Threats and Warnings – What Would You Do?

So destiny has packed our bags and my husband, Danny, and I will travel to five European countries during the month of June. One of them is England. I had thought it perfect timing that Blogger’s Bash 2017 would be held in London while we traveled from Scotland to France. We made our reservations near Victoria Station and are ready to go. I can’t wait to meet my blogging friends from the UK.

Then the unthinkable happened in Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terrorist threat flag from severe to critical adding “an attack is imminent.” She called for police presence on the streets and help from the military. Not exactly the relaxing trip I’d planned.

We stopped in NYC on our way to Europe a few weeks before 9/11. My son, Kelly, wanted to see the World Trade Center, so we taxied down to the financial district. You never know. (I’m behind the camera.)

world trade center 2001

Why so much hatred in the world? Of all concerts, why Ariana Grande? She is queen of the tweens. So many little girls attended. Why would killing little girls be a terrorist’s goal? I imagine a horrific, hellish afterlife where they suffer for eternity. That line of thought ends with me hating them. That’s not the answer. Hate begets hate. Somehow or other, things have got to settle down. We all need to peace the hell out.

World leaders tweeted strong defensive strategies like stopping ISIS before their routine attacks undermine and dismantle the government. That didn’t sit well with me. I’m not a defense kind of gal. I loved the Pope’s message: “Dialogue allows us to plan for a future in common. Through dialogue we build peace, taking care of everyone.” That’s playing offense.

Every day security ramps up. Some British tourist attractions are closed. Worries have extended to France, Belgium and Germany. Great.

It’s no big deal to hunker down in Scotland. I am an Outlander super fan and could find tons of activities to keep me busy. But I visualize terrorists hidden in gloomy alleys who watch my cowardly reaction. They throw up their hands and shout, “We win!” I’m not a coward. I refuse to live my life in fear. Instead, I will be vigilant.

I have no control over others and their hatred. I only have control over myself. But I can make an impact by loving others without judgement and living my wild life. If it means going to Europe in June where terrorism just got real, then the Wild Ride will get a little wilder. I can’t wait! The countdown has begun.

England collage

Would you cancel your trip? What would you do to stay safe? Any travel tips, you’d like to share?

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69 thoughts on “Threats and Warnings – What Would You Do?

  1. Great thoughts Susie. Honestly, I’d pull back and stay on U.S. soil, let things settle a bit. Call me chicken but my survival instinct is alive and well. I wish you and Danny a very safe and awesome trip. ❤️👍🏻😄

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  2. I would not cancel my trip, and I doubt that option did much more than flicker across your mind. I look forward to the photos and stories you will return with. I follow a large number of bloggers but there is a core that I identify with and especially are interested in, yourself included. You and my wife could talk about the trials and triumphs of beating cancer, and poor husbands would be forgotten, oy vey.
    Go forward, that’s what you do. Keep on triumphing.

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    • Awww! Thanks so much! I bet we would have a great time.
      You know me so well. I really couldn’t conceive of bailing. I did tweet my UK friends and they laughed off May’s alert as political. My personal trainer said he felt “people were on edge” while he lived there. We’ll have a great time. I hope to blog on location1

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  3. I would go. Enjoy the bloggers bash. I hope to go next year. I grew up in Scotland and my sister lives right by the little harbour used at the beginning of series 2 of Outlander. I am a big fan and look forward to series 3. 😊

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      • What parts are you planning to see. I grew up in a little village near Stirling which has an awesome castle. It would be worth seeing Loch Lomond which is beautiful and Outlander was partly filmed in the harbour at Dysart just on the edge of Kirkcaldy. The whole of Fife has beautiful little harbours and Edinburgh is very special too…

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    • Thanks so much, Michele! My husband said the same thing after reading this post. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since the death of my brother in March, it’s that we have no control.
      It will be a great trip, I’m sure!

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  4. In my other life, I manage a musician. We are coming to the end of what will be a year long tour. We seem to be coming to an end as we started, with terrorist activities in Europe. After a very quick band, crew and staff meeting we came to the unanimous decision that we will not be denied. I did something that you probably can’t do. I hired security to travel with us and impressed the need for enhanced venue security on local promoters. You can probably do three things. 1. Do whatever it is you want to do. 2. Use a high sense of situational awareness. 3. If the worst thing happens, don’t run. Hit the deck. Dig a hole in the pavement. Stay down. Oh yeah, we’ll be in Europe too.

