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Mount Athos, in Greece, does not permit women to enter. Wikipedia explains the rationale behind this prohibition as Monks feel that the presence of women alters the social dynamics of the community and therefore slows their path towards spiritual enlightenment. However, you may want to refine your question. For example, most restrooms are divided on ...


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India does have a well-documented problem with sexual assault and harrasment directed at women. So I start off with the basics: Try to avoid walking on streets that are not well-lit. This can be more of a problem than you think because the infrastructure in sections of big cities and / or smaller towns can be bad. Know the emergency numbers. Police can be ...


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Non-airconditioned classes tend to have less strict ticket checks starting with the lowest class and gradually increasing till the highest class. Unreserved coaches are usually jam-packed with no place to sleep; you often have to travel standing even at night and not advised. Three-tier non-AC (three bunk beds in one 'column') and second class / two-tier ...


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According to the producer of the backpacks: “SL“ stands for Slim Line. The entire pack, including the carrying system, is designed with a woman’s physique in mind, but can also be used by anyone with a smaller torso and frame. Features of the SL system: A slightly shorter back length (to accommodate a shorter torso). The SL back system ...


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As an Indian and a woman who has travelled a lot on Indian trains, I must tell you that train travel in India, even for solo women travellers, is largely safe. Sure, there are reported instances of theft, harassment - but where do you not hear them? My advice: travel either by 2 tier or 3 tier A/C coaches. In sleeper or non-A/C classes, especially in North ...


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In most Muslim countries, keeping the arms and legs (and of course the cleavage) covered would be considered completely sufficient, especially for someone who is visibly a foreigner. Some (e.g. Turkey, at least the bigger cities) are much more tolerant and nobody will feel offended by bare arms or legs. The strictest dress code exists in Saudi Arabia, ...


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No, driving for women in Saudi Arabia is not allowed regardless of the nationality. What bothers me is, there is no clear rule in Saudi regarding driving for women, it is just not allowed! someone came up with this idea years ago and this idea still rules! that's why the police gets confused when they have a case about this, they do not know what to do! ...


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Léon is a small, and somewhat ugly city, and therefore not much of a tourist attraction, so most of the tourist-fraud schemes won't be common there. I have spent many months there, and will be visiting again the end of next week. I don't know your nationality, or how you'll be arriving (by air, bus, driving), so I can only offer a few general suggestions. ...


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All stadiums in Iran are man-only places and women do not have a permission to come in and watch games like football, volleyball, or basketball if the game is between men teams. All beaches of Persian Gulf and on Iran side of the Caspian sea are man-only for swimming except for women who have complete Islamic cover. There are also some small places for ...


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The Riyadh Women University campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could qualify as an answer to your question. Its new campus can accommodate 40,000 (female-only) students and 12,000 (female-only) employees. There are only women because of the Saudi laws of sex segregation. Inaugurated in June 2011, it spreads over 8 million square meters (2,800 km²) with 800 ...


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Skirts specifically are not required, but modest dress certainly is, mostly in religious sites: churches like St. Peter's in the Vatican, major temples in Thailand and India, mosques pretty much anywhere if they're even open to visitors, etc. From the Vatican's official site: Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's ...


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Over the last few years I have traveled alone in touristed areas of Delhi, Kerala & Rajasthan. I am a 29 year old Caucasian woman. I have travelled alone extensively in Europe, North & Central America. I never felt unsafe, but I followed some basic rules. Activities: I did not go out alone at night. I mostly didn't go out at night except in the ...


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Definitely not in Jordan, except in places like a mosque where you may want to show some respect but it would be enough to put a light foulard on your head. However, other countries may be more strict about this.


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There is no special procedure or any extra document needed for minors to cross the German border (you do need a passport/ID card and, possibly, a visa). Note that if you don't leave the international transit area, you probably won't have to go through a passport check at all and if you are an EU citizen, you should not be asked any question (or at least ...


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Both Buddhist and Christian traditions have women-only convents or monasteries, also known as nunneries. Some of these are nowadays partially open to visitors, such as the Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong or the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. I don't know whether these are the most authentic or noteworthy, though. An entirely different possibility: ...


