we tell and what it takes to tell those stories.

Welcome.

Eric Reed at the Athens Plaka.

About the Author


Eric Reed may be the only living travel writer who’s afraid to fly.

An accidental economist, reformed lawyer and long term journalist, I started writing for a living after leaving Big Law. Today I write about issues great and small, everything from poverty and sex trafficking to Christmas villages on the Continent, and spend most of my time either writing about the last trip or dreaming up the next one.

An east coast guy who’s most at home in the Midwest (Go Blue!), if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself over the years it’s that I can only handle a couple months in one place at one time. There’s just too much world out there to sit at home and wait for it…

About the Design


Things Dangerous would not be possible without the efforts of Paul Douglas of Douglas Web Designs. Paul met me as a prospective client who had the ambition to build a website and absolutely no idea how much work would be involved.

Through mentorship and generosity Paul helped me put together not just a functioning webpage but a viable online business, going well above and beyond anything I knew to ask for (or he’d invoiced). In virtually any line of work it’s challenging enough to find a professional on whose skill and judgment you can rely. Having someone in your corner you can trust is a game changer. Seriously, you should check him out.