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From EU traffic rules for pedestrians: If, at the side of the carriageway, there are pavements (sidewalks) or suitable verges for pedestrians, pedestrians shall use them. It is recommended that domestic legislation should provide as follows: pedestrians walking on the carriageway shall keep to the side opposite to that appropriate to the ...


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All other answers are correct, but I think there is one exception: In a sharp corner with limited visibility, walk in the outer corner, regardless of traffic direction Source: Flickr, by Wally Gobetz, Creative Commons by-nc-nd. See page for more information. When you're walking here, it's safer to go in the outer corner, than in the inner corner, even ...


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In rural North America, roads without sidewalks (aka pavements) are common. In fact, so are unpaved (gravel) roads, and in winter roads narrowed by snowbanks. School children in Canada are taught to walk facing traffic: From colouring pages by Elmer. There simply is no debate. Not being able to see a car that has already passed you is irrelevant. Walk ...


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From the UK Highway Code: Rules for pedestrians 1 Pavements (including any path along the side of a road) should be used if provided. Where possible, avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If you have to step into the road, look both ways first. Always show due care and consideration for others. 2 If there is ...


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I think Death Valley is not more dangerous than other landscapes with some precautions, so some advices with addition from the offical link Drive carefully. The monotonous landscape can easily lull you into being unresponsive and the lack of visual cues means that you are in danger to drive much too fast without recognizing it. This leads to sudden crashes ...


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Firstly, it depends on the 'cable car' meaning - I take it you mean the ones hanging above the ground, instead of the San Francisco-style ones which were named one of the most dangerous forms of transportation around. So on to the type you're talking about. Safety regulations will surely differ in every country. However, since many are made in Switzerland ...


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tl;dr It boils down to this: Are you travelling with family/kids? Do you have a flexible budget (able to consider more than the cheapest options)? Are you easily annoyed or frustrated while travelling? Do you have onward travel once you have arrived in India (by road, train, connecting flights, etc.)? If the answer to any of the above is YES, I wouldn't ...


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(Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, etc) Ebola is not contagious in the same way as, say, influenza outbreaks. It's a horrible contagious disease, but it requires an exchange of bodily fluids for transmission - particularly blood, sweat, sexual fluids, vomit, bile etc. Transmission usually occurs in close proximity - between family members, sexual partners or ...


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There is an article regarding this subject in AirSpace Magazine. The basic reason is safety in case of a crash or other impact: Seat in the upright position is locked and doesn't present an issue if there is an impact During the FAA research back in 1988 it was found that bracing in the upright position is safer then in reclined. Reclined seats make it ...


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Seriously, this is not a problem. Why ? The brother of my former girlfriend was an anesthesiologist. I was interested if it is possible to have something for sleeping (I am seasick) and I got a longer speech about anesthetics. Concerning gases: If you are not an expert, trying to gas someone does either nothing, alert you immediately or kill you. Mind you, ...


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First, I would like to talk about the punishment flight part. It is a punishment not because it is a flight to India, but because it is an international round trip (or turn around) and because it is at night. So, the crew will have to manage their sleeping time before the flight to be able to wake up late to report for this long, boring international flight ...


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While I wouldn't dismiss safety procedures as unnecessary, you know very well that you will not automatically be hurt if an airline ever skimps on one. According to Wikipedia, Ryanair has had exactly one "incident and accident" in its entire history. Two crew members and eight passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries That's it. Any ...


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Apparently there seem to be some studies that say that there's a drop in flight inquires (often cited in articles is a study of Jetcost.co.uk that says it drops by something between 24 and 27%). Another study by kayak.com seems to show that the prices are between 5 and 15% lower. However, I don't know how serious those studies were as I couldn't find the ...


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As a local it'll be different, as you're living part of any conflicts. However, as a traveller sometimes you're at risk because you're naive and have no idea about how to act, where to go and what not to do in these situations. At the same time you're also sometimes not a target, depending on the circumstances. In these times, the best place to go is ...


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The reason you're finding that they only have them in Europe is gassing is not a common problem in other parts of the world. (Honestly, it's not that common in Europe either). In most dodgy parts of the world, criminals will force their way in, jimmy the locks, or just wait outside your door. Slip something in your drink, or even just blow scopolamine in ...


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I am not sure of that comment on air-conditioning, as when i have been in Vegas looking at trips like this all the rental companies said i would need to use air-conditioning in and around Death Valley! You definitely want a well maintained car, so use a reputable hire company, and you should let your contacts know your route and expected time of arrival at ...


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Cycling is generally very safe, particularly in Taito-ku. There aren't any bike lanes really but you're free to cycle on the pavement, as long as you dismount when it's too crowded. Furthermore drivers are used to cyclists, just keep tight to the left on bigger roads. Helmets are seldom worn, even by mothers with a kid on the front, one on the back and one ...


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Death Valley is one of my favorite National Parks, but I always take a few extra precautions when driving through there. Stop at the first Target or supermarket you see and buy a case (24 bottles) of water for each person. It only costs a few dollars and may save your life. You'll end up drinking it once you've left the park anyway. If you have a choice ...


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You should consult your country's travel advisories. All countries maintain such advisories, usually the state department is responsible for them. For example here is Canada's advisory on Turkey. Currently they are not advising against travel, just urging people to be cautious. Similarly the US advisory does not advice against travel but does admonish ...


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The bag is there to contain the oxygen that is flowing from a central source. The flow rate, however, is slower than the capacity of the bag. It's much like the warning, "package contents may settle during shipping" - the warning is more for people's fears than any practical purpose. Furthermore, as this link shows, the bag is also there to catch exhaled ...


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Interesting, this came up in the latest podcast from Dr Karl, a science speaker in Australia. What I learned from this is that while Ebola is very, very bad to get (90% death-rate), it has a problem. While colds transmit very easily between people because of the incubation time and infection rate, Ebola's symptoms can appear very early, and visibly ...


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Roppongi is pretty much safe, specially during daytime, just like the rest of Japan. There is an issue during night time however, just like Kabukicho (where I think it's actually worse, but I have been there only once): When you walk around those two areas, specially on the streets north and south of Roppongi crossing, you will see a lot of African ...


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I've been there a few years ago so I don't really know how recent facts affected the safety of that area but since it has always been a "conflict zone" I'll give you my two cents. Jerusalem isn't considered to be in the West Bank. Fully equipped Israeli soldiers are deployed everywhere in the city as are security cameras. It's a very sensitive area but I've ...


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Against traffic. Even with a pavement this is advised on several websites, for example, saferoutesinfo, which points out the two major reasons: To make eye-contact with drivers - even if it's a subconscious thing To give yourself the visibility of events, providing opportunity to protect yourself or to take action if a situation is developing ahead where ...


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I would go further and say this is incredibly unlikely - if anywhere is going to sting you on cost they will do it 'legitimately' (that is, 'sitdown' charges, cover fees, high drink prices, 'door' charges etc). I have a friend who works in a hostess bar, and whilst the concept is still a little sleazy, they are still businesses and stick to charging ...


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With small children, the only thing you can do is keep your attention on them at all times (to prevent accidents as much as losing them). For older children or adults, nowadays the best way is for everyone to bring a cell phone (or buy a cheap prepaid one locally). And as a fallback, agree in advance on an easy-to-find place where you'll meet if you lose ...


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I have taken these night flights from Dubai to India several times, as recent as a month ago. I did not find any passengers to be unruly or the plane to be dirty. It is true that there are many working class (construction workers, airport maintenance staff etc.) people from India in Dubai and just like everyone else, they try to save a penny when it comes to ...



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