After the bomb triggered this week + Poutin promising retaliations + general climate, do you think it's a risk to be in Istambul between 25th of Dec and 5th of Jan ?
Just worried the new year's might be a busier time than usual, hence more risks going with it?
Small explosions in and around Istanbul happen occasionally - have done for years. So it becomes a game of chance.
And you are right to be more concerned about large crowds and public events on dates of significance to the West. The risk will be higher. How much higher? No-one can say.
But note this: the chances of an American citizen being killed in an act of terrorism is 1 in 20 million - about the same as being struck by lightning.
You should be more concerned about the single largest risk to anyone travelling overseas - traffic accidents.
Try to keep some perspective on the real chances of it happening, but at the same time take some simple precautions, such as avoiding large public gatherings (kind of takes the fun out of a New Years Eve street party - but it's up to you to decide how much risk you're willing to accept). about 5 years ago
I lived there working as an expat for an American Oil company in 2010 . Did not have any problems. Would stay away from Eastern Turkey right now, but that is personally just me. As for bombs going off, well you have a better chance of getting shot in America than you do getting blown up by a bomb in Istanbul. about 5 years ago