At Admiral Travel International, we take great pride in knowing our valued guests entrust us with their experience while abroad. Because of this, we remain steadfast and vigilant in our commitment to keeping them informed and safe. With recent terrorism incidents occurring in Europe and safety precautions being issued by the State Department, we want to ensure our travelers know that your safety and peace of mind is always our number one priority.
Our hearts, thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent horrific terrorist attacks carried out in the Brussels airport. It goes without saying, the world is an unpredictable place with the threat of violence possible on any given day, in any given part of the globe. Due to these recent attacks, it is certain that airport security will be intensified, additional patrols will be deployed, emotions will be higher and plans to travel will come under a whole new level of scrutiny and concern. To quote Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, “In the travel industry, the world is our community, and all of its people are our neighbors. The most important thing we can do at this time is support each other, and not let fear rule our travel decisions.”
Here are a few reasons why you should not let fear rule your travel decisions and keep doing what you love… traveling!
The fear of the unknown is significantly greater than the likeliness of it.
Statistically speaking, you are more likely to drown in a bathtub than be a victim of a terrorist attack. To put it into perspective, here are some more things you are statistically more likely to die from:
Being attacked by a dog
Dying in a building fire
Being struck by lightning
Choking on your dinner
Unfortunately, staying home is not considered a “safer” alternative
Psychologically, we as humans are more prone to responding to fear of the dramatic rather than fear of the omnipresent or mundane. Heart disease, car accidents, and cancer are all very present and real causes of death that most have been touched by at some point throughout our lives, yet our reaction to them is rarely as drastic as those of a more horrific nature.
You are more likely to be in a terrorist attack at home than you are abroad. We have seen on the news over the past years the tragic stories of school shootings, movie theatre shootings and workplace shootings and we are no sooner going to stop going to school, work or the movies than we are going to stop traveling.
You can’t stop doing what you love
The definition of International terrorism on the website for the FBI reads: "(to) appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population". If you allow that intimidation to stop you from doing what you love and living your life the way you choose, they have succeeded.
What can you do?
The world is a very big place and the options for exploration are vast. At Admiral Travel, we understand that some may be concerned about specific destinations that have been considered to be on a higher “alert” for terrorist activity, however, ceasing all travel is not only not recommended, it would be counterintuitive to our pursuit of happiness. We always recommend our travelers remain vigilant and alert regardless of their location. Enroll in the smart traveler enrollment program for alerts and precautions for specific destinations: https://step.state.gov/step/. Talk it over with your Advisor, if your plans for travel to a specific destination have become a cause for concern rather than a point of excitement, bring it up to your Advisor who may be able to suggest alternate destinations with you.
Don’t let terrorism win, keep on living.
For more on how recent terrorist attacks have affected travel, see Malaka Hilton’s interview with ABC7 here: