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Would you go to Turkey this summer?

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Lndnmummy Tue 19-Apr-16 15:20:37

Just that really, would you?

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 19-Apr-16 15:22:57

No but not for any fear-related reasons. Is that what you're asking?

CoteDAzur Tue 19-Apr-16 15:23:37

We are going, like we did in previous years.

You can get blown up in Paris, Belgium, or London just as easily. Can't stop living.

TippyTappyLappyToppy Tue 19-Apr-16 15:23:39

I wouldn't go near Turkey at the moment, no.

TheDuchessOfArbroathsHat Tue 19-Apr-16 15:24:28

Can you be a bit more specific about your concerns? Is it the cost that's troubling you? The heat? Poor reviews on Trip Advisor?
Never mind whether we'd go or not until you tell us why YOU wouldn't go.

skippy67 Tue 19-Apr-16 15:25:09

Yes I would. Only reason we're not is that we went last year, so want to try somewhere else this year.

TippyTappyLappyToppy Tue 19-Apr-16 15:25:28

In fact we were looking at booking long haul flights elsewhere recently and the best price was for us to fly via Istanbul but DH said no. He doesn't even want to be in Istanbul airport for a few hours.

Salene Tue 19-Apr-16 15:25:38

No sorry I would not due to safety reasons

bibliomania Tue 19-Apr-16 15:33:23

I was brooding about this over the last few weeks - ages ago, I had booked a small group tour to Turkey for dd and myself this August, and I was starting to get cold feet. The decision was taken out of my hands as the trip was cancelled by the organisers - not enough people signed up for my chosen dates, although they were running it on other dates in the summer.

I slightly resent my own cowardice. I'm aware it would have inflicted massive anxiety on my parents between now and the date of my return. I hate being constrained by that, but it is a factor. I loved Turkey when I visited it a few years ago - well, 9 years ago now when things were different: I had a pleasant ramble around Syria at the time too.

So overall, with reluctance, my answer is that I'll wait for another year, when things will hopefully be more stable.

londonrach Tue 19-Apr-16 15:34:28


Lifecanonlygetbetter Tue 19-Apr-16 15:38:32

No, things are too unstable in Syria at present and all those Western tourists in Turkey are easy targets for ISIS. We went to Istanbul a year ago, it felt very safe but it has been targeted. My friend's husband is involved with the security services and will not agree to them going to Istanbul for their wedding anniversarythis year.

BarbarianMum Tue 19-Apr-16 15:43:15

No. Actively decided not to travel with Turkish Airlines recently to avoid a stop over in Istanbul as well.

Lndnmummy Tue 19-Apr-16 15:45:36

We are discussing this at home. I love Turkey but worried about security. Dh is really disapointed as he would love to go!

BlueJug Tue 19-Apr-16 15:47:31

My DD is going. Not much I can do.
Don't want to be cowed by fear of what might happen.

I will worry of course - and hope for the best

FortyFacedFuckers Tue 19-Apr-16 15:47:33

I wouldn't too much of a risk for me.

tiredgranny Tue 19-Apr-16 15:48:21

As I said on a post beg march. I returned 7 march all ok security at airport was over 2 hours. Also on news on internet, they r targeting Spain Italy burying bombs under sunbeds,and posing as ice cream n souvenir sellers .so is anywhere safe ??

Deux Tue 19-Apr-16 15:49:42

I love the turquoise coast of Turkey around Kas and Kalkan but I wouldn't travel to turkey at all right now.

I may doing it was just DH and me, but not with kids.

I have a very good Turkish friend and she's refusing to travel to anywhere in Turkey and her parents have told her not to ravel to see them until the situation is more stable.

Tbh, it's my friend's reaction that's freaked me out.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 19-Apr-16 15:51:17

No, things are too unstable in Syria at present and all those Western tourists in Turkey are easy targets for ISIS.

Let's not forget that Syrian children are an easy target too.

I tend not to avoid places very much. I was in Yunnan just after their attack, Taba just after the bomb, I was supposed to be in Bali just after the bomb but couldn't because our insurance wouldn't cover us. I just think (I grew up in the days of IRA bomb threats) that we live our lives. That is the best defense.

However, everyone has their own risk-tolerance and that's OK too.

cece Tue 19-Apr-16 15:51:19

No, but then I wouldn't probably have gone prior to the trouble anyway. I have holidayed in Islamic countries before and would prefer not to do so again. Mainly because the men stare and if unaccompanied by a man they proposition you!

Plenty of other places I would rather visit to be honest.

ThereIsIron Tue 19-Apr-16 15:55:36

Yes. Booked a fortnight in July to Oludeniz last week. That's over 1000km from the Syrian border.

Ragwort Tue 19-Apr-16 16:00:55

Yes - booked and looking forward to it.

notonyurjellybellynelly Tue 19-Apr-16 16:01:39

I wouldn't let this shower of shits stop me doing anything which is why I was in the Balbek area of Lebanon just a few weeks ago to see family and ISIS were just a handful of miles away over the hills. There were craters at the side of the roads due to stay rockets coming over the hills but having had a cousin shot dead in Beirut years ago whilst taking her children to school I know life has to go on. And go on it will!

Pippa12 Tue 19-Apr-16 16:05:01

Yes, I would. I was there in September and security in airport was as strict as here. TBH you aren't safe anywhere, if ISIS are attaching in Paris, Belgium etc what makes you think Spain etc would be any safer.

RortyCrankle Tue 19-Apr-16 16:10:54

No, although not for reasons of security. It has never appealed to me and there are other countries I would prefer to visit before Turkey.

bumblefeline Tue 19-Apr-16 16:13:38

I would. I think the holidays resorts will be ok.

My sister has to travel to Istanbul most days for work :-(, Life has to go on.

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