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 best to prevent data loss while travelling?

For my next long holidays I have some massive travel plans. I'll spend some months in remote areas and I plan to take a lot of pictures with my digital camera. Although my SD card is kinda big, I ...
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How safe is Vesterbro, Copenhagen? [closed]

I am going to stay alone at the Zleep hotel in the Vesterbro area in Copenhagen in October. Reading reviews of the hotel I see reports of lots of prostitutes and homeless drug addicts hanging around ...
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Help re protocol on landing at JFK? [duplicate]

im a single traveller going to NYC for an adventure and landing at JFK in three weeks. Im a complete novice and have no idea what to expect when I land, what do I do first? what security do I have to ...
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How to protect valuable objects in sleeping car from being stolen [duplicate]

Strange things happen at night in sleeping cars in a train. Strangers enter your cabin accidentially, smugglers hiding cigarettes, someone is sleeping in your bed when you've been away for some ...
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Preparing home for your trip

I was wondering how I can prepare my rental apartment for a two-week long trip. It's a rental apartment therefore I don't want to invest in any expensive equipment for surveillance. I rather would ...
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Fixing an opened TSA lock [closed]

I recently traveled from USA to India with a layover in London (British Airways). I had locked each one of my check-in luggage with a TSA lock. One of my luggage bags seems to have been opened for ...
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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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Overnight train luggage safety concerns in Europe

I've heard that in some overnight trains, rooms don't lock (no door); instead its just a curtain. This means thieves can get in and out easily. Is this true? If so, how do my friends and I keep ...
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Security issues for a girl travelling solo around Europe [closed]

I am an 18 year old girl from Hong Kong thinking of travelling to Europe for a month. My parents are worried about letting me out and the security problems in a foreign place. My English is okay but ...
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Is it safe to keep luggage in a car in London and nearby areas? [closed]

My wife and I will be travelling to London in a few months. While we're there, we're going to get a rental car to go see a few things outside of the city. We'll be staying in a different hotel during ...
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Why do many European dwellings have such thorough security? [closed]

I'm a U.S. citizen who has visited Western Europe a number of times. Each visit, I've noticed subjectively that apartments and hotel rooms often have more "heavy-duty" security than I would expect on ...
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Egypt/Cairo holiday in Sept 15 [closed]

My husband and I are due to fly to Egypt on Sept 15 and have a trip to Cairo booked I'm very worried with all the trouble there is it safe to go?
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Why are there no courier services or box-rentals near airport security?

It would be helpful for people not to just throw away their unsafe-for-flight things. I am talking about pocket knives, razors, scissors etc. not haz-mat substances. For example, a new Victorinox can ...
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Is it safe to leave my luggage in a baggage deposit? [closed]

I'm spending 2 days in Prague, and I'd like to leave my huge bag (with my laptop) in the Prague airport baggage deposit. Is it safe to do that (theft-wise), or should I always be carrying my ...
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What are the main safety threats to be aware of in South Africa as a tourist? [duplicate]

I have been looking in to arranging a short backpacking trip around South Africa later this year. From what I have read both on the internet and in travel guides, and talking to South Africans it's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a resource for crime statistics in Spain - especially robbery

I'm going to visit Spain, and my wife is very worried about thieves in Spain. What cities should we be aware of? Are there any ways to protect myself from them? eg Barcelona has a reputation for ...
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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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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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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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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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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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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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Is the TSA Lock acceptable in European Airports?

I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys) How about Europe? ...
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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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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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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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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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How secure is the Shanghai Airport left luggage facility?

I would like to leave a large suitcase at Shanghai's Pudong airport for about a week. Official Luggage Service Website of Pudong airport Can anyone comment on the service as to whether it was ...
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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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Is it safe to stay outside the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris?

I'm planning on staying in Paris with my wife for a few days in April. I've found a number of hotels for a reasonable price and with overall good reviews on TripAdvisor. But all of them are located in ...
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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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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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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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How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they *somehow* get access to your confirmation code?

How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they somehow get access to your confirmation code? Of course, keeping the confirmation code secret is the most important ...
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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, ...