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

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When walking on the road, is it safer to walk in the same or opposite direction as the traffic?

I don't know this question will qualify for this site or not, but, I have this question. When you are walking on the road anywhere (any country, city, etc), Which is safer? Walking in the ...
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Is it safe to travel in Greece during the riots about government spending cuts?

I am travelling to Athens, Greece, shortly, and have seen reports of recent unrest. Should I be worried? Should I cancel my trip? Update It's fine, taxis are currently on strike, but Syntagma Sqaure ...
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Simple, safe beach towns in southern California with at least a supermarket in walking distance?

This might sound like a weird(ly specific) request. (Details edited out; see edit history if curious.) I need to move as soon as possible to somewhere in California, preferably southern California, ...
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How dangerous is Bratislava for pedestrians?

When visiting Bratislava with my friends, we've noticed that drivers go very fast, and they often don't stop when a pedestrian is crossing the street (something not imaginable in neighboring Austria). ...
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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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Red triangle, yellow jackets, etc. for rental cars in France

Our rental car in France does not have the items required by law, such as a florescent jacket and a red triangle. Should the car rental company provide these items?
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Safety tips when carrying a large sum of money [duplicate]

I made the mistake of exchanging a large sum of money before my trip to Europe. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I know it's not the best idea to carry a lot of cash while traveling. What ...
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Maps with road drivability grading

Recently I went to Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, Ireland (it is nice place, you should visit it.. but by bus of course). I went there by car. Driving on the road is a OMG-super-duper hard; I can't ...
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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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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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Is it safe to travel to Turkey at this time (August 2013)?

Given the recent protests, I'm not sure if it's safe to travel to Turkey or not. I'm no expert on these matters, so, if possible, I'd like to hear from someone familiar with those affairs or who has ...
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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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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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Carrying large amounts of cash in Japan

Is it, generally speaking, safe to carry large amounts of cash (US$4000) in Japan?
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Is the Great Dolomites Road safe to drive in October?

I will be in the Dolomites in early or mid October. I can drive a stick/manual car, but I have little experience driving in snow. Will the Great Dolomites Road be safe to drive?
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I am planning on a sight seeing trip in China during this summer, How can I keep my passport, wallet, and phone safe without overheating?

TLDR: When it's hot as hell, what's the best way to keep my passport, wallet, and keys ultra secure while keeping my decoy wallet, phone, and some folded papers relatively secure? Something I could ...
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How feasible is it to travel from Singapore all the way to London only by Train [duplicate]

Hi i am wondering how feasible (apart from economic point of view) it is to travel from Singapore to London by train and having to change to other means of transport as minimum as possible. As far as ...
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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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Tibet Xizang Travel: How to stay safe traveling alone [closed]

I heard that Tibet is an awesome place and I am considering going after I am done traveling in Kunming. However, I would be traveling alone (ie any friends will be friends I meet there rather than ...
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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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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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Safety: What data is available on crime in NYC in 2013?

After the recent hate crime in the Village (just an example) which I thought was rather safe I wanted to do some research into which intersections/streets/'hoods have higher crime rates. I seek ...
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Should I cancel my trip to Turkey due to the recent protests?

I've been planning a trip to turkey for this July. How easy would it be to avoid the areas where people are demonstrating? If I hadn't already booked my flights, I would probably postpone the trip ...
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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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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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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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Is it safe to visit Peru?

I have come by these news recently and now I am wondering how real the threat is. Is there someone who recently came back from Peru, Bolivia or Argentina and can report how the situation is? UPDATE: ...
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Is travelling to the West Bank safe?

I am currently signed up for a trip to Israel and am planning an extension to visit the West Bank, probably Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. Given that Israel recently bombed Syria and Hezbollah is ...
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What are good security tactics for sleeping in airports?

Sleeping in airports is something I've found myself doing more often than I ever expected, and while I have no issue with sleeping on the floor or chairs or whatever, sometimes I have valuable stuff, ...
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Where is the safest country in Africa? [closed]

As the title asks, which African country is safe for visiting with peace of mind?
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 ...