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

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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Being a tourist, can I film police in the US?

I have seen some YouTube videos where police in the US doesn't behave in the best of ways, but citizens are allowed to film them "for their own protection" and it helps having evidence if something ...
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What are the rules to be aware of on a road with a sign that indicates rocks might fall?

I'm from Flanders and I don't have a driver's license. These signs are rather rare in Flanders, but I see them frequently as a passenger alongside the Spanish coast, in the Valencia province. The ...
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What do you need to rent a motorised boat in Ontario?

What does my uncle need to rent 'a small boat with an outboard motor', as suggested in this helpful answer? Even if not required legally, should my uncle seek any extra training or instruction in ...
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Pedestrian guide to cross the road in London?

I'm a bit confused with when to cross a street in London. Of course when I have a green light for pedestrians that's obvious, but for example how about this road that doesn't include anything for ...
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Staying in Johannesburg for a few months: how safe am I as a white person?

South Africa has always fascinated me, due to its insane history. I've thought about doing an internship there, and I've now wanted to gather a bit more information. How safe am I, as a Caucasian ...
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Is it safe to visit the pyramids near Cairo in 2016? [duplicate]

We are planning a holiday in December to Egypt and found a very good all inclusive deal for a week's stay in Hurghada. However, this doesn't include a visit to the pyramids. I would not like to miss ...
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

I have ligyrophobia (the fear of loud sounds). It is possible for me to tolerate things like balloons and thunders, but fireworks/firecrackers will send me into a panic attack. I will be travelling ...
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On Algonquin Park's Walking Trails, how likely are you to encounter and be threatened by dangerous animals?

This question assumes avoidance and confinement of food away from animals. By 'established trails', I mean the settled, permanent paths/places for travellers, such as trails for: Backpacking, ...
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Which airlines servicing Asia have staff trained in self-defense?

I read in a recent news article that at Hong Kong airlines, staff have to master kung fu. Although I'm aware that passengers grabbing control of the cockpit is no longer possible, there's other ...
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Flight path over a war zone, such as Syria and Iraq in 2015

I recently flew from Bahrain to Heathrow via Gulf-Air. I noticed on the flat screen at the back of the seat that the route showed going over Iraq and Syria which is an active war zone. After what ...
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How many international tourist deaths are terrorism related? [closed]

Worldwide, over the past couple of decades (maybe since October 9 1995 if you need to be exact), how many deaths of international tourists are terrorism-related? Either absolute numbers (eg 12,345 ...
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Ceramic knives and airport (or any other) security

I ran into this question that discussed putting a ceramic knife in the carry-on luggage. Clearly that won't work, as the carry-on luggage goes through the x-ray machine and ceramics in general have ...
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Is there a list of authorized airline companies that can fly in/to Europe?

I just recently read some news about a missing an airplane and how bad the reputation of a country airlines is. More than 90% of their companies were banned from flying in Europe That makes me wonder ...
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Fast lane in the UK? [duplicate]

As an American, I am used to driving on the right, and that the left lane on a major highway is supposed to be the "fast lane"... If I attempt to drive in the UK, is the right lane the "fast lane" on ...
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Are there cycling-friendly cities in Southeast Asia (except Singapore)?

Watching videos of traffic chaos in Bangkok makes me question if there are any cities in SEA where you can commute by bicycle safely and with speed higher than by foot. This means either: ...
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How safe is Vesterbro, Copenhagen? [closed]

I am going to stay alone at the Zleep hotel in the Vesterbro area in Copenhagen in October. Reading reviews of the hotel I see reports of lots of prostitutes and homeless drug addicts hanging around ...
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Being separated from one's young children on a flight

I recently flew with Thomson and I was separated from my 3 year old child on the flight home. He was sitting a row behind and across the aisle from myself. I asked several times if we could be moved ...
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Swimming in the Dead Sea

From what I gathered by reading on google about Dead Sea swimming, the popular statement of 'You can never drown in in the Dead Sea' isn't technically true. Its dangerous trying to 'swim' normally and ...
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Travel show that exposes how travelers are conned

I once saw a travel show on Discovery or Nat Geo, I cant remember which one, in which the host of the show travels to different cities around the world and exposes how travelers are conned. Just ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

Hassling is happening in quite often in Indonesia. Although not as tough as in other countries (i.e. Morocco), it can get on your nerves after a while. Does anybody have tips on avoiding getting ...
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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 ...