Is it safe to travel abroad?

It boggles my mind when people ask me, “Is it safe to travel abroad?” Eyebrows rise when I tell someone I am going to Honduras or South Korea, and they show concern for my security. Perhaps they heard of a recent kidnapping, tsunami or nuclear threat in that country, but is it safer to stay home?

In light of the recent events in Boston and several security warnings in Atlanta, I don’t feel it is any safer to stay here in the US, than be traveling to another place in the world. You could get robbed in Chicago or New York, face an earthquake in San Francisco, or as in my case, get evacuated by HAZMAT from your own neighborhood!

Just last week, a bomb squad was called to my neighbor’s home in Smyrna (suburb of Atlanta), where an explosive device was found. When I returned home from dinner, I wasn’t allowed to enter my subdivision. The officer informed me that residents within a quarter mile radius had been evacuated. It was only after they removed the explosives from the vacant home that we were allowed to return safely.

In my opinion, some places are definitely safer than others in terms of civil crime, but when it comes to global uprisings, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters, no one can really perceive when and where it is going to take place. That should not stop you from traveling abroad, neither can you stay locked in home.

So get out there, see the world, and be safe!

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Sucheta Rawal

Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer, who has traveled to over 90 countries across 7 continents. She is also the founder and editor of 'Go Eat Give' and author of 'Beato Goes To' series of children's books on travel.