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Terrorism – A Travel Threat?

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     I can hear my mother's whisper as I plan an August trip with my grand daughter to the middle east, “Things are not as them seem.” As boomers and world travelers, we all are anxious about our upcoming trips – and many are more comfortable in just postponing or canceling their travel plans altogether.

Terrorism – A Travel Threat?

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     I can hear my mother's whisper as I plan an August trip with my grand daughter to the middle east, “Things are not as them seem.” As boomers and world travelers, we all are anxious about our upcoming trips – and many are more comfortable in just postponing or canceling their travel plans altogether.

 

 

      Let's put these anxiety butterflies to rest!  Let's analyze together the facts and separate out what we can and cannot control.  The root cause of anxiety is fear – fear of the unknown and our loss of control. 

 

 

     Will there be another terrorist attack?  Absolutely – and most likely they will continue throughout Europe as well as within the U.S.

 

 

     What is the probability that I would be killed in a terrorist attack if traveling in Europe?  One in 20 million!  This statistic should give one some relief, as the probability of you dying at home is higher!

 

 

     The highest probability of one dying while on travel internationally is from a motor vehicle accident.  I found this very interesting for I fear most exposing myself or family to the Zika or Ebola virus.

 

 

     What do we have control over?  I always check the travel.gov website of the State Department who keep up to date travel warnings based on potential terrorist threats as well as virus outbreaks.   That site should always be the first thing you do when planning an international trip.  Never assume a travel agent is aware of such travel warnings.  The State Department website also has guidelines when traveling internationally.  I always jot down the phone contact numbers for the State Department as well as the local U.S. Embassy when traveling abroad.  I tuck it into my passport and always have it on hand should I need help for any reason. 

 

 

     I was in Guatemala  a few years ago, and had left my passport in the U.S.!  In my suitcase I always kept a xerox copy of my passport! I was departing on Sunday and the local U.S. Embassy was closed!  I did not have any difficulty.  I encourage you to make that copy – you may be pulled aside but you will in the end get entry back into the U.S.  Most often you can depart from the foreign country as the challenge is always getting back into the U.S.  I also encourage you to get the global pass entry.  You get a small card that you can keep in your wallet – and this will greatly aid you to regain entry should you lose your passport while on travel.

 

 

     Making a decision to continue with your travel plans or just cancel or postpone travel is a personal decision.  One has to be comfortable for our travel adventures and explorations should feed our soul, not cause us to be fearful or uncomfortable.  Personally when I travel with my spouse or alone, I never have been fearful.  I do experience a bit of anxiety whenever I plan a trip with my grandchildren – especially now to London which is my favorite city.  

 

 

       Things never are as they seem – I know this – but sometimes our knowing this does not calm our fears.  We all are unique and have to find the pathway through which the fluttering of the butterfly wings can be calmed.  I wish you well in making your travel plans!

 

June 16, 2017

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