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Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight # AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP Dept 11:25 am Arrv 1:01 pm

Mendoza is quite a small, mostly domestic, airport. They have a few international flights, but mainly just to Santiago, Chile-SCL, just on the other side of the mountains. Our hotel advised us that arriving appx 1 hour before departure is more than enough time to check-in with bags when traveling to Buenos Aires.

BOOKING

We booked this segment as part of a larger Delta SkyMiles award ticket. Finding and adding Aerolíneas Argentinas award space to a Delta award reservation can be a bit tricky, so check out our guides here: Booking an Awesome Argentina Itinerary with Delta SkyMiles + Other SkyTeam Partners and All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

CHECK-IN

We arrived right at 10:25 am, one hour in advance, and made our way up to the Aerolíneas Argentinas check-in counter. There were only about 3 people in line with plenty of agents available to help. We handed over our passports and checked our 3 bags without any trouble.

BOARDING

There seem to be very few gates and waiting areas, so they had us wait until the small post-security gate was clear. Once we got on the other side of security, the waiting area was virtually empty:

Boarding, from what I could gather, started with rows 22-15 and then everyone else. This makes total sense: let those in the very back board first which, in theory, should speed up the boarding process.

SEAT

Our aircraft was a Boeing 737-700, in a 3 x 3 configuration with appx 22 rows of 6 across in economy + a 1st class cabin with 2 rows of 2 x 2:

We made it to our seats near the back of the plane:

The plane is noticeably older but still in fine shape with cloth seats. The pitch of the seats seemed quite small. It seemed like tighter legroom than most domestic Delta flights, probably more in line with AirAsia or Spirit Airlines.

The plane was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full with lots of empty seats. This might explain why they had already canceled a few of the flights before us in the morning: cancel one and just move those passengers to the later flight.

Seated by the window and ready to take off!

After a quick safety demonstration, we were airborne!

MEAL SERVICE

The drink and snack service was started promptly upon reaching cruising altitude so as to try and serve everyone on the relatively short flight.

While no choice was given, we were handed snack boxes with mini alfajores, cheese crackers, and another small pastry.

If nothing else, the boxes were cool and celebrated the history of flight and the airline

After a short flight, we began our descent into Buenos Aires.

Touchdown at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires!

After deplaning, we rushed off to baggage claim and then into the city to start our few days in Buenos Aires!

 

Travelling Viet Nam whilst black | girlunfurled

Travelling Viet Nam whilst black | girlunfurled


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Xenophobia towards black travellers in Viet Nam has long been rumoured; but is it accurate? Here are my experiences travelling Viet Nam whilst black...

The most popular scams in Southeast Asia

by efim @ Safearound

  Scams in Southeast Asia are very similar to those each tourist might enforce whenever he will be. Most of the scams in Asia are based on the naive trust of tourists who are delighted by the spirit of vacation and beauties around. When visiting unfamiliar places, particularly with language barriers, and another kind [...]

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8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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Quick Read: Swedish skier killed in avalanche in Indian Kashmir

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The victim was skiing with a fellow Swede in Gulmarg, a hill resort in Indian-administered Kashmir frequented by families and winter adventurers alike, when the avalanche barrelled down the slopes on Thursday…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.thelocal.se/20180118/swedish-skier-killed-in-avalanche-in-indian-kashmir Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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Vietnam 40 years later — and why Americans should visit

Vietnam 40 years later — and why Americans should visit


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Contrary to misperceptions still present in the U.S., we found Vietnam to be a vibrant, young, energetic and very welcoming country.

