Worried about honeymoon in Europe
Your honeymoon is supposed to be a time of joyous celebration. A time to start your life as a newly married couple. Unfortunately, if you’ve chosen to honeymoon in Europe, the fear of unsettling world events can strike a chord in even the most resilient traveler.
After all, over the last few years, there has been a truck rampage that killed 86 in Nice and 130 died in mass shootings in Paris. There were stabbing sprees and suicide bombers. Not exactly the calmest way to start your honeymoon. So what do you do if you’ve already booked your honeymoon to Europe?
Relax: In all actuality, the odds of something happening while you are traveling are very slim. Do not let this fear of terrorism stop you from taking your honeymoon.
Be informed: You might feel better if you know what’s going on in the world. To do that, visit the Department of State website, which alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The site tells you when you should be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.
If you are traveling between countries in Europe, you can also check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.
Have a backup plan: Make sure that the members of your family know where you are going and what to do should something happen in an emergency. You can also register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It informs you of conditions in your destination country, helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency and helps family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Choose another location: If the idea of traveling to Europe is really creating too much anxiety for you, then perhaps you should choose another destination, such as Scandinavia, Ireland, Spain, Africa, Dubai/Abu Dhabi, Japan, Thailand, or Vietnam.
Whatever you do, don’t cancel your plans. This is your honeymoon and you deserve it. There’s a way to work around how you feel about your travel concerns. Talk to your travel agent about any questions or concerns you have about your honeymoon destination.