Solo Travel to Chile: torn between two values
My ticket is for this Friday, March 5th.
Many arrangements have been made.
But with the devastating earthquake in Chile yesterday, I am unsure whether this is a solo travel adventure I’m prepared to take. My first thought was that I could be useful. I could help with the relief effort. But then, there are my responsibilities at home to be considered as well. This is a minor issue compared to what the people of Chile are living but it is one I have to think through
I am not an adrenaline junkie. Charging into dangerous territory for heroic acts is not my thing. However, contributing to my community – whether local or international – is important to me. Especially when I am hand-delivered an opportunity to help, I do.
This is how I feel about the situation in Chile. I have a ticket to Santiago already. I can get there so put me to work.
But then there are my responsibilities at home. When I returned to solo travel a few years ago, I made one pact with myself: I would never put myself in danger. My sons only have me. They lost their Dad a few years ago. Even though they are adults, they don’t need to lose both parents so young.
If I wasn’t concerned for my kids, I’m pretty sure that I would go. I don’t see the danger as that great and I’m a pretty lucky person. Yes, I think I would go.
But, with my personal responsibilities I’m not sure.
So, I’m pausing. Researching. Watching what happens. I’ll decide in a couple of days what to do.
Your thoughts on how to reconcile these conflicting values would be appreciated.