• Posted:Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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European travel alert - causing awareness or panic?

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European travel alert - causing awareness or panic?

This week the US State Department issued a travel alert about the possibility of terrorist attacks in Europe. The travel alert is in response to possible terrorist attacks in Europe and it’s made headlines around the world. But it’s also got everyone wondering what exactly this alert means - Where is the threat exactly? Well, all over Europe with capital cities being top of the list. What are they targeting and what’s best to avoid? Metros, subways, train stations or any ‘tourist attractions’. Clear? No, not at all.

This travel warning couldn’t be any more vague and while it’s only a low level alert it’s got the European travel industry worried as travellers from the US and around the world might start to cancel future European travel plans. After all, what’s the point of travelling to any city if you are not going to use the public transport or visit any of the top tourist attractions?

The US State Department are not warning travellers not to travel or to cancel any future plans of travelling to Europe, but we can’t help but wonder if this is just going to cause a panic in itself. While it is the job of any government to protect their citizens travelling around the world, many will also see this as a case of covering their own back just in case anything does happen. And if that’s the case then in this day and age this warning could be in effect at all times.

It also creates a sense of panic and over analysing amongst travellers. Yes, it is good to be more aware of your surroundings when an alert like this is issued but will people be jumping on anyone who acts even remotely suspicious? And what about the people who live in these cities? Are they supposed to stop using public transport and where was a warning for them in their current home cities?

What do you think of this latest travel alert or warnings like them? Do you think they make travellers more aware of their new surroundings or are they just going to stop people from travelling using ‘just in case’ as their excuse? Leave us your thoughts on this in a comment below.

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