A nursing student addicted to traveling to the world’s most dangerous places has told how he drank tea with the Taliban and met drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brother.
Callum Mills, 29, revealed he was also shot in Israel – and was invited to become a spy.
And he admits that his visits to countries such as Syria, Palestine, Somalia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq and the slums of Brazil have made him appreciate his hometown of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
He said: “Before I thought, ‘I have to get out of Scotland.’ It’s a shithole.’ But when you see some places, you realize it’s not that bad.”
Callum began his jet-setting during the pandemic when classes for his nursing degree were canceled.
He traveled from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was forced to sit in a cage while suspicious locals questioned him about why he was there.
But after he was allowed entry, he ended up talking to a group that turned out to be the Taliban.
Callum said: “They offered me tea. One said: ‘Add me on WhatsApp and we’ll go for something to eat.’”
He also called her “nice and friendly.” In the Colombian capital Bogota, a crime boss showed him a crocodile with which he tortured rivals.
Callum also met the brother of Escobar, the notorious cocaine cartel boss who was shot dead in 1993.
And he narrowly avoided a similar fate while sitting on the balcony of a hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Callum revealed that “two men in suits” tried to recruit him as a spy while waiting to fly from London to Pakistan.
He said: “They asked me if I would be interested in keeping in touch about my travels. I said no.”
His filmed adventures have been a hit on his YouTube channel, Callum Abroad. But he told Hot Water’s comedy podcast Green Room that not everyone is a fan.
He explained: “I am banned from the USA.
“They consider me a terrorist threat because of the destinations I have visited.”