Top 5 travel safety tips for women

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As much as we would want to think that the world changed and that, finally, women and men are equal in all matters, this isn’t true. We still experience significant gender pay gaps and the denial of fundamental rights in some countries. Women are still seen as trading commodities and are even denied the right to drive or own properties in their names.

There’s also the fact that traveling is never entirely safe for a woman. No matter if you decide to travel alone or with your best friends, you should pay attention to local customs and try to stay safe. Below you’ll find a list of the top tips you should consider for your own safety when traveling abroad.

 

Get acquainted with the local customs

This mainly refers to visiting some Arab or Muslim countries with strict rules for women. Although some states allow women to walk alone on the street (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, India or Dubai), it’s not always advisable to do that, especially after dawn. India is known as a highly dangerous country for women of all nationalities, while in Dubai you would be safer if someone approached you and you screamed to call the police.

You should also pay close attention to the way you dress. Most Muslim countries allow tourist women to walk in their Western clothes as long as they’re not too short or revealing. Avoid wearing shorts, mini skirts, heels or see-through tops.

Other more traditionalist countries don’t allow women to walk with their heads uncovered, even if they are tourists. If you decide to travel to these countries alone or with your girlfriends, it would be best to have a local guide to tell you exactly what to do so you won’t offend anyone.

Dress down and keep your belongings safely

If you’re traveling alone you should stay as low-key as possible. Wear normal clothes such as jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers, especially if you want to wander the streets. Avoid carrying large bags with you or flashing your electronics, mobile phone or wallet. Stick to credit cards as much as possible or, if you must use cash, never withdraw large amounts of money at once.

Although most girls sneak in at least a sexy dress and a pair of heels in their luggage, you should avoid dressing too flashy outside your hotel or resort, mainly if you travel alone.

 

Avoid traveling by night

Unless it’s absolutely mandatory, try to limit your night walks to avoid becoming an easy target for smugglers and robbers.

You should also avoid using public means of transportation (especially subways) and taxis as much as you can. Instead, if you plan on going out at night or go to the airport, it’s safer to use travel apps or shared car services.

Uber is a great choice because the app monitors both your location and your driver’s location so there are fewer risks involved. In addition, the payment is made directly via your account linked to your credit card, so you won’t have to carry cash with you.

 

Let your friends know about your itinerary

Always talk to your friends or family members before leaving. It would be best if they knew the address of the hotel or Airbnb apartment you’re staying in, as well as some emergency numbers they can contact in case something happens to you.

In addition, try to leave your phone open and buy SIM cards that grant you international calls and texts. If that’s not possible, most hotels, restaurants, and apartments provide free-of-charge Wifi. Use it to stay in touch with your friends, share them your plans, and the next places you want to visit.

Avoid drinking too much

Lastly, the golden rule to have a safe and wonderful trip is to never drink too much alcohol if you’re alone. If you do plan to drown your sorrows in Bacchic potions, try doing it in the privacy of your own apartment, hotel room or hotel lobby.

 

 

Top 5 safest places to visit in Texas

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If you want to plan a safe family trip to Texas, but you don’t know what places are safe to visit, we are here to help. Because we understand just how important safety is while on vacation, we have put together a short list of five locations that you can include in your track. So, read ahead and pick your next destination!

 

Colleyville

If you want to visit Dallas or the Fort Worth area but you need accommodation in a nearby city that is known for its safety, we suggest that you check out Colleyville. This town is situated at 3.5 miles from the Dallas airport, and it is currently in the top five low-crime rate cities in Texas.

While here, we recommend that you spend your spare time by taking your small ones to the Parr Park Sprayground, a 31-acre playground, and picnic area, or to the Colleyville Nature Center, a location that is known for its beautiful trails that go through wooded areas and near beautiful ponds.

If you are a sports aficionado, you can also go to Chisholm Park, as here you can find baseball and basketball fields where you can practice. Also, here you can find a fishing pond and an aquatic center that you might enjoy.

 

Keller

Another city that is located near Dallas is Keller. This city is worth your while because here you can find safe and budget friendly accommodation if you intend to visit Dallas. However, it is worth saying that, while in this town, you can also explore its top sights.