Why Japan’s Suicide Forest Should Not Be Considered a Tourist Attraction

by TripZilla @ TripZilla Magazine

Quick Read: 7 die at Ethiopia’s Epiphany in clashes with security forces

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian police official in the restive Amhara region in the north confirmed Sunday evening that seven people were killed when worshippers celebrating the Epiphany holiday clashed with security forces…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/An-Ethiopian-police-official-in-the-restive-Amhara-region-in-the-north-confirmed-Sunday-evening-that-7-people-were-killed-when-people-celebrating-the-Epiphany-holiday-clashed-with-secur/id-2b6fff9dc1d0437dba17ad304b6fb6a5   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily […]

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Fun Things to Do in Changi Airport Whether You’re A Local or Tourist

by Joyce Khoh @ TripZilla Magazine

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Quick Read: Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a ski trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/Turkish-officials-say-a-passenger-bus-carrying-mostly-people-going-on-a-skiing-trip-crashed-into-trees-on-the-side-of-a-road-killing-11-people-on-board-and-injuring-44-others/id-ea91aaa69d74456cb27845523d47d76e   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. […]

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The Five Best Destinations During the Rainy Season

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Traveling to a foreign country is a thrilling experience. Most tourists visit a different country during the warmer and drier months when there is a high influx of tourists. Travelers prefer sun-filled days to bask in the sun on the sandy beaches. They want to shop in the quaint villages or see the local landmarks […]

The Five Best Destinations During the Rainy Season

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

Traveling to a foreign country is a thrilling experience. Most tourists visit a different country during the warmer and drier months when there is a high influx of tourists. Travelers prefer sun-filled days to bask in the sun on the sandy beaches. They want to shop in the quaint villages or see the local landmarks […]

Quick Read: 5 Dead, Dozens Injured as Congo Police Disperse Protests

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Police in Congo used tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators across the nation on Sunday, leaving five people dead and injuring more than 33 who marched after church services calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down, the United Nations said…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.voanews.com/a/congo-police-fire-tear-gas-to-disperse-demonstrators/4217266.html   Like […]

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Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After spending a very enjoyable and luxurious 3+ hours in the Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH, it was time for the main event: The Etihad First Apartment!

BOOKING

We booked this bucket list flight using American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a total of 60,000 miles; this was before a major AAdvantage devaluation and now the flight would cost you 100,000 miles for the one-way route from the “Middle East” region to the “South Pacific” region. Furthermore, since we both have the Barclay AA credit card, we got a 10% rebate, driving the total price down to 54,000 miles + ~$79 in taxes each for the ~$6,300+ flight. We got even more value than that though since we arranged a 23 hours stopover in Melbourne-MEL before continuing on to Townsville, Australia-TSV in Qantas Business Class.

CHECK-IN

We were able to take advantage of the free Etihad Chauffeur Service from the Park Hyatt Dubai to Abu Dhabi International Airport for our Etihad flight.

Our (free!) chauffeur service

The trip took about 1.5 hours total.

The airport has a dedicated First & Business class check-in area.

And so the experience begins!

First Class check-in desks

We left the lounge and made the (extremely) long trek to Gate 61 in Terminal 3, literally the furthest away from the Lounge.

As we approached the gate area, they were doing a secondary document check:

BOARDING

Knowing it would be dark at the time of boarding, we snuck a few pictures before hopping in the lounge:

Etihad A6-APG sitting at the gate

We made our way down (ok, more so really up since we were on top deck) of the long jet bridge to board the flight.

We took a left after boarding to find the First Class cabin:

While I didn’t necessarily need to be shown to my seat since I’d studied it online numerous times and been counting down the days to this moment, a flight attendant escorted us anyway. She showed us to our seats, 3K and 4K:

Of the 9 First Class seats (well, 10 if you include The Residence), there were just 2 other passengers aboard, so 4 of us total.



SEAT

The seat was, well, let me just type a direct quote from McCown as we got settled it: “OMG. There was what I expected and anticipated from reading many, many reviews and then there’s the real thing. And let me just say, OMG.”

The sheer size and space and privacy are unprecedented and staggering.

The big, leather seat is luxurious and makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandfather instead of couped up on a plane.

The couch is perfect for having company over in your apartment. And then switched into a bed when you’re ready to sleep.

