Need some advice on my specific predicament regarding Turkey

Posted on April 28, 2016 | in Travellers Questions | by

I know there have been a ton of posts on here about whether its safe or not to travel Europe, all of which have been quite helpful and Ive taken into account. Im 18 yrs old (M) from Australia currently on my gap year, and I plan to go travelling for a couple of months in June.

Im of the belief that you shouldnt let terror affect where you should travel; however, I am also Jewish, and as a such come from a typically conservative and neurotic community.

Turkey is one of the highest places on my list of places to go, but the group I was travelling with have decided that due to the recent attacks, they dont think its safe enough to go anymore (a response we both view as an overreaction). My twin brother and I want to travel Turkey on our own – we thought maybe its better we arent in such a large group. We plan on flying from Israel (a country that has sent numerous warnings not to travel Turkey and suggested all Jewish people leave) straight to Istanbul, and then catch a connecting flight down to the south-west coast for a couple of days (Bodrum/Ölüdeniz/Fethiye). Can anyone who has been to this area of Turkey please offer their opinion – are my brother and I naive to think it is safe to travel Turkey coming from Israel, or is our slight paranoia unwarranted?

TLDR: Two Aussie Jews want to travel Turkey on their own for a couple of days. Good idea or not worth it?

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