With all that’s going on in the world, traveling can be a scary thing. It seems as if everywhere we look there’s another attack, another tragedy, something else to fear. No one ever truly knows when and where the next incident is going to occur, and that’s an unsettling thought to many people – myself included.
Amidst these tragedies, I hope for peace and safety. I pray for victims and their families. I soul search to see how I can make a positive impact. And I continue to travel.
My friends and family are constantly expressing their concerns about my travels amid these attacks, and I get called naïve more often than not. But I’m not naïve; I know the risks involved in international travel, especially during times like the ones we’re experiencing now. But with travel comes an abundance of risks even without the threat of terrorism. Planes’ courses go awry, disease is common, there is local, non-terroristic crime… the list could go on and on.
You’re at risk while staying right at home; there are just as many dangers by staying in the United States. When you visit a US landmark or simply go somewhere where large groups tend to congregate like a mall or the movie theater or your church, you’re taking a chance. Uncertainties are everywhere, not just when you’re traveling.
I’m not going to let the threat of violence hinder my travels and I’m not going to let the fear of terrorism keep me from living my life, because when that happens they win.
The benefits of continuing to travel greatly outweigh the risks. The knowledge gained, memories created, sights seen, and times celebrated are much more worthy of my affection than the shadow of fear.
Because what’s a life if you don’t get to live it?
“You can live on bland food so as to avoid an ulcer; drink no tea, coffee or other stimulants in the name of health; go to bed early and stay away from night life; avoid all controversial subjects so as never to give offense; mind your own business, avoid involvement in other people’s problems; spend money only on necessities and save all you can. You can still break your neck in the bath tub, and it will serve you right.”
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