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Why We Should Still Travel to Europe

Town and Country logo Town and Country 13/11/2016 Caroline Hallemann

Why We Should Still Travel to Europe © Getty Why We Should Still Travel to Europe Tourism numbers are down in destinations across Europe, and considering on-going safety concerns, the refugee crisis, and the economic and political ramifications of the Brexit, it isn't hard to understand why.

But that doesn't mean people should just stay home.

"Yes, there have been terrorist attacks, but that's a global phenomenon. Yes, we've suffered damage. There's the refugee crisis. There's uncertainty from Brexit," said Peter de Wilde, the president of the European Travel Commission, making the case for European travel in an interview with Conde Nast Traveler. "Europe is still an appealing travel destination."

"There are so many cities in Europe now where you can feel people experimenting in new ways of coming together and living," he continued. "That's what travel's about-connecting to local communities, exchanging views and ideas, learning about fears and hopes. It's not just lying on a beach."

For those travelers seeking cultural immersion, he specifically cited plans for new exhibits such as an art showcase of the Old Masters and commemorative projects about the Berlin Wall and World War II.

And better yet? With deals to Iceland, London, Paris, and Northern Europe readily available this fall, it could be more affordable to hop the pond, than it is to fly cross-country.

So why not listen to de Wilde: "Leave the beaten track of your life, and rediscover yourself in the old continent," he said. "If you stop traveling and exchanging these ideas, I don't think that would be a positive evolution."

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