Obviously when visiting and travelling in foreign countries (especially in these uncertain days) we all have to be aware of every possible danger.
We have lived in Turkey now for over twelve years and there have been several terrorists attacks during that time, usually directed at foreign companies or embassies. However, letís keep all this in perspective. There havenít been terrorist attacks anywhere near as severe, or with so much loss of life, as a number of major incidents in other parts of the world in recent years. Street violence is uncommon here and theft is rare but pick-pocketing and purse snatching is a growing problem in busy areas such as bazaars and markets.
The majority of people here are scrupulously honest and you are more likely to have your attention drawn to money fallen from your wallet or pocket by a passer by, rather than have them pocket it quietly themselves; or for a shop keeper to point out that youíve handed over a higher denomination note than necessary. These are not isolated examples. It has happened to me on a number of occasions and to so many friends and visitors.
You may, if fact, feel safer here than at home. In fact I feel much more comfortable walking around a large Turkish city late at night (even as a foreigner and a westerner) than waiting for a bus at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon in Manchester, UK!
Be cautious, of course, and follow appropriate, up-to-date advice; terrorists have no limitations in terms of where or who they target. But do remember that Turkish people are some of the most hospitable, friendly and honest people in the world.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
Lao-tzy, Chinese Philosopher (604 - 531 BC)