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How do I take care of valuables on a Germany trip? [closed]

I'm traveling to Germany in the summer for a month and will be staying in hostels (as of now). I'll be having a backpack with essentials and a small briefcase with my laptop and important documents. ...
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Are there consequences to carrying an old passport together with a new passport?

I just renewed my passport. I was thinking to carry my old passport the collect this stamps like in this other question and following the recommendations of have just official stamps in my passport. ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuable belongings from theft at the beach?

I am travelling solo to Barcelona. I was wondering if anyone has any tip on how to enjoy the beach when travelling alone. As in, is it safe to leave your belongings on the beach when you go for a ...
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Collecting luggage and checking them in again?

I'll be travelling from Dusseldorf, Germany to Los Angeles (LAX), USA through Chicago (ORD), USA. So the flight will be: DUS---->ORD ~~ ORD---->LAX The layover will be in Chicago (ORD) I was ...
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Is TSA lock compulsory for travel to US?

This is my first time travelling to US. All my check-in luggages are made of hard plastic and it has two side locks with key and one number lock in the front. I do not have any bags with TSA locks. Is ...
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Travel within EU Schengen area with lost Italian residence permit card [duplicate]

A friend in Prague just contacted me asking the possibility of traveling back to Italy. He is Pakistani passport holder and lives in Italy on student residence permit. He was traveling in Prague where ...
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Can I be prosecuted in a European country while on vacation?

Obviously I know the answer is yes, but if I visited a European country and stole something there would I actually be put in jail and face trial or be deported or face trial in the US?
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Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?

I'm writing a thriller novel set in modern-day Vietnam. I need my protagonist, who's wanted for murder, to sneak illegally across the border from Vietnam to Cambodia. Where are the most porous ...
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What can someone do with a digital photo of your identity page and your US visa page? [duplicate]

I lost a USB, which includes 2 photos: My current US visa My identity page. Can someone do harm to me using these 2 photos? I still have the official physical copy of my passport.
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How to deter theft of checked baggage at baggage carousels?

This question worried me and so inspired this question. Provided that an airline traveller must rely on checked baggage, what can one dissuade or forestall such theft? Friends have confirmed that ...
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How can I secure my online activity while traveling?

We're going to travel across Asia for 16-18 months. During that time, we'll need to conduct online banking activities such as checking account balances, paying credit cards, and filing our taxes. In ...
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Immigration rules when connecting though Toronto Pearson to another Canadian airport

Please could someone help being as not very clear and this will be my first ever connection flight on my own. Basically I am flying from the UK and need to Pass though Toronto Pearson International ...
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How Safe are Train Rides in the U.S.?

I've used the train in the U.K. with no problem, but I don't know what to expect in the U.S. How safe it is to travel via train in the U.S.? For example, is it safe for me to travel from the east ...
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Security in Poland, Warsaw [closed]

Are there any districts I should avoid when renting an apartment for security (well, any other) reason? Common sense assumed.
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What happens if you bring a dangerous item to a cruiseship

Some years ago I was in a cruiseship and I saw a crew member confiscate an item from a passenger luggage when it went through the x-ray scanner. The crew member explained that the item was deemed ...
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International connecting flight in Frankfurt, operated by different airline

I am travelling from Prague to Atlanta with a connection in Frankfurt. The PRG-FRA segment is on Czech Airlines, while the FRA-ATL segment is on United. At what point(s) will I need to go through ...
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How to best respond to a request to send a passport scan by unsecured email?

It is not uncommon for travel or holiday accommodation companies to ask for a scan of your passport by email. Sometimes local laws require them to keep a record of the passport numbers of all ...
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When travelling do I have to keep the passport with me all the time? [closed]

When I travel to a country that requires passport I usualy keep it with me all the time. I've allways done this since I though it was the best practice if authorities ask my identification. Lately I ...
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Good way to avoid bus luggage stress?

Often when traveling by bus you're supposed to leave your big bag in the bottom of the bus. When there are stops before your final destination someone could just take your bag. Of course I wouldn't ...
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TSA approved keycard luggage locks that shows if it's been opened?

I want to get those keycard TSA approved luggage locks but I can't find a keycard one that has some method to notify you if it's been opened. All the you-can-know-if-opened locks that I can find are ...
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booking.com: Can multiple people manage one booking?

Well, what the title says. I have a booking but none of my payment cards works for the pre-payment. I asked a relative if I could use their card, but they are hundreds of kilometres away from me. So ...
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How to get a visa reissued in France after having lost my passport?

I am in France on a student exchange up to December 2014. My Indian passport with Schengen visa was stolen. I got a duplicate passport from Indian embassy in Paris but not from the Schengen visa. How ...
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If a passenger damages another passenger's property (accidentally) on a flight, who is responsible?