For instance, you can go to Altitude Trampoline Park where you can let your kids play, jump and have fun on the over 200 interconnected trampolines. Additionally, if you love a day off playing golf, you should not miss the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. The course here is kept in good condition, and the views are very appealing.

What is more, if you happen to visit the city during the hot Texas summers, we suggest that you go to the Keller Pointe. Here, you can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools as well as the water slides.

Fairview

Located in the same area, Fairview is also a place worth your consideration. This city is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and it goes by the motto “Keeping It Country”. Because of this, you can be sure that, by visiting this place, you will get a first-hand glimpse at what country life is all about.

If you happen to come here, you should take the time to explore the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary as you won’t regret your decision. Moreover, once here, you can catch a movie at the iPic. If you don’t mind the drive, it might be a good idea to visit the nearby Allen Old Stone Dam, a water station that dates back to 1874.

 

Hutto

If you want to visit Austin during the day, but you want to spend the night in an adjacent, safer city, you should consider Hutto. This city is a suburb of Austin that is currently the seventh safest place in Texas.

If you have some time on your hands while here, you should visit the beautiful Hutto lake park or you try fishing on the Paloma Lake.

Horizon City

If you are looking for accommodation in a safe city in the El Paso County, Horizon City should be one of your top choices. The town is located near El Paso, and, thus, you can easily enjoy the beauties of the location.

For example, if you like climbing and hiking, you can visit the nearby Franklin Mountains State Park, or you can take a short trip to the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site for a day out camping. For more outside fun, you can always take your kids to visit the El Paso zoo or the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

If you are into art, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museum of Archaeology, and the El Paso Museum of History are also places that should make it to your list. So, don’t waste time and start planning your trip!

 

 

Top 5 dangerous insects to watch out for when you’re traveling

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When planning a camping trip, probably one of the things most people don’t even take into consideration is how many things out there can harm and even threaten your life.

Starting from dangerous snakes to venomous spiders and many types of insects, nature has surely created a vast array of torture and even killing machines.

But you do not even have to leave the house to meet one or more of these creatures – sometimes they come to visit (unfortunately, without any invitation). If you live in an affected zone, an insect fogger can help you fight some of these pests, but if you go on a trip, you should definitely pack an insect repellent.

Below, we made a list of the most dangerous insects out there.

 

Giant Japanese Hornet

Growing to a size of two inches, the Giant Japanese Hornet is the largest of all hornet species in the world. Up to 40 deaths caused by this insect are reported yearly.

The venom causes allergic reactions and dissolves tissues in short periods. Japanese hornets are fearless and extremely aggressive. If stirred, they will attack in groups, which in most cases ends up in imminent death for the victim.

Tsetse Fly

One of the most dangerous fatal insects from the African continent is the Tsetse Fly.

A fascinating thing about this species is that it does not bite to release any type of venom, but when feeding on the blood of vertebrates, it injects a powerful toxin with each sting.

This insect is known to cause the sleeping sickness, and over half a million people die in Africa due to attacks from these flies. If not appropriately treated, this causes imminent death.

 

Killer Bees

Killer bees are very aggressive and dominant insects, also known as Africanized Honey Bees. What makes them so terrible is that they attack in groups, charging repeated stinging and can follow a victim for more than a mile.

The toxin from one Killer Bee’s venom is not life-threatening; however, multiple stings can even cause death; and a painful one, too.

Living in huge colonies of over 80,000 members, if disturbed, they will be in an alert state for an entire day and attack any living creature that appears in their range.

Driver Ants

Every colony of Driver Ants contains approximately 22 million members, making them the largest insect hives.

Using their powerful mandibles, they can make multiple injuries to humans and animals. They usually kill many types of different creatures within a single raid.

In their invasion, they take out others insects’ nests for food and kill them. Basically, they try to terminate any animal crossing their path.

Mosquitoes

Considered the deadliest insect species in the world, Mosquitoes generate one million deaths every year by transmitting the fatal Malaria disease.

The dangerous thing about Mosquitoes is that they carry around germs and spread them into the victim’s blood by biting. Malaria is a fatal disease that is not transmitted by coming in contact with a sick person, but through parasites, which are mainly carried by these insects.

Besides this disease, Mosquitoes also spread Yellow Fever, West Nile, encephalitis, and Dengue Fever.

