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

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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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Can you get sucked tight on a plane's toilet?

The sounds of flushing an airplane's toilet can be quite intimidating. When going to the toilet on a plane, I am always a bit cautious of accidental flushing. If so, do you risk being sucked stuck to ...
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Is it possible to travel safely from Istanbul to Moscow with a UK passport? [closed]

I want to visit 2 great cities, Istanbul and Moscow, but how can I travel safely between them? Does anyone know if it is possible for a UK tourist to travel through Georgia? What about a ferry ...
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Are there any airlines that still allow smoking on-board flights?

Do any airlines still allow smoking on-board international flights, or is this something that has been banned across the board everywhere? If this is because of fire hazard regulations, what about ...
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Southwest USA - Dangerous Animal Precautions?

In summertime, I'll be travelling around Southwest USA into various national parks and to other rural attractions (including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Death Valley, Mono Lake, Yosemite, ...
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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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“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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Khojand to Dushanbe - cost vs danger?

Currently in Khojand, Tajikistan and wanting to take a taxi or something tomorrow to Dushanbe. The taxi drivers here are like vultures - I was surrounded by the horde of them at the station outside ...
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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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What to expect in Detroit in terms of personal safety?

We are going to visit Detroit soon. I'm not afraid but I would like to be prepared to any kind possible violence. Are there districts to avoid and time of day to keep your eyes open?
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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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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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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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Can Albania be considered secure?

Can Albania be considered secure? How secure is Albania (particularly in the mountains) compared to countries like Ukraine or Romania? What security issues should a traveller take into account, such ...
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Tibet: Safe for Traveling? [closed]

I think that there is a general consensus that Tibet is unsafe for traveling. I somehow feel, though, that the majority of people who claim Tibet is unsafe are either somewhat prejudiced (Han ...
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London night bus safety

In a few days, I will be traveling alone from London Heathrow to King's Cross station at about 1am via night bus. I have read a lot of conflicting information on the safety of night busses, and I have ...
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Is it safe to travel in Japan considering the nuclear situation?

Are there any areas that should be avoided and are there any steps I should take to protect myself from radiation?
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What do travellers to England need to know about social class?

One aspect that British society is known for its social class system, but how does this apply to foreigners? I will be in London and Manchester for a week, and knowing which neighbourhoods to avoid or ...
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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 airplane is the safest?

Is there some source or research on crash statistics for each type of airplane? For example I want to know the number of crashes, fatalities, and the dates. I want to know which type of airplane has ...
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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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Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?

I've now been to Japan I think seven times in the past fifteen years, for durations between 24 hours and three months. I had always found Japan matches or exceeds reports of being perhaps the safest ...
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What are the safety benefits of life rafts on planes?

There's talk of Qantas removing life rafts from flights not more than 400 nautical miles from the coast (presumably of Australia): Qantas considering ditching life rafts: claim What are the safety ...
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Should I use a lockable suitcase in India?

In some countries, there is the risk that people add illegal drugs to your luggage in an unobserved moment. One way to prevent that is to use lockable suitcases so that you at least have a proof ...
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Travelling to Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos with kids

My wife and I are planning to go to Peru and Ecuador. And also would like to visit Galapagos while we are there so I have quite a few questions but will start with 2: Is it worth it to bring a 6 ...
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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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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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How safe is it to visit Fiji and travel around Viti Levu in a car rental?

I've been wanting to visit Fiji for awhile, rent a car and travel around the bigger island (Viti Levu). I was wondering how safe it is from corrupt police/military (there was a coup d'etat recently) ...
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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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Using an Amazon Kindle onboard a flight?

Airlines don't let you use electronic devices when the plane is taking off/landing. Let's suppose I have a Kindle 3, and I have turned off wireless (i.e. both Wifi and GSM/3G is off). Since you ...
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Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?

Given the superstitious nature of some travellers, are flights cheaper on Friday the 13th? image source from Wikipedia I have some anecdotal evidence of this, including a friend who moved ...
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Practical aspects of security when travelling in India

This question is asked about travel in India as there may be useful specifics I can learn. It will probably also be useful elsewhere. Notes at the end explain my general circumstances. I intend to ...
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Flying through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow considering current situation?

At the end of next month I will be going from Asia through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow to some other European country. The carrier of choice is Aeroflot. Considering what is happening now between ...
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Should I avoid overnight flights from Dubai to India?

In summer, I'm flying from Europe to India. A friend of mine told me to avoid overnight flights from Dubai to India, because, as he argues, these flights are prone to unruly passengers, dirty ...
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Is motor transportation in Jakarta dangerous? [closed]

While being in Jakarta will be dealing with motorized vehicles, whether your are walking, in a car, or in a motorcycle. If you take the taxi for instance, you will notice cars don’t have a safety belt ...
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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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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge, Aztec two step, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey Squirts or The McSh-- in ...
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How do you avoid “tourist traps” when traveling to a country where you do not speak the language?

Too many easily accessible restaurants and attractions cater heavily to tourists, and, in doing so, create an environment that they feel will be comfortable to people from other cultures. Spending ...
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Is it safe to hang out at a bus station for 1-2 hours in Guatemala City?

My wife and I are going to be vacationing in Guatemala. She has been already down there for a month as part of a study abroad program and I am meeting her. She'll be coming in on the ADN bus from Xela ...
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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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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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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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Just what is unhealthy in the water in Mexico?

I've looked everywhere from guidebooks to the CDC website, but haven't been able to find out what is in the water in Mexico that makes it unhealthy to drink. I'm asking because my backpacking water ...
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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 tea and coffee on the street safe to drink in India?

There are many street tea/coffee sellers around India, and although the water has been boiled at some point, often the pots are out for a long time. The clay cups are also lying around in the dust. Is ...
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Is it safe to travel to Tunisia/Tunis with the current news? (March 2014)

Created October 2013, Updated February 2014 looking for new answers due to "rapidly changing event" There was a suicide bombing recently near a hotel in Tunis. Also reading the news, it seems they ...
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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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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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Traveling in the Philippines after Haiyan (Feb 2014)

Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of the Philippines in November 2013. What are current practical effects of that? Are there areas which should be avoided by a backpack traveler? I'm willing to ...