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This totally depends on the country, each country has different rules. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to Knife legislation. Check the countries you will visit before brining your knife with you. Same thing goes for pepper spray, it is different from one country to another, again Wikipedia has a page dedicated to pepper spray. Stun guns are a bad choice as ...


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The Melbourne Club is a private men's only club in Australia. This is not the kind of thing you would visit as a traveller though. But, considering the people who have been a part of this club, it does highlight how sexism affects the power-balance even in a relatively enlightened country like Australia. There are undoubtedly hundreds of other similar ...


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The women's backpacks have different shape to accommodate for the fact that most women have narrower chest, so women's backpacks are generally narrower. Some have shoulder straps shaped differently (S-shape) not to go on top of breasts. Same goes for the shape of the hip belt to accommodate for different shape of men's and women's hips. Also general size ...


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I've stayed in Warsaw for a week as a tourist last year and slept in many dorms in central/eastern Europe. Is it safe to stay in a dorm? First of all: check the reviews of the dorm you've selected (there are many websites to do that). It'll give you an idea of the "risk" encountered. Security may vary a lot depending on the location of the building. ...


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The Herbertstraße "Herbert street" in Hamburg (only in German). It is a street where prostitutes are offering themselves to suitors, sitting in the windows. The street itself has screens so noone outside can look into the street. There are red signs which prohibit to enter the street for minors and women. While in former times both minors and women were in ...


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It is always hard to tell about safety because people have very different criteria about safety. Having used the public transportation, buses in particular, in San Francisco, including poorer neighborhoods, I would consider it safe. I am a tall white man though, so the feeling of security might be different. San Francisco buses are the places that show the ...


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As @MeNoTalk already mentioned, the answer differs from country to country. I was expecting that the answer be that both are not allowed. Apparently even pepper spray is allowed in some EU countries. Personally I would say both are really drastic measures to protect yourself and unnecessary. In general you would not need those to protect yourself. In ...


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There are similar answers, but mine is more about Asian sights. If you are visiting Buddhist places, temples do not really force male or female to wear specific clothing, but too revealing cloths are frowned upon by locals. If you plan to visit a Buddhist place, try not to wear shorts, bikini, etc. Anything that covers until your knees and covers shoulders ...


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Sleeping in dorms / hostels Relating dorms specifically in Warsaw I can't answer but I have stayed in all kind of dorms and never had any trouble. Of course you hear stories and strange things really happen. I remember a guy once, in the next room, whose belongings were stolen. This was classified as a safe hostel by the reviews. In the end it's up to you ...


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All of the city centres in Morocco's metropolitan cities are basically as safe as any other city. Tangier, for example, has cleaned up its act a lot. Most safety tips are 'generic' non-gender specific, like stay alert when using an ATM or walking on poorly lit streets after dark. A few tips pertinent to women, however, are... Train and bus travel - ...


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Categorically NO! I am a woman, I live in Iran, I go skiing EVERY week, I wear the same gear I wear when I ski in Europe or in the US. I am never, ever accompanied by men. Funnily enough, the slopes are the least 'Islamic' places in Iran and it is really amazing to see what young (unmarried) men and woman get up to there - it would make any Westerner ...


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Avoid Sleeper class. It's always crowded, and vendors keep streaming in and out. AC coaches are safer and they also have an attendant (though may be be difficult to get hold of most of the times). Second AC has two berths per side. There are curtains on all sides for privacy, but this may or may not pose some other problems. Third AC is ok, with no ...


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The place doesn't have to be particularly large, but there has to be a cause of it being mostly female. At the (gorgeous) Pärnu beach in Estonia, there's a somewhat large section for women. Photo by me, July 2012 The sign doesn't explicitly state it, but apparently men should stay out, sadly. :)


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Few points: While on the road, try to dress like Indian women. No, this does not mean that you have to wear a saree or a veil. Get a loose Kurta-Salwar (a long tunic that covers below the hips) stitched with a proper Duppata (shawl.) Use the Duppatta to cover your head, back and chest. Your attire should draw less attention towards yourself. ...



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