Summary

Except for Tsetse flies and Mosquitoes, most of these insects will not attack unprovoked. However, if you are preparing a trip to a foreign country or even a different Earth zone, you should do a little research and find out what dangers you can encounter.

Although our recommendation is to stay away from these creatures as much as possible, some situations are out of our control. That is why you ought to take all measures of protection.

 

 

Top 5 safest cities in the world

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If you’ve always found that you feel wary when it comes to traveling to another country or a city you haven’t had the opportunity to visit before, we might be able to give you some ideas as to your following destinations. We made a list of five extremely safe cities where the likelihood of you getting in trouble is very low.

Before we begin, we’d like to point out that every travel location can be dangerous, to some extent. To make sure that you are always safe, we would suggest traveling with another person unless you go somewhere with an extremely low crime rate.

Carry your valuables subtly and avoid taking shots with your very expensive smartphone in heavily crowded areas. Don’t talk to suspicious individuals and try to avoid neighborhoods that you know might be dangerous.

 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is particularly popular with tourists who want to have a bit of fun either because they want to smoke weed legally, or they would like to visit the world-known Red Light District present in the Netherlands’ capital.

Although it is a pretty crowded place and it gets millions of tourists every year, Amsterdam is placed in the top five safest cities in the world because it is one of the best when it comes to ensuring digital security and infrastructure security. It has a very low crime rate, despite being visited by so many diverse individuals every year.

Toronto, Canada

We all know that Canadians are famous for being nice and polite, and that’s one tip we can give you right off the bat. If you want to feel at home in any place in this country, you have to be just as nice to people as they are to you. And you’ll be surprised at how many times folks might hold the door for you or apologize for having bumped into you by accident.

The best thing about Toronto is that you can speak English, in case you don’t know French, which is widely spoken in the Quebec area. Based on some resources we’ve found, Toronto is one of the best locations when it comes to cyber and personal safety. It’s extremely unlikely you’ll have your identity or credit card information stolen when you visit Toronto or any other locations in Canada, for that matter.

 

Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s capital city is one of the best in terms of ensuring digital and health security. Both critical infrastructure and cyber threats are conveniently and swiftly handled by the authorities, and the city is now working toward improving all areas of safety because it will be hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021.

Recommended by travel blogs and experts in the field alike, Tokyo seems to be one of the most reliably secure destinations both this year and in upcoming ones. Besides, since it’s vivid and filled with contrasts and interesting spots and food, we’re sure you’re going to love visiting it.

Stockholm, Sweden

Is Stockholm safe for tourists? The answer to this question is pretty straightforward. Not only is this city as safe as possible, but so is most of the country. The low crime rate makes it one of the best locations to travel to for women. The risk of mugging and dangers happening in taxis or public transport are low while those relating to pickpockets, scams, and terrorism, are medium.

In 2017 and 2021, both France and other European countries were targeted by terrorists, so it is a risk that you should take into account for virtually any travel destination from Europe. Nevertheless, large towns like Malmo, Gothenburg, or Stockholm are surprisingly safe. Just don’t try to put a Swede under the table because there have been reports of people fighting after getting intoxicated. But, as you know, this happens everywhere around the globe.

 

Sydney, Australia

If you want to travel Down Under, both Sydney and Melbourne might make great destinations to bear in mind. The harbor city is one of the best when it comes to ensuring health and infrastructure security. Besides, with its unbelievably beautiful sights, going to Sydney is going to be an experience you will look forward to and you’ll find hard to forget.

So, grab your GoPro accessories and your travel pillow and hop on the first plane you can get to Australia today!

 

 

5 places to avoid in Curacao

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Curacao is one of those amazing destinations with paradise-like beaches that make any tourist dream for an entire year ahead about the great vacation coming-up. The Caribbean setting and breathtaking sights will surely make you seriously consider opening the first booking website to check out any available dates.

However, as is the case with almost any place we might end up vacationing in, there are some things to keep in mind before venturing in everything it has to offer. After all, it’s very important to enjoy any trip or vacation you take, and avoid any potential not-so-happy memories that might cloud the entire experience.

Of course, sometimes these cannot be avoided, but as long as you do everything in your power to be informed beforehand, you will surely dodge certain situations that might not play out that well otherwise. Now, let’s take a look at what these might be in Curacao.

