We understand that many will not go to Europe because they will be in a constant state of fear (and that would be a terrible way to travel). Here are a few reasons why we will continue to travel to Europe.
- If we don’t go, the terrorists win. The terrorists want us to stay at home in fear. If we fail to travel, the terrorists have succeeded in one of their main goals.
- The risk of being killed by a terrorist is incredibly small. The State Department has reported that less than 300 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks overseas in the last decade. You have a better chance of being killed by a gun in the US than by a terrorist overseas. There have been over 239 mass shootings in the US this year (gunviolemcearchive.org).
- Europe is in a heightened state of security. Yes, there can be additional attacks by terrorists, but Europe has upped security in most popular destinations.
- Europe has so much to offer. If art is your passion, there’s the Louvre in Paris, the world’s largest—and greatest—art museum. If eating and drinking in a festive atmosphere is more to your liking, you’ve got Madrid’s tapas bars. And if you’re a history buff, you can take a thought-provoking stroll along what was the Berlin Wall. You'll miss all of this if you stay at home.
Travel to Europe may never be the same, but we will not be abandoning it.