To be harmed from a terrorist attack while traveling abroad is statistically very low but here are some suggestions on how to increase your safety in places that are in…
To be harmed from a terrorist attack while traveling abroad is statistically very low but here are some suggestions on how to increase your safety in places that are in threat of a terrorist attack. This especially applies to Turkey, Paris and other Western European capitals that have suffered recent attacks.
Follow your MFA website
You should always make it your number one resource. On your MFA website you will find the most extensive information before any trip you take. General recommendations, visa information for each country and detailed information about any country in the world. In the country’s profile you will get familiar with transportation, safety and the health situation. If you have never checked your MFA website now is the time to make it an important step in your travel planning phase.
Avoid street protests
If you are traveling to Istanbul for example try to avoid Taksim square . Street protests are the most prevalent around here. The same applies for other big squares or points of demonstrations around the world. Terrorists used Ankara rally in 2015 to kill more than 100 people. When you see a protest avoid it as much as possible. I rarely read news but it’s a good idea to follow the situation when you are in a new country. You’ll find an English speaking newspaper everywhere you go.
Public Transport Less/Bike and Walk more
Public transport is always a potential target for a terrorist attack in big cities. If possible try to use public transportation as less as you can and instead rent a bike or walk more. Walking is also rewarding as you may come across a pleasant surprise like a museum that sparks your interest or a nice restaurant.
Use taxi/Rent a car
If you can afford use taxi when traveling to longer distances or rent a car. If you are traveling with kids renting a car can be a good idea.