To go or not to go – that is the travel question these days.
A few weeks ago I was in Montmartre at the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The day was beautiful for #Paris with springlike weather and blue skies. As someone who goes to Paris often, you can tell the tourists, primarily the Americans and the Asians were absent after the tragic incidents in November. I was told they lost 40% of the usual tourists for the holidays. Why? Because they were scared.
So how does one make their travel plans in this environment? Well to me, and this is my opinion, unless you are in a war zone you just have to move on.
I lived through 9/11 while in New York, was in Paris on the day of Bataclan, have had far share of incidents in Brussels and have been in Israel during trying times. The main objective of the terrorists, in addition to killing innocent people, is to incite fear in everyone and change the way we live.
As you can see by this photo, security has increased everywhere and we just have to hope they know what they are doing. The chances of something negative happening is about the same of winning the Powerball lottery in the States.
So yes, make your plans and enjoy all that life and culture has to offer.
See my Brussels Memorial Service Blogpost here