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.
I’ve done a fair amount of travel and would definitely recommend Peru – spend a week in/around Cuzco and Macchu Piccho to appreciate the Incan civilization then head to Iquitos for a week at a lodge in the Amazon Best trip I’v had. If you’re up for it, trek the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu. North Africa was pretty cool – Tunisia and Morocco.
sad for you, completely imaginary concerns rule your life …
I’m a believe of better safe than sorry.
Just look at the pictures of these kids in Mumbai http://arunshanbhag.com/ please show them to your kids, such incredible smiles.
Why don’t you come up to Toronto? A great city with a huge Indian population. Walk down Gerrard Street and, except for the punishing December blast of winter, you’d swear you were in Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore or Hyderabad.
Planning on taking a trip to Montreal this spring…does that count?
I think you made the right choice and I’m not concerned that you’ll get to india. i’m brainstorming on ideas of where to go…
i’ve got 3 kids.I think we would have done the same thing. If it was just me and lauren, we would have gone… but kids change everything.
you are on the right tract