Too close for comfort: The safety of tourism
The only season's greetings were from hawkers outside trying to make a scarf sale or tout their camel rides. The combination of constant checks, the messages from back home enquiring as to our safety and the headlines of death and destructioncan make you overestimate the relative safety of a destination or activity. Although terrorist acts have become an unwelcome fixture of the globalised world, they affect a miniscule amount of tourists. This same pinch of salt needs taking after reading the shrill headlines that appear with each tragic plane crash. So, avoiding air travel for safety reasons due to high-profile tragedies like the Lion Air crash in October would be a severe over-correction.