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Is It Dangerous to Go to Europe or Thailand?

I'm Asking: Do Major Headlines Sway Your Travel Plans?

With all the excitement and stress that goes into planning a vacation, what happens if your future destination makes the news in a big way . . . before you get there? From current political struggles in Thailand and economic crises in Greece to the controversial law in Arizona, when you start reading about things that trouble you in the area you’re planning to visit, would this sway your travel plans?

Places that rely on visitors to boost the economy see astronomical side effects from a lack of tourism which often results in amazing deals to book a trip there during, or right after, these unforeseen events. I'm betting there's a different level of concern based on whether or not the trip was set in stone, but it's impossible to plan for another eruption of Eyjafjallajökull or to predict a swine flu outbreak (that may or may not have been exaggerated) in Mexico.

While personal opinions or potential dangers may be enough to dissuade you, this could also be the time to take advantage of the savings and jet off — so would you?

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pearsbeary pearsbeary 6 years
i agree w/ skigurl. weigh the risks i'm currently on an extended trip in france, delayed by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull but not's been a blast and i'm definitely happy i didn't let the headlines scare me...however, i must stress that i was in contact with my host family and had a reliable source on the situation...i'm not so sure i'd make the same choice under riskier circumstances
Kellanawida Kellanawida 6 years
I would be put off but I'd have to have a very strong reason to skip out on a trip. I did go on a trip a few years back and during the trip we drove through a political protest! It was pretty scary but I don't regret going.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
@a1stbornunico Yes! I have been seeing a lot more lately about the drug killings in Mexico. There was a 20/20 episode a few months ago, and ever since then I've really been noticing the articles online. After seeing that kind of stuff I am not wanting to go to Mexico anytime soon. I've been there plenty of times in the past, but after hearing how many Americans are either kidnapped, killed, or both I'm very leery about going there again. I was actually contemplating going there with the swine flu deals many of the hotels were giving last year (catch the swine flu and they pay for your whole vacation), but the kidnappings and killings really freak me out!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
I'd say yes, particularly involving the recent environmental catastrophe in the Gulf. I won't be going on a coastal vacation around there anytime soon, sorry Florida. Also, I think I'm more put off by drug lords killing and kidnapping people in Mexico than the possibility of contracting swine flu.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
to a degree, if it's a real risk, but i wouldn't cancel a trip that was already booked for a tangential risk that being said, something i will be booking in the future may be affected, as i can easily just choose a different location
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
I was actually considering moving to Arizona next summer after I finish school, but I'm starting to reconsider that now. I had already known that they had problems with illegals and drugs, but maybe its not something that I want to be right in the middle of...
kismekate kismekate 6 years
I'm actually going to Greece (Athens) in a couple of weeks and have been planning this trip for two years. I am hesitant, but not enough to cancel plans. Wish me luck! Haha
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