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Old 03-24-2016, 07:36 AM
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What a stupid travel warning...
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:12 AM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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More bombings, more reservation cancellations and fewer travel and accommodation bookings in Europe. Look for sales. Europe travel may get cheaper, soon.
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:38 PM
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Absurd travel warnings. The State Department should rather recommend U.S. citizens to leave the U.S., because the U.S. is more dangerous than Europe.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by elnina View Post
^^^ making people paranoid... Pretty common practice here.
I travel to Europe AND Germany with absolutely NO problems. Is that your first travel overseas?
I live in one of the quietest countries in Western Europe, and for years every time a national holiday comes up here. or something with parades....the U.S. embassy issues a warning about possible riots. They love possible riots, demonstrations, etc.etc.

And these holidays are celebrated and go by with no more fuss than U.S. ones. But still...year after year the same crap warnings.

After a decade and a half of this, I now just hit delete without reading. Some day I will miss something important, maybe. But this endless stream of knee-jerk nervous Nellie stuff is like "Henny Penny!! The sky is falling."
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:21 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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^^^ Like I mentioned - US is full of paranoid people scared of their own shadow. It's a very frightened country. Media and government constantly feeds their fear. It has even a name: The United States of Paranoia - feel free to google, or just read all the relocation threads where people constantly ask "it's safe to move to X?" or "please tell me safe areas to move in", "I want gated, secure areas to live, behind a big wall, with manned, guarded, and armed security"...
They believe in doom and disaster, apocalypse and zombies, fear communists, socialists, the Russians and the Chinese, the Big Brother, the government, the aliens, the terrorists, the refugees, etc... etc... Superpower, huh??
They live in a constant state of fear about the world, and especially about how bad other countries are. Fox news is by far the worst of all of them for doing this, and you can see the ridiculous extent they bring this to in this discussion on Amsterdam, which is a "cesspool of corruption and crime and everything is out of control! It’s anarchy!"
All we hear about on the news is constant Anti-American threats, riots, crimes, murders, and shootings all over the world. All of this negativity has made a significant impact on the way that Americans think about foreign countries.

But you know what? The US has the worst case of fear of anywhere I’ve ever been in the world. Children are constantly over-protected from the world – from germs, from strangers, from pedophiles “lurking around every corner”, and any time a news article comes up with something bad happening… anywhere, parents go all out in doubling up the protection.
When I see parents in the states overprotecting their children, then I see a part of their childhood getting robbed. No scraped knees, no wondering around discovering nature by themselves unsupervised, no meeting as many new people as possible – because everyone is out to get you. It’s just making the next generation even worse off than the current one.
When did the culture go from being big strong confident adults, resourceful people who could make something work, to being a nation of outright COWARDS?

So where is the scary world? Europe? Really?
No, the really scary world is perhaps right here.

Don’t be afraid to go to another country based on biased accounts you’ve heard about it. Don’t be afraid of the world around you when you see bad stories on TV, because maybe that fear is what is keeping people so motivated to keep buying guns, and not trust one another in the first place.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:21 PM
Location: Henderson, NV
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Originally Posted by Frihed89 View Post
More bombings, more reservation cancellations and fewer travel and accommodation bookings in Europe. Look for sales. Europe travel may get cheaper, soon.
Yes, this!!^^ My family has been putting off visiting my husband's family in France due to the cost of the air tix. Hoping this is the break we've been waiting for. We aren't travelling to any town that is likely to be in the crosshairs. Assuming we can fly there and back in one piece....
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by AksarbeN View Post
Or stay in the US and get mugged walking on the streets of some major cities, drive in rush hour traffic and get killed by a drunk driver, fall down an open elevator shaft, eat contaminated food at a major chain restaurant, or just donít worry about it. Live your life as if it was the only one you have and enjoy it to the fullest each day.
State Department Warnings are so vague. When my husband and I traveled to Cabo in Mexico several years ago there was a warning for there. When I searched further they stated it was due to petty crime (it has changed since then and more serious). Petty crime? There is a neighborhood a mile from my home where there is the potential for much more than petty crime.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:48 AM
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I am here in Europe right now. I don't feel unsafe but do believe, even at home, one should be aware of surroundings and observant of others. If you notice something suspicious, act on your instincts and leave the area.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:57 AM
Location: on an island
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Originally Posted by TXNGL View Post
State Department Warnings are so vague.
Agreed. People really need to take that stuff with a grain of salt.

Some years ago when we visited eastern Europe, travel.state.gov warned against travel to Bosnia or Montenegro. We went anyway and had a wonderful time with absolutely no issues.
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Old 03-27-2016, 06:52 AM
Location: Finland
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FORMIN (Foreign ministry of Finland) has issued a travel warning for USA on 9 March. Reasons: terrorism, crime, zika, weather, earthquakes.

So PLEASE wherever you travel - work or leisure - STAY SAFE! I wouldn't dare to step my foot on US soil.
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