Wanderlust? Me too! My monthly Fearless Wanderlust posts will keep you informed about travel news and give you inspiration for your next trip.
Should You Travel After a Terrorist Attack or Natural Disaster?
We had considered Sri Lanka for our honeymoon and after the attacks this past weekend, it made me wonder if we would have canceled our visit. Here are some of my thoughts on traveling to a place that recently experienced a terrorist attack or natural disaster.
- Assess the situation. Ultimately, do YOU feel safe traveling there? You don’t want to feel obligated to travel because you’ve already paid and then feel unsafe throughout your trip.
- In the immediate aftermath of an attack (a month, two, or maybe more), the city/country is focused on recovery. While there may be increased security measures, locals are physically and emotionally picking up the pieces. I would reschedule my trip to allow them time to process what happened.
- Attacks and disaster can happen anywhere. It’s smart to check government advisories for whether or not you should travel somewhere. What do travel experts and reliable organizations suggest based on what is happening? If it’s safe, don’t let fear keep you from traveling. Hate thrives on fear.
- Think about how much the city/country relies on tourism. This is a strong reason why you should re-schedule instead of canceling. Are they capable of supporting your visit? If not, when? If your time isn’t flexible, can you change your itinerary and visit other cities?
- If you want to change your itinerary for safety reasons, consider booking smaller hotels and visiting less busy places.
- Situations like this are why travel insurance is important! If traveling will be a serious risk, you’ll be able to have your costs refunded. I count on my travel insurance through my credit card and I’ve also used World Nomads.
DogHouse Brewery Hotel Now Open
Back in March 2017, Scottish beer company BrewDog started a crowdfunding campaign to open a hotel next to their brewery. It is now open in Columbus, Ohio! The 32-room DogHouse has an in-room tap of your choice of draft beer along with a mini-fridge of beers and a shower beer fridge. Sign me up! Who wants to go to Ohio?
Want to be more eco-friendly when you travel? Here’s an A to Z guide for that!
Best Islands of the U.S.
Ok, they’re not quite like the laid-back Caribbean islands but we do have beautiful islands in the U.S. Take a look here.
The Idolized Journey
We idolize travel, especially people who quit their jobs and go on long-term trips. The truth is traveling and experiencing somewhere new comes with its own struggles and your personal struggles don’t disappear on the road. I recently read a book about a man who traveled from Oregon to Patagonia, mostly by bike. I was expecting this great epiphany, some life-changing impact and it seemed like the author was also. While I’m sure journeys like this are eye-opening in some aspects, I think I put too much expectation on it. Life is what you make of it and sometimes it’s a lot more boring than you think. The excitement fades. And that’s ok!
Game of Thrones Travel
In celebration of the final season of Game of Thrones, here’s a post about the beautiful places around the world where the show was filmed.
Did you watch the news in horror as Notre Dame burned? It was sad and astonishing to see. I liked this post about the significance of Notre Dame. While I agree that Notre Dame is more than a building, a part of me wishes people would act as urgently and passionately about people in need.
Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint
Travel is great for the mind but bad for the environment. The Blonde Abroad has a great article with more information about the effects of travel and what she’s doing about it. We can reduce our carbon emissions by flying less often and driving fewer miles. These will be great tips to put into action!
Will Travel for Mushrooms
I love mushrooms. I was talking to someone recently about foraging for morels, a sought-after and expensive mushroom, in Oklahoma and now I’m ready to pack my bags to go mushroom hunting. So, what great timing that this article about the best places in the world (cities and restaurants) for mushrooms came out. Does anyone want to go mushroom foraging?
Read a fun article or hear some interesting travel news lately? Share in a comment below.