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    I jus went japan on april 2016, will the radiation harm my health?

    Chew, as I've tried to explain in this article: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/japan/how-dangerous-is-the-radiation-in-japan Unless you stood inside the broken reactor building in Fukushima, it is extremely unlikely you have been exposed to anything above normal background radiation limits. Even if you ate beef from cows that grazed inside the Fukushima exclusion zones, you'd have to eat a whole cow to reach un-safe levels. You were exposed to 3 times higher-than-normal background radiation levels on the plane flight over to Japan, but does that worry you? The radiation levels in Tokyo are generally low by world standards (New York and London are more radioactive). Don't worry. Phil 20 days ago

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    is it safe to travel to Croatia now

    Yes, generally safe. Check outour tips and advice here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/croatia/ about 1 month ago

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    Is it save for a 73 year mature fit Caucasian woman to travel alone in Manila on her own

    Hi Maria, we get asked this from time to time. Here's a recent answer that applies to your circumstances. https://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/philippines/23494/is-manila-a-safe-place-to-be-travel-to Pretty safe in the popular tourist areas, but if you want to go deep into the city to explore you will be best served to get a local guide. about 1 month ago

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    Hi Phil,I read your article from 2013 about Trinidad

    Hey Paul Good question, Not one I can answer immediately. What I will do is commission a Nomad who has some recent experience to audit that content and give us an up to date assessment. Might take a few days. bear with me. Phil about 1 month ago

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    Is it safe to driv from Mexico City airport to Taxco at 8:00 p.m.? It's a three-hour drive and I've seen travel warnings for Guerrero state.

    Out it off till the next morning if you can. Travel at night in Mexico is reasonably dangerous. And it's not the gangs and drug runners who are your only threat, there's livestock on the roads too. So few visitors drive at night, that if you do you'll stand out as an obvious target. Get a hotel. about 1 month ago

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    How safe is Honduras and El Salvador to travel through?

    Honduras is not quite as bad as you've heard, but it is somewhere that you really need to be on your guard and take extra precautions. Savvy travelers only, I'd say. Check this out: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/honduras/touring-honduras-safely El Salvador... pretty gnarly too. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/el-salvador/crime-in-el-salvador This is not to say don't go, but be on your guard, there's a lot of great people to meet and beautiful country to see. Just pratice best safety precautions. about 1 month ago

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    Is it safe for touring in Beirut being an American this time of year? Would I be stopped at the airport?

    Unless you are of Lebanese descent you cannot obtain a Lebanese passport. If you are eligible for a Lebanese passport, be careful if you use it to enter the country: Lebanese citizens are subject to compulsory conscription - you might find yourself in the army! There are certain parts of Beirut in which trouble occurs from time to time - locals will tell you where they are and when it is a good time to stay away. The US State Dept warning on Lebanon is pretty stark: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/lebanon-travel-warning.html There's no reason to expect your US citizenship will single you out for attention at the airport. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/lebanon/lebanon-obeying-the-local-laws-and-getting-around-safely about 1 month ago

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    Is safe to travel to Egypt visiting Cairo and Luxor?

    Patricia, Egypt is pretty unstable at the moment and hard to predict. A year or 18 months ago there were many incidents of violence and small-scale attacks in locations in Cairo itself - usually universities, religious buildings and political institutions. The pyramids at Giza have not in all the years of recent trouble, been targeted. The conflict seems to have moved more recently to the Sinai, and is impacting on the resorts in the south Sinai, and Cairo - if news reports are anything to gauge by - is calmer. As for Luxor - at the height of the revolution a few years back there was an attack on tourists, but nothing since. Egypt's tourism industry has taken a hammering as people stay away in droves. Mostly people have made the assessment that it's too risky for them. It depends on your level of experience as a traveler, the level of risk you're willing to accept, and the precautions you take in the pre-planning and also in the traveling stages. Pick reputable accommodation and ask them about their security measures before you book etc. If you go, it may be safer to eschew public transport and get a driver. It's also important to monitor the situation and be prepared to make the decision to NOT go (even if that's not covered by your insurance) for your safety. about 1 month ago