After several terrorist attacks have occurred in Europe in the span of months, stateline residents still say they want to go abroad. However, they say much more thought will go into where and when they will travel.
Charlie Sturm of Lindstrom Travel says the number of people taking trips to Europe hasn’t changed.
The trend he notices most is when a city is attacked, several clients might consider changing the location of their travel.
Rockford resident Melinda Hagerman says, even though these attacks are happening overseas, she believes they can happen anywhere. “I just think that we are in a situation where we need to be so aware,” Hagerman said. “I’ve always lived and grown up with (the notion that) we didn’t have to fear, and now we do have to fear,” she added.
“The number one thing is being comfortable, because I don’t want people to be on edge when they are leaving, or leaving my office with their documents all ready to go, if they are nervous about it,” said Sturm.
Sturm recommends talking to friends or family who have made trips abroad to decide where the best location is to go. He also suggests looking at the U.S. State Department Warning web page.