I mean, it’s realistically closer to a throne than a seat:

The empty neighboring suite

View from seat 4K

View of IFE and sofa (that converts to a bed)

The actual seat featured a few tactile buttons as well as a touchscreen for a variety of controls.

It was all really a sensory overload. The tiny compartments, sliding doors and gadgets and gizmos [...]

What To Know Before Visiting South Korea (as a North American Tourist) - Mint Notion

What To Know Before Visiting South Korea (as a North American Tourist) - Mint Notion


Mint Notion

What you need to know before visiting South Korea (as a North American tourist). These travel tips are great for first-time visitors.

Quick Read: Chinese woman refuses Beijing airport security check, claims to be foreigner

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

A woman has been placed in detention for 15 days for refusing to go through a physical security check at Beijing’s international airport while claiming to be a foreigner, according to a TV report. The woman is seen in surveillance footage refusing to let staff frisk her body…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: […]

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Where is it Safe to Travel in the Middle East?

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

The Middle East is a vast region that spans a couple of continents, from parts of Asia, through the Sinai Peninsula, to portions of Northeastern Africa. Home to some of the world’s most glorious natural landscapes, it’s also considered a rising travel destination. The architecture is also one-of-a-kind. Pyramids, temples and structures that are so […]

Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Quick Read: Ryanair: passengers fight for expenses if flights are delayed

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

When Linda Fisher booked a three-day break in Berlin to visit her boyfriend last August, Ryanair was the cheapest option. But she has paid a high price for choosing the budget airline…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jan/22/ryanair-expenses-compensation-delayed-cancelled   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also […]

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Quick Read: Environmental message lost as Insta-traffic takes toll on Tasmania’s natural wonders

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The sharing of stunning photos on social media is becoming a destructive force as Instagram trophy hunters beat a path to Tasmania’s natural gems, warns professional photographer Jason Futrill…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-22/instagram-trophy-hunters-beating-destructive-path-in-tassie/9344444   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a […]

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Jamaica: State of Emergency declared in St James due to violent crime, curfew in place – tourists warned to stay in hotels (ADIVCE)

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

A curfew is in place in St James and parts of St Catherine, Jamaica, following a spike in murders and violent crimes that authorities have blamed on gangs and lottery scams. The popular tourist resort of Montego Bay is in St James. If you are in the area, expect to see an increase security presence […]

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Map: High Terrorist Threat countries

by @ Safearound

Countries with a High Terrorist Threat, mapped Because of the rise of terrorist attacks in the last years, we thought travelers would like to see a map of the most dangerous countries regarding terrorism. 2015 and 2016, to date, have been some of worst years in terms of number of terrorist attacks and [...]

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Vietnam Travel Information

Vietnam Travel Information


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The essential lowdown on Vietnam travel: all about the nation's visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.

Safety in Hanoi

Safety in Hanoi


Travelfish

Hanoi remains a relatively safe city for visitors, but being aware of some typical hazards will increase the likelihood of you having a hassle-free stay. Here are some things to beware of.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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How safe is Vietnam | Safety Tips & Crime Maps | Safearound

How safe is Vietnam | Safety Tips & Crime Maps | Safearound


Safearound

Vietnam(Cities in Vietman: Ha long, Hanoi, HoChi Minh City)Vietnam is a fantastic country, which has an incredibly rich legacy. Its well known for white sandy beaches, jungle rivers, sophisticated Buddhist pagodas, vibrant city life and fantastically delicious food.One has many ways to entertain himself while in

Quick Read: Landslide pushes Colombian bus into ravine, killing at least 13

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

BOGOTA (Reuters) – At least 13 people, including a newborn, were killed on Sunday when a landslide pushed a bus into a ravine in southwest Colombia, the disaster relief agency said…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-colombia-accident/landslide-pushes-colombian-bus-into-ravine-killing-at-least-13-idUKKBN1FB06A   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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Quick Read: Flu outbreak: GPs under ‘huge pressure’ as deaths soar to 120

