Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThe Indian decision. First a huge thanks to everyone for chiming in. The comments were thoughtful and fantastic. It is interesting to read each persons take on traveling in a world that is never completely safe.
Last night, we had dinner with friends of our who are from India. He happens to travel 10 days every month to Mumbai. He is leaving on Friday but said he is staying in their apartment and might not be frequenting restaurants this time around. Another friend of a friend, who has traveled extensively throughout India and was going away at Christmas with his family, decided to cancel.
Here is where we came out. It is was just Fred and me, we'd go. I am sure India is probably safer now that it ever has been, there is feeling of uncertainty and unhappiness in the air. How could there not? Our kids should look at the different places they are so fortunate to see and feel something besides fear when they look around at the huge economic diversity in India. They shouldn't feel scared or unsure walking down a street where cows are strolling and barefoot children roam. They should feel concern and with that realize how lucky that they are and with that luck comes the responsibility to give back and make a difference perhaps in India or at home. I am not sure they can do that at this time.
On a positive note, because there always has to be one, we got basically every dime back from our trip. We are definitely planning on going next year and our friends will be in Mumbai which will make the journey even better.
Where we are going now? I am all over it.