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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. over 2 years 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. over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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. over 2 years ago

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    Is it safe to travel to Elazig, Turkey?

    It's not actually that near to the Syrian border, about 200kms, and all the warnings associated with the trouble in South-eastern Turkey talk about areas closer than 50kms from the border. I believe you'll be so far from the troubled area you won't even notice. The other main trouble-spot is Istanbul - with the occasional small-scale incident, but that is at the other end of the country from you. I think it's wise to attempt to hear from locals and recent visitors, but I don't think you need to worry unnecessarily. Sounds like a great opportunity. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/turkey/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-going-to-turkey over 2 years ago

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    Is it far to walk from cruise terminal to centre of Barcalona

    It depends exactly where your ship docks, but terminal C to Las Ramblas is about 5kms. It's often a bit sketchy around ship ports, you might be safer to get a shuttle bus. Save your legs, too. over 2 years ago

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    Vietnam and the International Driver Permit

    Kevin, check the wording of your Canadian policy, call and ask for clarification if feel you need it, and this is NOT a binding statement (I'm not authorised to make one, nor licensed to give 'personal advice' - see how tricky this business is?), BUT as I understand it, as you state it, someone in those circumstances, generally, should be covered. As far as I can see, you're a licensed motorcycle rider with a valid license, and an IDP (really just a translation of your license). If you want to be doubly sure - ring the assistance line/call centre and ask. A workmate just got back from Vietnam and says the traffic is crazy - take care. over 2 years ago

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    is it safe to take my car and drive around Poland?

    Tom the carjacking is a problem right across Europe - but also pretty rare. You hear the occasional story about the motorist who tried to get visitors to stop by pointing to the back of their car and gesticulating wildly. If it happens to you, and the car seems to be driving okay, keep going until you get to a service station. Be wary of stopping in those roadside stops. Take your keys out of the car when you re-fuel at a service centre (in my home country, Australia, it's actually illegal to leave the keys in the car when you go to pay for fuel! Makes good sense really.) And check out this article on Poland: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/poland/Polands-Poor-Driver-Record over 2 years ago