Is It Safe To Travel?

I was talking to a friend the other day and she asked me if I heard about the attack.  And my first thought was, which one?

Every time I read the news there is some new horror.  Some attack (terrorist or otherwise) that happened with lives lost and hurt families.  It makes me immensely sad.  So much so that there are days when I just have to avoid the news altogether.

All of this sorrow and pain inevitably leads to fear.

And the question you can’t help but ask yourself is, is it safe to travel?  

Getting ready for travel with a globe and camera

I love to travel, but I find myself asking this question as well.

Europe has been getting particularly hit with attacks recently.  And I know there is a lot of worry and concern about traveling there for a vacation, a honeymoon or a destination wedding.

But, it’s not just Europe.  The world is scary right now.  Which I imagine is exactly what terrorists want you to feel, scared.

But, here’s the thing – is it any scarier than where you live right now?  And should you stop exploring and experiencing because of fear?

I can’t answer that question for you, but my answer is no.

While I think it’s important to be smart about your travel choices (i.e. don’t head to a war zone), I’m not any safer in the Bay Area then I am in London.

I’m not free from disaster in any location I’m in.  And the reality is that I have a far higher likelihood of getting into a car accident down the street from my house than ending up in the middle of a terrorist attack.

But regardless of the likelihood of disaster, I don’t want fear to hold me back from doing something I enjoy.

Because then the only person that loses is me.  

I don’t want to lose out on seeing, tasting and experiencing new things.  I want to expand my horizons and create new memories in new places.

So, if you’re thinking about planning that vacation to Thailand or your destination wedding in Greece or a honeymoon in the Caribbean, don’t let fear hold you back.

And if you’re having a destination wedding, be cognizant of the fact that your guests may not feel the way that you do.  But, don’t let that stop you from seeing the world and having the travel experience you want to have.

Because there are more good things and good people in the world then there are bad.  And it would be a shame if you didn’t get to share and experience that.

A temple gathering in Bali

 

So, where are you traveling to next?  And what excites you about it?  Let me know in a comment below and let’s perpetuate the excitement and not the fear.

2 replies
  1. Sara
    Sara says:

    We recently returned from celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary, in Paris and Amsterdam. I had a few reservations about heading to Europe in this current climate of attacks, but my love of travel (and Paris) won out. We had an amazing time and I am so glad that we went. I had a similar worry when we went to Thailand and Cambodia for our honeymoon last year, but again, it’s so worth it. When watching the news, it can seem like the whole world is in chaos, but when we were actually sitting at a French cafe drinking wine and people watching, we felt calm and happy.

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