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Tuesday 18th of September 2007 02:42:04 PMTips on travel safety:
Hi, I am female 22. I am going to be traveling a lot in a year or two, and I was hoping some of you who have traveled, might have some safety tips for me. I am particularly interested in traveling to
Japan,India,Turkey,Italy,Greece,Spain,Russia,China,Tibet,UKand Germany. If anyone has safety tips spacific to any of these countries, I would be so happy to learn them, so I can be better prepared. Especially for a woman traveler alone. I will be taking Karate, but any extra information would be great! Thank you so much! You can post your tips, or send me a message. Thanks again!hamid18
Wednesday 19th of September 2007 02:22:20 AM
Well I've been to Italy and Greece and they're not too different from USA. But here are some general safety travel tips you can take when traveling to any country.
01 Always learn about the laws and customs of any country that you plan on visiting it's government website or by finding out if there is an American Embassy (I highly discourage traveling anywhere where there's no embassy for your country)
02 Sometimes using the news helps, but it doesn't always tell the whole story. For that, it's good to stay in contact with somebody who has lived (or lives) in the country you want to visitpreferably someone who will keep you up-to-date on the cities you want to visit
03 Keep an eye on the currency in rival to yours (as well as the cost of food, hotel-stays, and clothes) so you know how much money to take with you
04 Always keep a copy of your PASSPORT in your pockets so if you decide to keep your passport in the hotel, you will have a copy with you at all times so you can be identified easily.
05 (Specifically to Muslim countries) Be aware of the times for prayer and the time of year which you travel. Especially during Hajj, all regular activites will usually ceast and desist until after prayer. Also, specifically for women traveling in the Middle East, if you are traveling alone and you are asked if you are married, I highly recommend you reply that you ARE married even if you are not lolglorybear2
Wednesday 19th of September 2007 11:42:07 AMthank you very much hamid! :):
Thank you. your tips were very helpful. If anyone else have anymore tips for me, I could always use more! Thanks again hamid. Oh! I almost forgot, does that marriage rule apply to turkey? That is the only country in that area, I plan to travel to.hamid18
Wednesday 19th of September 2007 10:07:58 PM
Originally posted by glorybear2
Thank you. your tips were very helpful. If anyone else have anymore tips for me, I could always use more! Thanks again hamid. Oh! I almost forgot, does that marriage rule apply to turkey? That is the only country in that area, I plan to travel to.Well, Turkey is considered part of the Middle East, so I would guess so. The Middle East isn't just a collection of Arabic-speaking countries because it's more of a cultural area...other countries can include Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. Also the majority of Turkey is in Asia so don't be surprised if you see people who look central/south asian.
And when you wrote "UKa" did you mean "United Kingdom" or "Ukraine"?? I've also been to the UK and I guess I should warn youpedestrians DO NOT have the right of way. So don't be surprised if drivers speed up when they see you crossing the street lolglorybear2
Friday 21st of September 2007 10:12:07 AM
Thank you again. Yes I was speaking of the United Kingdom.
Your tips are great! I will use them, and I hope all is going well for you! Have a wonderful day hamid! and good fortune! ;)hamid18
Friday 21st of September 2007 05:53:01 PM
Thanks. Enjoy your travels. :)gryphonastar
Monday 24th of September 2007 02:18:19 AM
I was wondering about the well-known no-no in Islamic countries of not showing the bottom of your feet to anyone. I heard a story about a man murdering another man over this. Is it really as serious as some people make it? Most of this I get from Americans. Someone told me to be as extreme as to not wear sandals or flip-flops. There is a VERY VERY slight chance I could be in Qatar, so I was wondering about this as I love to wear flip-flops in hot weather.
Also hamid, I was wondering the reason for telling people a woman is married even when she is not. Just curious, thank you. Anya
Monday 24th of September 2007 03:58:15 AM
Excellent advice, Hamid!
I would agree with the necessity to assume a "married" role while traveling in some countries. I definitely ran into this quite a bit in Asia. It looks VERY strange to be a female traveling alone. If you go to Nepal, I would recommend wearing local clothing. You'll find a kurta surwaal very comfortable but also it will take away some of the foreign look that could make you an unsuspecting target. By target, I mean one of two people: 1) mothers of unwed sons who will ask if you've been married or 2) street peddlers who will try to sell you absolutely anything that you might accidentally glance on at 200% the price. Both of them are small nuisances, but I found it is much easier to just wear local dress and avoid the hassle from the beginning.
You are guaranteed marriage proposals from random people if you are not wearing a bindi on your forehead, or a ring on your finger.
If you do go to Nepal, I think you'll find traveling there absolutely wonderful! There was not a single moment when I feared for my life, or felt unsafe. It is good to remember that traveling after 9PM (*in some places 8PM) is not adviseable because the busses stop running and you would be forced to take a taxi or walk.
2) Don't pet or give food to stray pets (mostly dogs), they will follow you home and it would be disasterous! Do feed the cows, they won't follow, but will let you pass by.
3) Never assume that the price someone is offering for an object is the final standing price. Some shopkeepers will be offended if you do not bargain. Compare.
4) Take your shoes off before entering someone's house, office or temple. Flip flops work well for this task.. I wore them EVERYWHERE!
5) Wear long skirts, long pants and long sleeves most of the time. They will protect you from extreme sunburn, and also extreme exposure. Nepalese people are modest.
6) Bring an umbrella. You will find it useful for rain and shine!
I think that's it for Nepal :)hamid18
Tuesday 02nd of October 2007 01:29:43 AM
Originally posted by gryphonastar
I was wondering about the well-known no-no in Islamic countries of not showing the bottom of your feet to anyone. I heard a story about a man murdering another man over this. Is it really as serious as some people make it? Most of this I get from Americans. Someone told me to be as extreme as to not wear sandals or flip-flops. There is a VERY VERY slight chance I could be in Qatar, so I was wondering about this as I love to wear flip-flops in hot weather. I've never heard anything about not wearing sandals. Alot of people in Saudi and other parts of the Gulf prefer to wear flipflops and sandals because the temperatures are just too hot...even for natives. That's also why a lot of people prefer to wear Jalabiyas as they are made completely from cotton and they're often very light in color (to reflect the sun's harmful rays). They're very comfortable, but don't be surprised if you see alot of people wearing western clothing as well. I hope this was helpful to you.Rakesh
Wednesday 10th of October 2007 07:18:42 PMExcellent Anya..:
I am from India..and think your observation about Nepal is cent percent correct..btw India is also some what same..
Your pic is i think in kurta surwaal (btw its Kurta Salwaar)with a chunni.. isn't it?
Tuesday 30th of October 2007 07:59:05 AM
Go about your travels looking like you have purpose and confidence in you know what you are doing even if you don't!
Don't engage in too much eye contact with strangers.
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