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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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Is it possible to travel safely in Guatemala?

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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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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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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Door stopper for hotel room

It's been a few times that I read that on helpful item for personal security is a door stopper which stops people from crashing through a hotel room door. I know this is not a concern in all places ...
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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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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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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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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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Hodophobia … Scared of doing things or going to places that is dangerous [closed]

Places like India, Thailand or some African countries are sometimes contain risks for travellers. It probably will be fine if we stay in the main town area, but some interesting places to visits are ...
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Is it safe to travel to Egypt in early 2012? [closed]

Have people been travelling in Egypt after March 2011? What's the situation like over there? The election is also happening at the end of November. Should I wait until after the election to book my ...
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Water tests during travelling

Bicycle.SE has a question about water safety during touring, long distance travelling with bike. It is specific to bicycles. This question is specific to touring but particularly to travelling in ...
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Why do emergency oxygen systems on passenger planes have a bag that doesn't inflate?

Anyone who flies knows by heart the fact that, although oxygen is flowing, the bag may not inflate. So what purpose does the "bag" serve?
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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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Is traveling by train in the night in Morocco safe?

Is traveling by train safe during the night in Morocco? I would like to take a night train from Marrakech to Fes or Rabat, to save a holiday day. Do you think it is wise?
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Safest road route from Tangier to Togo

A local NGO that is working with Togo is going to organize a convoy (2 trucks) to bring some educational and medical aid. They will enter to Africa through Tangier, Morocco and are going to drive to ...
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Is Morocco currently safe to visit despite the Ebola outbreak?

I'm travelling to Morocco over the Easter period, and while I am aware that the current Ebola outbreak is mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Mali, and would have to cross the Sahara to get to Morocco, is ...
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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 to avoid losing someone while traveling?

Whether traveling with a child or friend, especially in large crowds, should one take precautions to avoid losing someone? I will be backpacking, so packing light is important; however, I still ...
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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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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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Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling

A piece on Slashdot asks a question that seems pertinent to this site. What measures can be taken to prevent 'smash and grab' - from your car, when your valuable stuff is inside the car. Aside ...
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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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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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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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Family with kids driving from Marrakesh to Fez - any threat of danger for daytime driving?

We are two parents with three children, a blonde, a red head and one brunette, ages 8,9,and 12 years. Why do I write that? because we look very American which may not be such a good thing in Morocco. ...
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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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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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Trekking in Georgian Tusheti region? Safety?

We're planning a hiking trip to the Georgian Greater Caucasus. But does anybody know issues about safety? Terrorism (Chechnya, Dagestan just on the other side of the range)? Minefields along border ...
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Which mountain has the highest death ratio of hikers?

Which mountain is most difficult to climb? I know it's not only height but also weather etc. But would like to know according to the ratio of death of climbers and with respect to ratio of ...
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Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm

I intend to travel through rougher foreign parts on the cheap. To protect me from being robbed or raped I am going to buy a gas alarm. What do I need to know when buying one? What gases should it ...
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Is there a resource for crime statistics in Spain - especially robbery

I'm going to visit Spain, and my wife is very worried about thieves in Spain. What cities should we be aware of? Are there any ways to protect myself from them? eg Barcelona has a reputation for ...
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How does the regulation that certain planes have to always be within a 2-hour flight from an airport affect flight paths near the North Pole?

Recently or rather not so recently I read about a regulation (possibly FAA but I am not sure and possibly old) that the wide body jets have to always be within a 2 hour flight from an airport capable ...
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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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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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Precautions to take when travelling alone around Ireland

I am thinking of visiting Ireland during October (Dublin, Cork, Killarney and ring of Kerry). That will be my first time travelling alone. As a woman I am already in a disadvantaged position. So what ...
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Diving safety in Australia

I'm going to Australia next October and I was wondering if it is safe to go diving (near Cairns) even though it will be my first time doing so. Should I take a course locally before the trip?
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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 guide books, 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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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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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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Sri Lanka as a tourist: Are there regions I should avoid?

I'm thinking about going to visit a coworker of me who is from Sri Lanka. If I'm flying that far away I would also spend some weeks in the whole country and not only on his place. To be honest he ...
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Taking a taxi in Argentina with a newborn: is the toddlers seat necessary?

I'll be traveling to Argentina with my wife and with our little girl (3 months old). When taking a taxi, is it necessary to use my toddlers seat (and then we'll have to take it with us) or can my ...
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Camping in national parks in Sri Lanka

Can you just take a tent, take some food and stay for a few days in national park in Sri Lanka? First of all is it legal to do so? For example are campfires allowed? And if it is legal is it safe? Are ...
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How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers?

How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers, including overnight trains? Obviously, the usual precautions of being more mindful of belongings when travelling solo need to be ...
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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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Does the brace position change if your airplane seat belt has an air bag?

When I sat down in my seat on my flight this morning, I noticed that my seat belt had an airbag installed. This piqued my interest; the safety instruction card on the airplane indicates that the ...
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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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Does the country Georgia have a problem with bears, wolves, or dangerous feral dogs?

Are feral dogs or even wolves or bears present in the Georgian countryside these days? I'm about to hitchhike from Tbilsi to Anaklia and sleep in my tent along the way. Should I expect to encounter ...
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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?