European Travel/Safety

Jul 13th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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I am watching Colbert right now! Love him!

walkinaround, I think if you are even worried enough to write about it here, you should either not go OR avoid high risk targets while there:
-buses
-trains/subway
-government buildings
-famous landmarks
-Muslim men
Wait a minute--that is going to be pretty hard! We've let our Homeland Sec. paranoia affect our travel. I'm not intending to be sarcastic. GO NOW, as from the looks of things on CNN and FOX news, things are only getting worse.
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Jul 13th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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Hi dgrahamr, I have know many mothers of young babies that have gotten very fearful. It is not unusual IMHO. You suddenly are responsible for a little one and of course you want to make sure that you are always safe so that you are there for your baby.

But there are no guarantees in life dgrahamr. When I was working in the insurance industry stastics constantly showed that people had more accidents in their homes or within five miles of their homes (auto accidents) than anywhere else.

Just a comment. I have known a few lovely women that became fearful after having a baby and their fears increased year after year because they gave into their fears. They stopped flying, they would not drive on the freeway etc etc. They became prisoners of their fears.

Not a good thing for their children.

I don't know where you live but I can't imagine London being anymore of a danger than any of our cities in the US. Just make sure to be careful when stepping off the curb to cross the street due to the traffic driving opposite as to what you are use to, and watch the gap, lol.

If I were you I would take this business trip to London. If you do I think it will give you more confidance for the future. Best regards.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Topping this because the FT thread is still alive and the amazing first hand reports from Israel and Beirut keep coming...
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Jul 14th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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I wrongly presumed that OP is a mom but having seen another of the OP's posts, I realize he's a dad (unless he and wife post under same name). I apologize for the sexist assumption (I'm female).

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Jul 14th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Sorry, unrelated to the post.

Gardyloo, thanks for the FT link.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 07:47 AM
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As a single female traveler having travelled around the world on my own, to big cities and places off the beaten track, I have found that the perceived fear of places and travel was much, much greater than actually ever exists. The more I travel, the more I realize there is really nothing to worry about. That doesn't mean you should be cognizant of your surroundings, just as you would be anyplace you go. Go to http://funny2.com/odds.htm
for some numbers if that will ease your fears about travelling. As you can see you are more likely to be struck by lighting than to die in a terrorist attack. These odds help to put things is perspective. Go and have a great time!
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Jul 14th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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Blimey, here was I happy whiling away a Friday afternoon in my office in the Financial heart of London, before I jump on the rush hour Tube home, after a quick post-work pint in a busy city centre pub, only to discover that the scary situation in The Lebanon is winging its way to my home town!

We're watching events unfold here too and are as disturbed as you are, but not because we think it's going to spread to London. Why would it? For once, I'm happy to say we're not involved. If you're asking for a rational reason to delay your trip to London, I can't think why this would be it.
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Jul 14th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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To dgrahamr-I agree with Sandy, perspective is what is needed here. The world overall is a scary place, yet every time we travel we meet and befriend Real People, just like us. We have 7 children and 8 great-grandchildren, the thought of not being around to enjoy, mentor, etc. is a miserable thought, but ultimately when our time comes, there is little we can do. If this thought is overwhelming to you, be sure you have your affairs in order, that is something many people forget to take care of. There is something very settling about that as a parent/grandparent. Fear is just not something you really want to pass on to your children. Travel and enjoy life and pass that love of life on to your children, in the end a truly great gift. Shirley
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Jul 14th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Why can't we make comments about terrorists influencing the way you live?

Because, IMO, that is exactly what you are allowing them to do to you whether we agree with what you do or not so why bother asking anyone?
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Oct 26th, 2006, 03:00 PM
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My husband and I are going to Europe for Christmas - 5 weeks away. Our two children will not be coming with us - they are flying to Australia to spend the time with their grandmother. I worry that their plane might crash, or ours, or that something bad might happen to us while in Europe. But we are going anyway, can't live in fear.
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