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    Canadian in Australia in January

    Make sure you wear a hat (please, no corks!), sunscreen (30+spf), a t-shirt, and drink plenty of water. The average temp is 26 Celsius (79F), and we get a few days over 30 C and very rarely a day over 40. But if it gets that hot EVERYONE goes to the beach! http://safety.worldnomads.com/Australia/68256/Australia-Beach-and-Sun-Safety Just remember, January is peak season for drop-bears! http://australianmuseum.net.au/Drop-Bear Phil at the safety hub. 9 days ago

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    What is the current terrorist threats in India? Any places to avoid?

    Jammu and Kashmir states are on several nation's Do Not Travel lists, and even visiting the cities of Jammu and Srinagar is recommended against because of the threat of clashes. Those states are also experiencing flooding from monsoonal rain at present. Kerala is a bit tense at the moment. (BTW, authorities have banned alcohol except in 5 star international hotels). I'd also like to hear from recent travellers (or those still there). What do you suggest people? Phil at the safety hub 9 days ago

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    Backpacking alone as a young girl...

    Kayla, I can sense your anxiety and anticipation - stepping out into the unknown. You'll have the travel bug before you know it! Thinking back to when I first travelled overseas as an 18 year old, I made some dumb decisions and was lucky quite a few times. But in an attempt to put an old head on young shoulders try starting here with our tips for women travellers http://safety.worldnomads.com/Search?q=women Here's an idea, I see you're from Young in NSW. Why not get yourself down to Sydney and stay in a backpackers hostel for a weekend, talk to the women travellers you meet and ask them for their safety tips and advice. Just take a deep breath, use common sense and you'll have a great time. Phil at the safety hub. 9 days ago

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    What are things like in Beirut? (regarding safety of foreigners)

    They're a bit tense and unpredictable, so keep an eye on media and always check with locals about the safety of where and when you intend to go out. There are some very strict warnings - i.e. don't go there - for the southern suburbs of Beirut (including Dahiyeh) because of the possibility of rocket attacks and car bombs: The southern suburbs are the area south of the Camille Chamoun Sports Stadium to the airport and east of the main airport road including the suburbs of Chiyah, Ghobeire, Haret Hreik, Bir el Abed, Borj el Barajne, Mraije, Roueiss, Lailake, Hay el Sellom and Tahouitit el Ghadir; also west of the airport road, defined as the area west of the airport highway to the coast, south from Adnon El Hakim Road to Abbas El Mousawi Road. 22 days ago

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    I'm going trekking on the Annapurna circuit & heard that a flood caused over 200 people to be missing, including some Trekkers. Is it safe?

    The Annapurna circuit is in central Nepal. The flooding is in western Nepal, on the plains that border India, about 350 kms from Kathmandu. The landslides are in an area just north of the capital. see this map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zQ1SEe1sHc7Y.k66JivvV46gE Best thing to do is check with your travel provider about conditions, but remember this is monsoon season at present - although this has been a particularly bad and devastating season. 22 days ago

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    Two girls heading to Morocco on their own, any advice?

    Hana, Morocco is one of the better destinations in that region when it comes to attitudes to western women - but "we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto" - check out our top tips for women travellers in Morocco. http://safety.worldnomads.com/Morocco/68105/Women-and-Travelling-in-Morocco and get the other articles, with advice on negotiating the souks etc. Be brave. Explore your boundaries! Phil at the safety hub. 22 days ago

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    Can I go from Rome FCO Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 while being airside.

    No. Check with the Italian consulate in your city about your eligibility for a transit visa. From my quick search (so don't hold me to it), Indian citizens can get a transit visa on arrival - but you must check that. 28 days ago

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    Where is the best places to stay to enjoy the full pleasures of Germany's' Oktoberfest?

    I'm jealous. Check out our safety tips for surviving the party! http://safety.worldnomads.com/Germany/77328/Oktoberfest-Tips-and-Survival-Guide have fun Phil at the safety hub 28 days ago