As we head into the busiest travel week of the year, the U.S. State Department issued a 90-day alert today (November 23, 2015) for U.S. citizens planning to travel this holiday season. They’re not saying to AVOID travel, but to ‘stay vigilant.’

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From the State Departments Travel Alert:

"Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events,"

To, me, it pretty much sounds like they want us to avoid the holidays completely, right?

The State Department is concerned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram might pull off a terror attack like the one in Paris recently. They don’t have any information about attacks upon U.S. soil, but with everybody getting on the road and getting in the air, they want us all to be… ‘Alert.’

This would not be the time to ignore the ‘don’t leave your bag unattended’ message when you’re at DIA trying to get to Des Moines to see your grandparents.

"These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests"

The travel alert expires on February 24, 2016.

[Source: CNN]