Don't cancel your trips to Turkey,there really is nothing to fear here.Yes,there have been terrorist attacks but there have been these in several other countries too.The Turkish anti-terrorist forces are very experienced and successful in their work and have foiled far more plots than have been carried out;this is a big difference between Turkey and say,France or Germany where they still haven't really woken up to the idea of tighter security and anti- terror information sharing.
Terrorism is sadly a world wide problem now,no country can guarantee you will not see a terror attack nowadays,tragic but true.But at least here everything possible is being done to prevent attacks,security at all airports is now probably the toughest in the world and in all main cities and even smaller towns there is a much higher visible police presence too.
The coup attempt of 2 weeks ago has recieved some of the most appallingly biased anti-Turkish media reporting and I have almost laughed at some of it as it has been so far removed from the truth as to be comic!But...some people believe everything they read in the media and forget how they like to sensationalise events.
Since the coup we have entered a 3 month State of Emergency;what does that mean to you the traveller?Absolutely nothing at all.It actually means very little to Turkish citizens either.It simply gives the government the power to quickly extend emergency powers to state governors whilst the investigation into the Gülen Cult continues so that offenders can be caught quickly and the whole issue can be closed as soon as possible.Indeed the Prime Minister said when it started that they hoped the SofE could be rescinded before 3 months if the investigations are concluded in a timely manner-unlike France who have just extended their SofE yet again.
But all of this is a domestic matter and really has no effect on visitors in any way.
If you are coming this week then you'll see the final evenings of democracy meetings each evening,culminating in a final one in Istanbul at Yeni Kapı meeting ground.These have been free of even the slightest trouble,just friendly,joyful,very noisy! and very festive.Certainly nothing to fear,no gangs of masked kids throwing Molotovs,no smashing, burning or looting,no muggings or beatings ,no tear gas etc.etc.,.
I am not Turkish,I am English but have lived here permanantly in Turkey since 1999 so have an outsiders,one-step-removed view of the inside :) Nothing has happened here that has made me think even for a minute if perhaps I should return to my native country.It is still a beautiful country with people who extend the warmest of welcomes to all visitors regardless of who they are or where they come from.
It is a great time to come,queues are short or non existent,hotels are cheap and plentiful,the weather is superb.Don't let the fear of uncertainty or the unknown stop you coming.