In December 2005, while planning for my trip to Thailand, I remember telling my mom where I was headed. Her first reaction was “No, you can’t! What if you get hit by a tsunami?”
Now, I love my mom. And to be fair, everyone knows Thailand had been hit by a particularly devastating tsunami the year before, which struck a number of popular tourist areas like Koh Phi Phi and Phuket. But really, asking me to stay away from the area because of the possibility of a “once in a century” natural disaster is a little irrational.