Navigating Travel and Terrorism

Posted On: July 21, 2017

It seems that nearly every news story, radio segment or social media platform carries details of a new terrorist attack in yet another country.

With the rise of governments issuing strict and detailed safety advice and nonstop worldwide media coverage of attacks, it appears like it’s just too dangerous to travel at all. As a company committed to planning amazing, unforgettable global travel incentives for your employees and customers, the team at Docherty Incentives & Meetings understands your fears and concerns about travel and we’re here to allay them.

We are dedicated to keeping you informed about travel and terrorism—home and abroad—and how having a skilled travel team like Docherty can help keep you up-to-date on the latest concerns to ensure your group has a safe and successful trip.

What is Terrorism?

The threat of terrorism has become sensationalized by the media, so it’s important to get a clear understanding of what terrorism is and how it could possibly affect your travels. Terrorism is a strategy of violence often used by a smaller group against a larger nation in the name of gaining or unhinging power. Terrorism is also a tactic used to justify religious beliefs, and it has historically occurred due to “…warfare between races, struggles between the rich and poor, or battles between political outcast and elites.”

Acts of terrorism have been used by groups like the Irish Republican Army or the Palestine Liberation Organization to encourage and embolden separatism movements from their current body of power. Others, like the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), have been more fear-based in order to terrorize and control.

Terrorism Is Real, But It Doesn’t Have to Debilitate

Recent tragedies like the bombings at the Ariana Grande concert in London, the Istanbul airport, a hotel in Mumbai, a nightclub in Orlando, and all the devastation caused by the Boko Harem in Nigeria have left many afraid of leaving their communities and traveling outside their own country.

Realistically, there are far greater long-term threats to our well-being as Americans, such as poor driving, household accidents and heart disease. But we are psychologically prone to be more afraid of things we have never dealt with or considered previously, like foreign extremists. If you allow worry to consume you, you’d never leave your home. Instead, arm yourself with knowledge and then take the necessary precautions to ensure you travel safely. This is where Docherty Incentives & Meetings can help.

Does Travel as an American Mean You’re at a Greater Risk of Attack?

Did you know that between 2001 and 2013, 406,496 people died from gun related incidents in the US, compared to only 350 US citizens who died from terror attacks abroad in the same time period? According to the US State Department, you have a higher likelihood of getting killed in a car accident (1 out of 19,000) than dying from a terrorist attack (1 out of 20 million).

The statistics a) don’t lie and b) are sobering. The irony might have you wanting to travel away from the US even more than before. Regardless of what the numbers tell us, being aware and smart about safe travel is paramount during any trip to any destination, domestic or international.

Precautions You Can Take to Ensure Safe Travel

  • Register Travel Plans: It’s important to know where the closest embassies are located while traveling and that Docherty staff always has this information when taking care of our groups.
  • Utilize Your Itinerary: Docherty keeps detailed plans of your time abroad, so if there is an emergency in your location the local people will be in charge of working through a disaster while our office will monitor and manage your plans like rebooking flights, etc.
  • Travel With Your Phone: Perhaps a no-brainer, but since you can track your location with local WiFi, or purchase a SIM card for GPS help, consider traveling with your phone to make emergency calls and texts, just in case.
  • Get Your Bearings: Memorize how to get to your hotel in your destination city as well as a basic understanding of the city’s layout so you don’t get turned around in a moment of need. We rely so heavily on our devices to guide us that we can lose the ancient art of self-reliant navigation.
  • Keep An Eye Out: Don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Docherty provides packing lists designed with your destination in mind—considering the local culture and what they deem appropriate in terms of attire for women and men. While away from your hotel room, watch for suspicious people near your group or vehicles. Get connected with your gut: it tells the truth.
  • Don’t Forget Insurance: Docherty can provide insurance information for guests, should they want to add medical or travel insurance. Be prepared and then enjoy your travels with peace of mind. 

For a full list of travelers’ tips, you can check out the US State Department’s recommendations for emergencies and terrorism. No matter what, it’s important to remember that choosing not to travel offers terrorists a certain victory over your serenity and happiness.

Docherty Incentives & Meetings Is Here For You

At Docherty we gather and track important information for each travel incentive program destination and can provide all our clients emergency-type details so they can feel secure. There are hotel emergency plans available, fire safety information, and contact information for local law enforcement, hospitals and US Embassies.

This is where enlisting the careful, safe, exciting travel rewards programs through Docherty Incentives & Meetings can make all the difference for your team. Our owners and Account Managers personally vet each program destination and attempt to stay at every recommended hotel in order to tailor experiences based on your attendees’ unique needs and wishes. Furthermore, our team will stay in contact with you from well before your team leaves the country until they return to ensure quality as well as safety.

Call us today at (800) 550-1557 or visit our contact page to get started on your next travel incentive for your company.