 

Coral reefs

We know that these can be dreamy, but it’s good to remember that they are also home to a wide range of animals and fish, so disturbing their habitat is not a very good idea, neither safe for that matter. When you go swimming, make sure to follow the sandy areas and to avoid corals if possible.

Be aware that the animals living in them might be potentially dangerous if disturbed, and that the water can also be tricky and there’s always a risk associated to swimming, especially in areas where the bottom of the sea is not uniform.

Oil refineries

Although this might seem odd for a dreamy paradise-like island, the inhabitants need to live and have an industry as well. For this reason, you might want to double check where your hotel is located in relation to the oil refineries to avoid any potential odors that might make your trip less than pleasant.

The best idea, in this case, is to look at maps and read hotel reviews before actually booking a room. This way, you can get a better idea about your surroundings once you get there and make sure that your vacation will not be disturbed by any element out of your control, such as an oil refinery.

 

Shete Boka

Shete Boka is a national park that has many breathtaking sights to offer, so you might be tempted to add it to your list. However, unfortunately for tourists, many reviews of Curacao mention this place and its parking lot as highly tempting for thieves.

In this situation it is best to not leave anything valuable in the car and to try to remain as close to groups of people as possible. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go around and visit, but it’s better to take all of the precautionary measures to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.  

Dark areas at night

Although the island is a rather safe destination to go to and most visits there are trouble-free, street crime and petty theft are still a concern, so you might want to avoid wandering around small and dark streets, especially alone.

The recommended approach would be to stick to the main streets after dark. Some areas such as the back streets of Punda are especially sketchy once the sun sets. Of course, you should also avoid looking like you have no idea where you’re going or, even worse, pulling out a map, as this can make you a target for scam artists.

Since choosing your next vacation is as important as getting the right hunting backpack is for those passionate about adventures in the wild, make sure to read all the necessary information related to your destination in order to keep everything as safe and pleasant as possible.

 

 

5 things not to do in Japan

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Japan might look like a different world to the Western traveler. With its extreme politeness, perfect composure and obsessive cleanliness it’s difficult not to look at Japan like it’s something sci-fi. In a good way, of course.

Japan’s obsession seems to be respect: respect for the environment, for other people, and for personal space. Japanese people will often say that in Japan, money can’t buy one’s heart, but good manners can. Because it’s such a different world with different customs, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with a few “don’ts” before your next trip to The Land of The Rising Sun.

 

Don’t tip

Ever. Not even if you are a millionaire. Not even if it’s the best service you’ve ever had (it’s difficult not to enjoy a very good service in Japan, by the way). It’s just not customary to tip and if you do, it might even be taken as an insult. Service charge is included in the bill at the restaurant and not even hairdressers or taxi drivers won’t accept a tip.

You are welcomed not to take our word for it and try leaving the change at the convenience store, and you might find yourself with the shop assistant running after you to return your forgotten change. Japanese people simply don’t expect nor accept being tipped.

Don’t litter

You might be shocked by how clean Tokyo (and Japan, as a matter of fact) is, especially considering trash cans are rarely to be seen on the streets. Japanese people would take their rubbish at home with them rather than dispose of it in public.

Not littering is an important part of Japanese culture, but is hasn’t always been the case — the country experienced rapid industrialization and waste started to become such a major problem that Tokyo was running out of landfill space. In the 1990s a series of strict waste management laws were introduced and at the moment, Japan is pretty much obsessed with recycling (the country recycles about 77% of its plastic).

 

Don’t talk loudly on your phone while on public transport

There are signs everywhere and they are to be taken seriously. They also make public announcements in both Japanese and English every few minutes.

You should use your phone as discreetly as possible, always on silent mode (or, as Japanese nicely call it, Manner Mode) so that you don’t disturb other passengers. If your phone happens to ring and you must take the call then the most polite thing you can do is to keep the conversation as short as possible or get off at the next stop.

Of course, no one is going to kick you out of the train if you choose to break this rule, but you will surely be considered rude and frowned upon.

Don’t forget to take off your toilet slippers

Just like Japan itself seems a bit sci-fi, sitting on a Japanese toilet feels a bit like being in a spaceship — there are numerous buttons, each one with a different function and it can be confusing the first few times.

