Many people are worried about their safety when thinking about planning a trip overseas because of the rise in terrorism acts in places that we would normally think “safe”. This is a viable feeling for people, but it should not hinder us from exploring, enjoying, and experiencing the world around us.
I was living in Copenhagen, Denmark when the unthinkable happened on 9/11. At that time, there were then demonstrations in the streets on a couple occasions by Arabic people. Honestly, I wasn’t totally sure of what the demonstrations were about, but because of the incidents that just occurred days before, I felt uncomfortable.
Remaining in this fear of the unknown has hindered many people from exploring the world around us. In my opinion, it should not. After the bombings in London, the people were relatively not shaken, compared to the circumstances that had just occurred. They were bound and determined not to let any set of circumstances change their way of life. Tony Blair reacted by saying, “Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and other civilized nations throughout the world.”
Throughout the last couple years we have come to realize that incidents can happen anywhere. Not just in foreign lands where there is a constant threat, but even on our home grounds. That being said, we cannot go about life being paralyzed with what “could happen”. Obviously we need to be balanced. I would not recommend taking a trip to Iraq for a family vacation, but there should be no hindrance in vacationing to other parts of the world. (Check with State Department for Travel Warnings)
The world around us in waiting to be explored... by you.
Also check out:
Helpful Tips - Health and Safety While Traveling in Europe.