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I doubt you have much to worry about. While yes there are some neighborhoods, in the bigger cities like Tampa, that might not be the best place for travelers, the chances of finding a decent hotel in those areas is pretty low. In the bigger cities the majority of areas with a choice of hotels will be either business or tourist areas and as such basically ...


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There are resources available online that map crime in larger metropolitan areas such as: Spot Crime Raids Online and and few others. You can start reviewing them to see where particular crime you're concerned about is clustered and avoid those areas. I have not been able to find similar statistics for the Rural areas but doesn't mean that these are ...


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The info I got from hotel showed that it charged $1 to my card This is an authorization rather than a charge; it indicates that the hotel checked to see whether your card was valid, but does not tell you whether they submitted an actual charge. As it is only a dollar it will have no practical effect and you should expect it to "fall off" on its own. ...


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You don't indicate in which country or at which institution the card account is held, or what type of card it is. All of these factors may affect your liabilities. (For example, your liability on a lost/stolen U.S.-based credit card is up to $50 if the loss or theft of the card is reported after transactions have been made. But your liability is $0 if only ...


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I would call your credit card helpdesk for advice. I had a similar issue some time ago and disputed the transaction. That resulted in a reimbursement and a request to the seller (in you case that would be the hotel in the US) to prove that I approved the initial payment with either my signature, official ID or PIN authorized transaction. Usually transactions ...


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You are sort of right. People who don't need visas to enter can be turned away if the agent believes their visit will be for the wrong reasons, such as being a "stay risk" who wants to immigrate rather than visit. People who show up with visas can be turned away if the agent believes the visa was obtained by lying (such as arranging a tourist visa but ...


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You should have no problems in the mountains and rural areas. Actually, people are usually very friendly and they will be curious about you (specially if you look like a foreigner). In Tirana, Durrës and other cities you might find someone trying to scam you, like pretending they just found a ring you dropped or distracting you with a game while someone ...


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A substitute for silica is rice - that is more easily available. Submerge your passport in rice with all the pages separated.


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One very fast and reliable way it to simply leave your open passport next to a fan - put a fan onto a table and put the passport onto some raised object in front of the fan. Once the pages closest to the fan dry out (which is like in half an hour) you can proceed to other pages. Alternatively you can interleave the pages with something like pens or similar ...


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You could dry the pages with paper towels as much as possible, then hang it to dry on a string with the pages spread out or separated by bits of paper towel- don't leave them in contact with each other wet or they may stick together. Change the paper towels for dry ones periodically as it dries. You could also put it in a container with some silica gel, but ...



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