I have considered Turkey for my vacation in 2001. But have been concerned about the constant news on this country. The earthquake remains to the fore in my mind as does the Kurds leader. The constant reports of human right abuses seem never ending.
And now the Chechens taking hostages. CNN have reported that this seige is now ended but security must be of major concern in the mind of all travelers. As a seasoned traveler I now put Turkey back, again, from my vacation plans. If Chechen rebels, fully armed, can stroll into a five star hotel without being detected what could they do if they put their minds to taking foreign tourists hostage? I don't expect this or any travel company to supply security against such unusual occurances, but is Turkey not becoming more and more newsworthy for negative issues?