Orlando is more than 6 hours and 3,000 miles from Paris, but the sadness and concern so many feel after Sunday’s attacks in Florida make even intrepid travelers wonder about travel in our increasingly unpredictable world.
I’m still ready to pack my bags for all parts French-speaking—but I’m taking more precautions.
Here are some tips on travel security:
• This NYT article summarizes key points for travel to Europe. I recommend putting each of these recommendations on your to-do list before you leave the country.
• If you’re traveling to Paris, Lille or Marseille before July 6, check to see if your visit overlaps with the Europe Cup soccer tournament. Matches are often besieged by rowdy behavior, which can spill out beyond the playing field, onto the metro and in the streets. The State Department is discouraging attendance at these events.
• At the Eiffel Tower, there will be a big “Fan Zone” for the Europe Cup—meaning large crowds, and potential security issue. Here is a Bonjour Paris article with more information about the area (scroll down a bit for the Fan Zone piece).
• The French Embassy website advises U.S. citizens to:
“Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.
Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.
Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.”
• Finally, travel with love in your heart. Be generous and open to the people you meet. Help make the world the kinder, gentler place you want it to be.
Do you have a travel tip to share?