“We always watch the news and it tells us how bad we are. It is stunning how little bad stuff is going on in the world today when everyone knows where you are and what you are doing”- Gary Vanyerchuck
A question that would cross the mind of most would-be travellers is “Is it safe to travel the world?”
Is it safe to travel the world?
Fair enough right? I mean the world is a terrifying place full of war, hatred, rape and murder. Just watch the news often enough and you’ll learn all about it.
What’s so sad about these sensationalized stories – which depict only a small truth to the reality of life – is that they actually prevent many people from stepping out into the big wide world to have life changing travel moments; moments that teach you the world, for the most part, is actually a good place.
We have mostly only ever experienced kindness, helpfulness, compassion, friendliness and laughter in our interactions with others around the world.
If we discovered the truth that the world is indeed beautiful and full of mostly good people, then each of us might be more willing to do our bit to preserve this kind nature of our world and be the best person we can be.
Don’t Fear the World
We often get asked if we are ever afraid putting photos up of our children online and being so public with our life.
We don’t think much about it, and maybe we should, but I come from the belief that the world is not a bad place. I don’t fear the world, I don’t fear people’s intentions and so because of that I feel quite liberated in the way I can live my life.
I know the world is not a bad place because in all my travels, even through places like Africa, which is the “most scariest and dangerous place on the planet” we have never had one bad thing happen to us.
Oops sorry I forgot, There was that time I was kidnapped on a motorbike in Sumatra and was sung death songs to, but that is okay, because I survived and it taught me to be more careful in my choices and to be more present. Just a blip really.
But, you know, when I was about 12, I was playing tennis with friends down at the local courts, when a car drove down the dirt road beside us, wound down the window and pointed a gun at each of us.
I think it was a prank on their behalf intended to see how much they could scare the crap out of small children, but an indication that the dangers do not just lurk in the alleyways of world travel, they are indeed just part of this thing called life.
It is something that none of us can avoid. We should not be wasting our precious limited time on earth locked inside our homes in an effort to hide from the monsters. We all want to be safe. Travel, just like anything else in this world offers risk and reward.
The Richness of Life
I love this quote from the book “Sophies World,”
“You can’t experience being alive, without realizing that you have to die. But it’s just as impossible to realize that you have to die without thinking how incredibly amazing it is to be alive. How tragic that one has to get ill before they understand how rich life is and what a gift it is to be alive.”
Living in fear is what prevents you from understanding how rich life is and what a gift it is to be alive. A gift that needs to be cherished and lived fully doing those things that make your heart sing, despite the apparent dangers that lurk in the shadows.
Wandering Earl wrote a post the other week, “Why I don’t panic when my backpack goes missing,” which really highlights, that he too, has discovered the world is not scary after 11 years of travel. And trust me he has been to Pakistan and Iraq!
Constant Negative News
What Gary Vee said is right.
Think about it, how often do you tell your friends on facebook, twitter, foursquare what you are doing at any one time.
I’m here having coffee, I’m taking a beach walk.… I”M NOT HOME COME ROB ME.
COME FIND ME AT THE BEACH and rape me.
Has it ever happened?
(I’m sure to some people it could possibly have happened to, but have the incidents risen from what was happening before the growth of social media?)
Society has you believe that the world is a dangerous place because that is what SELLS
How morbid is that?
What is wrong with society that we are addicted to bad news?
Some people spend hours every day watching it on TV or reading about it in newspapers.
Most of the time I go about my life completely oblivious to what is going on in the world, because I do not pay attention to the Constant Negative News.
If there is something I really need to know, I usually find out because someone will tell me.
I don’t want my head to be ruined by fear mongering. If I did I would never leave the house.
Murders, rapes, break ins, all happening within a five mile radius from my home.
Safe to travel around the world?
Forget that, it’s not safe to take the nails out the window, unlock the deadlock and climb over the six foot fence into the big bad neighbourhood.
Switch off the news, start living your life and you’ll soon discover that the world is really not dangerous and it is safe to travel.
It’s like all things, even when you are walking down the main road of your town, you just have to make smart choices and keep your wits about you.
Here is the number one way to guard against your safety while travelling.
Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of what is happening in the area you are travelling, because yes, some places are involved in machine gun wars, and okay, so that is not safe to travel to and probably a gigantic risk on your behalf.
Know your risks and act accordingly.
I bet if you are present, you will see things that are about to happen, your instincts will kick in and alert you to danger. You will have all your senses engaged so you will know intuitively how to act in order to get yourself out safely.
Of course, there is the possibility that something can go wrong, but as your news will tell you that possibility exists in your very own town, and that does not stop you from going to work, going to dinner, having fun and promoting it on facebook.
Why not do the same in another country?
It’s not frightening. It’s not scary , it is down right enjoyable and liberating.
So yes, it is safe to travel the world.
The dangers are there, I know that having lost a friend in Africa, but the dangers are every where. Don’t let it stop you from living the life you dream.
Don’t give into the lies the media will feed you.
Life is too short to let fear stop you from living.