My Thoughts on Travel and Terrorism

Good afternoon friends,

I wanted to share my thoughts on the recent terror attacks around the world and how it may affect those who are planning to travel, including myself. There has been much loss and destruction caused by these Islamist terrorist groups all over the world and it seems to have taken over the spotlight.

(Please note: All opinions on this topic are my own and I understand if you have a different opinions)

The terror attack that probably hit me the hardest was the recent attack in Paris. On my “Get To Know Me” post I put down Paris as my dream holiday and then the attack happened. I watched it unfolding live on Twitter and couldn’t believe how unbelievably frightening this world had become. It’s unfortunately made me very wary about where I travel to. At the moment I wouldn’t even fly through Paris because it’s such a high risk area. I’m a big believer in being in the wrong place at the wrong time but at the same time when there’s been so many threats to France in general in the last few months, I think it’s a big risk to take. I feel like no matter where in the world you are right now, there is someone connected to an Islamist terror group. Whether they plan to carry out that attack or not, it’s still incredibly frightening. There has been a few people from South Africa that have been stopped from boarding planes as it was discovered that they were planning to join ISIS, there have been many others that have slipped through unnoticed until it was too late.

I know Paris wasn’t the only terror attack that Islamist terrorists claimed responsibility for even though it was the most publicized at the time and one people will remember for a lifetime. There have been nearly 140 attacks in the last year alone most resulting in lives lost and places destroyed. Most occurred in Afghanistan where the war rages on but many were in Somalia and Nigeria with Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab claiming responsibility, hotel guests at a holiday resort in Tunisia were brutally fired at and most recently a restaurant and hotel in Burkina Faso was viciously attacked leaving 20+ dead and many injured. Many attacks are not even really publicized, because in my opinion news stations won’t be able to milk it long enough to make a decent profit. I remember watching Sky News the day after the Paris attacks and Jeremy Thompson was trying to interview mourners outside the Bataclan Theatre and I just felt like it was far too invasive and rude to try to get people to share their feelings on live television THE DAY AFTER THE MOST FATAL EVENT IN FRANCE SINCE WORLD II! Most of them obviously didn’t want to talk and yet, he still kept asking them questions. I was actually appalled at how insensitive it was. If you’re going to cover something so devastating, observe from afar, don’t stick a microphone in someone’s face and ask them how they’re feeling because they probably don’t really know at that point.

So I’ve wandered a bit off topic, sorry about that. I guess I’d like to still be able to travel wherever I wanted to but the fact of the matter is that popular tourist destinations are now being targeted, mostly because it makes the biggest impact on what they’re trying to achieve: world domination. I’d like to think that these situations are being monitored and I feel since the recent attack in Paris that security has been stepped up with many attacks being prevented from happening especially in Belgium. I also suppose a lot of people don’t really think about it as much as I do but they’re probably people who haven’t been bitten by the travel bug. Europe is one of the places I really want/need to see and I do plan to get there if not this year, then in my lifetime.

If you are travelling, please be safe, be vigilant but most of all, enjoy!

Feel free to leave me your thoughts about this topic in the comments!

Till next time friends,
Panda Kennedy
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