As we mourn the tragedies that have occurred in The UK over the past month, I would like to encourage you all to not turn your back on traveling in spite of. The scenes on the news that capture the devastation of these attacks are enough to make you cancel your plane ticket and stay in the comfort and perceived safety of your home. However, that’s not the solution and here’s why—terrorists are everywhere; including your hometown.
When we think of terrorists, we immediately envision what the news has engrained in our heads as what a terrorist looks like. Luckily, the jokes on them because we know that terrorists come in all shades and with varying motives. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the terror attacks over the years.*
- 9/11 (New York)
- Tuscan Shooting (Arizona)
- Aurora Movie Theatre Shooting (Colorado)
- Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Massacre (South Carolina)
- Club Pulse Massacre (Florida)
- Facebook Live Killing (Ohio)
- Boston Marathon Bombing (Massachusetts)
- Sandy Hooks Elementary Massacre (Connecticut)
Is it shocking to you that this list holds US attacks only (that happen quite frequently, might I add)? How many of you have stayed away from New York because you’re afraid another attack like 9/11 will occur? I would venture to say that NY tourism hasn’t slowed one bit.
That list is sad and scary and what’s even scarier is that we cannot predict these events to possibly avoid them. When they hit, they’re going to hit. As much as we would like to prevent them, we can’t stop every tragedy from happening. If we could, the victims of the aforementioned list would still be here and/or unharmed by their attackers. When you restrict yourself from traveling to a place because of the “possibility” of a terror attack, you only miss out of the beauty that is traveling. The reality of the situation is that if you plan to evade terror attacks, you shouldn’t go to malls, churches, clubs, movie theaters, school or anywhere else. Terror attacks are external conflicts that you cannot predict nor control.
So here lies your options. To travel or not to travel. My advice to you is that you have much more to gain from traveling than you ever would by staying put in your one corner of the world.
*One definition for terrorist is a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. In this article, the word terrorists is a person you creates terror, irrespective of whether it is politically charged. A mass murderer is a terrorist. Don’t debate it.