We will still travel
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
So much has been and will be written, said, and hypothesized about the senseless events at the Boston Marathon this week; regardless of who is found to be responsible for these attacks, there are innocent people that are dead, permanently wounded, and many more that will carry a new burden of sadness for the rest of their lives.
At Stiletto Escape, our goal is to make the process of traveling and spending time with friends or family on your adventures easier, more enjoyable. While a lot of our efforts are spent on the pretty things in life, our passion for travel goes much deeper than that. As Mark Twain so elegantly said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”. These horrific terrorist attacks that our country has been subjected to (by both foreign and domestic perpetrators) will not cease simply because a few of us spend a week touring Tuscany; however, the act of travel forces us to have patience, share space with people we don’t know, and be open to different cultures and customs. I find it hard to believe that anyone who embraces travel would be able to live their lives with such deep hatred that they could kill people they will never meet.
This tragedy will join a list of other tragedies, like Atlanta, Oklahoma City, and 9/11. We will make changes to the way events are monitored and it may even cause us to take pause the next time we consider attending a large event. But we will also move forward; we will focus on the heroic acts of the first responders & volunteers and the strength of Boston.
And for us, we will continue to travel. We will continue to urge others to get outside of their comfort zone, meet new people, explore other cultures, and in the process, learn to be tolerant and accepting. We hope you will do the same.
Love & Travel,
Shivani Ballesteros & Jana Wallis