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Keeping out of danger, risk, or injury. Use with questions about people; when referring to things, use "security" instead.

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Why does the Shanghai Maglev train cabin have a power bar and a portable fan? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for the Shanghai Maglev train depicts the train cabin: The power bar and portable fan (on the left) look slapdash, and makes me doubt this train's safety.
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Driving with a rental car from Larnaca to Northern Cyprus [duplicate]

I am travelling to Republic of Cyprus. I am planning to rent a car in Larnaca and travel to Northern Cyprus as well. I have called several big rental companies (Hertz, Sixt, Europcar) and learned that ...
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Why seat belts, and not five-point harnesses? [closed]

For car travel, it is mandatory in many countries that small children be strapped in carseats with a multi-point harness system. However, I have not seen such a system for adults in a normal (ie non-...
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Why are there no seat belts on trains?

Long distance trains are travelling at potentially dangerous speeds. However, I have never encountered seat belts, airbags or similar on trains at least in Central Europe, even though this is common ...
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Can I wear earplugs during take off and landing?

During a recent flight, I was asked by an attendant during take off to remove my earplugs. My question is: is it forbidden to wear earplugs during take off and landing? If so, why?
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Is Israel less safe right now (05/2018) tha the last year? [closed]

I should travel to Tel-Aviv (and stay there) for a couple weeks due to work. AFAIK it's as safe as any western country, but some people shows doubts due to the recent increase of tension with ...
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Is it safe for people of other ethnicities to visit Hungary? [closed]

I want very much to visit Budapest, but I've also been hearing a lot about the political climate under the current government, which seems hostile to foreigners and ethnic minorities. Is it safe to ...
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Safety in Tokyo and Ueda

I'm travelling to Japan in February next year. To be precise to either Kawasaki or Yokohama. Are there specific areas we should avoid for safety reasons in Tokyo and Ueda? Thanks in advance.
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Where to get travel advisories for Taiwan?

I am an Indian citizen who may travel to Taiwan in a couple of months. I have been trying to figure out travel advisories for Taiwan. Now from what little info I have been able to gather, it seems ...
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I'm a man with long hair. Am I likely to encounter harassment or other problems in Moscow?

First of all, I am really sorry if what I am asking seems prejudiced or offends someone. I really have no intension to cause any harm. I will be for a summer school in Moscow for about 3 weeks, from ...
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Can I walk around Easter Island alone at night?

I wanted to spend some time alone and I'd love to see the island outside Hanga Roa and without other tourists during the night. I know wild camping is illegal (all the island is either National Park ...
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How to protect yourself better against knife-crime in London?

We love London and we like to holiday there every year. Lately, I keep hearing about Knife-crime in London and it clearly is on the rise. We have a 4-year old child with us and I would like to ...
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As a tourist, can one rent a gun in the US? [duplicate]

A conversation this week at work reminded me of this question about buying a gun in the US, and the question was asked if instead, you could rent instead of buying? (Politics and amendments aside, ...
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How suicidal are “suicide showers?”

Some people refer to the showers commonly found in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia which have an electric heating element built into the head as "suicide showers" due to the apparent risk of ...
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Storage of important documents in Mexico

I'm going to Mexico soon on a solo trip and I want to explore the country as much as I can. One concern for me is my residence permit. I need it to come back to France (where I actually live). If I ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

I'm working on the arrangements to move my household. I will need to drive a large moving truck from Kansas to Oregon in early June. I'm concerned that driving such a large truck through the ...
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Is it currently safe to travel through Sri Lanka?

Next week I will fly to Colombo and I will travel around (Kandy, Ella, Tissa and along the south-west coast back to Colombo). I will travel by bus and train. Due to the current circumstances I am ...
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Parking options for Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)

I am planning a short, five-day trip out of the country in mid-June, in which I will be departing and returning to Pearson. Since I will be returning late at night, I'll need to park at or near the ...
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Visting the Cape Town area under the current water crisis

We were thinking of landing in and spending 4-5 days in the Cape Town area mid-April 2018. However, due to the water shortage and possible escalation during the next weeks / months, I'm thinking we ...
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Does sunscreen/suncream stop the amount of skin tan? [closed]

I know that SPF blocks a given amount of UVA/UVB rays, so does the lack of UV rays reaching my skin mean that I won't get a tan, and if so, what's the best way to get a tan safely? For example, would ...
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I am planning to visit Iran for a week with my family but I am concerned about security after reading Trump's tweet [closed]

I am planning to visit Iran next month. Yesterday I saw Trump's tweet about time for change for Iran and I read a bit about the anti-government movement there. So, how safe a 10 day trip in Iran for ...
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What happens if the airline asks you to put carry-on luggage in the cargo hold?

It always has to be quite common for Ryanair, if the flight is booked out, that one of the carry-on gets put into the cargo hold free of charge (there is a new policy to always ask you to put the ...
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Finding a travel partner

I love to travel, and I'd like to travel with either a small group or at least with another person. The problem is, I can't find a partner for travel every time my time slot opens up. Once I met this ...
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How should I expect a non-gender-conforming woman to be received in India?

I'm going to be traveling in India for the first time alone in the near future and I'm excited to explore, but I've also seen a few questions here/articles suggesting that women should be somewhat ...
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Sleeping bus laws in Europe? [closed]

We are working on a project to set up a sleeping bus service within some European countries and between different European cities. But we are not sure about national laws related to safety belt ...
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Why do travel advisories vary so much between countries?

