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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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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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How to stay safe in Mexico City [closed]

At the end of the month I will be traveling to Mexico City for a weekend. My spanish is okay and I don't really plan on venturing out of the tourist areas. I want to visit Tenochtitlan and some of the ...
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Are foreigners targeted in the Xinjiang / Uyghur related violence in Western China?

Recently here has been a fairly steady occurrence of violent events in Xinjiang or attributed to separatists from Xinjiang in other parts of the country. Perhaps the biggest or most known took place ...
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Is trekking safe in south Slavic countries?

This summer, I want to go trekking with some friends (not in mountains). There are 3-4 of us and we have some experience in trekking in Western and Northern Europe, two months in total. We though ...
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Sierra Leone: risk of sharks?

I am planning to visit Sierra Leone. I have seen some pictures and the beaches are awesome. They have beautiful and appealing islands for diving and snorkeling. Is there a serious threat of shark ...
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How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?

I am planning to visit San Francisco but I am unsure about public transport reliability and safety, being a lone female traveller. How good and safe is public transport in San Francisco?
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Travelling to Bend, Oregon from Portland in winter

I will be travelling from Portland (more specifically Hillsboro (Tanasbourne)) to Bend, Oregon for a weekend ski trip. I have not done this route before and know of a couple ways via car to get there. ...
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Is it safe to arrive at Amboseli National Park (Kenya) at night? [closed]

I'm wondering if it's safe to drive to Amboseli at night. We are planning to leave Nairobi at around 3pm Saturday to our lodge, which is located near the Amboseli National Park (not within the park ...
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Which is safer in the event of a crash - forward-facing or rear-facing train seats?

Assuming you're on a train which crashes, are there statistics about which is a safer seat: facing forwards, or facing backwards?
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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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Can you safely travel the silk route?

Looking at Marco polo's silk route Noticing it goes through Syria, Israel, and Afghanistan, I was wondering if there is the possibility to travel the silk road like Marco Polo, by avoiding war ...
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Cape Verde: any safety alerts regarding hasslers, con men, thieves or muggers specific to this region?

I'm travelling to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese) & want to know what expectations I should have regarding possible hasslers, con men, thieves or muggers. Some countries/locations in the ...
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How can one visit an isolated island?

If I want to spend a few days on an isolated (but not deserted) island, what are my options? I know that there are several deserted islands near and around New York, New Jersey and Maryland. I am not ...
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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 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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How safe are Patzcuaro and Paracho in Michoacan, Mexico?

About fifteen years ago I had a very memorable Day of the Dead / Dia de los muertos in Patzcuaro, Mexico. I've been recommending it to people for years as a great place to go in Mexico to experience ...
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Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?

The Jesus Trail in Israel is a 65km hiking and pilgrimage trail in Israel that traces the route Jesus is meant to have walked. I'm not that knowledgable about the different areas of Israel / ...
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Is China Airlines safe?

I live in Sydney and I have bought a flight from Sydney to Christchurch - New Zealand next month. The company is China Airlines (CI) and I got concerned when I saw some lists considering it the least ...
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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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Tactics to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police?

In Uzbekistan I was stopped, searched and questioned six times in one day. At the border with Tajikistan, one official tried hiding my paperwork to elicit something from me. In Kyrgyzstan, I was ...
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Can code shares significantly decrease flight safety?

Am I likely to have a significantly less safe flight than I'd expect based on the booked airline's safety record because of code sharing? I'm kind of asking if I can book with Rain Man endorsed ...
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Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?

On my upcoming trip I'll be starting in Asia and would love to travel overland to Europe, especially via Iran. Usually I'm not scared or intimidated by "dangerous" destinations. China is a breeze and ...
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Is Egypt currently safe for Americans 2014/2015? [closed]

I plan on taking a trip to Egypt in 2015. With the current state of the world (ISIS, Etc), would Egypt be considered safe right now? We would hit all the major places, such as Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, ...
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Are trains unsafe in Asia/SE Asia? [closed]

I want to travel via train from Beijing to Paris. How safe is this? Do the trains ever get held up, robbed, people kidnapped, etc? What about in Southeast Asia--trains in Thailand, Laos, Burma, ...
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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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Is it safe/possible for a long haired guy to visit North Korea?

I would like to visit North Korea someday, because it is a rather unique country. However, I am guy with a long hair which I am unwilling to cut and I've heard that they are strongly enforcing gender ...
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As an Israeli with dual EU citizenship, which passport to use to go to Jordan?

