The world seems to be experiencing an increasing number of terrorist attacks and sadly, Europe is in the spotlight. There are increasingly questions of whether or not you should travel in such turbulent times and to countries with high terrorist threats. Today, I’m sharing my reasons why terror attacks are not going to stop me from travelling.
International Terror Attacks around the Globe
Over the last 12 months, a number of countries I have visited have been subject to terror attacks, fortunately, not while I was there. There was an ISIS attack in Istanbul following my visit to see the Blue Mosque, which specifically targeted the Sultanahmet tourist district.
I recently travelled to Jerusalem and on my return, I heard the news that a young British woman had been stabbed on the Jerusalem Metro on Good Friday (see my blog on Is Jerusalem Safe?)
This week, gunfire in Manila claimed the lives of 36 people in a casino near the airport. Local police say that it was a robbery gone wrong, but ISIS made a claim of responsibility for this attack just 24 hours later. I spent three weeks in the Philippines last October, predominantly using Manila as a base.
Returning to the UK to hear of yet more Terror Attacks
I returned to the UK at the end of last year to relocate to Liverpool. I needed to take a break from travelling to save money and get some medical treatment (I needed surgery for endometriosis). I was looking forward to having a base in a thriving city.
Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester MEN. 23 adults and children, including the bomber, were killed and 59 were injured.
Yesterday, I headed into Liverpool city centre where I found hundreds of police. There were numerous police horses, police dogs and riot vans near St George’s Hall. They were there to supervise the EDL and anti-Nazi protests held near Liverpool Lime Street.
I was concerned that something serious might happen in Liverpool yesterday, but a terror attack occurred in London last night, starting at 10pm. The London attacks involved a truck driving into people on London bridge and several stabbings near Borough Market. There were 7 people killed. We are currently a nation in mourning, and our hearts go out to the families of the victims.
Why Terror Attacks will NOT stop me from Travelling
According to MI5, the current UK threat level is severe. London and Manchester are particular targets at the moment – be vigilant in the big cities. Essentially, at the moment, most places that I travel will be safer than my own country!
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advice from your government (Foreign Office). Always plan ahead and take advice before you travel. Make sure that you take out good travel insurance appropriate to the counties you will be visiting. Avoid areas that are not covered by your insurance policy.
But, from my perspective, stopping travelling because you are scared of terrorism effectively means that the terrorists have won. There’s no point in living in fear and not enjoying life, when your fears could come true on your own doorstep. I’ve told my family that if I ever die travelling, at least I will die happy!