Attack on America and the World – Travel Stories

Below you will find stories written by travelers on their experiences around the world, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. These stories reflect these travelers’ perspectives, as well as those of the locals around them.


Guides & Stories

The Good, The Bad, & The Sad
Kolby Kirk’s first day in Europe was easily the happiest and saddest day of his life. It was September 11th, 2001.

Back to Pakistan: A Traveler’s Tale
Experience a country as it was before the age of mass tourism: go during a war. It’s working out quite well for K.

Anger Against America
Out of all her travels, American K has rarely received a warmer welcome, nor such sympathy for Sept. 11, than in Iran. She was even given a press pass for the anti-American demonstration.

New York
The Little Ghetto Van That Could
Erik R. Trinidad was determined to carry out his mission of patriotism to Ground Zero, no matter what obstacles were placed in his way.

On the Road Again
Jennifer Bildersee is not used to being on this side of the ‘Is it safe to travel there?’ question, but insists that New Yorkers are still eating bagels and hailing taxis and being rude just like before.

Being a Prayer Marshal
Keith Wommack has flown a lot since the Sept 11 attacks and he considers himself a ‘prayer marshal’ for his fellow passengers.

Personal Ways to Wage an Effective War on Terrorism
John O. Andersen believes the collective effort of millions of individuals doing the little things could ultimately be the strongest weapon against future terrorist acts.

Roman Holiday
Martha Rosenquist recalls a conversation she had with an Italian couple who were planning on flying into New York on September 10th, 2001.

Close to Home
Melissa Vinitsky found it very difficult to enjoy the rest of her European journey after learning of the attacks on America.

Costa Rica
Terrorism & Costa Rica

Yes, Yanks can be prats, but waking sleeping giants is a bad idea, says Brandon Dane. But on the travel side, this is a good time to head to CR.

Reaction in London & Around the World

Despite her desire to go back home to New Jersey, Maria Argyropoulos has decided to continue her RTW trip. She also shares emails she has received from friends around the world.

Wyoming Ghost Towns
Japan’s WW II Balloon Bombing of Western National Forests

Six months between 1944 and 1945 saw a bombing campaign on U.S. soil. Mike Jamison contends that history will help us better deal with the present.

The Traveler’s Contribution
Andrew Walker reflects on the attacks and 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing, and says the most important thing travelers can do is to keep interacting with people around the world.

Saskatchewan & Manitoba, Canada

Prayers for the Global Tribe
Life in the Prairie Provinces can feel isolated from the rest of the world. However, events from Sept. 11 show that to be false. Sue Echlin sends a message of hope and support to all the citizens of the world who support peace.

Good Sign for the Future

Leanne Currie-McGhee was amazed and touched at the outpouring of sympathy and support from all those she met in Turkey after the tragedy in the US.

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