Did you know that in the last couple weeks there were bombs in churches and tourist hotels in Sri Lanka, shootings in a synagoge in the US, and a truck in Turkey that killed more people?
A couple years ago, the trend seemed to be driving trucks through busy tourist areas, as happened in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. There were bombs at an Ariana Grande concert in the UK, and bombs and shootings in the airport in Brussels.
With our global connections and 24/7 news cycle it can seem like there is nowhere safe to go. Extremism and terrorism are on the rise, and we are hearing about more and more attacks all the time. It is scary enough to want to hide in a rural village and never come out.
Why You Should Travel MORE in the Age of Global Terrorism
- 1 Most peaceful time in history
- 2 Familiarity brings trust
- 3 Travel is ambassadorship
- 4 It IS safe
- 5 Connecting communities
- 6 It is easier than ever to travel
- 7 The world is amazing
Most peaceful time in history
While it is true that it is important to be more careful and more alert to your surroundings, it is also true that it is safer to travel than at any other time in history. In fact, despite the increasing access to news of horror stories, this is the most peaceful time in human history.
Check out these slides of reduced deaths over the last 600 years:
Familiarity brings trust
Anything that is unfamiliar creates a natural distrust. If you didnât grow up eating fried scorpions, it probably sounds horrifying or at least gross. But in the case of other people and other cultures, often we see them as âotherâ because that is what we are told by the media.
When you really get into a culture and learn about them, there may be many superficial differences, but the common threads of love, family, friendship, need for belonging, need for comfort and security, and need for good healthcare are universal.
When you are close to someone, it is harder to see him or her as other. Familiarity destroys the idea of âotherâ. Travel is one of the best ways to bring us all together.
Travel is ambassadorship
When you visit a new place, whether you choose to or not, you are seen as a representative of your home culture. That means if you are kind and understanding, they start to wonder if all Americans are rude and noisy.
Not only does familiarity with a new culture bring you closer to that culture, but it also naturally educates that culture with a new perspective of your home country. The more you are able to share with them, the more their stereotypes will be challenged. Familiarity brings trust.
It IS safe
While it is natural to hear more about the unexpected accidents, flying is significantly safer than driving in your car, and unless you plan to visit a gang in Bogota (obviously no), most of the places you visit may be safer than your hometown.
Crime rates, in the US for example, are higher than most countries in Europe and the developed world. Barring a terrorist incident (which is highly unlikely) you will actually be safer on vacation.
When you travel, you are building connections. The vast majority of the worldâs population wants comfort, security, and peace. In fact, you could argue that the entire worldâs population wants happiness, even if there are very different ways to achieve that or define that.
When you start with commonality, then alliances are formed. We can help each other with this one thing, or we understand each other on this. Commonality builds trust
It is easier than ever to travel
100 years ago, you would have had to take a horse drawn carriage to visit the next town. 35 years ago airline tickets were priced out of many peoplesâ budgets. Travel was considered a luxury. Now you can get $300 tickets that will let you fly from New York City to Shanghai in 19 hours. Amazing!
There are more airlines, with more direct routes, at better prices than ever before. The same is true for high-quality bus and train services, rental cars, and car hire services like Uber. The prices to travel are down and the opportunities to travel are up. Why not go explore?
The world is amazing
Finally, you know by now that it is safer than any other time in history to travel and that travel is essentially safe. The final reason to travel is because there is so much to see, do and experience.You could be struck by lightning sitting in your own living room, so why not get out and explore? There is incredible diversity and beauty to be discovered around the world.
Go for it!
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