To add to the confusion, you must also remember the special toilet slippers. These are slippers to be worn only in the toilet. They are placed in front of the bathroom door and whenever you want to use them, you’ll have to change from your indoor slippers to the toilet ones. And, most importantly, once you are done you must change back into your indoor slippers or you’ll offend everyone showing up wearing the toilet slippers.

Most traditional restaurants, community centers and Japanese schools will provide these shoes for people to change into when going to the bathroom.

 

Don’t wear shoes indoors

Street shoes are considered unclean by the Japanese so they must be taken off when entering a Japanese home. There is a special area that makes the transition between the outdoor and the indoor called genkan. Shoes worn outdoors are left in the genkan and they are replaced with indoor slippers.

This rule also extends to traditional Japanese ryokan hotels, temples, shrines, schools and hospitals. In traditional restaurants where guests sit on tatami mats, not even slippers are allowed because they could damage the mats.

 

 

5 Places to avoid in Charleston SC

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Charleston is said to be one of the worst cities in America to live in. Every search of this city will bring up results that tell of articles about its violence, poor quality of life, and criminality. However, it can still offer tourists great views and nice places to see – and in some parts, people are pretty nice as well.

But, if you have made your decision and want to visit Charleston SC, you should know at least five places that you’d want to avoid while being there. Therefore, here is our list of those places – with the general recommendation being that you stay inside at night.

North Charleston

This is an area you definitely want to stay away from – most of the acts of crime and violence that happen throughout a year in Charleston SC are in North Charleston. It is viewed like an entirely different city, completely separated from Charleston, mainly because of the aforementioned high rates of crime.

While some sources say that some parts of it are safe, we recommend you avoid visiting it – of course, especially after dark.

 

Waylyn and Terrace neighborhoods

Last year, a quarter of the killings occurred in these two neighborhoods – one of them happening only one hour after New Year’s celebration. Quite common here are the gunfights between various groups, and many people have lost their sons because of the violence that’s present here.

Avoid neighborhoods like this and stick to the areas that are traveled by tourists. This way, you’ll ensure your safety and drastically increase your chances of returning home just as you left it.

 

Market Street

This is one of the areas that are usually visited by tourists. It has many historical buildings and an outdoor and indoor market that you can check out for souvenirs. However, being in a place that’s too crowded may prove dangerous.

During the weekends, Market Street gets really busy and you might be a victim of pickpocketing if you are not paying attention. The best time to discover this area would be in the middle of the day and during the week.

The North-East part of the city

This area consists of Myers and E Bay Street and is considered one of the most dangerous areas to be in while visiting Charleston SC – according to crime stats and maps. The current crime index of the city is of 19 out of 100 – it doesn’t rank well at all. In the past year, there have been over 400 violent crimes in Charleston and since this is the largest area that’s deemed dangerous, it is safe to assume that most of them occurred here.

You should avoid traveling through this area, leave home your fierce motorcycle adventure jacket – as it might get you in trouble – and head straight to Vassar Street and Rutledge Ave if you want to see Murray Landing, as these two areas are some of the safest here.

 

Dupont Station and Sherwood Forest

These two areas, especially Sherwood Forest, have the highest crime rates in Charleston SC. Moreover, the surrounding areas are not particularly safe, either, so it’s better you avoid this part of the city entirely.

Last year, in the city of Charleston SC, there have been around 247 cases of assault and 108 cases of robbery. Therefore, trust us when we say that you should keep away from the areas we have mentioned so far. It’s for your own good – keep very close to the places that are recommended for tourists and you should be safe at all times.

 

These were five of the places you’d want to avoid if you decide to visit Charleston SC, a city that has been declared as the worst and most dangerous place to live in many times.

 

 

Top 5 dangerous sharks in the world

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There aren’t many animals that can generate such great fear as sharks do. If you are preparing for a fishing trip, besides preparing a good fishing reel and other useful fishing equipment, you should also do some research about the specimens you can meet in that particular area. If there is a possibility to encounter sharks, the selection shown below will show you which species are the most dangerous and why.

 

Shortfin Mako

Being a part of the mackerel shark family, which also contains notorious members such as the great white and the prehistoric megalodon, it is not much of a surprise to find the shortfin mako listed here.

