Advice on dispelling fears about travelling to your country
I’m sure this challenge is shared among many retreat centre owners who operate in areas where the news often conveys a negative message. In our case, we’re located in Turkey. Even though it has never been unsafe for our participants to travel to our area, the conflict in neighbouring Syria has created some anxiety among those planning a visit.
We like to bring things into perspective by sharing that no one can guarantee safety anywhere in the world – and it is statistically more likely for someone to get into a car accident in their home country than have an incident while traveling to our centre. We also work closely with teachers who bring groups here to help them feel confident and safe coming to Turkey because they need to give the message to students that “everything will be fine”. It’s important to deal with this fear or else students will pick up on it. The media loves to paint a scary picture of the world, but most of what they portray isn’t accurate.