It is no wonder I get this question quite often. With today’s political climate and media constantly shoving their, for lack of a better word, garbage in our faces. It’s difficult for the average person to take the leap and travel to their dream destination. Especially when said people have a fear of the unknown. So, I am here to answer that question.
YES! It is safe to travel! Traveling is no less safe than walking around in your own town or city. In fact there have been many instances where I felt safer in a foreign city than I have in my own hometown. I live in a small town where not a lot goes on, but I have begun to notice crime is making its way to my little town. In fact just a few days ago someone not very far from my home was shot and killed. It is a reminder that no matter where you go or live crime is always around you. The best thing you can do to keep yourself safe is by being smart! I have wrote another post on the ways women can keep safe while they travel. You should definitely go check it out!
I have found that the people who are afraid to travel are those who are afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Most of the time these people are using the excuse of “Is it safe?” to not step out into the unknown and embrace the uncertainty of life. Nothing good ever came from sticking to your comfort zone.
Many of the people that I talk to believe what the media portrays of certain countries. I do my best to try to dispel the images the media is portraying. There are far more kinder people in this world than what they would have you to believe. Of course I am not naive enough to think that all countries are equal in safety. But, as I said before with a few precautions I believe you can travel anywhere safely.
If you dream of visiting that far off place but lack the courage. Start small, start by visiting a city or town near you that you normally wouldn’t. Talk to the people who live there, ask them questions. Making connections with others is one of the best ways to get over your fear of traveling out of your comfort zone. It will help you to see that it’s not such a scary world after all.
If you are ready to jump in head first, head over to this post and find out which countries are the safest for women (or men) to travel to.