Should we keep traveling

Should We Keep Traveling When The World Is A Scary Place

Should we keep traveling with all sorts of scary attacks on the rise and the world seemingly becoming more and more unsafe?Today my news feeds are filled with stories to remind people of how scary the world is. I’m speaking of Las Vegas of course, but it seems redundant to mention the city because it feels like a case of another day, another terrorist attack and another pray for the city hashtag. In some ways I think that the frequency of these attacks makes us numb to them which, to me, is almost scarier.

Should We Keep Traveling When The World Is A Scary Place

Should we keep traveling with all sorts of terror attacks on the rise and the world becoming more and more scary and unsafe?

Each time these stories come to air, before the victims bodies have even gone cold,ย confronting images of the attacks captured on smartphones with shaky hands are plastered all over the news and Internet. These graphic images of people in pain end up lodged deep in our memory bank with all of those other traumatizing things you’ve seen that you just can’t erase like the time you accidentally walked in on your brother in the shower. Understandably it causes many people to fear traveling.

It’s just too risky and far too scary.

So how can we possibly continue to travel when it seems as though nowhere is safe?

When it comes to traveling, I’m on team ‘f**k terrorism – I’m traveling anyway’. Sure, that’s a team I just made up but you know what I mean. Maybe, I’m a stubborn bitch but I refuse to be told what I will and won’t do.ย I refuse to subscribe to a mindset that means fear wins. A mindset that means terrorism, domestic or otherwise, wins.

I didn’t let having a chronic (and very painful) disease stop me traveling. I didn’t let being alone stop me traveling. And I won’t let these fear tactics stop me.

Should we keep traveling

Still, even though I refuse to let it stop me, of course, I too get scared sometimes. When I leave home to travel I wonder if I am rolling the dice. I wonder if one day I will be one of the people who simply end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

At the same time, I also think to myself that perhaps I could be in that situation if I stayed at home, since many of these attacks happen at fairly ‘normal’ places – concerts, churches, movie theaters, schools, trains, marathons or at random in a city.

If it can happen anywhere, is staying at home really any safer? We might as well roll that dice and live our life to the fullest right?

Should we keep traveling

I say we remember all the memorable moments we have experienced during our travels like visiting iconic monuments, trying a new food or being completely blown away by the beauty of a place you were seeing for the first time. Remember those moments which sparked a little light inside you and let them fuel you when your fears creep in.

Remember all those challenging times on the road that taught you something or helped you grow as a person. The times you have conversations with someone who doesn’t speak your language or the times you were completely lost in a new city and had to use all your problem solving skills to find your way out. Use the strength these experiences gave you to overcome your hesitation and chase new lessons.

Should we keep traveling

Remember all of the travel dreams you still have – your very own bucket list. Let these dreams motivate you when it seems hopeless.

You still have so much to see and so much to experience & you deserve to live out your travel dreams.

And of course remember that here at The Katie Show Blog I share extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people (like me) so keep on reading for new travel inspiration, ideas and tips. We all deserve to enjoy extraordinary travel experiences and we are in this together – traveling boldly in the face of our fears!

6 Comments

  • Chris October 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Well said Katie. Not going anywhere is what they want anyway.

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    • Katie Mac October 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you! You’re so right & we can’t let them get what they want.

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  • Malia October 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’m right there with you! We’re living in crazy times and it’s scary and it’s easy to give into that fear. ANYTHING can happen at any given moment, but I won’t let that stop me from exploring and adventuring. I’ll admit I’ll more alert than ever, but it won’t stop us!

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    • Katie Mac October 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Me too, definitely more aware and think about things more but can never let it stop me. Here’s to many more adventures!

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  • Katherine October 11, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Great post! I’m pinning it to send to everyone who tells me to come home. I feel much the same way. The world is a scary place – of course some places are riskier than others and I weigh the risks depending on the place. But frankly, terrorism can happen anywhere, so why let it stop you from going where you want to?

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    • Katie Mac October 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks so much Katherine! Exactly – I feel like it’s everywhere now and since it can happen anywhere we might as well go and explore as much as possible right?

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