The state of being free from danger or threat. Use with questions about things or money; when referring to people, use "safety" instead.

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How big of a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

I am visiting Prague next week and I have been told to watch out for Pickpockets. How big of a problem are said pickpockets and what can I do to prevent being robbed?
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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 ...
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What measures can one take to keep a motorcycle safe during a road trip?

I'm mostly thinking in terms of theft prevention. I have heard solutions from, "Keep her chained in the parking lot," all the way up to, "Get a ground floor hotel room and ride/push the bike inside ...
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How to secure a roll-top closure bag?

I’ve got a pretty big bag—actually, a sack into which you put your bag—with a roll-top closure system. I had never heard of it, but you can see it in action here. That one is pretty small, but they go ...
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Crime statistics of New York City neighbourhoods

This answer refers to NYC.gov as a source for crime statistics for each NYC neighbourhood. Apparently, the links is broken and I cannot find anything on the official site regarding this. Is there any ...
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How to protect myself from places that ask to hold my passport

I was looking into activities to do in Seoul and I saw a free public government sponsored bike rental. To use the rental, I need to give them some sort of ID for the duration of the rental. The ID can ...
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What personally identifiable information should I delete from my smartphone and email before travelling to a high-risk country?

I'll be travelling to Mongolia, and I've heard there's a non-trivial chance of theft. I'll be taking two Apple iPhones with me, and I'm not too concerned about the theft of the devices themselves, as ...
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Large tech allowed on Intl. flight? [duplicate]

I have a 16000mAh power bank that I use to charge my phone and iPad. I was concerned of it size being a problem for Canadian-USA border security. Is this actually a problem or will they not even care?...
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Photocopies of important documents stolen

While in Budapest, my backpack was stolen. In it I had photocopies of my passport, drivers license , train ticket, insurance policy documents and ehic, and also a journal with my credit card number ...
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What electronic items can I bring into the airplane cabin? [closed]

I want to know what items are allowed into the airplane. I know that, for example, laptops and tablets are allowed. However, what about power bank/batteries or external hard drives? My question is ...
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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 visitors....
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What's the deal with the “string people” in central Paris?

I've taken my fiancée to Paris twice - first for our 1st anniversary, and again for our 4th - and both times we had troubles with guys bothering us around the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. They hang ...
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

I will be staying at a budget hotel in southeast asia soon, I'd like to know how I can find out either beforehand or when I arrive if the hotel's safety standards are good, i.e. what to look for when '...
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My hands were scanned by a strange device during a security check at the airport. What was the purpose?

I had a plane last week from Warsaw Modlin to Barcelona and I had one untypical procedure. It's my 14th flight and I never had something similar before. At the security scan right away after I ...
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How should I send passport number and personal info to travel agent?

I am doing business travel to Canada, and the travel agent wants me to send my passport number, home address, telephone numver, and birth date via email so she can book air travel. Should I send it? ...
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Where can we store our luggage after checking out so we don't have to book an extra hotel night?

We often travel by plane, and book most of the flights very early in the morning, so we can sleep in the airport waiting for check-in. However, we have bags (just carry-on bags that low-cost ...
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How do I find hostels where I can safely store my documents while leaving the room?

We are going to watch some games in Euro 2016 France, and we want to book some hostels. apparently it is expensive to have a room for two so we want to share a bed in a doorm but we don't know the ...
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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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What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?

Especially as pertains to US airports? Is baggage checked at all once it has been loaded into the cargo hold? Otherwise, is there anything that prevents an airport employee from slipping something ...
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Able to carry on a small Swiss army knife

I usually carry around a small Swiss army kit my set of keys which contains a small knife inside the slot which is about 1 inch in height and very thin (see link for better picture, and it 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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Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?

Some of the hostels in the Gold Coast, Australia, only allow international visitors. I'm a bit surprised at this because the average Australian is not at all dangerous only dangerous in the same way ...
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Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport there are prominent No Balloons signs on each entrance to train platforms. What is the story or rationale behind that ban?
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Indian National lost passport in Malaysia

I'm from India had come to Malaysia in visiting visa near my friend to meet in between in emergency he went to India and I stay in Lodge for 6 days and I lost my passport and in 2 days my visiting ...
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Packing a cardbox box as checked luggage

As mentioned in another question, I'm planning on traveling with a desktop computer as checked baggage. After considering the options, I've decided to take it in its original cardboard box (used for ...
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Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?

Airplane bathroom: Photo by user3306356 Photo by user3306356 Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?
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Where is there security prior to boarding the Thalys?

In the aftermath of the 2015 attack on the Thalys, it was publicised that security was going to be introduced for the Thalys. Where is this? Does this affect all stations at which the Thalys calls?
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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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What is the best way to carry photographic film when travelling?