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The number of people dying from the flu has reached 120 already this winter – three times higher compared to the same period last year. Thirty-five people died of flu-related symptoms last week across the UK, new figures released by Public Health England show…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/18/flu-outbreak-gps-under-huge-pressure-as-deaths-soar-to-120   Like what […]

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Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi: 6 highlights and you’ll get your perfect choice

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Finding reasons to love Vietnam is not a difficult task, especially when you look at the charming landscapes, sprawling beaches, mesmerizing mountains and unique scenery only found in Vietnam. With all this, it is easy to forget the big cities of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We are going to compare and […]

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9 Myths about Traveling in Vietnam - The Christina's Blog

9 Myths about Traveling in Vietnam - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

It’s always good to go traveling with an open mind. Let us debunk 9 myths about traveling in Vietnam to help you make the most of your time here.

The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Travel in Vietnam

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

If you are looking for the perfect combination of culture, relaxation and adventure, then Vietnam offers one of the most unique luxury travel experiences in Southeast Asia. From the elegant heritage hotels of Hanoi and Saigon, to the exotic mystique of Halong Bay and Vietnam’s exclusive island resorts, luxury travel in Vietnam provides the perfect […]

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Fun Things to Do in Changi Airport Whether You’re A Local or Tourist

by Joyce Khoh @ TripZilla Magazine

Quick Read: Family ‘increasingly worried’ as French tourist Pierre Paludet remains missing from Hawke’s Bay

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Fears are mounting rapidly for French tourist Pierre Antoine Paludet, last seen a week ago. On Friday, Hawke’s Bay Police said based on inquiries so far, 32-year-old Paludet and his vehicle were likely in the car park at Haumoana Beach from January 10…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/100723380/family-increasingly-worried-as-french-tourist-pierre-paludet-remains-missing-from-hawkes-bay   Like what you […]

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SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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Quick Read: Vietnamese businessman kidnapped in Berlin gets life in prison in Hanoi

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Trinh Xuan Thanh (pictured) was among 22 executives linked to state-owned PetroVietnam on trial as part of a vigorous anti-corruption crackdown. The court also sentenced Dinh La Thang, a former member of the country’s Communist politburo, to 13 years in prison…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.dw.com/en/vietnamese-businessman-kidnapped-in-berlin-gets-life-in-prison-in-hanoi/a-42248440   Like what you read? Sign […]

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Should I Travel to Vietnam During Tet? | Earth Trekkers

Should I Travel to Vietnam During Tet? | Earth Trekkers


Earth Trekkers

Should I travel to Vietnam during Tet? Our family spent one month in Vietnam during Tet, spending New Year's Eve in Hanoi for Tet.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

26 Most Common Scams in Vietnam - Travelscams.org

26 Most Common Scams in Vietnam - Travelscams.org


TravelScams.org

Vietnam is a beautiful country to visit, but almost every tourist here would have experienced a scam. Click here to learn how to protect yourself!

Weather and how to explore Hanoi in January

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is home to around eight million people, which is over 8 percent of Vietnam’s overall population. This area of Asia has a tropical climate with hot, humid weather in Summer but it is completely different in Winter, the temperature sometimes goes down to 8°C. The best weather […]

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Is it Safe to Travel in Vietnam?

Is it Safe to Travel in Vietnam?


Be My Travel Muse

Is Vietnam safe to travel in, especially for an American? How can you avoid getting scammed or cheated? Follow this guide to ensure smooth travels!

