Global travel has changed the way people work and play. Business professionals think little of visiting offices overseas, and tourists love having an unlimited variety of vacation destinations to choose from. The rise of terrorism throughout the world, however, has had some significant effects on the way people view global travel today.
Terrorists instigate attacks to disrupt the normal flow of society. This is especially evident in travel. When a terrorist attacks, flights are delayed or canceled, security is increased and travelers are left waiting, many without the trip protection they need to compensate them for the loss in time and money.
Remember that the delays, cancellations, and other security precautions are in order to ensure that people are safe and life can resume to normal as quickly as possible. The possibility of delay should not be a reason to cancel or delay travel plans. There are plenty of actions you can take to protect your trip and make travel go smoothly.
Make sure to arrive for your flight with plenty of time to spare. Dress simply and have as little as possible in your pockets so that you can get through the security checks as quickly as possible. Purchase travel insurance that will compensate you for any loss if a terrorist attack occurs and delays or cancels your travel plans. Being prepared is the best trip protection against delays that terrorist threats create.
Another reason for terrorist attacks is to create fear and make people feel vulnerable. With the increase in terrorist activity and the rise in media coverage, worry about global travel has never been greater. If you have had second thoughts about taking a trip overseas, you are not alone.
The truth is, the possibility of having a car accident on the way to work or being the victim of a crime at your neighborhood grocery is greater than the chance a terrorist action will affect your travel plans. That probably doesn’t stop you from commuting to work or buying supplies.
The unknowns of global travel make us feel that we have little or no control over our trip, which increases our anxiety. We can beat that fear by being prepared. If the benefits of your trip outweigh the risks, do what you can to be prepared, by purchasing travel insurance, knowing what to do if something does happen and staying aware of your surroundings at all times.