“What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country…we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel…This is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure. There is no pleasure in traveling, and I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing. Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction…Travel, brings us back to ourselves.” -Albert Camus
Have you ever let fear, news headlines, or a country’s bad reputation hinder your travel?
We believe you shouldn’t! We believe that the opposite of fear is love. Our motto during this journey has always been Travel in love, love in travel. Whatever reservations we have about travel we wipe away with love. We understand that there are going to be times when we are way beyond our comfort zones. We chose to create a lifestyle of travel based on the ideas of unlearning our incorrect assumptions of this world, growing more in love with strangers, and seeing what’s good in this world (outside the sense of Western mass media). In that process we opened our doors, stepped out, and crossed the street into the unknown day in and day out.
Recently the Vision of Humanity released their Global Peace Index outlining the most and least peaceful nations of the world. Interestingly enough, only one country we visited this year was less peaceful than our home, Colombia. I’ve also previously been to Syria which would have been against the advice of my parents had they known my plan to do so, it currently sits at the bottom of the Global Peace Index. Other countries we thought were unsafe are highlighted below.
The Philippines is a place Camille and I considered home. When we got back and told some of our travel stories people thought we were crazy going to places like El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya and Tanzania. We realized that traveling much of what people call the developing world entails some degree of insecurity but we never let that stop us from living our lives. I’m not saying we went into war zones and traveled recklessly but we did move with pre-caution. Of course, we still ran into some problems like the time we got robbed in Dar es Salaam. But we like think that sometimes you’re simply at the wrong place the wrong time. That could have happened in any city in America or in the city we currently find ourselves in, Manila. If we told ourselves we wouldn’t travel the world based on security reasons we might as well not cross the street or go out of our doors.
As Filipinos if we step back from the global stats and look solely to the stats of our own country there isn’t much surprise. The Global Peace Index outlines that the highest indicators for our ranking include terrorism impact, violent crimes, political terror, access to weapons and perception of criminality. The GPI also estimated the national cost of violence to be just over $25,000,000,000 USD (yes, billions).
*The GTI measures the impact of terrorism in 162 countries. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is given a score that represents a five year weighted average.
Global Peace Index- 22nd least peaceful country in the world
*The world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, the GPI measures peace according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators.
The information obtained for this article was from the Vision of Humanity website.
|5||Central African Republic||3.332|
|8||Democratic Republic of the Congo||3.085|
|48||Republic of the Congo||2.196|
|58||Cote d’ Ivoire||2.133|
|66||Trinidad and Tobago||2.07|
|67||Papua New Guinea||2.064|
|69||United States of America||2.038|
|110||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1.839|
|113||United Arab Emirates||1.805|
Places I’ve Visited, Places Camille and I have both visited
If you read this and had negative reactions we’re happy to hear them. If you feel like this list is whack we’re also happy to hear about your ideas on that. We can Google search any country and see negative press. After all, bad news sells newspapers. The good news, the world on the ground is much nicer than what’s floating on the front cover headlines. The point is the world’s out there for you to travel, discover, and make your own impressions and judgements without all the noise of what’s on TV or online.