Keeping out of danger, risk, or injury. Use with questions about people; when referring to things, use "security" instead.

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What facility was our bus blocked from observing in northern Iran?

Recently on a bus trip from Rasht, Iran, to Tehran, Iran, the driver's assistant came down the bus aisle, ordering all the curtains closed on one side, and for a few minutes we were actually forbidden ...
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What practices can help me hitchhike safely? [on hold]

I would like to travel across Europe hitchhiking (me and my girlfriend). What should we do to make sure that we both lower chances of unpleasant meetings, and higher chances of succeeding?
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In countries with a “Keep right/left unless overtaking” rule: May I keep the left/right lane if driving at speed limit? [on hold]

As far as I have read, overtaking over speed limit is always illegal. So do I need to keep in left if I am at speed limit and no one can overtake me legally? It is also less tedious to just stick to ...
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Safety in Bangkok [on hold]

I am going to BKK at the beginning of October and being a tourist and a photographer, I wouldn't renounce to take my camera with me (it's not a bullseye for thieves, but still...). Do I need to stay ...
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Why are hotels in Paris too expensive? [on hold]

I am planning on vacationing in Paris for a few days and really have a problem with these expensive hotels. I have two options: Pay too much, at least 220€/night and stay in comfortable/safe hotel. ...
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Do any sources indicate additional risk for being a (South) Korean-American visiting North Korea?

I'm an American-born (South) Korean, and I have a week to sign up for a surfing expedition in North Korea. I've read several pages of Google results about Americans traveling to North Korea, the ...
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Florence - Do those “Authorised seller” signs at the stores selling leather goods mean anything?

At one of the stalls in Mercato Centrale, we were looking at leather wallets, and I noticed that the stall had a sign saying they were an "Authorised seller". Sorry, I didn't take a photo, but it had ...
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How can I find safety records for extreme sports in New Zealand?

All companies providing those services claim they are very safe and they do everything in their power for this, but some quick research shows that it's not 100% and deaths occur in different sports ...
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Adventure Travel: Where should I go in India to experience staying in a forest? [closed]

Myself and my friends are planning to stay inside a forest for a night and want to feel that experience during the mid of September. In INDIA, is there any places where I can get that amazing ...
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Security issues for a girl travelling solo around Europe [closed]

I am an 18 year old girl from Hong Kong thinking of travelling to Europe for a month. My parents are worried about letting me out and the security problems in a foreign place. My English is okay but ...
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Safest way to travel from US to Mexico city by bus [closed]

What is the safest way to travel by bus to mexico. I am American and Ecuadorian. I recently traveled from Quito to Bogota on the bus took me 36 hours through colombian FARC jungle. Is traveling ...
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Concert in Detroit on Devils night “October 30th”, should I be worried?

My friend asked me to go to a Luke Bryan concert on October 30th, at Ford Field in Detroit. I've heard a lot of horror stories about the violence in the city, and it make me uneasy thinking about the ...
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Is there a legal depth limit for scuba divers in Turkey?

Last year (2014), the guys from our dive center in Turkey told us that there is a (new) legal depth limit of 30m (100ft) for all scuba divers (including CMAS 3* and PADI Dive Master) which is enforced ...
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Are tourists or their staff at risk of bride kidnapping in the Kazakh parts of Mongolia?

I'm thinking of visiting the Kazakh parts of Mongolia, so that I can attend some kind of eagle festival, as the events there sound more interesting than those in a standard Mongol naadam. However, ...
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Hearing protection on the road in China

I know it's not safe to have hearing completely blocked with earplugs while bicycling or driving. But there are a lot of vehicles on the road in China with extremely loud horns. I just had a truck ...
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What can I do to make driving in the rain at night easier? [closed]

When it rains the lane markings become almost invisible. Even in the daylight it is hard to see, but at night it is much harder. Would installing a specific color of foglights help? Would it help to ...
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Will the average tourist encounter problems on the street in Cape Town?

If using common sense rules; keeping low key, not flashing wealth, not going to areas with no tourist attractions, etc. is it common and/or reasonable for us (mixed sex white couple) to walk ...
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What are the main safety threats to be aware of in South Africa as a tourist? [duplicate]

I have been looking in to arranging a short backpacking trip around South Africa later this year. From what I have read both on the internet and in travel guides, and talking to South Africans it's ...
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What are potential dangers of putting a copy of one's boarding pass online?

I wonder what the downsides are of putting a copy of one's boarding pass online.
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Do ships sink nowadays? [closed]

People who have a phobia of traveling by air point out that that traveling by sea is safer. We all know that at least one aircraft a year crashes, often more, and usually all people aboard die when ...
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What precautions should someone take if travelling the old hippie trail today? [closed]

The hippie trail was once a hugely popular route among beatniks, hippies, and other people wanting to see the world. The overland as it was also called travelled from cities in Western Europe through ...
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Long term travel and first aid knowledge [closed]

I started a year-ish long term travel adventure and I have been very quickly reminded how edgy situations can get when in a under developed country: I had one minor scooter accident, saw one major ...
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Why are there no waste bins on public transport? [closed]

I have frequently noticed that public transport vehicles do not have waste bins inside. Instead, those are located on the stations. This seems to be the case in all the German cities I have visited ...
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Do they stock parachutes in commercial airliners? [closed]

Obviously we all know about the oxygen masks but let's say there was a strong exceptional reason for me to get off the airplane, are there parachutes that normal passengers have access to? I cant ...
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What can one do about the “Millionaire's Ride”?

