An open letter to those around me,

Please stop telling me to be careful. It gets so tiring hearing the same thing every time I speak about my plans;

Be careful, there’s a lot of human trafficking.

Yes, human trafficking is without a doubt one of the worst and most pressing issues that women face across the globe. However, not every female traveler is in danger of being trafficked. The numbers easily support the fact that out of the millions of women that travel the globe, only handfuls fall victims to trafficking.

Be careful, there’s still drug wars going on. 

Ah yes, the line I hear most when I speak of visiting places like Colombia. It’s simply not true. While crime still exists due to the poverty that many of the citizens live in, it is no where near the level that it was thirty years ago.

Be careful, haven’t you seen Taken?

No, I haven’t. I don’t care to, please refer to my first answer.

Why would you want to go there? It’s dangerous/there have been terrorist attacks there.

I was in New York City around the times that the most recent terrorist attacks occurred. They can happen literally anywhere on earth, and I am not going to let the fear of falling victim to one control how I see the world and how I choose to live my life.

Yes, I understand that the world is not all sunshine and rainbows.

 I am a realist.

Yes, there is always a chance that something could happen to me while traveling.

That same risk is present here in the US. Just because there is a change of scenery, does not mean that my instincts will change.

I am a smart woman who has a good head on her shoulders.

I don’t tend to take unnecessary risks.

There’s no reason not to be trusted with my own wellbeing.

I am not going to allow the risk of something terrible happening to me change my outlook on the world or how I choose to see it.

This is my life, and I choose to live it.

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