Traveling After a Terrorist Attack

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Tributes line the street outside Parliament House
Tributes line the street outside Parliament House

It seems like almost daily we hear of terrorist attacks happening around the world. Some attacks make the news more prominently than do others, based simply on world interest. Attacks in Europe always make the headlines, while attacks that happen on a regular basis in the Middle East and in Africa, rarely make the headlines, if they are reported widely at all. This past week’s attack in London made headlines around the world with the sobering reminder that terrorism isn’t going away, no matter where you live.

Tulips on the fence outside the Houses of Parliament are part of a huge tribute set up to honor the victims
Tulips on the fence outside the Houses of Parliament are part of a huge tribute set up to honor the victims

Travel in spite of all the negative news

Yes, it can be scary to venture out of your comfort zone in light of world terrorist attacks. But bad things happen all the time around the world. Buses crash. Cars crash. Planes crash. Freak accidents happen. We don’t control when we will die, God does. When it’s your time to go, you will go, regardless of where you are. So don’t let negative news from around the world stop you from getting out and exploring.

Live life to the fullest

There is so much beauty to discover in this world. From mountains and glaciers to rivers and forests. From the aurora borealis to bio-luminescence. From prairies and deserts to beaches and forgotten islands. From huge capital cities to quiet villages. There is so much to explore out there. Life wasn’t meant to be lived cooped up in fear. So don’t let terrorist attacks stop you from living life.

Don’t live in fear

It’s disheartening to live and travel in a world filled with terrorism, but I know that events like this are not going to stop. They are only going to continue to increase. And if we are going to stay home and hide in fear, we will miss out on so much. Don’t let fear keep you from traveling.

London after the attack

This past week I had a spur of the moment trip to London planned. Then came the morning of my flight, and someone messaged me about the news unfolding in London. I was scheduled to fly out that night, and couldn’t believe what I saw as I pulled up the news on my phone. A terrorist had rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then crashed his car into the fence outside the Houses of Parliament. He then burst inside and stabbed a police officer.

Hundreds of flower bouquets line the lawn across from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster
Hundreds of flower bouquets line the lawn across from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster

My heart sank for London. I absolutely love London and was sad to hear of this tragedy. But while incidents like this are occurring at an alarming rate, they are not the norm for an average day. Just like planes crash from time to time but plane crashes are not a normal everyday occurrence.

More bouquets and tributes outside the fence of Parliament
More bouquets and tributes outside the fence of Parliament

Bad things happen every single day around the world. And they are sad and devastating. But they should never keep you from traveling. Instead they should inspire you to live life to the fullest. You never know when it will be your last day. So travel the world. Chase your dreams. Love your family. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Live for things that matter. And don’t let fear and terrorism cripple you.

Seeing all the flowers and messages was a sobering reminder of what had happened there
Seeing all the flowers and messages was a sobering reminder of what had happened there

What are your thoughts on traveling in a world filled with terrorist attacks?

 

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