European travel has become dangerous and fraught with deadly risk.
Granted, it’s a long-shot, but the statistical odds of experiencing a first-hand happening while traveling Europe are less intimidating than the collective narrative that continues to witness high-profile incidents of mayhem, and eventually we do what humans are evolved to: we indulge in a little confirmation bias that creates nefarious possibilities and enhances their dramatic promise, though we know our journey to France or England or Spain will progress uneventfully. We’ll return home with scores of photos, foodstuffs and lavish memories of a continent teeming with archaic relics and histories the United States can’t approach.
Still, the news is constantly punctuated by the sort of attack that make it seem as if you are taking your life into your own hands the minute you deplane on the Continent.
Four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille by a woman who has been arrested, the Marseille prosecutor’s office said.
Two of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press in a phone call.
She said all four of the tourists, who are in their 20s, have been hospitalized, two of them for shock. She said a 41-year-old female suspect has been arrested.
There is a breed of edgy tourist who eats such harrowing “danger” up and seeks to travel into areas that offer uncomfortable level of risk to one’s life. Whereas most normal people prefer to live in denial of such possibilities during their travels, a fringe traveler will pay more for such “creature discomforts.”
Given that the edgy tourist seeks additional “life endangerment risk” willingly, adding a surcharge for such endemic exposure is not beyond reason, and in fact, a good business move. Just spruce up the European travel package with a catchy name; charge about 20% extra. You’ll have takers, for White Westerners have proven they are quite willing to pay obscene amounts of money to assume a life or death struggle that their complacent, insulated lives back home do not offer.