Pelton points out that most of Eastern Europe has become simply safe, which is true, and that the same can be said for parts of Africa and South America. He acknowledges that travelers still need to be aware of their surroundings, but points out that "don't go there," "watch out," and "don't go out at night" are totally different fromin our words nowsomething like "be careful not to get hit by any of the mortars being launched by the warlords who are besieging town today."
It's a fair point, and one we heartily endorse. We've directed you toward massive hotel and airline discounts in the aftermath of Greek riots, and we've advocated that you score travel deals by availing yourself more generally of Europe's economic turmoil. The world has never been quite as dangerous as people are led to believe. There are even academic studies on this question.
That said, let's not get crazy. Around the same time we were suggesting that you take advantage of the riots in Greece, we were gently but firmly steering you away from the riots in Thailand. It's a simple matter of math: count up the number of people who are getting killed in any given destination, and if it crosses a certain threshold don't go to that destination. There are, after all, limits, and there are plenty of perfectly nice tourism destinations where people aren't throwing Molotov cocktails. There's nothing wrong with going to one of those.
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