I have a very distinctive Jewish name and a dual Israeli-EU citizenship. I wonder what is the safest way to go to visit Jordan. With my Israeli passport, as an Israeli, I would be probably looked ...
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Appropiate way to safely transportate heavy laptop during flight? [duplicate]

I flew a long range flight carrying my laptop, a quite heavy one, inside a neoprene briefcase on the passenger cabin. The recommendation by the aircrew is to place them in the compartments above or ...
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The safest, cheapest way to get to MEX airport from UNAM

I need help choosing a good, ie safe and cheap, way to get from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) to Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) at night. I was thinking about taking the ...
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How to convince airport security that I am not dangerous when having metallic parts in my body?

I had an operation some time ago and now I have small screws in my shoulder which will not be removed anymore. When I decided to fly for vacation, I supposed that these will may bring me into trouble ...
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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 attendant approached me and told me that this seat is unsafe and I ...
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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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Is there a risk of contracting Ebola on a ferry ride from Spain to Morocco? [duplicate]

I will be traveling from Spain to Morocco on the ferry this month, and I'm trying to see how dangerous as far as getting Ebola on this ferry? And are there any safety precautions on this ferry in ...
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Is the Pamir highway passable in early October?

A friend of mine is planning a trip through "the 'Stans" including the Pamir Highway but given its extreme altitude he is worried about whether it will be open or passable or safe at the beginning of ...
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Can I get warfarin in Tajikistan (or nearby?)

I've run into a major problem, requiring urgent Warfarin. However, am in Khorog, Tajikistan, and there's NONE in town, and the pharmacist at the hospital believes there to be none in the country, ...
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Family travel in Thailand - is it safe, can we improvise?

We are planning a group trip to Thailand for three weeks in July/August. We are two families with 3 12 year old daughters and 1 7 year old boy. We are doing a lot of research in terms of what to ...
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Is it currently safe to travel to and live in Kyiv, Ukraine? [closed]

I am U.S. citizen considering possible relocation to Kyiv, Ukraine for a new job. Is it safe for Americans to live in Kyiv? Is there any serious chance of a major escalation of the current ...
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Are wild dogs really a problem in Samoa?

Of all the dangers to worry about when visiting a foreign country, I did not consider packs of stray dogs roaming the streets and attacking people. But apparently this is a thing: Stray dogs are a ...
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Is it safe to travel in Gabon?

Is it safe to travel overland through Gabon? Which dangers can I expect except from malaria? Spin-off from What's a good way t oget from Douala to Brazzaville/Kinshasa with terrestrial public ...
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Traveling from Panama to Ecuador [duplicate]

How can I safely travel from Panama to Ecuador without flying? I am bussing south through Mexico and Central America to Panama City, and wish to continue to Ecuador.
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Which parts of Southern Thailand are safe from violence?

I'm planning to travel by land from Langkawi to Ko Samui (which would include ferry to Satun, bus to Hat Yai and train to Surat Thani), but in Thai Railway Guide (effective 24th May 2014) we can read ...
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Is Iran safe to visit? [duplicate]

Is Iran safe to visit? Since Iraq shares its border with Iran, are there any signs or news of penetration of ISIS or ISIL or IS whatever you call them, inside Iran? Is it politically stable? And also, ...
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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 it safe to travel through Congo-Brazzaville?

Is it safe to travel overland through Congo Brazzaville? (Not DR Congo.) Which dangers can I expect except from malaria? Spin-off from What's a good way t oget from Douala to Brazzaville/Kinshasa ...
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Trip to the Everglades National Park [closed]

I am going with my wife on a one week cruise in January from Ft Lauderdale. I arrive in the US and Ft Lauderdale a few days before the cruise for a quick visit to Key West. I was first thinking that ...
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How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?

I'm planning a holiday to Indonesia and want to visit multiple islands. I had thought to take ferries between the different islands. However, a lot of people have told me bad things about the ferries ...
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Is It safe around Old Market area in Bristol? [closed]

I am a newly UK resident/worker and looking for a place (for me and my wife-but no kids) in Bristol and found some flats at a Saints Court. I did not read bad words about Old Market, St Jude or St ...
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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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Safest driving route from Dunedin to Queenstown, NZ

I'm flying down to NZ's first Bitcoin conference on Friday, 31st October and will rent a car from Dunedin airport. I'm planning to either drive direct on Friday night or set off very early Saturday ...