Is it safe for an american to travel around europe in a few weeks in light of the worldwide travel alert?
As an American who has traveled to Europe many, many times let me assure you that Europe is extraordinarily safe. I'm comfortable walking through most European cities at night even though I wouldn't do the same thing here at home. Still, there are things you can do to increase your safety. Blend in as much as possible. Dress like a European, not an American. Leave behind your white sneakers, shirts with favorite college or pro sports teams, American flag gear, and fanny packs. As a general rule Europeans don't wear these things and they can draw attention to you and cause you to stand out as an American tourist in an instant. Additionally, learn a few phrases in the language of the country you're visiting, and don't be boisterous, loud, and "typically American." My efforts to blend in are so successful that I am stopped and asked directions virtually every time I travel to Europe - because I look like I belong there. These tips, along with common sense and being aware of your surroundings, will ensure an extremely safe and enjoyable European adventure. about 6 years ago
Freutmich said it all really. Lisa F is right too, the current warnings are not targeted at Europe. Plus, there's pretty much always a worldwide alert, but if you follow Freutmich's advice you should be fine.
Make sure you have travel insurance (in case anything unexpected goes wrong), and read up on the places you're going to .. a good place to start is the World Nomdas safety hub: www.safety.worldnomads.com.
Phil at the safety hub about 6 years ago