When I read Wikitravel for some countries, I see reference to the "Millionaire's Ride" (or similar) where you hail a taxi (to go to your hotel, say) but the taxi driver drives you to an ATM and forces ...
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Pakistani travelling to Indian Kashmir?

Is a Pakistani citizen allowed to visit Indian Jammu & Kashmir ? I asked my father about visiting it and he said Pakistanis are not allowed there. He also said they are scrutinized and are in ...
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What is the safest and cheapest way to see Komodo island, leaving from and returning to Bali?

We will be spending 3 weeks in Indonesia and Bali, and intend to take a trip out to Komodo to see the dragons and wildlife. We predict a three day excursion. There are boat and flight trips offered ...
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Is it safe to drive at night in the Canadian Rockies?

As part of a road trip, I am thinking of crossing the Canadian Rockies by car during night time, from Banff, AB to Kamloops, BC. I am aware that some areas in Canada are not recommended to be driven ...
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Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?

I'll be wearing it all the time anyway once I arrive at my hostile destination but how about wearing it during the flight? It makes sense to wear it in case someone try to hijack the plane.
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Bringing only cash to Japan - Any tips on how I should protect the money?

I'll be bringing cash for a 20 day trip, and I'm changing it all to my port of departure (Australia). So now, I have lots of yen in my wallet. Any tips on how I should handle the money while ...
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Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?

Last week I've flown three times through Aerolíneas Argentinas, both in an Airbus A340-300 and in a Boeing 737-800. In both, the card with the safety instructions explicitly said that cameras and ...
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Do we have any kind of statistics for how often rebels actually take tourists hostage in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia?

Both Wikitravel and Wikivoyage warn about the dangers of being kidnapped if you visit Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Wikivoyage has this wording: Rebels often take tourists as hostages, so try ...
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Is it safe to roller-skate on sidewalks in USA?

I love roller-skating, I carry them around on all my travels. I will be spending 6 months in USA (evenly between Chicago, New York, San Francisco, LA and Salt Lake City). I was wondering if it is ...
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In Mongolia, are dairy products offered to tourists typically processed?

The "Health" section of Lonely Planet Mongolia states you can get Brucellosis from unboiled milk or homemade cheese, and that you can get TB from unpasteurized milk, but that cheese and boiled milk is ...
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Air travel with a competition sword?

I recently changed my competitive weapon of choice in my martial art (TKD) to a Gum Do, or sword. The sword is basically katana sized, unsharpened but it does have a point, as seen below (Although my ...
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How reliable is the Cuban public transport network?

I am going on holiday to Cuba for two weeks and would like to do lots of exploring of different areas and towns travelling mostly by bus and possibly train (avoiding air travel where possible). My ...
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Stay in Berlin for one night near Tegel airport

I have to stay in Berlin for one night. Please recommend me some places which are cheap, closer to public transport, food joints and safe. I do not mind staying in dormitories as long as its safe and ...
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Is there secure bicycle parking at the Reading train station?

Is there secure bicycle parking at Reading train station? By secure I mean: staffed and with a system that ensures other people cannot take my bicycle, where I can leave a bicycle safely for 3 days. ...
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Is it safer to travel with another person when hitchhiking in western Europe?

I hear some crazy stories where young hitchhikers get abducted and even murdered by killers who prey on young hitchhikers. Are the odds of such bad incidents high? Is hitchhiking in western Europe ...
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Does my Emirates flight from London to Dubai fly over Syria?

I wonder if anyone can help me. I am a very nervous flyer at the best of times, but I booked a week in Dubai not really thinking of the flight route. I am flying with Emirates and I am concerned that ...
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Are there any parts of the 9th arrondissement in Paris that is known to be unsafe?

My friend is thinking of renting a place in the 9th. As a single female who looks stereotypically lesbian for lack of a better way to say it… are there any issues in the 9th regarding women walking ...
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What is good accommodation for festival (camp or hostel)?

I'm planning to go another country for 4-days festival RockWerchter in Belgium. I'm thinking what is better camp or hostel. Couple of my friends said that camp is only best choice. But I'm going alone ...
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Cycling safety in Romania / Poland

My friends and I are planning a cycling trip for this summer. We usually do this once a year and often go to the Alps (Austria/France/Switzerland/Italy) but this time we would like to go somewhere ...
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Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?

I have a hard time imagining turbulence strong enough to throw people out of their seats or flip an airliner upside down. Does this sometimes happen? Is there some other reason we wear seatbelts ...
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Is it safe to park a motorbike on the street at night Spain? [closed]

To be quick: Can I leave my motorcycle (mine in a brend new Triumph tiger 800) unattended in the street at night in Spain? Or is it better to hide it in a garage ? Is a big-lock recommended ? This ...
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Safe parking in the centre of Mexico City

Me and my friends are travelling to Mexico City with our own car. We found out it is almost impossible to park our car close to our hotel. We are staying in Mexico City center: República de Brasil ...
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Is it safe to travel to Kiev at the moment? [closed]

I know there is war in the Eastern part of Ukraine at the moment but how is the situation in Kiev? Is it safe to travel there at the moment?
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

About 10 years ago I traveled to Shanghai. When I got off the plane, a guy in plain clothes came up to me and indicated he could take me to whereever I needed to go. I was planning on taking a taxi ...
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How to stay safe in Mexico City [closed]

At the end of the month I will be traveling to Mexico City for a weekend. My spanish is okay and I don't really plan on venturing out of the tourist areas. I want to visit Tenochtitlan and some of the ...
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Taking the CTA to United Center, Chicago

I'm planning a trip to Chicago to attend a Blackhawks game at the United Center. It's my first time to Chicago, so I'm curious how the best way to get to the stadium. I've noticed there is parking, ...