Travel fears? Google explains what a fear is….”an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.”
We have been on the road now for 3 years and one question we are always asked is “Are you scared when you travel, you are on and off planes, buses and trains and travel to some countries that well….aren’t just that safe anymore?” With 2017 looming and new travel plans in place, we reached out to the top 37 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers and asked them just one question:
“What is the one fear that would prevent you from travelling in 2017?”
“I don’t know if there is anything that would stop me from traveling. I was a bit fearful this summer after the issues in France and other places in Europe. However, I went to Italy and then on a river cruise through Europe. I don’t want to stop traveling because of risks that could be the same as happen in the USA, right in NYC where I go all the time. The only thing that might prevent me from traveling is the weather. I don’t travel in the snow during the winter. I’m fearful of snowy weather, especially driving or flying in bad weather. I hope I’ll stay healthy enough during my life after 50 so I can keep on traveling and discovering the world”
“I would say that nothing would prevent us from traveling. We may choose to go to areas that are less controversial, but we all cannot live our lives in fear. We need to continue to find adventure and live out our dreams.”
“If a loved one were seriously ill at home, I’d stay put. Otherwise, I’m outta here!”
“The one fear for me would be a major attack on the internet. That would keep all the flights grounded and all reservations systems from air to hotel, etc. in major disarray and cause great fear and panic as well as another terror attack.”
“Nothing would prevent us travelling”
“I am pretty fearless when it comes to travel, but the one thing that might make me a bit nervous is the threat of terrorism. However, I have decided that this is not going to prevent me from travelling.”
“Nothing really would prevent me from traveling. However, we have to be realistic and I would fear to be caught up in violence. Therefore I select my destinations carefully and hope for the best, enjoying my trips.”
“We really try to steer clear of fear. Veronica even has a fear-conquering series of stories on GypsyNester.com, but off the top of our heads I guess a family emergency or illness would probably keep us from galavanting around the globe next year.”
“Fear of visiting a place close to a war zone or somewhere where political unrest might cause things to blow up might prevent me from visiting certain countries or locations. However I don’t believe in scaremongering – sometimes the media blows things out of proportion so I would take local advice before deciding to travel.”
“Unless a meteorite strikes the earth and smashes us all to smithereens, there is nothing that will prevent me from travelling in 2017. In fact, fear is never a factor when I travel. Money? Yes. Altitude? Yes. Length of flights? Check. I could go on, but suffice it to say that I have long said that travel is not a dangerous activity. I’ve been doing it all my life and only had one incident – and that was in the U.S.”
“The only fear that would keep me from travelling in 2017 has not yet been invented!”
I believe that Ma Nature and Global Warming might be a factor that keeps us all from travelling in 2017. There will continue to be weather extremes all over the world. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, flooding, temperature extremes dominated the news in 2016 and expert predicts that more of the same can be expected. I hope that the experts are wrong. Be nice, Mama Nature!
“There is nothing that could stop me from travelling. Asking me to stop travelling would be like asking me to stop breathing.”
“Likelihood of bodily harm, incarceration, or worse gives me serious concern.”
“As an ageing boomer, probably the biggest fear would be personal rather than situational. Should there be any decline in my own health, it might put brakes on my travel. Or at least, I would have to make adjustments to travel in a different way.”
“I really don’t have any fears that would keep me from travelling. Poor health is the only thing that would keep me from travelling in 2017. However, I’m healthy so it’s not an issue. And it’s really not a fear.”
“What’s the one fear that would prevent Tom and me from traveling in 2017? Terrorism, of course. It’s prevented us from going overseas and would prevent us from leaving the house if it should happen stateside on a regular basis. Extreme weather, too, always figures into our plans. We check beforehand and won’t go somewhere if there’s a threat of hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, or floods during the time we expect to be there. On our last road trip to the American Southwest, we had a mega storm–with multiple tornadoes and other fun stuff–chasing us from Arizona to Colorado through Oklahoma to Kansas. We were always a day ahead and safe, but antsy to get home. It was nerve-wracking.”
“We have been to 100 countries now and were chosen are one of the Top Boomer Travel Bloggers. We believe our world is a wonderful beautiful place and people all over the world are generous, kind, and loving. One fear we have is not having time in our lives to experience everything.
Travel is an adventure and a chance to enjoy yourself and learn more about yourself and other cultures. To get the full experience you should embrace new ways of doing things, enjoy new foods, and appreciate people and beliefs different from what you already know. As we have said before, try to understand and not judge others. In doing so, you will learn more about yourself and adopt new attitudes that will enrich the rest of your life. We attempt to have local experiences everywhere we travel by staying in family run hotels and B&B’s.”
“A contagious disease outbreak of large proportions would keep us from travelling in 2017.”
“Simon and I talked about your question, and we agreed the only thing that might make us afraid to travel would be if one of us developed an illness or sustained an injury that could become problematic while travelling. There are no guarantees when you leave home healthy and pain-free, so we have made sure we have good insurance and a plan to get home quickly if necessary. But if we left home with something we knew could flair up while we were out of the country, it would make us think twice. Oh, we would most likely go anyway, but we would have concerns, and make even more contingency plans.”
“Fear of travelling alone”
“There is not one fear that I can think of that would prevent me from travelling in 2017 as travelling is just part of my beingness so nothing stops it ever. I am a big believer in “If there is a will, there is a way” so I always find a way!”
“Travel Fears: We have no fears that will keep us from travelling the world, we are concerned that we maintain our health and fitness to continue our travel adventures worldwide”.
“Bottom line: nothing GENERALLY would prevent me from traveling in 2017 except my own health or the imminent birth of a new grandchild, but specifically I would not travel to war zones (presently the Middle East) or high crime countries/regions (several countries in Central America) which are easy to identify from reliable government Travel Advisory Websites. The best of these are the TAW’s of Canada, Britain, U.S. and Australia.”
“I don’t! Absent a major catastrophe (ala 9/11) there just isn’t any fear that is keeping me from travelling. And I have no time to worry over catastrophe that “could” happen.”
“Sorry, no fear prevents us from travelling. If you are looking for terrorist attacks or infrastructure fails, we just don’t see these as factors inhibiting our travels. We would like to boycott visiting U.S. states that have gun conceal and carry laws, but that’s a losing battle for the time being. Sure, there are a handful of countries we can’t or won’t travel to for geopolitical reasons. About the only reason we would curtail travel in 2017 is to spend more time with family.”
“Well, my first thought as you asked for it was “I have no fears of traveling in 2017.”
“I don’t worry about outside events such as terrorism or train wrecks.”
“Unrest. You never know whether a country you’ve long wanted to visit will still be ‘open’: the Middle East, the Sahel, parts of South Asia, Northeast Africa… that said, so many new countries have opened up in the past two decades – Central Asia and Eastern Europe for example. But terrorism is a real threat and strikes indiscriminately so some places are more risky than others.”
“You know the old saying do it while you’re young…well we’re doing while my parents are still young and healthy. My one fear that would prevent me from travelling is that one of my parents got sick and needed me to take care of them. That would stop me travelling.”
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Have you any travel fears that would prevent you from travelling in 2017?
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