The World Is On My Side

The World Is On My Side

I love this travel quote! In this age of terrorism, where minutes after some horrific event occurs the entire world is informed, it can be scary to set off for the unknown. I feel that we have created a mistrust of all humans. It’s a truth that is hard to justify.

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As someone who loves to travel to places as unknown as possible, or at least on few itineraries, I have to stop myself from scoffing out loud at someone’s fears. I scold and remind myself that everyone has fears. I am scared of tight spaces and being out of control, and probably a multitude of other things if I’m honest. But, I’m not scared of going…anywhere, to any country, because I know that in every corner of this earth people are basically good. They are on my side. They want to be hospitable, helpful, and even friendly. Everyone. Everywhere!

I know this in my gut, in my inner being. I know it. I’ve experienced it, over and over again. When we were in a car accident in Eastern Turkey and we were waiting by the side of the hot, dusty road, car after car of people stopped to hand us bottles of water, snacks, offer us lunch. Everyone from the policeman to the gas station customer wanted us to be comfortable and lamented the state of the roads. They were one our side. No one looked at us as foreigners and tried to take advantage of us.

So, I’m not scared to travel anywhere. However, just because I’m not scared and I have faith in people, doesn’t mean that I’m not cautious, aware, informed. When I’m choosing a destination, I certainly pay attention to the latest red flag areas, and many times I won’t travel there. I’m not going to travel in a current war zone, like Syria. That would just be asking for trouble. Not being scared and being reckless are two separate things.

Once I’m on my trip, I don’t often listen to the news, but I’m alert. Even in “safe” cities like London or Paris, I try not to get to complacent. I make an effort to be on guard and in tune to what is going on around me. Maybe there isn’t a terrorist threat, but there still is a pick-pocket threat or some other threat. The argument could be made, then, that nowhere is really safe. Everyone should just stay at home, but is home always that safe?

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26 Comments

  1. I think that having faith in the good of others and not feeling scared when traveling is great! Although as you said, everyone needs to be alert and a bit cautious, although really these are things we do everywhere even in our own hometowns.

  2. I have not heard this quote before but I agree with its message. I just think of the many times I have been helped in a foreign country or region. Sometimes, I leave certain things unplanned and depends on locals answers. And, I get my answers when I need them. I like to say distrust and lack of confidence complicates travel.

  3. That is an awesome quote! And what a great point you make. Fear accomplishes nothing, especially in response to terrorism. Being smart, aware, alert, even cautious will give us the confidence needed to venture into the unknown, whether that’s a new country, or the new world we find ourselves in. Great post – thanks for sharing. #wkendtravelinspiration

  4. I have no fear of travelling anywhere either. Yet, I do have fears that border on ridiculous, like riding a bike. For some reason travelling never fazes me. I remember my parents concerned for places I was going, and my answer was; are you any safer at home. I sure hope I said it nicer than what that sounds like.

  5. I love that quote too! I agree with you – that people are generally good. I remember when my kids were little and other parents would criticize me for letting my kids talk to strangers. I kept an eye on them, but I never told them not to talk to people. Instead they learned to trust their gut and put a little more faith in the human race, which is probably something we could all do a little bit more.

  6. Travel is a very good way to practice relying on the kindness of strangers! I can think of all kinds of instances where I’ve gotten to practice it!

  7. I can’t say I’m scared to travel, but I always exercise caution when I am in a foreign country. It never hurts to stay alert. My overall experience is that people welcome visitors almost everywhere, so they will try to be helpful to them whenever they can. I’m sure bad things can happen, but I always pray and hope for the best and good always comes my way. Like your beautiful quote says: “everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”

  8. That’s a good attitude to have. In general, I don’t let fear scare me into staying home. I think that most people in the world are good, but the few bad apples do a lot of harm. Unfortunately, personal experience has shown me that staying home doesn’t equate being safe. I do try to be cautious, especially when I’m in a place that’s on high alert or when there’s lots of people with guns walking around. As a parent, I try to strike a balance between being alert but not letting my kids on to how I’m sometimes quietly freaking out. In any case, that’s a really lovely photo, and I like how the mountains are framed by the barely blooming tree.

    1. Michele, Thanks. You are right! It is a balance, and I think when you have children, or anyone with you I guess, you do want to remain calm and try to think about the situation without panic.

  9. You have shared something quite profound, actually. Caution is advisable, but to let fear run our lives is not. I’m so glad you said what you did. It’s a good reminder that there is a vast difference between the two.

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