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Germany is a very safe place to be in, even as a woman, even when travelling alone. That includes festivals such as the Oktoberfest with obvious caveats I’ll deal with in a second. The assault series you mentioned drew as much attention as they did because: They are not typical for Germany, i.e. the count was exceptionally large within a small timeframe; A ...


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Whenever the topic of packing something in an optimal way comes up, it's useful to see if the Navy has anything to say about it. The Navy is a good place to look because sailors need to be especially diligent about packing economically, and women sailors are no exception. Specifically, women in the US Navy are issued 11 bras and should have 2 in their ...


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There were many crimes (a few cases of rape, mostly theft, robbery, and assault) during the New Year's Eve Celebrations in Cologne which have been attributed to young migrants from North Africa. The police underestimated the situation and mishandled the aftermath. Under German law, rape is distinct from sexual assault. According to Wikipedia, there were ...


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I'll try to address this question impartially despite my strong feelings against Mandatory Hijaab for women (I'm a male, born and raised in Iran who lives in United States now) I'll define the terms first and then will mention what is minimally required by the law. Hijaab (means veil in Arabic) is a religious term. It's definition varies across cultures, ...


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According to this article, women-only carriages were introduced in Thailand after a 13-year old girl was raped in 2014. This article states that the rape was perpetrated by railway staff. Perhaps because of that, the staff of the women-only carriages consists solely of women. So, it's safe to say that the women-only carriages are there for safety reasons. (...


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Pad it with socks and underwear. (default strategy) Pack them near the top. (not sure how helpful this really is in actual execution since you can't control baggage handling after check-in...) Stack them. (strength in numbers! my go-to move.) Fold one cup inside another. (I see this everywhere in FlyerTalk forums but according to experts, this actually ...


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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 with its lower ...


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I visited last year. My pure understanding of the law there obviously isn't perfect as an outsider, but the following of the 'law' seemed very rough, women would wear a covering, but sometimes only over the bob of a pony-tail, for example. However, if in a place of business, eg a hotel or restaurant, you'd regularly see proprietors or staff quickly address ...


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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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Sorry, you can't. Women under 45 are not granted pilgrimage visas unless they travel with a male guardian, and even if you're over 45, you need to travel with a group. Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the US: 4) All women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram [male guardian, see Wikipedia]. Proof of kinship must be submitted with the ...


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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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Alternate Answer provided at OP's request: If travel from Europe to India is the goal and specifically flying is the problem, you can travel by ship. One option is vacation style cruise lines such as Norwegian, Cunard, Royal Caribbean which sometimes offer repositioning sailings. However, if you just want to get there, you best bet is booking on a ...


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Country guides The closest I can find to a "guide" is the Wikipedia entry on Breastfeeding in Public. It has a comprehensive list of attitudes by country and continent that is a good head start for many places. Picking a country at random, for China it states: China Breastfeeding in public in China has traditionally been a nonissue, and objection had ...


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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. Warsaw ...


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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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Use sport bras which can be folded whatever way you want, scrunched up even. I never needed to be careful with bras when packing, most of the time my bras fill the things I have to be careful with.


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As an obvious non-Indian, you will stick out either way, and however you dress, will stick out too. Otherwise, they typically consider all western habits different (or even strange, depending on how far off the beaten path you go), and probably will not even realize that you are not fitting any western norm perfectly (and if they do, they wouldn’t ever ...


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Disclaimer: this is mostly personal experience, and quite outdated (2015). It depends a lot on how you define "safe" (for example, would you feel safe talking to a border guard threatening you in attempt to squeeze a bribe, but without involving physical violence?), but generally your safest route would be through Europe, Russia and China. Then you have a ...


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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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Company chiefs sent out a memo informing female staff they would be required "to wear trousers during the flight with a loose fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving the plane", Mr Pillet said. First off, nobody is obliged to wear any kind of hijab unless they leave the plane: Company chiefs sent out a memo informing female staff ...


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These are the official statistics for Cambridge City, population circa 122,000: I admit I nearly choked on my tea on seeing this question’s title but also that a comparison with Cambridge MA is slightly unfavourable – though I suspect that adjustment for differences in classification and reporting would swing that around significantly. I have not ...


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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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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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This answer is an overview since the question is broad so I'm making it a "community wiki" so we can all just edit and perfect a single broad answer. There are three factors to your question: Europe, Travelling alone, and Safety issues for female travellers. Let's look at them. Europe It's big. Really big. Some parts are safer than others. Wikivoyage has ...


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The UK Government has travel advisories against all travel into the area of Iran within 100KM of Pakistan. Most of the rest of that path has ony "normal" advisories. Within Pakistan itself, the Southern route has only "normal" advisories, while the Karakoram Highway itself has advisories against all travel. The Northern route you mention (ending through ...


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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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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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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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As @user1291332 has stated Ireland is a safe place to travel just try to avoid the city buses at night if you are on your own. While there are few incidents on them a taxi would be a safer option though a bit more expensive. Kerry isn't as well connected as the major cities (as you would expect) so it might do no harm doing a bit of research about where ...


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