Statistics say that the average person is more likely to die from a TV falling on them than from a terrorist act.
So why are we so scared?
I hear too many stories of people cancelling their travel plans or being too afraid to make any travel plans at all.
So, I wrote a piece for the travel safety site World Nomads about this. In Travel and terror, how do you decide it’s safe to go? I explain my simple process for determining whether to travel after a terrorist attack.
I’ve had to use this process three times, and decided not to cancel trips to NYC, Paris and Tunis in the days and weeks following attacks there.
In the article, I show how, statistically, staying at home is more dangerous than a potential terror threat. I explain how we waste money on security measures, wars and on fighting terrorism. And I make the case that changing our lives and plans because of fear ultimately makes the world a more dangerous place.
I’d love your opinions on my article, and love you to share it if you agree with it.
How has terrorism and the threat of terrorism affected your travels? Do you agree with my approach?
For more on travel and fear, please read my:
- Tragedy and tourism: Tunisia’s Bardo Museum (for The Wayward Post).
- Two articles about the Zika virus and what we should really be cautious of:
– Everyone is freaking out about Zika — should I? (for World Nomads).
And if this has got you thinking about travellers’ roles in making the world better or worse, you might want to read my responsible tourism articles. I explain easy things you can do to protect destinations’ cultures, economies and environments, with the added bonus that you’ll have a more interesting trip too.