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 2020.

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 2020, 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!

 

 

Top 5 safest countries to visit

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To say that everybody loves traveling is sort of an understatement. Although the world feels unsafe due to current events, the truth is most countries are more than peaceful. There are terrorist attacks, riots, and wars, but according to a study, our civilizations have never been more peaceful. Apparently, there are fewer wars now than were in the middle ages.

Nevertheless, there still are places which are safer than others, and this list’s purpose is to reveal them to you. It is better to read about such places before going on a trip, so you know what to expect. This is essential information, especially if you are a solo female traveler.

We base our article on the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report from 2017, where countries are listed and classified according to their safety and to the level security they provide for their citizens and tourists alike. Some of the criteria used to measure a country’s safety control were the lack of terrorist attacks, police efficiency, and the number of fatalities registered throughout a given period.

Even if the countries you are about to see are thought as safe, it doesn’t mean they are boring, as some of them are fantastic party hubs, full of young and vibrant people. Some even allow you to drink on the streets, which is quite surprising. Let’s get to it!

To start this countdown we chose Qatar. It is situated in the Middle East, and it is top rated from many points of view. It is both luxurious and safe, and if you visit it, there are hundreds of things to do, from visiting museums to admiring private human-made islands. And even if the country is associated with luxury, it is still very cheap if you are a tourist.

Just keep in mind that Qatar is a predominantly Muslim country, so make sure you follow the local rules and common practices. The police there is very vigilant, and if you cause problems, they will take measures that might seem a bit rough for a westerner. Otherwise, if you are a fan of opulence, this might be the place for you.

Next on the list is a country made up of diverse cultural backgrounds. Switzerland is not a country, but just like the U.S., it is a union of different regions. There are many official languages in the Swiss nation, including French, Italian, and German. There is even a small part that speaks a Latin dialect.

It has also done well in the broader report, for many years, as a matter of fact,  and has reached a status synonymous with neutrality, for its position during the World Wars. Moreover, it is incredibly expensive, but the little country is safe in has a lot to offer. Everyone has heard of Swiss watches, cheese, and chocolate and of their stunning natural scenery. If you don’t know much about Switzerland, do yourself a favor and google cities like Bern, Geneva, and Zermatt now.

Another European country with great scores is Norway. Is this surprising anyone? The Nordic jewel is famous for its reliable police and for the fact that the people are kind, helpful and laid-back. If you want to see beautiful nature in its pristine form, Oslo, Bergen and everything in between should be on your travel list.

You’ll be happy to know that Norwegians have some of the lowest homicide rates, especially when compared to most places in America. There are also many cultural destinations in Norway and a lot of nightclubs for those who enjoy this type of adventure.

At number four, we have Oman. Despite having neighbors in a state of conflict, raided by terrorism, Oman is like a peaceful oasis in the turbulent Middle East. It outshines even large countries like the UK and France and is for sure an inspiration to us all.

And the last country might be a surprise to some of you, especially since in the previous few years it held a different position on the top. We are talking, of course, about Finland and its capital, Helsinki. It climbed almost eleven spots and now it is considered an emblem of police efficiency, and it is praised for its criminal justice system.

 

 

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.

 

 

Places to avoid in Cuba

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Cuba tops many world travelers bucket lists, being a nation that captured the world’s imagination, with a unique mix of tropical beauty, wonderful salsa rhythms and ever-flowing rum. Also, Cuba has amazing warm and friendly people, always ready to host you and your traveling buddies for the best Cuban experience.

However, if you want to make sure your experience here is well worth it, there are a couple of places you should try and stay away from. Cuba is not a dangerous country, but for the well-being of your trip, we created a list with the top areas you should avoid during your stay in Cuba.

 

Varadero

The Varadero peninsula stretches into the Caribbean at the northernmost point of Cuba, and it is about 2 hours east from Havana. This area has an interesting history, but its activity is mostly unethical regarding tourism. This area was created once the American mafia wanted to build a stretch of casinos from the peninsula all the way to Havana, naming it Casino Coast.

However, when Castro took control, he kicked the American mafia out. But all the casinos and beach resorts stayed, and they are still spoiling the beautiful scenery and the beaches. Usually, at these beach resorts, you find a lot of unwelcome tourists, which keep people away by constantly guarding the beaches and denying access.

There is even a gate at the start of the peninsula to stop any Cubans from entering. Therefore, we do not recommend you to visit this area.

Avoid slums

In Cuba, as in any other place, it is better if you try to avoid visiting marginal or poor neighborhoods. Some areas are more dangerous than others, some are even outside the law where a tourist might be an easy target for muggers.

You should be very careful if you visit Havana because it is more dangerous compared to other cities. Neighborhoods such as Centro Habana, Marianao and Guanabacoa have more of a bad reputation than others, so if you find yourself interested in visiting them, you should at least visit them alongside a local friend, someone you really trust.

