The U.S. State Department issued a "terrorism alert" for Europe
on Sunday. Does that mean you shouldn't travel there with your
Maybe. Maybe not. Here's what the State Department says:
"Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated
organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European
governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack
and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat
Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and
target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are
reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public
transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.
Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as
well as aviation and maritime services. U.S. citizens should
take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to
adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when
I remember being young and heading to England when the Irish
Republican Army was bombing the London subway on a somewhat regular
basis. My mom was worried sick about the idea of me being there
when something horrible happened. I, of course, went anyway.
Now that I'm a mom, I can understand how she felt and why she
didn't want me to go. I wouldn't want my own kids in harm's way.
But the sad reality is that we are all potentially in danger
anywhere we are. So should you reconsider your travel plans? Maybe.
But I won't.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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