Police and fire truck sirens and helicopter tumultuous sounds ( just feet above our heads), smoke and flames assaulted our senses, putting us on high alert as a huge fire broke out just yards away from us at our Barcelona resort on Labor Day Weekend.
Yes, it was very frightening and high drama for a few hours, BUT as a world traveling family (non-stop for 6 years to 42 countries on 5 continents on $23/day), I can tell you that most travel fears are false as 99.99999% of our travels are free of disasters. We quickly packed up to leave, but did not end up even evacuating and now like most disasters, it makes a great travel story that we will not forget.
It doesn't mean you will never have a travel disaster, because yes, these rare emergencies and natural disasters can even happen at home, but DO know that they are rare and you can handle anything. I've lived through hurricane, big earthquakes, tornado, fire, floods, snow storms, hospitalizatioins without ever leaving home.
Most of our travel is blissful, but we have had a few travel disasters along the way to keep us on our toes. Perhaps our worst travel disaster was when I broke my arm riding my bike on the Danube and landing in a foreign hospital via ambulance needing surgery and hardly anyone spoke English. The broken bone cut a major nerve and paralyzed my right dominant arm for over a year with that which probably would have stopped most, but didn't stop us or our pursuit of travel health, although it did slow us down and I learned to blog one handed with my left hand.