Travel and Your Odds of Surviving It
I don't know how I got on the themed news sections, but we're going with it for a while. This one's a triple-hitter on travel safety, on the media, on what you can expect when you get there and what you can expect from others on your way out. If you haven't yet set foot outside your front door on an actual trip, then you may not have heard others tell you how much danger you're putting yourself in. Trust me, after ten years of hitchhiking, I've only had one camera stolen and I've been given a million stories and amazing experiences in trade for it. Here are three other articles that look into "safety" and what it means to the traveler.

8.2 Million Tourists' Heads Still Attached After Visiting Mexico: This is actually a classic from back in 2010, but I didn't hear about it until reading the follow-up article [Here on BookLocker]. Tim Leffel, fed up with the fearmongering in the media, wrote up both articles... then went a step farther when he created the video below:


The Big Scary World: Okay, so you listened to Uncle Tim and you're not worried about traveling. That's when you tell others that you've decided to turn nomadic. Oops! You're about to get an earload of just how much danger you're putting yourself in... 'n that you shouldn't go. This is where Dalene steps in with her article "The Big Scary World", and it's right on point. You're not going to calm all their fears, but you can definitely bring a bit 'o reasoning to the situation... at least enough to get 'em to gearshift down from fear-on-overdrive to worried-but-accepting.

Is Guatemala Safe?: But, in the end, there are some places and neighborhoods where you can expect to see action in the world. It really doesn't matter what country it is, as nasties have a way of creeping into the cracks wherever humans set up camp. This is where Jason steps in with his article "Is Guatemala Safe?". I really like the fact that he calls out the opinionated nature of the word "safe" right from the start. The practices and experiences that they've passed on in this article extend well outside of the borders of a single country.

Fav Phrase Lately: (Japanese/Nihongo) "Shaku";"To miss the mark; missing the point"