It has been only a few weeks since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Watching as the families wait, holding on to whatever measure of hope they can muster up, yet having those hopes dashed by each passing day, has made me so thankful that I am only a voyeur and not actually living their pain. I felt these same sentiments as I listened to journalists report the violence erupting in the streets of Myanmar and Egypt. Although I am, thankfully, far removed from the reality of these situations, I can’t help but wonder if at some point these international disturbances will begin to affect how I choose to experience my life as a traveler.
Seeing the Egyptian pyramids has always been on my top 10 list of places and things to visit and see. However, when I saw and heard of the constant violence that has been taking place these last few months, an invisible asterisk was placed beside it, identifying it as a place to visit only if certain conditions were met – safety being the primary one. I fear that one day it may simply find its way completely off of my list.
Have you ever changed your travel goals and/or plans based on events that are happening or have happened? Have you been brave enough to visit certain areas just for the chance to realize a travel dream?