Traveling Despite Threats of Terrorism

Inevitably, when Nate and I do media interviews, we get the same question:

“Do you feel scared traveling right now? Are you changing your itinerary to avoid certain places?”

The world seems like a really scary place right now.  I won't lie or sugarcoat it.  

With the most recent attack in Nice, the Paris shootings and bombs going off in Istanbul, I admit that there are terrible things happening around the globe.

Despite all the bad stuff, all the bombings and the threats, Nate and I are not willing to let fear keep us from seeing the world.  We're not purposefully taking risks, but we're also not holding back either.  

It's easy to get sucked into the news and convince yourself that mass murders are happening everywhere everyday, but the truth (for us, at least) is that there is so much beauty in the world not being covered by the news.  So many everyday kindnesses, examples of people helping people, instances of good not mentioned.  

We like to focus on that.  

I understand that everyone has their limits.  We're willing to drive and camp through South Africa but won't, for example, be booking flights to Syria.  

Recently we got a commenter on this blog who wrote to us, "Never take risks when you're away from home."  I (respectfully) agree to disagree.

Our lives are bigger, better, more satisfying when we stretch outside of our comfort zones, and that's what we'll keep doing.

To those of you who give us advice to stay home and avoid all risks, thanks for your concern.  We do recognize that you care about us but that your limits are different from ours.

In the meantime, we'll still be here.