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AIBU to ask if you'd travel to Egypt?

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TokenGinger Fri 03-Jul-15 13:49:18

Following the devastating events in Tunisia last week, what would your thoughts be on travelling to Egypt? I was actually in Tunisia at the resort where it happened five days prior to the attack, so it feels a little too close to home!

A few people have said I'm being silly to change my plans to go to Egypt in December based on this, however, my dad has pleaded for me to stay away from Muslim countries for the time being. The people who have said I'm being silly say that, they're clearly targeting tourist hotspots - it could happen just as easily in Tenerife as it could in a Muslim country. But from what I know, isn't there something to do with the borders being in Libya open to certain countries that allow it to be easier?

DamnBamboo Fri 03-Jul-15 13:59:28

With this current state of affairs, I would not go, no.
Might be different in December and it might be an overreaction, but I could live with that.
Besides the FCO says this

MuzunguMusings Fri 03-Jul-15 14:00:40

I wouldn't go.

MrsLecter Fri 03-Jul-15 14:03:42

Not a chance

nigelslaterfan Fri 03-Jul-15 14:08:49

Nor me.

pasturesgreen Fri 03-Jul-15 14:10:13

I had plans to go hiking in Jordan earlier in the year and I cancelled in light of the current international situation.

There's no way I'd be travelling to North Africa and the Middle East just now, it's just a risk I don't feel comfortable taking and I really don't think it's worth it anyway.

And pre-IS and Syrian war I've travelled extensively around the Middle East on my own, so it's not as though I'm only comfortable doing more domestic destinations.

TokenGinger Fri 03-Jul-15 14:10:21

DamnBamboo - how terrible! Thank you for the link.

I'm amazed at how many people in RL think I'm being silly by not going! Fools.

Varya Fri 03-Jul-15 14:10:42

Never wanted to visit Egypt.

SeeChooJimmy Fri 03-Jul-15 14:15:46

not a chance, in all honesty I would feel on edge anywhere now except Uk or USA which is why we only holiday in us, probably a massive over reaction on my part mind you they can strike anywhere.

MsMcWoodle Fri 03-Jul-15 14:17:54

Not now. Wish I'd gone years ago but don't want to 'be vigilant' on holiday.
Think we should all go to Greece though!

Pagalee Fri 03-Jul-15 14:19:03

No. And I have been quite an intrepid traveller over the years, would LOVE to see the pyramids etc.

For me, any country where tourists are highly visible and terrorists lurk is a no-no right now. If I were child-free and going to visit friends or for work, maybe. But not on a family package to Sharm or a tourist tour to see the pyramids etc.

I live in London, so of course there is a risk of being caught up in an attack here too, but I just wouldn't feel comfortable with being a tourist in Egypt in the current climate.

Fairylea Fri 03-Jul-15 14:20:49

Not a chance in hell.

nigelslaterfan Fri 03-Jul-15 14:20:57

I agree, there was a time that going to Egypt seemed as safe as going to Greece. But now, the world is a different place and the fragmentation of loyalties is so complex.

I just feel as a Westerner, really very acutely responsible for part of this crisis. Our geopolitical behaviour has created this violent opposition, its violence growing out of individuals who are enraged at how we judge them while failing to look at how we have behaved in this region and sold arms to the people that are shooting at us effectively.

Read this on how ISIS was born in the Bucca prison in Southern Iraq.
www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/11/-sp-isis-the-inside-story

I think Tony Blair and the supine MPs who supported his war against Irag should all have "We had no exit strategy" tattooed on their foreheads.
And Why did we think we could ride roughshod over this whole region for generations and get no feedback at all?

ConfusedInBath Fri 03-Jul-15 14:28:31

I've been to Egypt the most recent time was 2 years ago, even then I vowed never to go back.

The police convoy from airport to hotel, security guards on the door etc are not really what a relaxing, carefree holiday is all about.
Plus the terrible food and letchy men make it a definite no no.

Theknacktoflying Fri 03-Jul-15 14:31:11

No, I wouldn't - there is a risk going anywhere but I wouldn't take a risk esp. with children

DisappointedOne Fri 03-Jul-15 14:34:17

My husband is there now. Flew out on Saturday.

DisappointedOne Fri 03-Jul-15 14:35:42

(We were in London on 7/7/05. We choose not to fuel terrorism with fear.)

jendot2 Fri 03-Jul-15 14:37:38

We are going in October to Sharm.

That said we were in Sousse in May!

Maybe I am not good at choosing holiday destinations.

I live in London....I reckon every morning my husband gets on a tube train he is in far more danger of being involved in a terrorist attack than we will be on holiday!

Pagalee Fri 03-Jul-15 14:39:35

Thats the thing...I don't fancy a police convoy from the airport to my five star luxury resort, which is what friends who were in Sharm earlier in the year had.

It just feels totally wrong.

Getting on the tube to go to work, even when there is a risk, is totally different in my opinion.

GogoGobo Fri 03-Jul-15 14:40:37

We've booked to go in October half term but I am about to cancel.....we will lose our ££ for flights but will be so on edge it's not worth going.....

OldBeanbagz Fri 03-Jul-15 14:41:23

Despite being in Tunisia, Turkey & Jordan last year, I probably wouldn't go to any of those countries, Egypt or North Africa right now. Not because i fear for my own life, I'd be more worried for my children.

FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Fri 03-Jul-15 14:42:27

Disappointed I too was in London on 7/7. On the tube in fact. Obviously not one of the ones targeted, but on the central line as the bombs went off nevertheless. I grew up as an Army child in Germany at a time when the IRA were targeting forces members and their families in Germany. I too choose not to fuel terrorism with fear. I am not afraid. However I will also not place myself or my family at unnecessary risk. Travelling to Egypt would be a risky thing to do in my opinion and therefore I will not do it. I personally will not be holidaying or travelling to North Africa or the Middle East any time soon. There are places to travel and experience where you are limiting the risk and likelihood of a terrorist event - Egypt is not one of them.

GogoGobo Fri 03-Jul-15 14:42:34

Good for you disappointed
I think there's a huge difference between carry on with normal everyday life and choosing to jet into a highly volatile situation.

DisappointedOne Fri 03-Jul-15 14:44:59

DamnBamboo - how terrible! Thank you for the link.

I'm amazed at how many people in RL think I'm being silly by not going! Fools.

The tourist areas of Egypt are green on that link. What exactly do you think is "terrible"?!

Janeymoo50 Fri 03-Jul-15 14:49:08

I wouldn't go anywhere where the country concerned is an "enemy" as such, of Islamic State. Seeing those coffins coming back into Brize Norton is simply hearbreaking. I'd stick to Europe...(I work in the travel industry, Croatia is very nice by the way).

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