An adult can grow up to 10 feet, weighing almost a ton, but there have been recordings of specimens of 15 feet. Given their size and weight, and also their incredible speed of 46 mph, they can take incredible leaps from the water.

There have been reports of Makos landing in the middle of fishing boats causing severe injuries. You should better think twice about using an inflatable boat in waters where Makos reside.

Oceanic Whitetip

This shark is not as fast as the Mako, yet it can be very aggressive and determined. Rather than avoiding a fight, they engage in taking whatever they find available, displaying a behavior that can only be compared to a frenzy.

Adult whitetip sharks can grow up to 13 feet, and they are capable killers with very powerful jaws. There have been many reports involving whitetip sharks, starting from the Second World War. Many ships sunk during that period, and these ferocious killers are believed to be the prime suspect of hundreds of deaths.

Other attack records have been registered since then, and Jacques Cousteau even referred to the Whitetip as the most dangerous of all sharks.

 

Tiger Shark

Weighing over a ton and reaching a length of over 16 feet, tiger sharks have a wider mouth than most other members of this family. This makes them one of the most dangerous and powerful shark species from the tropics, mainly around Australia and Hawaii.

The shark’s large mouth is lined with serrated teeth, which are designed to slice prey. The name comes from both the stripes running down its sides and from its aggressive temperament.

Just like in the case of terrestrial tigers, clearly, humans are no match for such brutal predators. It’s no wonder they earned the reputation of being vicious man-eaters.

Bull Shark

Many consider the Bull Shark to be the most dangerous species of sharks. An adult can grow up to 11.5 feet and weigh up to 700 lbs. The bull shark is well equipped with a few rows of triangular serrated teeth.

More than other types of sharks, this one is particularly dangerous to humans, as it can often be found in shallow coastal waters but can also tolerate fresh water with the ability to swim thousands of miles up rivers and can even live in lakes.

If you think you are safe going for a swim in a lake, think again!

 

Great White Shark

It is no surprise this species can be found on number one in any top of the most dangerous sharks in the world. Just the name would suffice to send everyone running from the beach.

The largest recorded specimens are in the range of 22 to 26 feet and can weigh nearly 3.5 tons. Their triangular and serrated teeth alone measure approximately 3 inches.

Great Whites usually hunt sea lions and seals. They do not seem to show a particular interest in humans, as we do not have enough flesh to satisfy their hunger, but an accidental meeting with this colossal fish can result in the loss of a leg or an arm, and in a worst case scenario – human life.

 

 

5 Places to avoid in New Orleans

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The city of New Orleans, while beautiful and with a lot to offer to curious travelers, is also a place where you’d want to know your whereabouts before starting to roam around the city. Naturally, before every travel or holiday, you should have a list with some of the places you don’t want to get yourself into when visiting your location of choice.

We will now offer you information about five of the places you have to avoid while visiting New Orleans. Let’s get started.

Basin City Projects

Crossing Rampart from one of the sides of Canal Street will get you into a neighborhood known as Basin City Projects. You might wander away and get yourself into this area because the French Quarter is located before it, where iconic cemeteries are located. Of course, visiting these cemeteries is safe, but getting into Basin City Projects is not.

It is recommended that you are in your car, definitely not on foot, especially if you plan to go past Basin City Projects, on the I-10. This neighborhood has very little tourists that populate it, therefore marking it as dangerous for travel – as a tourist, you will attract muggers, especially if you are in a small group.

 

Warrington Drive/Robert E. Lee Blvd.

This area is mainly unsafe because people with incomes that are as low as 85% from the rest of the country live here. Of course, it’s also marked as the area with one of the lowest incomes in the country. Therefore, there’s the risk of pickpocketing and robbery if you travel these streets.

Moreover, when it comes to the poverty levels, 44% of the children find themselves below the standards here – getting mugged by a band of little mischiefs could be possible if you are not paying attention.

 

Port Street/Urquhart Street

This neighborhood, while small when it comes to size, is one of the high crime spots in New Orleans. Also, according to some reports, only 30% of the people living in these areas walk or take the bus to work.

Therefore, during the evenings – and nights, of course – and especially in winter, this neighborhood might look like a deserted area that will give you the creeps. It’s better that you stay in a reputed hotel and have your favorite wine glass than traveling to these parts of the town.