This came up after listening to a Rick Steves podcast on travel. He and I have both apparently wondered - when the passenger in front suddenly reclines their seat and nearly decapitates your laptop - ...
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Is it safe to visit Cairo in 2014? [closed]

I will have some time between flights in Cairo. I would love to visit the city but with all recent events I don't know how safe it is to visit it. Specially because it wouldbe around 20h (so night ...
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Is it ok to use a virtual credit card to buy an airplane ticket?

Lately I've been reading a lot about people who are asked for the VISA card with which they bought the flight when doing the check in. In these situations they are not allowed to board. Many of these ...
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Baggage theft rates

Do airports or airlines disclose the number of checked-in baggage thefts reported by passengers every year, and is there a central database where one can find and compare those numbers?
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Is there any way to tell if someone has been through our hotel room?

I ask this question because I frequently go on lengthy trips, and we bring a lot of stuff. For this reason, we use Do Not Disturb signs. But when we get back to the hotel rooms after exploring a ...
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Is the Cairo airport safe at night?

Tomorrow I will take a flight from Rome Fiumicino to Cairo Airoport that leaves at 10.35 PM and arrives at 2.35 AM in Cairo, Terminal 1A. Someone will send a taxi to catch me at the airport, but I ...
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What are police procedures in France when the victim is a traveler?

I have a friend who went to France a few days ago. Now I have received the following message from a friend of hers: "Hello, I'm Amanda's friend (fictional name) and I received a call from where she ...
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What can I do about a laptop stolen out of luggage in transit?

My uncle was coming to visit me in Ecuador and bringing a laptop for me. It was in his checked bags, but somewhere between Panama City, Panama, and Quito, Ecuador, it was stolen out of his luggage. ...
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Immigration found my friend's passport already in use

My friend have an Indian passport. He has applied for visa in a country. That country has rejected his visa saying there is another person with the same name and passport no in their country and their ...
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Security situation along I-75 on Florida's Gulf Coast

I am talking a drive up through Florida, via Naples and up past Tampa. Are there areas I should avoid staying in? For example neighbourhoods I should for example not rent a motel in?
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My lost credit card was used to book a hotel room in my name

I lost some of my belongings, including a leather bag, credit card, laptop, etc. As I realized my card is missing, I called the credit company and closed that account, but before that happened, ...
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Entry to U.S with criminal record

Six or seven years ago I was in the USA for W&T programme. I did a very stupid thing and was convicted for petty theft in Florida. I still have a pending fine, around 400 USD. I came back to my ...
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How to dry out a wet passport?

I'm sure I'm not the first traveller to experience this, so here goes... Hostel last night I had my passport in my laptop case with my laptop. Unfortunately this was under the aircon unit, which ...
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Airport security: what if I carry an item with traces of explosive?

One day I was travelling from UK to Switzerland, the security officer at Gatwick airport check (with a kind of swab) all my electronic devices (mainly phone and camera chargers + cables) to see if it ...
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Eurostar security control: Taking pocket knife for camping

I want to go camping in the UK. A Swiss army knife, or any pocket knife, is standard equipment to go camping. Now I'm wondering if border control will allow me to go through, with a knife in my ...
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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 chemicals does airport security use as markers?

I recently travelled to the USA from Asia. When I arrived in Detroit they marked my E-cigarette with a clear colorless liquid using a small paint brush used for water colors. What chemical(s) do they ...
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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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Flying with a bass guitar [duplicate]

I have a Ibanez SR300 bass and a hard case for it. I will be travelling from Bangalore, India to Washington DC in a couple of months and I am wondering how to take my guitar along. Can I check it in? ...
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Where to store a laptop while doing few days trips during a long-term travel?

What options are available when you travel with your laptop (e.g. to work a few days while in town) but you don't want to carry it with you when doing small excursions (few days, weeks)? A laptop can ...
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I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?

My Mother just returned from a two week trip to New Zealand today. When she arrived back home in the States it was pointed out that the page with her signature in her passport was ripped out making it ...
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What should I do if I feel the pilot is guiding the flight in the wrong direction? [closed]

With the current news about the aviation industry, it's a bit scary to travel by flight. But I have no choice as I need to go back home. :) So now I'm thinking that while I'm inside the flight, if 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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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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Electronic devices security on airplanes

I will soon fly from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways. Since the flight is long, I would like to bring my laptop and my Kindle to work or read during the 11-hour journey. However, I am a ...
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If travelling through excessively cold regions, what steps should you take to keep your vehicle warm enough to drive?

Given the polar storm over the US at present, and temperatures hitting record lows, there's already reports of stranded motorists. I've once been in a situation where we needed to keep our engine ...
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When backpacking, what is the best way to protect my valuables? [duplicate]

What is the best way for me to protect my valuables on my upcoming trip to Europe? I will not have the luxury of staying in Hotels all of the time, and will be backpacking a lot of the time. I have ...
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Why would your passports be collected on buses in Chile?

A colleague is travelling in Chile at present, and on a bus trip from San Pedro de Atacama to Arica, the bus driver insisted on collecting and holding on to all their passports for the duration of the ...