Terrorism and Traveling

Europe is one of my favorite places in the world. I’m not quite sure there’s any other place with as much differing culture and history so close together and so easily accessible than Europe. Unfortunately because of that, western Europe has becoming a target for terrorists in the recent months. Many people question whether it will remain a safe place to travel and visit. And if you do decide to visit, what precautions should be taken, in a region where they previously were not necessary. The crew over at Discovery weigh in on it.

 

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” the warning stated.

State officials said U.S. citizens should “exercise vigilance” in public places or using mass transportation, avoid crowded places, exercise caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

So should we book that trip to Florence or Barcelona when the kids are out of school? Safety is a personal decision, but there are some common sense tips if you do decide to travel, according to Jennifer Michel, a spokeswoman for the American Society of Travel Agents, which represents 8,500 agents worldwide.

“We when the bombings happened in Paris last year, we were amazed at how few Americans canceled their travel plans,” Michel said. About one-third canceled or delayed their plans, most of them for trips within a few days of the terrorist incident. Some people have shifted o places like the Caribbean or Mexico, Michel said, where terrorism is less of a threat.

 

To read the tips click http://news.discovery.com/adventure/travel/is-europe-safe-to-visit-this-summer-160325.htm

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