Since I still shoot analogue photos, I often find myself travelling with photographic film. Film can be sensitive to X-ray machines, depending on the "strength" of the machine, the technology, the ASA ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

Is Inner Mongolia significantly safer compared to Mongolia itself with regards to crime? I'm wondering whether to go to Inner Mongolia instead of Mongolia for safety reasons. I don't use any fancy ...
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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?

Why would a hostel I book through HostelWorld want my credit card's security code (on the back)? Are they going to use this to charge their own deposit and essentially mess around with bookings ...
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What precautions should I take when participating in Air B'n'B as a host?

I'm thinking about participating in Air B'n'B as a host. I'm not really worried about my potential guest, otherwise I wouldn't participate. However, I want to take some precautions so that I don't get ...
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Is it common practice to allow frequent flyer account access with easily available personal details?

Is it common practice for airline frequent flyer miles programs to allow account access using publicly available personal details? I've just discovered (in the most unfortunate way) that a frequent ...
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Getting from Mexico City airport to downtown easily and safely

I'm wondering about an easy and reasonably safe way to get from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) to downtown. If good public transport is available, I usually prefer that. And as I noticed ...
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Comparative safety of countries in Central America

When considering general safety for travelers visiting a foreign country, how do the Central American countries compare (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)? Are ...
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What is the name of the district that is considered to be the city center of Rome?

I'm planing to go to Rome for a visit next month. I'm searching for the city center of Rome so I can book an hostel close to it. The places that I want to visit really don't know, Rome is full of ...
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Why did airport security swab my hands with wet paper?

Before entering a commercial plane, I had to go through the usual security check at Prague airport (PRG). When I passed the metal detector, it went off. I assume it was because I forgot to take off my ...
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What are the safest bus companies in Bolivia and Chile?

I need to travel from La Paz, to Salar De Uyuni and then to Chile, and from Chile come back to Peru. For "safe", I mean reliable companies in terms of delays/broken engines but also with good ...
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What are the known potential safety issues flying with Ukranian Airlines AMS-KBP-TLV? [closed]

I'm noticing Ukrainian Airlines has some very low fares relative to other airlines for a trip I need to make (AMS to TLV and back). It's a bit of a detour, but for about $200 instead of $300 it looks ...
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Re-entering Canada after minor contact with the police there

I am an international student in Canada on a student visa and TRV. I am travelling back home now and will come back to Canada next month. I had a small issue while in Canada where I was in contact ...
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Safe place to store luggage for 5 days in Sofia, Bulgaria

My family will be in Sofia, Bulgaria mid March 2016. During our stay in Sofia we are travelling to the UK for a 6 day 'side trip' but will then return to Sofia before finally travelling home to ...
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Where to safely park a car in Hamburg for few days?

I am driving to Hamburg in few days and will stay there three days. Is there s any public, safe parking not far from the city centre? Otherwise, is there any private parking having good prices for ...
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My sister's laptop was gone when she gate-checked her bag. What can she do?

My sister was visiting for the holidays and had to gate check her bag on the return trip. Once she got her bag back, her MacBook Air and charger were gone. What recourse does she have to get the ...
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How to find where there are safety issues in Paris?

I will be travelling to Paris soon and I am worried about the safety there. I was wondering if someone could shed some light in to this situation. I don't want to make decisions without proper reasons....
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Carrying a handgun in other countries with a US concealed carry permit

I was wondering if you have a concealed carry license (U.S.), would that license apply in other countries? Or would you be breaking the other countries' laws? I also know some countries have very ...
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Managing baggage in transit at OR airport Johannesburg

I have an 8 hour wait for an international transfer at Johannesburg airport and will be changing airlines. I am very concerned about the stories of theft and tampering of luggage at this airport. How ...
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What sort of power adapter do I need to use Norwegian electronics in UK

I am going from Norway to UK for a 4 year long university course. I think the power socket is different to the one used here in Norway. Can somebody give a link (amazon.co.uk) to the power adapter I ...
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Flying with Iberia, can I carry both a piece of hand-luggage and a backpack?

okay yesterday i asked a question about how to carry my passport. i got so many suggestions, that i went and bought one bag but after i showed it to you, you told me it is still not secure. so i ...
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Is there a bag I can use to safely carry my passport and ID whilst travelling?

First of all sorry for these stupid questions, but normally my boyfriend took care of all these stuff, now I am traveling alone for the first time. When I go to the airport, they will put my bag ...
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How can you protect a fragile object like bottle of champagne in your baggage against breaking?

I tend to bring something quite fragile with me as cabin luggage. On my next journey I want to bring a special bottle of champagne (because of sentimental reasons). Unfortunately you can't bring a ...