The recent terrorist attacks in France and Brussels shows us very plainly that we are currently living in a world where something terrible could happen at any point, anywhere.  Terror attacks don’t seem isolated to foreign flung countries and cities now, which could cause you panic and make you think it was too dangerous to travel.  However, the fact that these can happen anywhere means that you need to put into perspective how you view it and what the reality is.

Don’t Confuse The Probability Of A Terrorist Attack With The Probability Of You becoming A Victim Of One

You could reason about it this way – is it entirely possible that there will be another terrorist attack somewhere in Europe over the next 12 months?  Yes, it is highly likely that there will be one.  Does this mean that one individual traveller in Europe is going to have a high degree of being at risk from the said attack?  No, of course not.

Know Exactly Where The Real Dangers Are

When you are planning a vacation, you may have the tendency to worry about the bigger picture, world scale things like norovirus epidemics and terrorist attacks, rather than worrying about the actual risks of skin cancer from too much exposure to the sun.  When if you consider that one in 5 people will get the disease over the course of their own lifetime.

Understand Why Fearing Being At Risk From A Terrorist Attack Is Out Of Proportion To The Actual Risk

Logically we should not be as afraid of terrorist attacks as a lot of us are.  There are a lot of psychological reasons behind this.  In general, many of us are much more afraid of risks that are brand new and not sure about than things we suffer from over a longer period of time.  We also tend to be more afraid of the exciting, more brutal ways of dying – such as shark attacks, Ebola virus and plane crashes than something more mundane.  If we feel we are in control, we tend to be less afraid of those risks, such as skiing and driving.  We are far more afraid of the type of risks that are publicised widely on television and printed media and the ones that involve spectacular and sensational events, rather than the quieter average Joe’s die.

Don’t Forsake More Common Risks That Are More Likely, Worrying About The Less Likely Ones

When you are frightened you make foolish and often dangerous decisions.  Take 9/11 for instance – many people decided to drive rather than fly, thinking it safer.  Or on a cruise you could be more focused on worrying about washing your hands to protect against a norovirus when you forget to put sunscreen on.

Decrease The Risks You Can Control As Much As Possible

You can put things in perspective and say ‘I am worried about that, but how likely is that situation going to happen the way I fear it will?  Unlikely at best’ And talk yourself out of worrying too much.  You can also do things to increase your safety in a positive way such as driving more safely and wearing sunscreen,

As shown in an article recently, four out of five travellers are not put off by terrorist attacks.  Another great way you can reduce risk, at least to your belongs is by using the service Send My Bag.  By eliminating any fears you may have about luggage going missing or being involved in something bad, you will be able to enjoy your holiday better.