Do you, should you, travel after a terrorist threat?

The KiwiTravelWriter in Sabah

Are you thinking about travel in areas that have had various forms of trouble or terrorism recently? If so I offer this quote from one of my books, subtitled Can this travel writer be green? See here on Amazon  

“It’s providing this familiar food and experiences which Rooksana Hossenally talks about in the Huff Post article, Sustainable Tourism: barking up the wrong tree In wanting to adapt themselves completely to the lay western tourist, but as the recession bites and trends change, the countries are slowly losing their visitors who prefer to go somewhere that offers better quality holidays comprised of a more authentic experience at a destination closer to home. But already ruined by the Parador model, it is too late to overturn these countries’ initial short-sightedness. When money is lacking, why pay significantly more to travel halfway across the world when exactly the same infrastructure and weather is available a two-hour flight away?

I agree, it’s the differences most people travel for, and although hotels need to provide for the person who is unwell and needs, or wants, familiar food, it should be a tiny part of the menu. Tourists who want the same services everywhere will always go to the closest place, the fashionable destination, the place with the best bang for their buck.

As soon as trouble breaks out (dengue fever, quake, tsunami, or civil unrest) it’s the tourists who cancel their bookings, and the travellers, looking for the differences, the culture and the food of another place, who continue with their travel plans. It’s their differences that all countries need to cultivate and celebrate. Uniqueness attracts real travellers and provides the steady tourist dollar. Activities like the Batang Ai treetop walk nature walk, and our quirky guide, could not be replicated.”

So, would I travel to London, UK; or France right now? Of course I would and so would all other travellers -the chances of being affected by such events are small, and the chance of being killed – even smaller.  I guess I’m a traveller not a tourist – what would you do travel or change your destination?

Nevertheless, I’m not going to London, or Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or France – as, in 3 weeks I’m off to Mongolia, for 10 days, and after that down to Malaysian Borneo, (Sabah & Sarawak) then over to Penang on Malaysia’s Peninsula. After that who knows! Of course am always open to suggestions or invitations. :):):)


Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

Nomadic travel-writer, photographer, author & blogger. See more on and Amazon for my books (heather hapeta)

5 thoughts on “Do you, should you, travel after a terrorist threat?”

  1. Makes sense to me. I think part of the intrigue of travelling is finding places no one else goes. The best bang for buck locations are full of people. It’s the same way in America’s national parks – the big names everyone knows are constantly flooded with visitors… And that really takes away from the point of being there – getting AWAY from all the people and embracing what nature has to offer. Look for what’s different – whether it’s at home or abroad. Go visit that village that doesn’t get tourists. Go find that park that doesn’t have car camping sites. The point of getting out is getting out – and I haven’t seen too many terrorists blowing up places where people DON’T congregate, how about you?

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  2. Great article, Heather! My friend and I visited Turkey last year – despite the concerns of our families. We are both over 65!! At the time there had been several bombing incidents (and after we got back an attempted military coup, leading to a declared state of emergency). Travels warnings for Istanbul and Ankara were “reconsider your need to travel” and overall ‘high degree of caution’ for Turkey itself. We decided not to cancel our plans and had a fabulous time in Turkey. We were ‘alert and cautious’ but never once did we feel unsafe. The people were friendly and helpful at all times, the food was fantastic and the sights incredible. The sad thing was that tourism was down 50 – 60 per cent, really affecting the many whose livelihood depended on it.
    Off to the RWMF in six weeks!! More culture and great food! Can’t wait!!

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