IT’S NOT SAFE TO TRAVEL…THERE….Do you have a Traveler’s Heart? If so, then this post is something you will probably relate to. Have you ever been told that it’s not safe to travel outside of your own country? I have… countless times and I must admit it’s starting to aggravate me. I’ve just returned from traveling through Europe and came home with the most amazing memories and stories to share.
While on my adventure there was an attack in London on one of the tube trains at Parsons Green station. Very thankfully no one was killed. I had just left London the day before heading to Milan. While in Milan I saw the news report and was saddened to hear of yet another attack in London. I thought about how I was just there and even more so was on that tube line several days prior. Yet, not one thought came to me about not traveling back to London to visit.
I’ve had people tell me that it’s not save to travel to Europe and various other countries. I quickly ask the question back if they have seen the murder rates and attacks on innocent people here in the United States? Do you not travel in the US? There seems to be no direct answer to my question.
I want to say that we live in a beautiful world, full of cities waiting to be experienced and discovered. Are we going to bury our heads in the sand and let those who wish to put fear into our hearts win the battle? Of course we have to be vigilant in our travels and use our heads but don’t let fear stop you from experiencing your dreams of seeing new lands as well as the wonderful people who live there.
On my adventure I found Europe to be so full of history, packed with vibrant cultures, the most interesting food and wonderful people. I have to laugh at this..I was told before I left the US the people of France were snobbish, non-welcoming and didn’t care for Americans at all. As for my experience I did not witness this while visiting France, or any of the other countries for that matter. This is what I did see.. I was greeted with smiles and people offering to help me when I needed it. I was amazed by the younger generation who was more than polite and would offer their seat on trains and metros to my mother without batting an eye. This happened everywhere we traveled in the United Kingdom. My experience in Europe is so memorable that I share it with everyone willing to listen. Please don’t believe the opinion of others- see it first hand for yourself and go to those countries you want to see and experience them to the fullest.
Plan your trip wisely and go freely with no bias words of others and go free of any expectations. Learn and grow from your own experiences. Check out Travel Planning 101 for some quick tips on planning your next journey.