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    • You are the coolest! Thanks for the tips. You are taking the right approach. When I saw everyone run from Manchester Stadium, I thought the same thing. Hit the deck. They ran toward the terrorist.
      Will you be in Scotland, London, Paris, Belgium or Amsterdam? I’d love to see your band!

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      • They ran everywhere, which is normal. But staying up leaves you open to flying stuff. That’s what a tough old sargent taught me once. Tour sked. London 6 July. Delft (near Amsterdam) 8 July. EastFlanders, Belgium 9 July. Paris 11 July. I just manage them, it’s my musical miss’ band. 🎼🎶🎹🎹🎹🎤

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  5. I keep thinking about the ISIS people wanting to kill anyone who doesn’t think like they do. How do they expect anyone to come over to their way of thinking when they do such horrendous acts? As for your holiday, be watchful, but as someone (Streets of Nuremberg) said, you can’t let the creeps win.

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  6. My husband and I will be traveling internationally as well this summer. Too late to back out now. Not that I would. Like you, I can’t live my life in fear. Here’s to both of us having a great–albeit perhaps vigilant–time!

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  7. Someone who was injured in Brussels was already scheduled to speak here in town before Manchester–go figure! Anyway, he said that he thinks stooping to women and children means they’re panicking. I’m not sure about that–offshoots like Boko Haram make it clear that they’ve never cared about women and children. I think the internet is ramping up recruiting and there’s nothing we can do about it. I know that sounds gloomy, but I also know that statistics say that we’re more likely to die in a car crash…and that pure observation points out that they (almost) never strike the same place twice, because it would be too predictable. (Except for Paris, apparently.) If anything, places like Nice, Brussels and Manchester are probably the safest places!

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  8. I’d go, see what I could see, be aware of my surroundings, but not get too hung up on what could happen. It won’t be a carefree vacation, but it will be an interesting one. Tender mercies to you.

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  9. I don’t believe a few misguided lunatics should be allowed to dictate one’s life. Furthermore, to some extent I’m a fatalist. I know of people who have, for example, fled South Africa because of violent crime only to become a victim of it overseas. The fact that it was less likely to happen there didn’t make it go away.

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  10. I definitely wouldn’t cancel. We cannot let the minds of a group of extremists dictate how we live our lives. To stay home & never have the opportunity to connect with others across this earth would be like declaring defeat to the principles of living in harmony with our fellow human beings. It is even more important that we continue to get to know one another, to understand each others cultures, to practice tolerance & seek peaceful ways of overcoming our differences. Safe travels Susie!

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  11. Hi Susie ~ We’ve been in France for the last month and will be here for another month. We were here last year just outside Nice when the terrible attack took place there. There are evil people all around the world and the one thing we must do is to keep living our lives and not let them deter us. Stick to your travel plans. Be the kind and thoughtful people you always are. Celebrate the diversity of cultures you experience. It’s the least each of us can do in our own small way. Onward! ❤️

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    • Thanks Pat! That’s EXACTLY what we will do. We can’t avoid risk. It’s involved in everyday living. It’s all about having a fun adventure and experiencing different cultures. Maybe I can talk Danny into buying a kilt. Ha!
      How cool that you’re there for two months! Did you do your house swap?

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  12. Go ahead and enjoy your trip. Let us pretend the terrorists don’t exist. After all, that seems to be the philosophy of the enlightened world. Win them with love, as long as it takes past the Doomsday. Because they are the Doom themselves.

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  13. I haven’t traveled out of the country in many years, but hopefully by the time you go things will be settled down. And if not, more time in Scotland would be an amazing backup plan. I can’t wait to see all your pictures!

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    • Thanks, Lacey! I think it will be good for me to loosen up and blog more often, anyway. Ha!
      We are heading out in a week, but we are sticking to our plan. The funny thing is, we haven’t finalized any deets in Scotland yet! There are too many choices and places to see!

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      • I read on someone else’s blog about when they went to Scotland. He said he wished he didn’t have to leave and can’t wait till he gets to go back. No matter what you do, it sounds like it’ll be amazing!

