more and more people are asking themselves how safe it is to travel to tourists hotspots all over the world. To that question I have only one answer: Terrorism is not stopping me from traveling and it shouldn’t stop you either.
Somehow it´s a weird feeling when you turn on your TV and the breaking news are that the casino close to your hotel has been the target of a presumable terrorist attack. Of course, there is a sensation of fear and homesickness right away. Terrorist attacks are no longer just happening in conflict zones, but all over the world. The Manila attack turned out to most likely not be terror related after all, but still: After Paris, Berlin, and just recently London, more and more people are asking themselves how safe it is to travel to tourists hotspots all over the world. To that question I have only one answer: Terrorism is not stopping me from traveling and it shouldn’t stop you either.
Of course, this is easy to say and this kind of fear is somehow natural. Now travelers are thinking twice about visiting incredible cities like Istanbul, Paris or Brussels. Also, with some political parties in Europe and America trying to convince citizens of ideas of nationalism, immigration bans and fear of cultural diversity, I would like to recall what Alex Nowrasteh wrote for Time Magazine in 2016: the fear of foreign terrorists is simply overinflated.
Facts make it clear. During the past 2 years France has suffered 8 terrorist attacks killing a total of 247 people and Germany, which has been under criticism for welcoming a large amount of foreign refugees, has had six terrorist attacks killing 23 people since 2010. There are more than 80 million people in Germany and it´s the seventh most visited country in the world hosting visitors for more than 60 million nights, the chances of dying in a terrorist attack are almost zero.
Unfortunately I´ve been hearing from people how dangerous traveling has become and some are even canceling their trips within Europe in fear that something might happen. And I know, it´s difficult to convince you of how safe it still is to travel to these destinations, as most of us only get the bad news on our TV´s, but as a Colombian who, for 8 years now, has had to explain that kidnappings of foreigners in my country are not an everyday situation, I would like to encourage you to not be afraid of what some news present and not feel afraid of visiting some of the places, you’ve always wished to visit.
If something has been proven over the past years it’s that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and anytime around the world and there is always going to be a very small chance that something might happen, however, the best way to overcome this unfortunate situation is to simply go out and feel the excitement of experiencing a new location, culture and adventure.
A big part of traveling is about stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new and unknown situations. Don´t let terrorism influence the decisions where you go and what you want to do.