It's Time to Rethink Your Summer Travel Plans
Courtesy of @amy_stone
A recent announcement from the U.S. State Department may cause you to seriously rethink your summer travel plans.
Recent acts of violence overseas have compelled the department to issue a rare travel warning spanning the entire continent of Europe, lasting from now until August 31.
The European Soccer Championship in France, World Youth Day in Poland, and the Tour de France have only added to the department's concerns, as large crowds and sporting events have proven dangerous in the past.
"As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation," the statement reads.
Three destinations in particular have already begun topping travelers' lists of countries to avoid this summer:
If years of political upheaval weren't enough, Egypt's growing track record of aviation accidents is prompting tourists to erase "Egyptian pyramids" from their bucket lists. The statistics speak volumes: Roughly a million travelers say they've avoided Egypt since 2010, and numbers are expected to dip further this summer.
Tunisia has been home to a particularly unnerving breed of terrorist attacks: those that specifically target tourists. The country has suffered a 20% drop in international visitors after two fatal attacks in 2015, and it will likely struggle to rebound for years to come.
Turkey's normally thriving tourism industry has suffered a significant blow in recent years, chiefly due to terrorism and an ongoing conflict with Russia.
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