Posted April 23rd, 2016, 04:58 AM
Are you going to the North Cape in Norway?
I don't need an alert to keep me out of Turkey. The bombings were enough for me. Anywhere else I wouldn't worry.Nowhere is completely safe, Boston, San Bernadino, Sydney Australia etc. Use your instincts and try not to look too touristy. Leave the jewellery at home, keep the camera out of sight when you can, if you feel uneasy go sone where else, fast.
I think the point is that either side can feel the situation is scary somewhere else based on what they hear in the media -- but the reality is often something quite different. Whether in the US or Europe or elsewhere.Thank you cruisemom - that is precisely what I meant. It's all about perception. If I believed the media reports and statistics regarding gun deaths in the US, I'd never visit.
Agree. I would rather die doing something we truly love- traveling, particularly to Europe- than sit at home in a prison, in fear, worrying about the possible dangers out there. We will not lose sleep over whether it is safe in any given city in Europe.
So to answer the OP's fears....it is about you...not the news or terrorists. If you are going to let your life be ruled by your fears...then that is certainly your choice. Or, you can learn to put those fears into proper perspective (everything has a risk and the risk of travel is very low) and live your life to its fullest. When we let terrorists dictate how we live our lives (which we have already done to some degree) then we are the losers! Personally, I do not like to lose and will not let these bad guys rule my life. When I let them dictate how I live my life...I have put myself into a self-imposed prison. And as much as I fear terrorists. I fear being in a prison (of my own making) much more.
Arsenalboy said it all ,most US cities are far more dangerous than Europe even in the current situation. Murder stats in the US are far higher than terrorism in Europe recently, driving in South Africa is far more risky. Road accidents kill more people than terrorism , many places are much more at risk.
I think if someone is not afraid of terrorism, that is fine. But I find it offensive when people put down those who are afraid as if they are inferior. Everyone has their own comfort level and I wish others had tolerance for that. Just like some people are afraid of heights and others are not. I no longer ask people on this forum if a place is safe. I just don't go there if I feel unsure. I would rather go somewhere that I can enjoy myself. I don't feel safe in most of Europe anymore like I used to, but yet I just went to China and felt okay there. It is a matter of preferenceAs long as you realize that what is holding you back is your own perceptions and fears and not reality (just like someone who is afraid of heights ).
Sent from my iPad using Forums
I'm not one to worry about the terrorist activity, since it is probably way more likely that I will get in a car accident living my life here at home, and I don't life in constant fear about that.
2) Avoid large crowds. This tends to go against the grain for some -- the herd instinct urges us to stay in a large group for safety. But I think in these situations it is much better to go in a small group with a local guide (or on your own if you are comfortable), and to try as much as one can, not to draw attention to oneself as a tourist. For me, I often sightsee on my own; I try to look nondescript, dress appropriately, and I do not speak unless I have to so that people won't realize I am American.
Fear is a very strong emotion that can take over one's life. It has been written that "the only real prison is fear. and the only real freedom is freedom from fear." That was written in 1945 by a Burmese man who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. I first heard that saying when I was a young man in Vietnam (during the war) and its been kind of a mantra ever since. To put it simply, when it comes to terrorism I will not let those thugs rule my life. Once that happens, they win and we lose.