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    Istanbul - is it safe to go for New Year's eve?

    Small explosions in and around Istanbul happen occasionally - have done for years. So it becomes a game of chance. And you are right to be more concerned about large crowds and public events on dates of significance to the West. The risk will be higher. How much higher? No-one can say. But note this: the chances of an American citizen being killed in an act of terrorism is 1 in 20 million - about the same as being struck by lightning. You should be more concerned about the single largest risk to anyone travelling overseas - traffic accidents. Try to keep some perspective on the real chances of it happening, but at the same time take some simple precautions, such as avoiding large public gatherings (kind of takes the fun out of a New Years Eve street party - but it's up to you to decide how much risk you're willing to accept). about 5 years ago

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    Is it safe travelling into Brazil in January 2016 San Paulo

    Bonnie Sao Paulo is like Rio -on steroids! You have to exercise a high level of personal security - don't wear flashy jewellery (or any jewellery - with jewels - really, stick to the cheap stuff). Forget the fancy watch, keep the cell phone out of sight, lock the laptop in the boot of the car or back at the hotel, try not to look "lost", be careful going out at night and be very careful which taxi you use. Download our Rio guide - the safety rules that apply there also apply in Sao Paulo. This is NOT saying Sao paulo is not a good place to visit - it's an exciting and vibrant city with much to offer. Just use caution. Get that Rio guide here: http://www.worldnomads.com/guides/rio-insiders-guide about 5 years ago

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    Hi I have had dengue fever before when traveling Columbia. Is it safe to travel south east Asia?

    There are 4 (or is it 5) strains of DF. You can only get each one once, but each subsequent infection raises the prospect of developing Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever - nasty! Read more abiutDF here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/worldwide/what-you-need-to-know-about-dengue-fever There's a very strong El Nino effect occurring this year 2015, and scientists are predicting a very bad year for DF throughout the tropics. That's already becoming evident with epidemics in Myanmar for example. Even Hawaii is experiencing a larger than usual number of cases (112 and rising). Take care, use the precautions outlined in the article I've linked you to. about 5 years ago

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    Tips for safe overland travel through Africa.

    I'm assuming you're exceptionally well prepared and not just "winging it". So, outside of the normal (pretty high) risks, I see you really needing to be on your guard the further north you go... Ethiopia, Sudan in particular. Depending on your country of residence and where you bought your insurance policy, it may not be effective in those places (and more) because of the level of government travel warning. So check what your home country says about them, and also what your policy says about coverage. For more tips on each country, go to http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/ and plug in each one. I might also see if I can get Ben and Steph, a couple of Nomads we know, and get them to comment, because they've done a lot of travelling in Africa. about 5 years ago

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    how safe is a journey through syria and Iraq? kindly advice?

    Not safe. You'd have to be a very experienced traveller and have a large support network of trained professionals, a network of known safe houses and the benefit of good intelligence sources to travel safely. Or be extremely lucky. Most foreign nations advise their citizens to not travel there at all. Unless you have specialist insurance you are very unlikely to be covered, which means if you are injured or delayed or have belongings stolen you will be on your own. about 5 years ago

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    Can anybody recommend the trip to ciudad perdida? What is your experience about it?

    Haven't been, but we did get some facts and stats and travel tips for those who want to go. Check them out: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/colombia/colombia-finding-the-lost-city about 5 years ago

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    Are there ATMS in Cambodia and do they link to Australia banks?

    Yes and yes. They might be a bit harder to locate in rural areas but in Phnom Penh there are plenty. Only problem - they have hefty fees. $5 a transaction - ouch! Take out plenty each time and remember to keep it safely stashed. Check your World Nomads insurance policy about lost/stolen cash, there are limits. Go to the Help Desk, enter your country of residence and check out what's covered in personal belongings http://service.worldnomads.com/ about 5 years ago

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    Safe? Traveling with girlfriend?

    In the hotels and resorts there'll be no problems, but if you're visiting Stone Town or other off-resort destinations it is prudent to observe local customs, and at least make concessions to them. No bikini tops, bare shoulders etc. No need for a full niqab, but a shawl to cover shoulders, and a wrap or skirt that is knee length seems sensible. We have more travel tips for Tanzania here: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/tanzania/ about 5 years ago