By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey

INTREPID adventurer Andy McGinlay believes he is the world’s most fearless traveller

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Videographer / director: Andy McGinlay
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

Andy addressing the camera in Kabul

While most of us are content with a package vacation or a relaxing beach break, the 34-year-old is on a one-man mission to holiday in the world's most dangerous countries.

The adrenaline junkie found himself in the middle of the political uprisings in Bangkok in 2010

The teacher, who currently lives in Saudi Arabia, is addicted to extreme backpacking and has 'holidayed' in brutal regimes including North Korea, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Andy, from Glasgow, said: “I never feel more alive than I do when I step off the plane into some far-flung war zone or despotic country.

Andy pictured enjoying a warm evening in the Sudanese desert

“It’s a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and the sense that I’m going somewhere nobody else has the balls to - I live for this feeling.

“After former President George W. Bush made his infamous axis of evil speech I knew right then I had to visit every one of those countries - Iran, Iraq and North Korea - and I did.”

The Scot pictured following his arrest in Syria

In 2010, the British daredevil took a much needed break in Syria but was arrested on suspicion of spying and was interrogated inside the military intelligence HQ.

And when he was enjoying the sights and sounds of vibrant New Delhi, the then 20-year-old was kidnapped and transported to Kashmir where he was held for 10 days and forced to smoke opium.

Say Cheese: The teacher posing with Thai police during the Bangkok riots

The adventurous Scotsman stumbled into the middle of a political uprising in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2010, where he filmed gunfire and explosions.

Andy posing with BBC journalist Alistair Leithhead during the Bangkok uprisings

He also recorded a man saying he was going to loot and burn down a shopping mall which was then set on fire – Andy was subsequently questioned by the police who used the footage as evidence.

In sun-drenched Afghanistan, Andy drove past Osama Bin Laden's old house and filmed American Blackhawk helicopters being shot at while he climbed Kabul's beautiful mountains.

The daredevil was in his element during the 2010 riots

In 2012, he vacationed in Iran – which he says was more difficult to enter than North Korea – and wandered across the border into war-torn Iraq.

Andy found himself in Kashmir after being kidnapped in India when he was a teenager

However, the travelling enthusiast admitted that many of these maligned states do not live up to their infamous reputations.

The traveller talks to the camera while holidaying in Kabul

He said: “Many of these so-called dangerous countries do in fact turn out to be quite friendly and almost the opposite of our perception from western media.

The Scot covered in silt while enjoying the sun in Micronesia

“They receive so few visitors from the outside world, the tourists who do venture there are made to feel extra welcome.”

The Scot in the Himalayas near Mount Everest on 2011 in Nepal

And while most air travellers live in fear of extreme turbulence, the frequent flyer says it gives him a thrill - describing it as “like being on a roller-coaster”.

The fearless adventurer walked into Iraq while he was visiting Iran
Andy taking a selfie with BBC journalist Sahzed Jillani in Kabul

Andy has already visited 91 countries and says he has no plans to give up his hazardous hobby and settle down in one place anytime soon.

He said: “After getting hooked on the buzz of travelling to these abandoned, war-torn or tyrannical outposts, I made it my goal in life to visit 100 countries which I am very nearly finished doing.

“I’ve invested so much of my life into travelling and there's nothing else I would rather be doing, so I expect to continue my journey long after the big 100 and well into the future.”