Why I am travelling in Western Countries after the Paris attacks

Hello!

I’m currently in the UK after the announcement to bomb Syria. Reponses are mixed in regards to this decision however fear is obvious. It’s the topic of quiet whispered conversation.

I am staying with a friend who has kids , and has taken her oldest to Paris Disneyland. She says she’ll never go back, and can’t understand why I’m travelling about in the current climate.

Australians travel a lot – I flew Malaysia a couple of weeks after MH370 went missing. I got a coffee at Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur, and the barista gave me a my cup – marked with ‘pray for MH370’. I flew to Thailand a a few weeks after the Bangkok bombings also. And I left for the UK a few weeks after Paris.

The thought of not travelling never crossed my mind. Here’s why: I broke my back last year on a trail ride in America. While it was unfortunate, and people had heard of others breaking their back, it doesn’t stop others from going on a horse. My view of the terror attacks is the same- you would have to be very unlucky, and it wouldn’t be worth missing an adventure for a lifetime of fear.

Also, statistically, being the victim of a terror attack is at number 65 in world wide killers, just in front of appendicitis.

For more, read this article here:

http://m.smh.com.au/comment/we-need-to-harden-up-unreasonable-fear-of-terrorism-serves-the-enemy-20151207-glhkt0.html

Emma x

 

 

 

 

 

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