Travel! I know, I wouldn’t really call that a mistake/error on behalf of the human race. I myself love to travel, as I’m sure many others do. It allows you to experience different cultures, see magnificent structures and landscapes you would otherwise not get to see and gives you the opportunity to catch up with friends and family from other sides of the world. I personally love to travel to experience wildlife I would never get to see otherwise!
Take an elephant for example. A stunning creature I would have never gotten the oportunity to see without travelling across the seas from Australia to Sri Lanka.
Now perhaps you are thinking where I am going with this as so far all I have done is listed all the great and wonderful pros to travelling, and you’d be right in questioning it as I am still unclear if the cons out way the pros! In saying that let me tell you some cons and I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether travelling is a one of humanity’s biggest mistakes.
Keeping in mind if you want to take a cheeky selfie with an elephant and you were born in England, eliminating travel would make this impossible.
Probably the number 1 problem with travel is the spread of disease. Outbreaks which would once be contained to a small area can now spread far further than they would have in the past. However there’s a very easy solution for this problem. All you have to do is if it looks as though a pandemic outbreak is to occur, you can contain the spread by temporarily stopping travel to and from that area- sounds easy enough. Somehow this didn’t stop Ebola from reaching the US. Luckily organisms that have animal hosts (e.g malaria can only be spread via mosquitos) , environmental limitations, arthropod vectors, or complicated life cycles can often be limited to spreading far and wide as say, AIDS, tuberculosis, measles, pertussis, diphtheria or hepatitis B of which are not constrained by the same flaw.
Travel along with trade is the main cause for genetic pools combining at rates that were previously unknown. Not only does it then result in new diseases and faster spread of previous disease but also results in associated social, political, climatic, environmental, and technologic factors which then result to further the emergence of infectious diseases.
Not to mention that as a result of travel people have either unknowingly or knowingly brought in invasive species which has lead to the demise of many different species and environments.
For this reason going through the airport can be such a hassle, as you wait in lines to get through customs. It’s there as a preventative measure but even so people still, either accidentally/ or on purpose, go into countries carrying new pathogens.
All good things in life seem to come with a price.
My advice is to travel safely, declare anything that could lead to potential harm to the environment you are about to step into and of course if you are feeling sick, let somebody know ! You don’t want to be that person who assisted in the spread of a pandemic virus!
All photos were taken myself, go to the about page to find out more about me
To find out more about the spread of disease with travel click here