I'd like to visit Tamanrasset and the Hoggar Mountains (see also this question), so I was happy to see that the FCO no longer advises against travel there: Source: FCO. The Foreign and ...
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Why do cars need to leave their windows half open whilst on the Eurotunnel?

Whilst riding the Eurotunnel with a car, they ask you to keep your windows half open and also to open any sun roofs. What is the reasoning behind this? I've checked their website and FAQ and couldn't ...
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How safe it is for a dog to go through Johannesburg Airport customs?

Need to ship pure breed dog from US to Johannesburg, SA. I've heard a lot about high level of luggage theft at Johannesburg airport. Does this also apply to animals being transported? If so, is there ...
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What should I do if I get caught by corrupt police in Ukraine but never want to pay?

I'm a bit fearful of corrupt police in Ukraine, and I already read one of the great answers regarding how to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police. However, the problem is that my SIM card in ...
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Will it be safe and fun to travel to Miami during Thanksgiving 2017 after hurricane? [duplicate]

Thinking of traveling to Miami during Thanksgiving, not sure if the city will be recovered and cleaned up after all the hurricanes recently hit there.
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Passenger rights during a flight

Recently I faced an extraordinary situation during my flight inside the EU. A very large group of passengers (80% of all passengers, mostly men, probably football fans) already quite drunk during ...
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Are there places to spend the night inside San Jose Airport?

I'm planning one day visit to San Jose, California (morning to evening). I'm arriving at SJC around 11.30pm and hoping to go to the city early morning, the next day. Until that is there a place where ...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Here is a situation I encountered multiple times in New York City streets, lately. Usually at a sidewalk corner where people are likely to wait for the pedestrian crossing "walk" signal, a gang of ...
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Uber or taxi from Porto Alegre airport? [closed]

I will be arriving in Porto Alegre, Brazil this Saturday for a big 6 month adventure. I have to get from the airport to my Couchsurfing in Bela Vista, at around 3pm. I don't speak Portuguese (I can ...
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Is it safe to travel to Miami Beach shortly after hurricane Irma?

Two months ago my girl and I booked our vacation. We are from Berlin, Germany and wanted to see the U.S. Our first stop is Miami Beach at the 15th and we want to stay there for 3 days and continue to ...
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What should I do if my seat belt is faulty on a coach?

Seat belt is mandatory (by Highways Traffic Law and Regulations) for all seats of intercity coaches in Turkey. I wonder what I should do if my seat belt is faulty and there is no option to change the ...
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Where should I leave my passport and electronics if there is no safe in my apartment?

I will be travelling to Barcelona soon. We are renting an apartment for a week through Booking. The apartment has no safe to keep personal belongings in. No cleaning service will enter the house ...
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1-week holiday in Fiji. How to carry my cash?

This is my first time travelling overseas by myself. I will be travelling from New Zealand to Fiji for one week. I thought about bringing credit cards but it seems like many places charge an extra ...
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Is it safe to visit Babilonia neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro as a tourist?

I read on the internet that it's one of the safe and tourist-friendly favelas. On the other hand, when I went to Rio and ordered an Uber to go there, two drivers told me they won't enter it because ...
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Safety of travelling to Muslim countries/Israel during Ramadan [closed]

Israel and some Muslim countries are amazing travel destinations. But I worry about the safety of the trip. Are Muslim countries and Israel safe/considerably safer to travel to when it's Ramadan? I'...
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Mugging 'Etiquette'?

I have recently been 'mugged' in the streets of Northern Italy. I only recently moved here due to a new workplace. She (concluding from her voice and demaenour) simply walked up to me with a knife ...
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Why are passports controlled two times at arrival to Schengen countries?

From time to time I travel from Turkey to the Schengen countries (Germany, Netherlands, Italy etc.). Not all the time, but sometimes I see that our passports are controlled one more time as soon as we ...
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Is it safe to travel by bike between cities in Spain?

I have a dream about a long bicycle trip in Spain from Malaga to Barcelona. It is about 1000 km. Is it safe? I mean, does Spain have enough bicycle roads to drive or would I drive on common roads with ...
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Is it safe to fly from Miami to Puerto Rico due to the Bermuda Triangle?

We are planning a trip from Miami to Puerto Rico in January 2018 but we are concerned about safety as the flight path lies within the Bermuda Triangle. What can you tell me about the safety of ...
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How safe are ferries within and travelling from Korea?

I'm considering using ferries as part of my visit to South Korea, either to visit a Korean island, such as Jeju island, or to travel to or from Japan. Partially for the novelty, and partially because ...
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What is the French phone number for medical emergencies?

France has at least three numbers which can be called in case of a medical emergency: 15 (SAMU), handled by hospitals 18 handled by firemen 112 handled by someone else, or maybe one of the above ...
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Should I turn down the high beam in “deer areas”?

In the answers to this question, there is some discussion about use of full beam when driving in deer areas. Thorsten S. writes: If you are using high beams, wild animals will stop and stare ...
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How do I select a beginner destination? [closed]

I'm hopeful that I'm being specific enough to avoid being too broad/subjective. I would appreciate any pointers or edits where required to make this question work here. I am a non-road-warrior/...
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Is fear of having drugs planted in my bag enroute to Malaysia justified?

I am afraid to travel to Malaysia because I read that people possessing drugs are being killed there. Not being a drug user, I presume that drugs could be put into my baggage without my knowledge. Is ...
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Do the Canary Islands always have high waves?

We are considering to travel to the Canary Islands for the holidays, mainly to visit the seaside. Since we have a one-year-old toddler, we are interested in beaches which tend to have a low wave ...