Two days in Tunisia is enough to gauge the tourist areas are safe. It appears they were never anything but. Some visitors were sufficiently unconcerned to remain in resorts throughout the revolution.
Nine UK visitors returned to Gatwick and 16 to Newcastle on the first Thomas Cook flights home last week, having been out since at least mid-January. They were offered flights back with British Airways or Tunis Air but chose to stay.
A group of British golfers with a trip planned for January 14-17 also declined to cancel, telling staff at the Phoenicia Sentido hotel in Hammamet: "We have been planning this for eight months." Forty-two Norwegian tourists at the Kanta Hotel in Port el Kantaoui also declined to leave.
So how does the country appear now? I flew into Monastir last Wednesday on the first Thomas Cook flight in from Gatwick since January 14. Nearby Sousse appeared quiet, with normal traffic on the roads and pedestrians on the roadside. It was a picture that did not vary around Hammamet, Nabeul and on to Tunis.
At the Dar Khayam Hotel in Hammamet staff are happy for guests to walk the 50-minute route to the medina. We drive, on the way passing couples hand in hand, people chatting by the roadside, busy pavement stalls, groups of well-turned out school kids and fashionably dressed young women. The crowds have something in common - they are all smiling. There appears to be a lot of laughter in the Tunisian revolution.
The 500-year old Hammamet Medina is quiet at mid-morning, but it is spitting with rain and the tourists who have returned are only just stirring. The businesses in the medina are clearly overjoyed to see people.
A shop worker tells me: "Tunisia is calm. We are happy about the change. For 20 years the family of the president tried to eat everything. Now is better. The season is just beginning. The English are beginning to return." He adds: "I have a wife, a baby. I work here on commission. If I don't sell, I don't eat."
As we leave the medina, our guide and translator Zeid says: "Before January 14 you needed permission to bring a journalist into the medina." The police would have checked anyone taking notes, he says.
In the capital Tunis there is some evidence of recent events. Barbed wire surrounds the former internal security headquarters on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the Champs Elysees of the city. There are a handful of armed troops, armoured cars and a water cannon outside. Protestors vented their fury at the building at the end of February. It is a place where people were tortured and disappeared.
There is damage to the pavement caused by a tank at the end of Avenue Bourguiba, near the entrance to the medina. But the cafes are busy and nine out of ten shops open, the pavements bustling with happy faces, the crowds in the medina welcoming.
We walk through to the Zitouna Mosque at the medina's heart, resisting the entreaties of shopkeepers, then return to bustling Avenue Bourguiba for coffee in a café surrounded by excited people watching a live press conference with their interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi. The optimism is tangible, the excitement contagious. Tunisia is awakening.
I have visited the country before and enjoyed every minute, but enjoy more ordinary contact with people in a few hours now than in days previously.
If the revolution leads to the democracy it appears to promise, Tunisia could become a fabulous place to visit. There is no reason whatever to avoid a resort holiday in the country. Tell your clients - now is the time to go.
It strikes me a good tour operator can offer something more substantial than Atol protection in such times. The Thomas Cook reps and ground-handling staff of Tunisian Tourism Services (TTS) are Tunisian or married to Tunisians, resident many years. They are part of Tunisian society - they feel the revolution.
It is theirs. So the company back in Peterborough has no difficulty gauging the situation. It has people on the ground. That is the beauty of the tour operator model and a good ground handler.
Rep Ondine Parnell tells me: "People never thought they would be able to vote. Now they are so excited. My husband says: 'I'll be able to vote'." She has had the past seven weeks off and is glad to get back to work. "I'm very happy," she says. "The atmosphere is fantastic."
Makram of ground-handler TTS tells us: "There is an opportunity now for the future. Tourism will be more easy. Before, it depended how much you gave to the [president's] family."
Thomas Cook was still cancelling most excursions and reps advising against travel to Tunis last week. But such restrictions should ease quickly.
A single note of caution - revolutions are complex processes. They move back and forth as the balance shifts between contending forces.
The democratic elements in Tunisian society are in the ascendant now, but that may not continue unchallenged. We must see whether tension returns around the elections scheduled for late July that will lead to a new constitution.
My guess is it might, but I would not hesitate to visit Tunisia now or in the future. The force is with the people and they are making history. It is a marvellous time to visit.