Safe cruising in Europe

This article says, yes.  What say ye?

 

By KAREN WORKMAN

MARCH 30, 2016

When Corey Patterson heard about the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week, he had a clear-cut response to people who asked if he was going to cancel a coming trip to Belgium.

“That’s exactly what the terrorists want, so absolutely not,” Mr. Patterson, 45, said on Twitter.

He’s in the Netherlands now, visiting a former roommate and his family, and will head to Belgium in a few days.

“Anything can happen anywhere at any time,” Mr. Patterson, a Texas resident, said through messages on Twitter. “You can’t stop living life, and this world is worth seeing, so I chose to do it.”

He’s not alone.

“Americans especially seem to be fairly resilient and do not panic and cancel trips, unless perhaps they are traveling in the next few days,” Jennifer Michels Jones, vice president of communications for the American Society of Travel Agents, said in an email.

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#1 on the list of ways to safeguard one's self is something I posted in the past.  The STEP program offered by the U.S. State Department

Enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program gives the government the ability to send email alerts to a traveler about potential problems, like demonstrations. “And it gives us a general idea of how many U.S. citizens might be in a country,” Ms. Bernier-Toth said.

STEP is free and simple to sign up for. I've used it since 2011.

My thoughts are Don't be afraid, but be aware.

CruisingCM - thanks for the tip on the STEP

I contact external affairs here in Canada whenever I travel. But overall, if the area is a conflict zone .It will be kinda hard to relax where mortars are landing... I'll stay home instead.

I would definitely avoid a war zone, however the terrorist threat is a different monster. If there was a credible threat, I may decide not to go, however I will not cancel my plans due to vague threats, however sensationalized the media makes them. I will not let them win.

I'm with you BDRebel.  

Well, Good Journey to Mr. Patterson.

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