Interesting and appreciated comment from a reader...Worries of risks when traveling...

Hillside scenery.
Over these past several years we've received many wonderful comments on a variety of our past posts.  Some readers may read our posts out of chronological order or start from the beginning on March 15, 2012 when we first began to write about our lives of world travel.

Now, 1674 daily posts later, we're often amazed by how readers from all over the world continue to read our old posts, often commenting on any given post or in sending us a thoughtful email.

Many of our readers write into the easy-to-use "comments" section at the bottom of each post, and may if chosen may stay anonymous.  However, we find many readers don't hesitate to leave a first name (and occasionally their full name) when they post a comment.

If you've never commented, please feel free to do so.  We always reply within 24 hours (at the latest) and your comment remains on that post for all of our readers to see for years to come.


Caravans parking in Franklin for Australia Day festivities which we attended last month.
For many, with more personal comments in mind, they prefer to email us at the links provided on our home page, on the right, above the photo of us in Petra,  Jordan.  Clicking either of these links takes you directly to the email app on your device and you can write as you would in writing any email message. We won't post your email message without your specific approval.

Most often your email will reach us promptly providing we have a good Internet connection.  We check our email throughout each day but a response may be delayed if it arrives while we're sleeping.

Before posting each day, I take a peek at my email but seldom respond until after I've completed the day's post.  I awake on a mission to get the "ball rolling" as soon as I'm showered and dressed for the day.

During these past almost three months since our arrival in Penguin, Tasmania on December 3, 2016, I've maintained my usual posting schedule regardless of how I may have been feeling during this period. 
Houses scattered throughout the countryside in the Huon Valley.
Of course, as mentioned in a post a few days ago, the exception to our posting and/or replying to comments and email may occur on specific travel days, especially when we don't have access to Wi-Fi while awaiting a particular means of transportation.

Yesterday, we received this lovely comment from one of our readers who's apparently begun reading our posts from the beginning. 

Laura wrote:

"Ah Jess....I know I am reading them years after the fact, but your posts and photos are breath-taking!! I love them! I've been trying for years to convince Ernie to agree to an African safari - he's too concerned with our safety to try it, but I'm still working on him!!"
 


Upon reading this short comment at the end of this post, I could hardly wait to write back to Laura to thank her for her kindness in complimenting our posts and photos. 
 
But, the comment Laura expressed over her husband's hesitation to go on an African safari reminded us of five years ago when Tom was equally concerned over the safety of a safari and even moreso, living in Africa for almost nine months.
 
Our family was even more worried that we were getting in over our heads when they'd read and heard of countless stories about horrific events occuring in many parts of Africa, some as a result of animal encounters and other incidents. But, they were more concerned as to our vulnerability of becoming victims of crime.

A neighborhood in the Huon Valley.


We've never taken these facts lightly but, as has been the case for most travelers there are always precautions and concerns over traveling beyond the comfort zone of their home environment. 

Nowadays, there is no place in the world that is entirely safe;  from the elements, terrorism, crime, accidents, illness and wildlife.  Back then, before we began traveling we'd discussed these concerns in depth. 
 
Mainly, I was trying to assure Tom that although the risks were higher in some parts of the world, such as Africa and the Middle East, we'd exercise the utmost of caution. For example, in Kenya, where carjackings are common, we used a local driver to take us wherever we desired thus reducing the risks.

Kayaker on Huon River near a moored sailboat.



As we look back at our old posts, we can't help but experience the most profound of emotions over the fact that we took those risks to see parts of the world previously only in our dreams.
 
When a year from now when we'll return to South Africa (with more other African countries on the horizon during our extended stay), our hearts thump with enthusiasm.
 
This will be the first time we've returned to a country for an extended stay hiatus in order to explore Southeast Asia.  As it turned out, we really enjoyed the second two months in Bali at the fabulous villa on the ocean.

Franks, a small cider restaurant and shop.


We had returned to Bali due to its close proximity and easy flights to Sydney, Australia from where we'd booked several cruises. Our return to Africa next February is for an entirely different reason...we wanted to return while we're still able, young enough and hopefully healthy enough to embrace the many exciting opportunities awaiting us. 
 
So, today, I thank Laura for writing and inspiring today's post which included to our own past concerns which ultimately ending with the gift of great memories that we gleaned from the extraordinary experiences.

Have a memorable day and be safe.
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Photo from one year ago today, February 24, 2016:
Tom standing outside the shopping mall in New Plymouth, New Zealand last year.  For more photos, please click here.

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