I just returned from Istanbul with The Women’s Travel Group 19 women, and then London for a wedding. In both places the tenor of life is very different from that in the States. First of all, people are not scared of their shadows, as yhey are veterans of both world wars in their backyards. Europeans do not stop traveling with each headline.
European newspapers reported on Paris, of course. However, front pages still included domestic politics, arts features, climate etc. TV news was the same: balanced and matter of fact- not hysterical and frenzied.
Tourism rebounds after an average of 13 months post terrorism and 24 months post natural disasters. Tourist numbers revive based on our emotions not on reality: London recovered immediately after bus bombings and Madrid only took a few weeks after a train bombing. Paris flights stopped being cancelled after 5 days, bookings might take some months. Israel has had trouble for years and no one I know has cancelled her trip there. Tunisia and Egypt will take much longer.
So are we more comfortable with London for ethnic reasons? And with Madrid the same? Think about what actually worries you, remember that most accidents happen in your home! Throw out your newspaper’s front page, watch Lifetime or a Do It Yourself Home Show. You will be buying your next international ticket before you can say: bon voyage.