In the wake of the July 14 terrorist attack in Nice, France, many are asking themselves: Is Europe safe for travelers?
The answer is yes, with the logical caveat that the better informed you are, the more observant you are, and the more prepared you are, the safer your trip anywhere in the world will be. Am I biased in favor of travel? You bet I am: There’s simply no better way to understand the world, to bridge the differences among cultures, and to embrace our personal stake in this little blue planet of ours.
The State Department reminds travelers to adopt the following practices when visiting Europe:
• Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.
• Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.
• Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.
• Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
• Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
• Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
• Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.