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Defiant travellers – Four in five are not put off by terror attacks

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Surveying 1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans Send My Bag asked respondents: “Have you let the recent extremist attacks in Europe affect your travel plans?” The results were overwhelmingly positive, a massive 79% of all respondents declared that they had no intention to change travel plans.

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium, as well as the ongoing treat of attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament it seems that learning to cope with terrorism has become a part of the norm. However the good news is that people are determined not to let this affect their everyday life and especially their holiday plans. New research carried out by Send My Bag shows four in five (they surveyed 1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans) have stood defiant and will not change their travel plans.

Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the ongoing warnings about the suspected attacks on the Euro 2016 football tournament, new research undertaken by a door-to-door worldwide holiday baggage courier company has revealed that the public remain defiant and 79% proudly state they will not let the ongoing terrorist threats affect their travel plans this summer.

Spain, France, Germany, Morocco and Algeria are all popular summer holiday destinations which are visited by millions of holiday makers every year, but after the activities of the last few months, now they are also all linked as they have recently been classed as ‘as high risk of a terrorist attack’ by the Foreign Office.

To find out what effects of these attacks have had on those travelling this summer, holiday baggage courier company sendmybag.com surveyed a total of 2,500 people to find out if attacks across Europe have affected their upcoming travel plans.

Surveying 1,000 Americans and 1,500 Europeans Send My Bag asked respondents: “Have you let the recent extremist attacks in Europe affect your travel plans?” The results were overwhelmingly positive, a massive 79% of all respondents declared that they had no intention to change travel plans.

They were also interesting to see how the attacks affected different nationalities. The survey revealed that Americans were the most tenacious with a whopping 88% of the 1,000 Americans surveyed showing they would not change travel plans, whereas the Spanish were revealed as the most nervous with 31% admitting that they had changed travel plans.

The results can be broken down further to reveal: 

  • In the UK over 80% of travellers have not changed their bookings for their European holidays
  • Despite attacks in their capital city, the French are also defiant 75% will not be changing their travel plans
  • As the busiest country for tourists in Europe, the Spanish are not letting the threat of terror attacks put them off travel, 69% will not be changing their plans
  • American travellers we found to be the most defiant a massive 88% stated they would not be changing their European travel plans

Asked further about their thoughts those surveyed said:

“The actions of a minority will not affect my travel plans. I will not be made to feel scared on holiday or allow these people to dictate through fear where I wish to go.”

“They (sic) Terrorists do not put me off travelling, you have much higher chances of dying on the way to the airport than on holiday.”

“If we restrict our travel because of the actions of terrorists, then they have won. The effect on economies around Europe would be more devastating, than a single attack.”

“We have much more heightened security and I’d like to think sharing intel is now much better, that perhaps we are safer now than ever. People are so much more aware and don’t want to be restricted by those wishing us harm.”

Commenting on the findings, Adam Ewart, founder of Send My Bag said:

“Sadly, the threat of a terrorist attack is something we are having to learn how to live with. It seems that we get almost daily reports of either a plan being foiled or an attack being made. This leaves us with two options: either we change our plans and let fear dictate our lives or we make a stand. I am so thrilled to see that some many people feel like I do and will not let these attacks affect their lives. It makes it abundantly clear that terrorism, in any form, will not win.”

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