A very topical debate - with the awful terrorist attacks in Mumbai there has been some debate on other travel forums about travelling to places which have experienced terror attacks. Our hearts go out to the people of Mumbai and the families of people who have died in these attacks.
So the debate is as follows...there are 3 groups of people in this debate:
Group One say they will cancel all plans to visit India for the next 6 months, they don't want to go near a place where there has been attacks like this.
Group Two say they will go regardless and will not let terrorists dictate how they live their life or travel, that fear is something terrorists want to achieve and that India will suffer doubly if people stay away as the loss to people economically will damage the country all over again.
Group Three say that to travel to India at the moment is irresponsible and will put more strain on infrastructure and if anything else was to happen it would put too much strain on the authorities and consular services and that group 2 are being overly macho saying that they would still go.
We are due to fly to India in 12 days (and due to be in Mumbai to catch a train down south on 21st December) and we fall into Group Two. We visited Thailand 2 months after the tsunami, I was in London on the day of the 7th July bombs (I would have been on the tube train that the bomb was on but my incoming train was delayed) and I went back there for work less than a week later. We will not live in fear and from our experience people should pull together in these times and support each other, show solidarity against these people that murder and cause such destruction in our world.
The UK's Foreign Office states that non-essential travel to Mumbai only should be avoided for the moment, and we should be cautious of large gatherings or where a lot of westerners hang out etc but the people in Group Three above are saying that all tourists should stay away from the whole of India for the moment until things calm down.
Where do people here fall on this debate? I'm curious to know.
I'd say some of the safest places in the world are wherever a terror attack has just struck. Security will be beefed up and I doubt anyone would attempt a subsequent attack. Just my feelings, mind--nothing researched.
I think I'd be with you on this one--I wouldn't want to cancel my travel plans, certainly not because of a hateful group who are attempting to spread fear. Because part of that fear is a message to the world to stay away, to be afraid of repercussions--which is the lasting affect of a terror attack. Even if all those responsible are arrested, their legacy perpetuates when people heed their message of fear and stay home.
I think you should exercise caution and use common sense, just as you would anywhere. But I don't see how travelling will be any more dangerous there. It was a lot more dangerous a week ago, but nobody knew it.
Very much in group 2.
I was in India a week ago, and all though i didnt go to Mumbai. But if i was going to India next week i would still go. Its a MASSIVE country, and the chances of you being affected by terrorism is incredible slim.
Group Four...We take all their trade away if we all stop going...So we punish them for having troubles by not going, so we are dicks to do that...so we must go.
Group Five...The Lightning never strikes twice group who say to themselves that there is no safer place right now than Mumbai. and that they are going to have a great time there....This could also be called the Rides in The Wake Of The Ambulance group...
If I wasn't already out, I would think of heading to India.
I would definitely go with group 2. As you mentioned, the terrorists are winning if we let them dictate where we travel to and let it spoil our plans. The chances of something like this happening to you while you are there must still be tiny, in spite of what has happened. Security will now be heightened in Mumbia and across India, which I would have thought reduces the likelihood of a repeat occurrence at least in the near future. As you said, you were in London on 7/7, I was in the UK then too, and the UK has been on pretty high terrorist alert since 9/11 but we wouldn't not live there because of it.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 28, 2008, at 12:46 PM by bex76 ]
I am in Group 2. I am scheduled to leave for India on December 26. We start in Delhi, travel through Rajasthan, go to Varansi and arrive in Mumbai on January 16. We're there for 2 days and go to Kerala for a week. The only thing we've altered is our hotel in Mumbai -- we were supposed to stay at the Taj and obviously that won't be possible. I believe in destiny -- when it's your time it's your time no matter where you are. Also, nowhere is safe any more. So you have a choice -- you can live in a bubble and never see anything, never go anywhere and never learn anything -- or you can live your life to the fullest. I hope everyone travels and travels safe.
I am really moved and overwhelmed by the show of solidarity in this hour of crisis and can see that majority of you are in Group 2 !!
No doubt, the attacks have been terrible but i feel the administration wakes up and takes effective steps to prevent the recurrence of such events. The police force has to be modernised to cope up with the hi-tech terrorists. It took the military and marine commando's to finally get rid of the terrorists.
My office is close to the places attacked and i know how terrible is the experience. I was a frequent visitor to the Leopold cafe and sadly one of our colleagues was killed in the shoot out there.
"If the world is united against terror, terrorists will have nowhere to hide"
Thanks to all of u !!!
Group 2 for me
I'm due to fly to Delhi on Jan 1st and will arrive in Mumbai around mid Jan.
I was feeling nervous anyway as this is my first trip to India so nothings changed for me really.....
We should show support to countries at times like these and show the nasty few that they will not take away our freedom of choice
Group 2 for me. Fly into Delhi next Friday and i can't wait to travel around India
Nearly every country I'm visiting over the next year has a threat of terrorism...sadly it seems it's the times we live in but I'm not going to sit in my house and wait for terrorism to disappear because that day may never come.