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Can a tourist buy a gun in the USA?

This came up as a discussion. With recent incidents in the news, it's often argued by some members of the public in the US that guns are a requirement for safety, and that everyone should have the ...
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Safest way to travel from US to Mexico city by bus [on hold]

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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Where to almost wild camp in the Ardennes? [migrated]

Wild camping is not permitted in Belgium, but I heard about places where this is allowed. Well itś not exactly wild camping but almost. Where are these places? are there any hiking trails associated? ...
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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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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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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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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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Staying in the toilet during landing

For safety purposes all airlines make you go back to your seat when you are in the toilet just before landing. But, what if you really had to go and don't come out even after persistent knocking. ...
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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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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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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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Is it dangerous to go to the USA as a Russian now?

I am a Russian student and I have been dreaming about visiting California and living in LA for a while, and I decided to take this trip on my summer break. I have already accumulated enough money for ...
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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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Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?

So to clarify, there are lots of different planes, so for the sake of argument, there are areas: front left front right front middle forward front, right, middle over the left wing over the right ...
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What are the main safety threats to be aware of in South Africa as a tourist?

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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Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?

Now there's a lot of propaganda in the west that leads us to believe Iran is dangerous and travellers shouldn't go there. Obviously there are major political disagreements between several governments ...
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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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Is all of Afghanistan dangerous for travellers?

Recently I have read a few travel books to get some inspiration for the next long summer journey. I was especially reading Lonely Planet travel guides. I was a little bit surprised that they very ...
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Danger zones in Austin, Texas

While reading reviews about hotels in Austin, Texas, I found some reviews talking about areas struck with crime and drugs, where it is dangerous to walk the streets. I don't drive, and would like to ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

My dream is to spend a month in Europe after graduating high school. Based on my situation, I will have to travel alone since there is no one else here who would be able to make such a trip. I am an ...
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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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Is sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?

The scene last weekend: three cramped people trying to sleep in three bulkhead seats with those annoying immovable armrests and a whole lotta legroom in front. Why not curl up for a nap in all that ...
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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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Safe place to see the “real” Palestine as an Israeli passport holder?

Palestine is divided into three zones. Zone A contains the major Palestinian towns and is off-limits for Israelis. Zone B has some Palestinian villages and is partially restricted for Israelis. Zone C ...
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Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays?

Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays? I got different answers for my question every time I ask. Can somebody with real experience help?
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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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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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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 it now feasible for an adventurous independent traveller to visit Chechnya?

Right now I'm drinking vodka with a Chechen guy who's staying at my hostel here in Tbilisi Georgia. I told him I would like to visit Chechnya but it's too dangerous. He reacted like I imagine ...
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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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Where is the safest place in a train?

This morning I had to make a small (2-3 hours) train journey with a friend. He is a little anxious and unreasonable, and doesn't trust public transport. He won't fly at all and normally, he doesn't ...
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Is there an FAA-rated airplane safety harness?

Which safety harness is FAA rated? I have looked at a few, but am unclear which ones are FAA rated and what the rating is.
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International children car seat standards for multiple regions

I've been looking into car seats suitable for international travel. In the EU modern car seats have to meet ECE R44/04 and for New Zealand/Australia AS/NZS 1754.2010 I emailed a few manufacturers ...
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Car Seats in Saudi Arabia

I'm leaving in a couple of days for Saudi Arabia. I will have at least three vehicle trips: Airport (Jeddah) to Mecca Mecca to Medinah Medinah to Airport I'm travelling with two kids (five and ...
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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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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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Information source on safety for Kiev visitors

I may have to visit Kiev (unless my ministry for foreign affairs say otherwise) for a meeting. I am not going anywhere in Eastern Ukraine. Where can I find the best source on safety for travellers? ...
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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 is it considered so dangerous to travel in South Africa?

The RSA has one of the world's top murder rates. As, the above link shows, other countries have similar murder rates but they are not in the radar of international travelers. For example, as seen in ...
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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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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 ...