WE HUMANS AREN’T VERY GOOD at calculating risk, especially when it comes to travel: whenever there’s a terrorist attack in a foreign country, trips are frantically canceled (sometimes at a huge financial loss) because of the worry that the country is no longer safe. But this isn’t rational. If anything, a country that just underwent a terrorist attack is going to be more on the alert, and will be, for the time being, a bit safer.
It’s not just terrorism, though. We allow our fears — as irrational as they may be — dictate our travel plans far more than we should. Here are five fears you need to stop freaking out about.