The 8th and 9th Ward, Esplanade, South Claiborne, and North Rampart Streets

These areas are to be avoided completely – during the day as well as during the night. They are mostly populated by teenagers and homeless people. While the homeless might do you no harm, except the usual begging, the teenagers have reportedly caused much trouble to tourists in the past. The first thing they’ll look for when approaching you will be your money – so keep your wallet in a safe place.

If something unpleasant occurs, you should not engage in any conflicts. It’s better to just leave and mind your own business – staying calm and being smart will get you out of any situation that involves muggers or such.

 

Michoud

This area is deemed as one of the unsafest, especially after dark. Here, the NASA Assembly Plant of Michoud can be found as well. If you are into such things, you might want to give it a tour – however, be careful of the means of getting there, and visit it during the day.

A thing that’s worth mentioning is the fact that New Orleans, when it comes to safety, is safer than just 5% of all of the U.S. cities.

 

In the end, you should think twice before visiting New Orleans – and if you do eventually get in this city, be sure to stay indoors during the night and avoid any of the aforementioned areas.

 

 

Top 5 most dangerous snakes in the world

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Every year we read in the newspapers or hear on TV about dozens of people killed by snake bites. So, it’s no wonder these vertebrates are some of the dangerous creatures on Earth. We are all very well aware that, when planning a trip to a foreign or exotic country, the first thing we worry about is snakes or mosquitos.

Even if we don’t schedule a vacation, we should learn a thing or two about how dangerous a snake’s venom is. Also, it’s a smart move to invest in quality outdoor light fixtures that allow you to see the snakes that attempt to invade your property surroundings.

 

Blue Krait

Also called as The Malayan, the Blue Krait is one of the deadliest snakes in the world. It lives in South East Asia and Indonesia. This species is more of a nocturnal breed and tends to get aggressive at night and avoids daily encounters.

Also, the Blue Krait is quite timid and attempts to hide during a conflict instead of fighting. Nevertheless, half of its bites are thought to be fatal even if you administer antivenom. Its venom is a neurotoxin, and it is 16 times more potent than the venom of a Cobra.

An interesting fact is that Kraits will hunt and kill other snakes, including other Kraits.

Once bitten by a Blue Krait, a muscle paralysis is quickly induced by preventing the nerve endings to release chemicals. This process is followed by a period of cramps, tremors, and spasms.

Fortunately, because Kraits only go out at night, bites from them are quite rare. So, if you’re staying in an area with an outdoor ceiling fan for cooling, you can rest assured no Kraits will visit you. Snakes detect body heat, and when you’re in a cool and dry place, you can consider yourself safe.

Black Mamba

The Black Mamba is a snake that lives in many areas across the African continent. The breed is known to be extremely violent and deadly. On top of this, this feared snake is, in fact, the fastest land species in the world because it can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.

Plus, Black Mamba can strike up to 12 times in a row and one bite of their venom can kill up to 20 adults.  

Once this deadly snake bites a person, he or she will get a tingling sensation in the mouth as well as in the extremities, experience severe confusion, excessive salivation, and lack of muscle control.

Symptoms can rapidly evolve into respiratory arrest, coma or even death. Depending on the severity of the bite, death can occur somewhere between 15 minutes and 3 hours.

 

Philippine Cobra

The Philippine Cobra is one of the deadliest Cobra species in the world, and it is capable of spitting its venom up to 10 feet.

Even though the bite doesn’t cause too much tissue damage, the neurotoxin has a negative impact on the cardiac and respiratory functions. The incident can lead to neurotoxicity, paralysis, and death in just half an hour.

Death Adder

This snake, whose name already puts us in a state of alert, lives in Australia and New Guinea. Considered to be predators for real, they hunt and kill other snakes, using the ambush method.

Due to the high amount of venom they inject in one bite, that of the Death Adder snake is one of the most dangerous bites in the world.

However, the symptoms progress rather slowly, which means that if the treatment is given within 24 hours after the biting, the fatality can be avoided.

 

Belcher’s Sea Snake

The Belcher’s Sea Snake is threatening because of its venom. Only a few milligrams of this venom can kill almost 1000 people. They live in the waters of northern Australia and South East Asia.