On Fear, Travel & Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Take The Leap

“Are you sure you want to go on vacation this year?”

Believe it or not, I’ve heard that more than a handful of times this summer. We might not be traveling overseas or even that far away, but people have developed a fear of travel. Of leaving their home, exploring new places, and living life.

With all the terrorist attacks going on lately, I guess I can see why. People are becoming more and more scared to visit touristy places. Some people I’ve talked to have even cancelled their vacation plans because they fear being in a heavily populated part of the country.

In fact, I haven’t heard people talk like this since 9/11. Prejudice is alive more than I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime, and I hate it. People should not be afraid of a religion, race, or place.

Back in 2010, I visited London. It might have been seven years after 9/11, but people were still afraid to fly. As I went to get on my international plane, there was every type of person that you could imagine. Young people, old, Americans, British, and, yes, even some Muslims wearing hijabs.

As I got on the plane, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone was on edge. It took longer than usual for all of us to board and, once we did, we were sitting on the place for about an hour. I looked out the window and I saw men taking luggage on and off of the plane over and over again. The woman I was with was a reporter and went to the front to find out what the fuss was about.

She came back to tell us that people needed to be removed as possible terrorist threat. Immediately everyone looked at the Muslims on the plane. Instead, I looked out the window. I saw the white, American couple that boarded right before me before escorted off of the place.

The world is not all good, but it is not bad because of our differences. Prejudice needs to be eliminated. We can’t be afraid to live our lives. To explore. To find the beauty in this world. If we do, then evil wins. The bad guys get what they want — a terrified country.

So, just like Ariana Grande got back on the stage in Manchester, I will get back on the road to travel. Because when we are strong, it becomes contagious. Love always conquers hate.

xx.

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55 Comments

  1. niccimcshane

    Couldn’t agree more! I am going to france tomorrow for a long weekend and people have said the exact same thing to me, do I really want to travel there?! But of course! And I live in London so really it doesn’t matter where you go, these terrible things can happen anywhere but they won’t stop me from living my life. Good for you girl you go travelling and enjoy every second of it! Xxxxx

  2. jennarosmarin

    Beautifully written. This is such a prominent issue in our society today. It feels like you can’t be safe anywhere you go. You’re right though – love always defeats hate. I think a large part of our fear is indulged by the amount of information available to us. There has always been terrible hate, violence and terror in the world – we just didn’t know about it. Now we are bombarded with information about terrorist attacks and terrible crimes (even on our Facebook pages). This is both a good and bad thing I suppose. It’s hard to find ways to cope with it all without seeming ignorant!

    Enjoy your travels 😊 Keep fighting.

  3. starringpamela

    What a great post! I also agree, we shouldn’t let others dictate what we fear or do. Mexico is often portrayed as dangerous in the media for travel but I went and had the time of my life!

  4. hudapervez

    I love the powerful message you are sending in this post, although i won’t lie and say that it doesn’t scare me to travel after the events that have happened but at the end of the day life is so short and we need to live it to it’s full potential and not give in to the fear!
    Great post!

  5. Victoria

    I agree. It’s so insane how people easily judge other people just because of their race and religion. We need to quit putting people in boxes and thinking that just because they’re of a certain color and believe a certain god, they’re already “bad” citizens of this world.

  6. Tori L.

    I definitely agree that “love conquers hate”, but a while back I *thought* I was LGBTQ (I’m currently questioning, but anyways) so I reached out to an individual who I thought was my friend (turns out she was offended by something I did and “unfriended me” because she was “too busy to interact with me”). She’s part of the LGBT community and she even said that “love will always conquer hate” but then she decided to hate me for something insignificant… it’s just kind of ironic. And I wanted to share.

    1. Kali Borovic

      I’m sorry to hear that, Tori! I don’t think that means that love doesn’t conquer hate. It sounds like something was going on internally with her. It might not even have been your fault at all xx.

  7. 100percentem

    I really like this, and I like how you discussed travel with fear and how we need to tackle this problem. I recently got back from a holiday in Croatia and am in the process of writing a post about travel anxiety, not so much from the terrorist angle but just fear in general of travelling and ways to tackle that, you might find it interesting 🙂 keep the posts coming!

    Em x

  8. K.M. Sutton

    I can not tell you how much I love this! I live in NY, and since 9-11 we have had our share of threats and attempted attacks. Coming from a small town in NH, I get asked all the time when I go home if I am scared, and I literally just laugh. Tragedies can happen anywhere even small towns from freak accidents to yes at the hands of evil people. BUT that doesn’t mean we should stop living. If anything we should live even more. ❤

    1. Kali Borovic

      Thanks, Daniela! I know exactly what you mean. I always feel safer traveling when my bf is with me, which I wish wasn’t the case. I wish so badly I could change that and explore more on my own xx.

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