I came across an article on XO Necole and it truly hit home for me. All to often I am hesitant to travel to other countries because they’ve gotten bad press and I think I’m going to be killed in some crazy terrorist attack. Why not conquer our fears. Lets go to other countries and become even more cultured and well traveled. I’m not saying lets go to the heart of the battle grounds in Africa, but why not travel to parts of other continents where we could experience the beauty that Egypy, Paris, or China has to offer. Black women travel and I am beginning to become one of them. At age 33 I feel like I am getting a late start, but as long as I am living and able it’s never to late.
As a financially strapped college student, I used to think that traveling was a luxury only afforded to the rich. Still, that didn’t deter me from finding awesome flight deals and packing my bags to destinations all around the globe. In total, I have been to 11 countries. Growing up I always visited Kenya at least once a year or every couple of years, and so it surprises me to see so many people hesitant on visiting the beautiful nation due to the terrorist attacks that have recently been reported in the news.
The media has a wonderful way of painting less fortunate countries as dangerous every time there is a terrorist attack, and it’s something that cripples the economy of those countries. Many people fail to realize that the odds of being killed by a terrorist organization is slim, and that they have more chance of getting hit by a car in their own city.
I visited Kenya in 2014 just a couple of months after the Westgate Mall shooting, and when I got on the plane it didn’t even occur to me that it happened months ago. We landed the next day and I enjoyed my vacation. I stayed in a Kenyan village with some of my family and took time to see some of the sites and native animals. It didn’t once occur to me that I could die at any moment; I was too busy immersing myself in such a beautiful country. I thought to myself, If I had decided not to come out of fear, I would have missed out on the giraffes and gazelles and the experience of being with my family. Sometimes our fears are driven by what we hear and see on the news. I’ll admit that at times it’s valid, but many times they’re illusions. ~Evelyn Atieno~
Please read the rest of the article. It’s a great read and I’m sure you will enjoy and relate to Evelyn Atieno’s outlook on international travel.