"It’s a bad time to go abroad."
"I’m afraid to travel."
"The terrorists are everywhere and they’re targeting tourists."
I'm thinking my friends' fears come from media drama and fake news about traveling overseas.
The truth is, most countries are safer than ever to visit.
Now, I write suspense stories, liberally spiked with romance and exotic settings. My newly released novel, Cézanne’s Ghost, is set in Aix-en-Provence, France. It’s true, several of my characters are tourists who suffer in the hands of villains but the chances of my scenario actually happening? As rare as hen’s teeth.
In fact, now is the time to book a flight and enjoy a trip to France, Italy, British Columbia, Spain, England, Egypt, Africa...so many countries! Of course, you’ll avoid the places where drug and other wars are waging. My point is, take some time to make rational choices about where and when to go. Some of my friends have absorbed the fear-mongering and are NOT traveling, which makes me sad.
Take a look at this Forbes Magazine article from 2017: https://www.forbes.com/sites/priceonomics/2017/03/21/ranking-the-most-dangerous-countries-for-americans-to-visit/#3337fb2628a7
“In general, a violent death abroad is extremely unlikely. Between 2009 and 2013, 1,151 Americans - out of a population of 316 million - were killed abroad. For comparison, occurred in the U.S. in 2014 alone.”
And get this: traffic accidents, suicides, and drownings are far and away the biggest reasons for Americans dying in other countries. To build a more specific picture, in France, with about 25 million visitors in the last 13 years, 2014, 107 tourists died (mostly from car crashes, suicides and drownings). This last statistic comes from a very interesting 2016 article in Time Magazine: “How Americans Die Abroad.” http://time.com/4250811/travel-safety/
Both of the articles I cite, above, will give you all the information (and more) to allay fears of travel and make wise choices, including a list of the least secure destinations. My hope is you’ll keep traveling and enjoying a wide range of cultures.
For those of who have flown/driven/cruised to other countries, tell us about your sense of safety/security as you journeyed. Is there a country you’ve visited lately that didn’t feel safe to you?
I promise you, Aix-en-Provence is a lovely city, so friendly to Americans. Yup, I put a few Americans tourists at risk in that town, but that’s what we suspense writers do! My novel is une turner de page; danger et amour à Aix. Bon Voyage!
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