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Traveling Safely

Traveling Safely

We continue to get questions about the safety of traveling in Mexico and Europe. We have just recently returned from a few days in Cancun, Mexico and I can safely say that of the entire 3 days we were there, there was never a safety concern. We were in downtown Cancun area, a very busy street, and I did a little shopping by myself, but never felt nervous about my safety. The airport was very busy both going in and departing, but the transfer agents who were helping us with our luggage were very professional and accommodating, and interestingly, we did not see any policemen in the area.

One of the concerns that some folks have is safety in Europe, especially since the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. Speaking from personal experience, we had just landed in Budapest on Thursday before the Paris attacks, but in that large city, we did not have any moment of insecurity. We even went on a walking tour with a local guide for about an hour in the inner city and saw no evidence of overt security measures being enacted. In all of the cities we visited in those seven days down the Danube we didn't feel overly concerned about our safety.

One real very experienced and well-respected travel agent and travel writer, Richard Turen, said about concerns with travel safety that “if your fears reach the point where you find it impossible to truly look forward to your journey, we would suggest considering cancellation”.....or not booking at all. And if that happens to be the case, then the terrorist wins.

Mr. Turen supports his position by pointing out some specific facts. You are 1,052 times more likely to die in an automobile accident than in a terrorist attack abroad. You are four times more likely to be struck by lightening than a terrorist attack. Your chance of dying in any kind of terrorist attack is 1 in 9.3 million.

Considering the killing sprees that go on every week in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and the multiple deaths just last week in Ohio and Alabama, the United States is not really and truly that safe. Even our larger Texas cities have safety issues that require attention; the police chief in our city of Abilene has recently reported some safety concerns right here where we live.

All of that is not to discourage folks from considering taking vacations, of course, but to encourage travelers to not let their guard down when they are traveling, rather as we suggested in last weeks program, travel aware, confident, and pay attention to your surroundings.

As one sage once said, “the world is a book, and the person who stays at home reads but one page”. Pack those travel worries away and contact the experienced travel agents at The Travel Factory and let us guide you to a vacation that not only fits your families needs and pocketbook, but will give you the time away that you deserve.

You can find us at 4150 Southwest Drive, Ste. 120 in the Plaza at Park Central, between Rosa's and Chick-Fil-A here on the southside of Abilene. …..visit eye to eye with a real person who will be here as you plan, as you travel, and will be here when you return. Or you can certainly call us at 698-1421 or toll-free 800-760-4040 or visit our website:


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