Q: Are guides used on these trips besides Dan Glick?
A: Yes, when and where needed, local guides are used.
Q: Since buses are not used unless requested by a group, how does Dan communicate between cars while traveling?
A: Each car has a two-way radio which allows for ease of communication and explanation while traveling.
Q: On trips to Israel, will there be a chance to be baptized in the Jordan River?
A: Yes, just south of the Sea of Galilee in a place called Yardenit.
Q: Isn’t it dangerous to be in Israel or Turkey and Greece?
A: First of all, the chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are about 1 in 20 million. A person is as likely to be killed by his or her own furniture, and more likely to die in a car accident, drown in a bathtub, or in a building fire than from a terrorist attack. Since 1970, 4,000 Americans have been killed in terrorists attacks. That is relatively a low number when considering our country has over 300 million people. Of those 4,000, most of those lives were lost in the September 11, 2001 in NYC right here on American soil.
When considering Israel, terrorist attacks are mainly on soldiers in the Israeli army and settlers in the West Bank. Most people, both Israelis and Palestinians, love tourists in Israel. Even in times of conflict like the Gaza War of 2014, 2,874 rockets were fired from the Gaza strip in the month of July. Six people died from those rockets. Only six people! That’s how good the Iron Dome system is. Furthermore, Israel is not usually at war with Gaza and most of our trips do not get close to Gaza. If conditions are truly dangerous for tourists, we will not travel.
It is interesting that most travelers to Israel, after being there, feel no fear, even in the West Bank, and often ask, “Why are people afraid to be in Israel?” It’s a good question. My response: Why aren’t people afraid to live in America where we average 42 murders a day, and over 3,000 people die daily/1.3 million annually in traffic accidents. We have mass shootings all over the country, and yet most of us go about our business without fear.
That’s exactly how people live in most other countries. Its just sad that our perceptions don’t generally correspond with reality. Turkey, too, has very few deaths from terrorist’s attacks compared to the population. Furthermore, our trips in Turkey are in western Turkey, far from the border with Syria and Iraq.
Personally, and I also speak for many other people, I have never felt any alarm being in Israel, Greece or Turkey, even with my family. I thoroughly enjoy the people, food, culture and enrichment that these countries have brought into my life. Don’t let irrational fear rob you of the joy of travel to these biblically significant places.