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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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Comparative safety of countries in Central America

When considering general safety for travelers visiting a foreign country, how do the Central American countries compare (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)? Are ...
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Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?

OK I know Iraq is utterly totally off the vast majority of people's itineraries for the immediate future. But I am pretty sure I have heard of some extreme adventurous types going there and following ...
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Which country should I go to in order to see gorillas?

I understand that you can see gorillas in the wild in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In planning a trip to Africa to see gorillas, why might I choose one country over another considering factors such as ...
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“Flight mode” phone use banned on Ryanair. Is this a worldwide phenomenon?

On a couple of recent flights with Ryanair I've noticed that they require phones to be turned off during the whole flight even if they are in the "flight mode". Pretty annoying that you can not use ...
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Is it safe to take a road trip going through Northern Mexico? What precautions should I take?

To get to southern Mexico from the US you obviously have to drive through the North (or fly). The British Foreign Office advisory makes it sound like the northern regions are a lot more dangerous ...
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It is safe to travel in Israel and Palestine?

I intend to travel around Israel and Palestine (excluding the Gaza Strip). When I tell people about this I am often greeted semi-shocked responses, people seem to think it is very unsafe and I am ...
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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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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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Safety considerations for solo female business traveller in Mexico

I'm heading to León in Mexico next week in a business capacity. Other than the usual precautions that solo female business travellers normally take (don't go looking for trouble, have an emergency ...
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Is it safe to travel to Socotra, Yemen?

I have been wanting to travel to Socotra, Yemen to see the dragonblood trees and bizarrely beautiful landscapes for a while now, but given the current instability in the rest of Yemen, is it ...
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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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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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Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?

I'm an American, and I'm considering going to Moscow in a month. Would it likely be unsafe for me to do so, considering the current situation with Ukraine? EDIT Well, I went this summer, and it was ...
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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 can I find a guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?

Where/how can I find a local/professional guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?
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Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?

I'm wondering if there's a definitive list or collection of things you should never say on a plane - eg words that if heard, will definitely get you removed, due to a rule or airline policies? I ...
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What should I do to stay safe if my flight arrives late at night?

As I was planning my trip using both my guidebooks, I came across the "Health" and "Safety" sections, only to end up very nervous for my trip to Bolivia. Both guidebooks explicitly state, "La Paz is ...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the “off season” (June-September)

The Wikivoyage Goa page contains the following snippet: just don't get into the water at all in the off season. The safe swimming period in Goa is November to early May I was at one of the ...
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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 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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Strongest travel sunblock?

A friend who burns easily is travelling to Africa during the dry season. What is the strongest sunblock on the market, and is it actually sensible to use - that is, would it potentially prevent ...
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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 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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Are hospitality-exchange services reasonably safe to use in first-world countries?

Are hospitality-exchange services like CouchSurfing and warmshowers.org reasonably safe to use? I mean both for hosts and for guests, and both for men and women, in first-world countries. What ...
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Any suggestions to ensure safety while hitchhiking?

A female friend of mine plans to travel trough Europe next month. She wants to hitchhike. Although she has done it several times before, she is looking for some tips to make the tour safer. I could ...
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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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Crime rate in Cuba

How/what is the crime rate in Cuba? Is walking around in Havana and travel by car through the country reasonably safe for travellers? Any tips?
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How to avoid having my drink spiked in a bar

How do I avoid being the victim of drink spiking in a bar? (As in spiking to steal money or commit credit card fraud, not for sexual assualt) Presumably I should avoid places promoted by touts from ...
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Safety in Warsaw Poland

Just want to be prepared, with no intention of judging or whatsoever, I have some questions about safety in Warsaw: Is it safe to stay in a dorm? I've read some reviews where the person get robbed ...
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“One of the most dangerous roads in the world”: Where is it?

A video recently seen floating about Facebook purports to show one of the "most dangerous roads in the world". But where is this road? Is it open to the public? The video, and a couple screen caps: ...
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How safe are cable cars?

I was travelling from Singapore main land to Sentosa island using cable car. I never had problem flying or even skydiving. This cable car thing just didn't make me feel safe, I was literally ...
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Can I listen to Air Traffic Control on a flight?

What airlines have an audio channel where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications during the flight? Do any airlines allow you to bring a scanner or aviation radio aboard to listen ...
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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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Am I too heavy for Chinese hard sleeper trains?

I'm not talking about size, I'm talking about weight. I weigh 270 lbs (120 kg). I'm (irrationally?) afraid I will break my berth. I've gone on soft sleeper class before and it was fine. But pictures ...
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Did the international regulation for electronic devices during takeoff/landing of airplanes change?

I was on a flight on 18th April, and the announcement during start & landing was that all devices, including those with flight mode have to be completely switched off. On 8th of May I was again ...
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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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Name (or search terms etc) for enhanced travel insurance for locations with travel warnings

I'm trying to research options for enhanced travel insurance that is valid for regions with cautionary "advise against non-essential travel" warnings. Every approach I've tried had found nothing, ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Nicaragua?

When looking through travel guides and websites, I often see the statement that tap water is not safe in Nicaragua. For example, the US State Department says: Tap water is not considered safe 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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How safe is it to fly with Ryanair?

We all know how great it feels when we find a cheap flight via Ryanair, but are you actually getting what you paid for? Recently I've heard stories about Ryanair's reputation when it comes to safety ...
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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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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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China Airlines, safe? [duplicate]

I've got a long-haul flight booked with China Airlines (A330 and an A340) from LHR to SYD, and only after I booked it did I decide to read up on their safety record. Suffice to say I regret doing ...
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How to find what are the dominant safety concerns a tourist should have in a country?

Safety concerns for tourists vary in type in countries. Some have insect concerns, eg. types of spider bites to avoid. Other countries have diseases which people should take vaccines for prior to ...
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Is it possible to travel safely in Guatemala? [closed]

We are considering a trip to Guatemala for about 7-10 days with kids (6 months and 3 years). We would like to do only the top attractions: Tikal, Antigua, Lake Atlitlan and Pacaya Volcano. Is it ...
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Which border crossing should I take between Ecuador and Peru

There are four border crossings between Ecuador and Peru. In order of importance: Huaquillas Macará La Balsa Nuevo Rocafuerte I have heard the main one at Huaquillas can be sketchy or even ...
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How good are Aeroflot's current safety and performance standards?

Aeroflot has historically had a poor safety record with over 100 reported accidents and fatalities running into thousands. It seems, however, that these petered out towards the mid-90s. How good is ...
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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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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 ...