 

Bechlin

This is an area where spontaneous fights might erupt, but usually between locals. There are a lot of bars around this area, so alcohol has a lot to do with the incidents too. Don’t worry, if you stay away from these areas, especially at night, you won’t have any unpleasant experiences.

Orange Casa Particulares

Across the country, there is a national network of “staying in” locations which are called “Casa Particulares.” Foreigners and travelers are only allowed to stay in blue Casas Particulares because the orange ones are for locals. Both the traveler and the owner can get in big trouble if visitors choose to stay in a orange one.

You should also avoid over-crowded places or very noisy/loud bars. Cubans are mostly friendly and nice, but there are cases when they can act sketchy. Don’t flaunt your wealth, don’t wear showy jewelry and don’t carry with you a lot of cash because that will increase the chance of you getting mugged. Avoid drinking tap-water or brushing your teeth with it, because it most probably could make you sick.

Always be aware of your surroundings and try to befriend some locals to have a couple of trustworthy people that can show you the true and hidden beauties of Cuba. Even so, you should be careful who you trust, because there are people who will try to scam you into buying questionable looking items such as cigars, decorative objects, alcohol, etc for unusual high prices.

 

 

Top 5 most dangerous snakes out there

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A fishing trip can be much fun, and there is nothing more relaxing than spending a few hours in your inflatable boat. You should, however, take into consideration that among fish, many other dangerous animals may be lurking around.

Snakes represent a real threat if encountered, so it is best you study the region before deciding where to go. Your fishing waders can help you, but you should not count on them all the time and to an extreme extent. Below you can find 5 of the most dangerous snake species out there.

 

Eastern Brown Snake

The Eastern Brown Snake is referred to as one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Based on a measure of a fatal dosage of toxin in mice, it displayed a considerable value of median lethal dose.

This species can be found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, where many reports regarding unfortunate encounters with humans have been registered.

Common Death Adder

The Common Death Adder originates in Australia and is a subspecies of the Death Adder. It is considered one of the most venomous snakes on this continent and worldwide.

Distinctive from other types of snakes, this one covers itself with leaves and patiently waits for prey to pass by. It can remain in this state for days.

At the exact moment an unsuspecting victim approaches, the adder strikes fast, injecting its venom. It then waits for some more time, until the prey dies and only then starts to eat it.  

 

Philippine Cobra

Toxicology experts argue that the Philippine Cobra holds the most toxic venom among all other Cobra species. A single bite from this snake can kill a human within 30 minutes.

The venom of this Cobra comes with the fatal ability to interrupt the frequency of nerve signals and to paralyze the respiratory system. This fact makes the Philippine Cobra a very dangerous specimen.

 

Inland Taipan

This snake is not remarkable just for its deadly venom, but also for the speed at which it bites. In an unfortunate encounter with the Inland Taipan, the victim does not get one bite, but a series of fast, precise strikes. This way, the snake manages to inject extremely toxic venom deep into the prey.

In terms of toxicity, no other snake venom has been found to reach the levels of the Inland Taipan.

Belcher’s Sea Snake

Many experts consider that the Belcher’s Sea Snake has the most toxic venom among all other snakes in the world.

A single drop of a King Cobra’s venom is enough to kill over 150 people. Just a few milligrams of the Belcher’s Sea Snake venom is powerful enough to kill over 1,000 people. That is how strong and dangerous this species’ venom is.

When realizing how deadly this snake is, it is hard to believe that any good things can be associated with it. Well, the Belcher’s Sea Snake is very shy, and it takes a lot of provoking before it bites, so at least there’s that.

 

Recommendations

There are numerous species of snakes, many of them being extremely venomous. A lot of them do not bite if not stirred, but you can find yourself stepping near one by mistake. Others are more aggressive and will strike for no reason.

The most important thing is to know your region and find out what kind of snakes you can encounter. Also, you should always let someone know where you are, just in case. In the unfortunate event you get bitten by a snake, you should be able to call for help as fast as possible. However, one thing is for sure — you ought to avoid these animals as much as possible.

 

 

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 deadliest diseases in the world

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When people take a minute and think of the deadliest diseases ever, their minds probably jump to incurable ones that grab headlines. But the truth is, many of these diseases don’t rank high in the top ten causes of deaths in the yearly charts. An estimated 56.5 million people passed away in 2016, and 70 percent of them due to hidden diseases that progress slowly and which can be cured. Read on to see the top diseases causing the most deaths on our planet, at least according to the World Health Organization.

 

Ischemic heart disease

This first one is no surprise to anyone. Although its reign is indisputable, and it is indeed the leading cause of death worldwide, the actual mortality rates have declined slightly in many European countries and the States, due to strict food regulations. It might also be due to improved public health education, better access to healthcare, and other forms of prevention.

However, we should not sleep on it. In many developing nations in Africa, Asia, and South America, mortality rates of CAD and its associated syndromes are on the rise. Our increasing lifespan, constant socioeconomic changes, and chaotic lifestyles play a major role in this rise.

