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    Is Istanbul safe to travel through for a night?

    Heidi, it's relatively quiet at the moment.. but that's no indicator of future possibilities. Remembering that the chances of being a victim of terrorism are extremely small (you're 4 times more likely to be hit by lightning!), you should be ok, but personally I'd stay away from obvious tourist draw cards like the Blue Mosque. As for the airport, that attack occurred outside the secure area, so don't hang around in publicly accessible areas longer than necessary, get checked in and get through security. Or if picking up your bag, hang back from the crowd at the conveyor belt and wait till there's not such an obvious target grouping. But as I say, that's being ultra cautious! Check out our other safety tips for Turkey here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/middle-east/turkey Phil about 1 month ago

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    I am set to travel thru Ataturk airport soon. Today's attack scared me. Should I cancel? If I cancel, is it covered by Nomad insurance?

    Annie, it depends on your country of residence... and a bunch of other factors. When are you traveling there? When did you buy your WN policy? I'll get an unofficial answer for you, but for the best advice you should call the customer assistance line.You'll find the relevant number here: https://www.worldnomads.com/contact-us 3 months ago

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    What's the difference between a ristorante, bar, chiosco, rosticceria, trattoria and pizzeria. Need info for class.

    Answered a similar question here: https://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/italy/23990/whats-the-difference-between-a-ristorante-bar-chiosco-rosticceria--trattoria-in-italy-when-would-you-eat-at-each-of-these-places Good luck. 4 months ago

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    I am renting in San Miguel de Allende 2/1/2017 - 4/30/2017. I am considering driving down from the United States. Suggestions?

    There's nothing like a road trip! But it is a long way, so be prepared for that - allow plenty of time, don't rush, and make plenty of rest stops. Depending on your route you could pass through some of the more dangerous parts of Mexico where drug gang activity continues. Tourists are very, very rarely (if ever) deliberately targeted, but if you stumble into a deal going down it could be bad. Plan your route carefully. Mexico has an extensive, good and relatively cheap bus network, and there's a lot of fare competition between internal airlines. World Nomads went to San Luis Potosi a year back, have a look at this video on staying safe on Mexico's roads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAwI8Vlh6Z0 4 months ago

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    Want to take ferry from Naples port to Capri, any advice?

    It's super easy, plenty of ferries every day from the terminal in Naples. If you're going at peak travel times (summer) it's advisable to buy your ticket ahead of time because the popular times fill up fast. Go down the day before and buy the ticket for the next day. I was there last summer, caught the ferry from Positano. The main harbour and Annacapri (the town up the funicular) is great, but explore the other side of the island too. Beautiful. Check out our travel safety tips for Italy here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/europe/italy 4 months ago

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    I have mosquito wipes with DEET and will be purchasing sun tan lotion after I arrive in the Yucatan. Is there an issue using both?

    The sunblock or DEEt question is answered here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/sunblock-or-insect-repellent-first Re applying it to your clothes: the medical and scientific advice is to apply the insect repellent directly to your skin. You can buy clothing impregnated with insect repellent too. The type of mosquito that spreads dengue fever and zika virus is active throughout the day and in built-up or urban areas. 4 months ago

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    I have mosquito wipes with DEET and will be purchasing sun tan lotion after I arrive in the Yucatan. Is there an issue with using both at th

    The sunblock or DEEt question is answered here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/sunblock-or-insect-repellent-first Re applying it to your clothes: the medical and scientific advice is to apply the insect repellent directly to your skin. You can buy clothing impregnated with insect repellent too. The type of mosquito that spreads dengue fever and zika virus is active throughout the day and in built-up or urban areas. 4 months ago

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    How safe is the Dominican Republic. Can you hire a car and drive safely . Also is there any need for vaccinations thanks

    DR has a few issues and you need to be well prepared. Start here with our pages on the World Nomads Travel safety section: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/caribbean/dominican-republic 4 months ago