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  14. I really believe in living our lives, however; being aware and safety matters too. It is sad what is going on in the world. I think at times they want us to hate and fear and turn against each other and that is so not the answer. Go about our lives, travel, adventure, explore and do what makes you happy and brings you joy. You may need to adjust when traveling (i.e. have a backup plan in the places you are traveling to, maybe stay in places with more front desk security with doormen and secure doors, try not to stick out like a tourist and blend in with the locals, etc.).

    Happy Traveling Wild Rider!!!

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    • Thanks for the tips, Renee!
      I remember a long time ago, someone said they don’t pack much. Instead, they buy what the locals are wearing to blend in! Great idea. And I love to shop while on vacation. If the photos I’ve seen on line are any indication, there are a lot of colorful tops being sold in Europe! We’ll be staying in decent places and even a castle or two. I wonder if I’ll see any ghosts?

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  15. I went to France last spring just after the Brussels shooting. We did not want terrorists to win. We also wanted to support the people morally as well as economically. Tourism was down 40 per cent. Many locals thanked us for coming.
    We had a great trip and felt safe due to the increased military presence.

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  16. The reality of most ‘terrorist threat levels’ is that they’re implemented after the horse has bolted. Most, not all. I’d go, but I’d pay a bit more attention to my surroundings, not looking for trouble, but not ignoring it either. Life is too short (cancer taught me that, and you as well 🙂 ) to let fear stand in the way of living.

    Lots of pictures of your adventures please. 🙂

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  17. Nope. Wouldn’t cancel. In a weird way, Europe might be the safest place to be! But you have to know that I live in New York City. Friends and family from the nice safe Midwest always ask me if I’m afraid to live here. Hey, things can happen anywhere! BTW, I put my travel where my mouth is. Years ago, The Dude and I did not cancel our plans to travel to Rome right after Chernobyl, when everyone was afraid of the Nuclear Cloud. We had the whole city to ourselves (!)

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  18. I’m getting so sick of the terrorist “hassle.” I refuse to dignify their brutal and attention seeking attacks as anything more than senseless cries for help. This may be extreme, but the best way to stop these incidents is to deny them our attention. Don’t know if it’s possible when it results in the suffering of so many innocent people but it’s the best solution I’ve seen thus far.
    So, I absolutely wouldn’t change travel plans (actually I’m in Europe now, so I guess I would have to MAKE new travel plans, but you know what I’m saying).
    Hope you have an amazing and safe experience Susie! Cheers!

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  19. Go. You have to live your life. There are so many other things besides a terrorist attack that can create problems and danger no matter where you go. Have fun at Bloggers Bash, looks like many great people will be attending!

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  20. Go! I want and need to know that nothing will stop us from living our best lives. I want you to be safe, but I also want to continue to be inspired by the acts of exuberance and joy that are possible when we say, “No, you will not take my freedom away from me by making me fear the unknown.” I’ll be thinking of you, and looking forward to the tales you will tell upon your return!

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  21. Susie, Go! In all honesty This may not make sense to you , but it is the way I feel. In my opinion it would be much safer and way more fun to travel where you are headed than it would be to travel in the US these days. They are on high alert and with one common goal. Staying safe. They know who the enemy is. Travelling in the US right now is terrifying to me , something I have always done without even thinking about it. At least twice a month. We even cancelled our winter trip to Florida this year. I would rather take my chances in Europe.

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  22. Cancel why? Susie, you of all people know that to live inside a bubble just ain’t gonna cut it. The world is scarier than ever, sure, but it’s never been a pleasant place, not really. So have fun, stay aware of your surroundings and ride your wild self into a great time.

    Here’s to peace, love and great times for you and yours

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  23. Insightful thoughts. I’m with you on this one. The bombing was so sad and an incredible waste of human life. I hope you don’t cancel your trip. We can’t let the bad guys affect us this way, that means they win if they do. 🙂 Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us!

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  24. Susie! I’m so glad you didn’t cancel. It’s tough when things get scary around the world and it makes you sit for a minute and rethink things. But I completely agree, the Pope’s message is definitely on point. There are always dangers out there, dialogue helps tackle them head on and you my friend are a tackle-head-on kind of person. I hope you stay safe, but I also hope that you keep living your life and exploring Europe the only way you know how … The Wild Rider way. Keep us posted!

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