Stroke

A stroke ultimately occurs when a vital artery in your brain’s vascular system is blocked or it leaks. This urgent problem causes the stressed and oxygen-deprived brain cells to start dying within a matter of minutes. During a stroke, patients feel sudden general numbness and confusion. If left untreated for too long, a stroke can lead to long-term disability and even death.

Actually, strokes are the leading causes which lead to long-term disabilities. Those lucky enough to receive treatment within three hours of having a stroke are less likely to develop those complications.

 

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

When people think of Alzheimer’s disease, they might think of a severe loss of memory, but they don’t usually think of death. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and unstoppable disease that destroys brain cells and interrupts normal mental functions, thus leading to memory loss. It is also one of the most ruthless and prevalent types of dementia, making up 80 percent of dementia cases. These patients usually die from complications, as it is a multifactorial disease.

 

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is still one of the most widespread killers of our species. It is a bacterial infection, caused by the notorious Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As you might already know, contraction of the bacteria is airborne, but it is rather difficult to get.

Nonetheless, it is one of the leading agents of death for people coupled with HIV and not only those, as it can kill a fully healthy person even if his or her immune system is intact. An estimated 1.35 million people fell to tuberculosis in 2012, contributing to about 2.4% of all deaths worldwide.

Diarrheal disease

We’ve all experienced it some extent, but few know how bad things can get. Diarrhea is characterized by eliminating watery fecal matter more than three or four times a day, no matter the food you ate or the amount of water you consumed. Suffering from diarrhea over the course of a large number of days depletes the body of water and salt.

The WHO roughly estimates that diarrheal diseases claimed at least 2.46 million lives in 2014. It is the second cause of death of children under the age of five. This condition contributes to about 4.4% of all deaths globally.

Luckily, it can be prevented and treated in many ways. One of them is by investing in a high-quality and efficient electric mosquito swatter, to keep those insects away since they are vectors for most infectious diseases. Another way of doing that is by buying a sitz bath to help alleviate pain in case you suffer from the inflammatory bowel disease.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

5 tips for driving in Mexico

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If you’re planning a trip to Mexico and you intend to take your car or rent one from your destination, you need to know your way around. Here are five pieces of advice that we have prepared for you if you’re in the situation of driving an automobile in this country.

 

General information

First, let’s discuss the documentation needed to drive in Mexico. You can use a driver’s license obtained in the U.S. or Canada, but if you intend on driving more, and leave Mexico for other countries, you can also get an international driving permit. You should always have your license with you, along with your ID and the tourist card.

If you use your own car, make sure to have your insurance and registration. Alternatively, keep your rental agreement and insurance with you when driving a rented car.

You should know that buying gas is simple, but a bit different compared to other places. For example, always make sure that the meter shows zero before the attendant starts pumping the gas. Also note that it’s a custom to tip the attendant if he or she has done something else for you, like washing the windshield or checking the tires and oil.

Avoid driving at night

Unfortunately, road fatalities are a lot higher at night in Mexico than they are at day. That’s because there are plenty of animals that you can run into, and there are pedestrians that cross the street recklessly. You will also see many vehicles that lack tail lights and they are a danger on the road.

Another noticeable thing is that there aren’t many overhead lights on the road so you will not be able to see obstacles from afar. That is why you should try and drive more slowly than you usually do. Also, if you’re stuck in a remote area, there are slim chances of someone helping you so you will be stuck there all night.

 

Stick to the main roads

Although thieves are not as big of a problem as they once were, they can still cause some trouble on the usually untraveled roads. Another problem that back roads have is that the road conditions can be suboptimal and your car might run the risk of hitting a hole and sustaining too much damage.

However, if you’re with a group of friends you can be confident that these issues can be resolved and you can try and visit the part of Mexico that you can find off the beaten track. This is where you will see the real spirit of the country, with the kids waving at you and asking you to buy stuff and adventurous roads with sharp curves.

Unwritten driving rules

In the U.S. and generally around the globe, a left turn signal shows the driver’s intention to turn left. But that’s not always the case in Mexico, where it’s generally an invitation for the driver behind to pass. If there is no intersection with a road on the left, then be sure that the left signal asks you to pass.

This shows how polite Mexican people can be. However, they expect you to be polite, as well. If you’re going down a road that has a shoulder and a car comes from the opposite direction, on your lane, if that car is overtaking someone you are expected to drive on the emergency lane.

You can also pass a car on the right, on the shoulder lane, but you need to make sure the driver you overtake is aware of that.

 

Don’t attempt bribes

When being pulled over, firstly ask to talk to the chief. If the officer that stopped you only wants your money he or she will probably back off when hearing that request.

Most Mexican policemen are honest and that is why you should never be the one to offer to bribe them. This act could get you in a lot of trouble. As expected, paying an officer to get rid of the fine is illegal in Mexico.