1 of 100 Reasons
Some call me naïve, others gullible, but I would like to think that my disposition to treat people as I would like to be treated (in an honest and straight forward manner) will pay off in the long run. Regardless, when it comes to my personal safety I know not to be so trusting and would consider myself to be relatively street smart. I never walk anywhere except the busiest of places alone after dark, nor venture into dodgy-looking areas of town unless absolutely necessary, in which case I take a friend with me. I know to keep my head up and always look as if I know where I’m going (even if I don’t), which people I can politely ignore and which ones need walking away from.
However, you can be the most careful, alert and guarded person out there and still wind up the victim in a worst-case scenario. This week the news presented us with a situation in Norway, which could never have been predicted. Another one which comes to mind is last year’s Cumbria shootings. The fact of the matter is that you can only do so much – the rest of it is down to fate.
The reason I broach this subject is because, when faced with the idea of solo travel, the majority’s reaction is to balk at just how ‘dangerous’ the idea is. Dublin is one thing but India? Thailand? My poor Mum looked like she was going to have a stroke when she realised I intend on travelling around India by myself. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to convince the people who love me that it’s not the end of the world. I realise that when you care about somebody, the idea of them stepping into an unknown situation on their own is cause for worry. However, as someone who wants to travel, I am not going to let this idea of any country outside of Western Europe being ‘dangerous’ put me off. Yes, I will have to be careful – just as I am here in Dublin when I am on my own.
The truth is that it is very easy to come up with 100 reasons why you shouldn’t do something but very difficult to accept that, actually, you are the only one stopping yourself from letting it happen.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson