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Is cycling in Tokyo safe?

I have booked a hotel in Tokyo near JR Ueno Train Station and it offers bike rental. I know that around the station there are various attractions like Ueno Park and temples of Asakusa. I thought I ...
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How safe is northeast India?

How safe are the North-Eastern provinces of India, like Tripura or Nagaland? I keep reading articles about some uprisings but they are years old. Is it better now? Has anyone ever been there?
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Why are airplane passengers asked to move their seats to the upright position during take-off and landing?

The reasons for fastening seat belts and closing tray tables are obvious. But what danger poses having a reclined seat?
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Safety [petty crimes, mostly] in Japan

I'm fully aware of the fact that Japan is considered a quite safe country in regards of petty crimes. However, I recently stumbled upon alerts about the Roppongi area where [quoting from wikitravel] ...
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Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?

I planned to drive through Death Valley with a rental car during end of May or beginning of June. Now a friend of mine told me that this is a little bit dangerous, and that a lot of rental companies ...
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Is it safe to walk around downtown Portland, Oregon (USA) at night?

I will be visiting Portland on a business trip, and will be able to sightsee only at night. Is it safe to leave my hotel located downtown and walk around?
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Is Casablanca totally safe?

My daughter is going to have a flight with one day stopover in Casablanca. Are there places to be avoided in Casablanca for a single young woman? Which ones might they be?
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Are Japanese women visiting middle eastern countries at risk of being seen as “easy”? [closed]

I've heard that in some (but not all!) areas in the middle east, there's a stereotype held by some (but not all!) that western women are easy. From The Arab myth of western women by Khaled Diab: ...
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Is it possible to hire a tour guy through Iraq with a film crew for a documentary film on Iraq ancient history?

We have three people working on a film in Iraq. We would like to do it with a guide. We have 2 cameras for est. $6000 each, which is a safety concern. We plan to make shots in bigger cities but ...
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How trustworthy are government travel advice sites? Are there alternatives?

In How do I know if it's safe to travel to a country at a specific time? , the main suggestion for determining the safety of travel to a certain country are travel advice agencies run by ...
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How safe is the Sugar Loaf trail (Brazil)?

The Wikitravel article for Rio de Janeiro, recommends a 20-30 minutes trekking trail to access the Sugar Loaf for free. Is it safe?
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What's the cheapest way to reach the Cristo Redentor (Corcovado)?

I've read about a trail to get to the Cristo Redentor, but I'm not sure about the safety of a trail like this in Rio de Janeiro. Tours to the Corcovado are very expensive and the cable car is not ...
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Biking tour in Russia

I am from Turkey and planning a bike tour in Russia and in Ukraine. I'll ride from Sochi to Yalta by using the Sochi - Anapa - Rostov on Don - Mariupol - Yalta destination. Is this route secure and ...
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Safety concerns of travelling by plane [closed]

Recently I have completed a 9-hour flight by Boeing-747. It managed to get into a storm with a strong turbulence. While inside the plane I was very much afraid of the possibility of the plane ...
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Is it risky to wear a name tag in public in an unfamiliar city?

A couple of years ago, I came across Smart Traveller claiming that wearing your name tag can increase the risk of crime and assault in the form of someone who pretends to already know you taking ...
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Should I buy a weapon if travelling to dangerous countries [closed]

There are some countries that is consider "dangerous", which I will not specific it. My main question is whether is it best practice to buy a weapon to protect yourself and people who accompany you ...
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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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Is it important to wear a necklace with medical history for people with medical conditions while traveling?

Is it advised for people with chronic medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.) to wear necklaces with medical history when travelling? Is it a worldwide thing to check people's necklaces ...
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Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?

In this Economist blog it is stated: In the most religious parts of America, it is tough being a secular teenager. Many of the kids at Camp Quest say that, at school, they either keep quiet about ...
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How dangerous is the 'La Boca' neighborhood of Buenos Aires?

I've heard a few warnings about going to La Boca, especially at night. I'm curious how dangerous it is in the area. I don't really know how one would rate the level of danger, but what I'd like to ...
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Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries/cities?

Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries or cities? It would be better if it's color coded. Xenophobia could mean a lot for some tourists, I myself do not like to travel ...
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How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?

Why India is not safe for solo women is an article in The Telegraph (UK) describing one woman's issues with sexual harassment in India. Some of the information there describes a worse situation than ...
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Is it a breach of South African Law or International regulations to not do a full safety briefing on a commercial flight?

I was recently on a scheduled flight (Boeing 737) from Victoria Falls (VFA) to Johannesburg (JNB). At the check in desk I was informed the flight was stopping at Livingston (LVI) on route. When I ...
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Do I need to take any precautions regarding smog when travelling?

Recently, Beijing had issues with severe smog. I understand that too much smog can be unhealthy, but also that the likelihood of possible damage is probably related with the exposure time. For ...
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Safety and practicalities of eating dolphin meat in Taiji, Japan

At a recent Japan festival, amongst the various tourist brochures I got, one was for Wakayama prefecture, which included a page for Taiji. If I visited there, I'd have to decide whether or not to eat ...
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Is it safe to travel by bus in Peru at night?

Do you think it is safe to travel in Peru by bus in the night? Or should I only travel during the day? Actually a few trips are quite long—around 20 hours—so I guess I'm going to travel by night ...
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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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General security concerns about Cancun, Mexico

I am planning to go on vacation with my girlfriend (We are both in our early twenties) in a 5 star hotel in Cancun, Mexico. My concerns: I've seen a documentary where a young guy got drugged in ...
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Do seatbelts reduce the risk of injury or death in buses? [closed]

While I was on a two hour bus trip in Tasmania, someone noted that I was the only passenger who was wearing a seat belt. Do seatbelts reduce the risk of injury or death to bus passengers? Is the ...
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Is it safe to attend a soccer game between Croatia and Serbia as a tourist?

In the beginning of next year, Croatia will play against Serbia in the qualification round for the soccer world championship 2014 in Brasilia. The game will take place at 22.03.2013 in Zagreb and ...
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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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Independent excursions on Panama Canal cruise

I'll be taking a Panama Canal cruise with family with stops at: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Huatulco, Mexico Puerto Chiapas, Mexico Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Fuerte Amador, Panama Cartagena, Colombia ...
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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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How does one recover from a (personal) disaster while abroad, travel-wise?

I was watching the Bond flick Die Another Day last night. In it, Bond ends up in terrible shape, but manages to escape to the shores of Hong Kong, where he strolls into the lobby of a swanky hotel, is ...
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Devil's pool safety at Victoria Falls

The Devil's pool is a natural pool on the edge of Victoria falls you can swim in during certain months (I saw people doing last September). Image is in public domain. Source: Wikipedia. Firstly, I ...
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Precautions to take for travelers when doing short-term apartment rental

I'm considering short term apartment rental (about 2 months) while travelling to Canada and Australia, probably with roommates. What precautions should I take not to get scammed, as well as making ...
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Unsafe seats on a Boeing 777?

On a flight with Singapore airline from Zurich to Singapore with a Boeing 777 I had an aisle seat. Shortly before take off, a flight attend approached my and told me that this seat is unsafe and I had ...
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Are there air traffic routes that are turbulence-sensitive?

Are there any air traffic routes where I have to expect more or more severe turbulences than usual? I once heard that over the Atlantic before the South American coasts there are a lot of turbulences, ...
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Getting to my hostel safely from Asunción airport after dark

My flight into Asunción gets in at midnight, and my hostel is a good 17 km from the airport. Is it safe to take a taxi at night into Asunción? Should I arrange for a private driver? Is it even safe ...
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Are there high crime areas in Japan that I should avoid?

According to the this link (in the "Crime" section), I should avoid the areas of "Roppongi, Shinjuku (especially the area of Kabuki-cho), Shibuya, and Ikebukuro" in Tokyo, due to them being high crime ...
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How do I prepare for the possibility of being mugged in the US / Caribbean?

How would you advise preparing for the possibility of being mugged while traveling in the US, or Caribbean? Edit: I'm specifically concerned about being able to rebuy your stolen stuff, without ...
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How safe is it for “Western” Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?

So as I hope you all know, the Hajj is a religious pilgrimage that Islam requests all its believers to participate in at least once in their lifetime if possible. Now I know that there have been many ...
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usb decryption possible in internet cafes?

To use on our world trip, we store personal information (phone numbers, credit card information, id-scans, etc) on a small usb stick. To prevent losing this information to some malicious people, I ...
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Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?

I want to drive from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas but I've heard of people being pulled over by corrupt cops and being hassled by people on the peninsula. I speak fluent Spanish and I'm pretty street ...
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How to avoid polar bear in Antarctica? [closed]

I would like to visit Antarctica, but worry polar bear may chase after me. How to avoid being attacked by polar bear?
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Can Albania be considered secure?

Can Albania be considered secure? How secure is Albania (particularly in the mountains) compared to countries like Ukraine or Romania? What security issues should a traveller take into account, such ...
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What is the safest way to travel from Hunza (North Pakistan) to Kashgar (West China)?

What is the safest way to go from Hunza (North Pakistan) to Kashgar (West China) ? Travelling mainly by bus and local transportation wherever possible. I would prefer to avoid dangerous zones if ...
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How to travel safely in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico?

What is the better way to travel safely in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico? Is it better to rent a car, take the bus or take taxis?
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Keen sandals for use in hot, dry climates

I've picked up the Keen's Arroyo II sandals recently, but I'm wondering if they'll be cool enough for my purposes. I'll be traveling though North Africa through June and July where temperatures are ...
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Carrying large amounts of cash in Japan

Is it, generally speaking, safe to carry large amounts of cash (US$4000) in Japan?