We had our family holiday abroad this year; we went to Lanzarote a few weeks ago.
But before we booked it hubbie basically let me know which areas of the world he would be happy for us to visit. He ruled out lots of countries because of the threat of terrorist attacks, which limited our choice considerably. Although I understood his reasons and accepted his decision, admittedly a little reluctantly, I did feel a sense of loss that we would not get to explore those countries, for the moment anyway.
Spain and France have both recently been classed as ‘as high risk of a terrorist attack’ by the Foreign Office and are both destinations that I have visited in my own childhood and I wanted my boys to have the opportunity to travel to as I had such fond memories. I really would have liked them to go to Disneyland Paris and be lost in the magic of the place or get a chance to see the beauty of Paris from the lofty heights of the Eiffel Tower.
According to the results in this article about defiant tourists though the majority of UK travellers (over 80%) have no intention of altering their travel plans. They are determined to continue with their booked holiday regardless. I must confess I do like their courage not to be swayed by those that try and encourage apprehension and worry.
Travel and tourism expert and Send My Bag founder Adam Ewart said, “either we change our plans and let fear dictate our lives or we make a stand.” I think its good that so many people are carrying on as normal, reading the article helps give others the strength to continue to enjoy their freedom. Hopefully airports are also taking more precautions and putting security in place to give tourists the reassurance they need and make it safer for everyone to travel.