Travel has always had fear and risk associated with it, and of course great reward. Some major events may increase the risk of travel–wars, epidemics, vivid disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic, the crash of the Hindenburg, and now the World Trade Center attacks–but even more, such events increase the awareness of risk. You might not come home.But that is never guaranteed when you step out the front door, even if you’re going to the grocery store, let alone Timbuktu. Here at Travelers’ Tales, we think travel is a wonderful activity which knits peoples together and weaves a web of understanding among cultures that no government or religion can.

The way of the wanderer is an even higher calling today than it was on September 10. So keep dreaming–and doing. Explore this wonderful world we live in. But use your head even more, and integrate it with the calling of your heart. Plan carefully. Avoid obvious dangers and watch for the hidden. Be a good ambassador, a kind stranger. Count your blessings. And dedicate your journeys of the next year to all those who died on September 11.

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