Constantinople / Istanbul - Ancient and Modern - Crossroads of the World

Constantinople / Istanbul - Ancient and Modern - Crossroads of the World
Istanbul/constantinople - Ancient/Modern - View of the Old City from across the Golden Horn, atop the Galata Tower.

Is It Safe to Travel to Turkey?

The October 31 suicide bombing in Takskim square, which is a few blocks from our hotel in Istanbul, of course raises questions about the safety of our annual Pilgrimage to Turkey.  Only the bomber himself was killed, and 32 persons were injured, about half of them police officers.  The attack seemed to target the police, and they were the most seriously injured.

It is certainly not surprising that there would be this kind of thing in Turkey.  What is surprising is how little of it there is.  If you look at the statistic of "terror-related" incidents in Turkey compared with other places we commonly travel to, including Europe and Mexico, I think it's safe to conclude that that the risks of travel to Turkey are no higher than anywhere else.

Tom Brosnahan, who probably knows (and loves) Turkey better than anyone else in the American travel community, has a website, Turkey Travel Planner, with pages dedicated to the overall safety of travel to Turkey, as well as the fear of terrorism.  I highly recommend reading these.

In addressing the question of safety, I believe Brosnahan is "right-on" in his analysis of the risks of travel:

Turkey is not only friendly, it's as safe as Europe and North America, although no place is completely safe. ... You must answer this question to fit your personal tolerance for risk. If you believe the statistics and look at it rationally, you'll probably go. If you're going to worry about safety a lot while you're there, the worry may make your trip less pleasant, and so you probably shouldn't go.

It's hard for me to address this topic of safety and risk without asking you to consider the crime- and gang-related violence in our own neighborhoods, and how our daily news reports look to the people of a country like Turkey with a far lower crime rate than ours.  Let's face it, we're not as safe at home as we'd like to think we are!  Here's an interesting (and sobering) comparison.


  1. I travel back and forth from London to Turkey all the time work related and I have never had a problem. I have only been to Istanbul so far and it's extremely interesting city. The only thing I don't like about it is how often I have problems with bookings. It's not a nice experience to be searching for a place in the middle of the night therefore now I always call to confirm my reservation. It might be pricey so I use a call service which provides cheap calls to Turkey Its fast, cheap and easy to use.
    AS for the fear of terrorism - the only thing you should fear is the ‘nazar boncuk’ or ‘evil eye' :)

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