Quick Read: Australia: Hundreds saved from wildfires in Royal National Park

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Firefighters have rescued hundreds of hikers and tourists from Australia’s Royal National Park after wildfires ravaged the national park south of Sydney…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.dw.com/en/australia-hundreds-saved-from-wildfires-in-royal-national-park/a-42240900   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all the […]

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Is it Still Safe to Go to Bali After Mount Agung Eruption?

by Benjamar Gabawa @ TripZilla Magazine

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.Here goes:-1-TAKE YOUR VISA SERIOUSLY, VERY SERIOUSLY INDEEDYes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned ... Read More »

Where is it Safe to Travel in the Middle East?

by Josh Martinez @ Passport Health

The Middle East is a vast region that spans a couple of continents, from parts of Asia, through the Sinai Peninsula, to portions of Northeastern Africa. Home to some of the world’s most glorious natural landscapes, it’s also considered a rising travel destination. The architecture is also one-of-a-kind. Pyramids, temples and structures that are so […]

Attempted Kidnapping in Vietnam: How To Stay Safe When Using Taxis - Go! Girl Guides - Helping Women Travel The World

Attempted Kidnapping in Vietnam: How To Stay Safe When Using Taxis - Go! Girl Guides - Helping Women Travel The World


Go! Girl Guides - Helping Women Travel The World

You can take taxis in Vietnam, but follow these safety tips to ensure your utmost safe experience.

The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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The Top 6 In-Flight Travel Accessories

by @ Safearound

The Best 6 In-Flight Travel Accessories to make flying better As a kid, flying in an airplane used to be a fun experience. But as an adult, having to successively wait for luggage check-in, security controls, boarding pass control before finding your seat in a crowded plane cabin isn't much fun anymore. With cost-cutting policies, airlines tend to [...]

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Quick Read: Bahamas – Military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Authorities in the Bahamas say a body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane withsix people on board is believed to have crashed…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/bahamas-military-recovers-body-from-small-plane-crash-at-sea/ Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a Weekly […]

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Quick Read: American tourist stabbed to death on Saigon backpacker street - Safe Travels Magazine

Quick Read: American tourist stabbed to death on Saigon backpacker street - Safe Travels Magazine


Safe Travels Magazine

Police have launched a manhunt for a Vietnamese suspect. An American tourist was stabbed to death during a fight with a Vietnamese man in Ho Chi Minh City’s backpacker district on Thursday night…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://ift.tt/2tLJ6cu   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We …

Quick Read: Tokyo braces for rare heavy snowfall, trains disrupted

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo braced for heavy snowfall on Monday, prompting Japan’s national broadcaster to urge the city’s workaholic citizens to head home early, and some train operators to cancel services…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-japan-weather-snow/tokyo-braces-for-rare-heavy-snowfall-trains-disrupted-idUKKBN1FB0CT   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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Quick Read: At Least a Dozen Soldiers Killed in Eastern Congo

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

At least a dozen soldiers were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile eastern borderlands where the army is battling Ugandan Islamist rebels, Congolese security and diplomatic sources said on Friday…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.voanews.com/a/least-dozen-soldiers-killed-eastern-congo/4215645.html   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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15 Things to know before you go to Vietnam - GRRRL TRAVELER

15 Things to know before you go to Vietnam - GRRRL TRAVELER


GRRRL TRAVELER

When I arrived into Vietnam, I knew very little about the land, people and culture. But in a little over a week, I learned quickly. Here's 5 things to know about Vietnam before you go:

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Quick Read: Carnival Cruise Ship Death: Woman Falls Off Cabin’s Balcony During Bahamas Trip

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Florida to the Bahamas fell to her death from her cabin’s balcony. The incident, which took place last Friday, is currently being investigated by the Bahamas police…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.ibtimes.com/carnival-cruise-ship-death-woman-falls-cabins-balcony-during-bahamas-trip-2643638   Like what you read? Sign up here for our […]

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World’s Safest Countries for Women

by @ Safearound

The World's Safest Countries for Women The New World Wealth think tank has ranked the world's countries regarding how safe they are for women. These ratings use various sources  such as interviews with women travelers, female aid workers and migration workers. The study focuses on 4 criteria to define women safety: risks of rape, assault, slavery and trafficking. Here's the ranking of [...]

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Quick Read: 10 Small Luxuries That Will Upgrade Women’s Business Trips in 2018

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

When I was younger, I thought traveling for work would be a fabulous way to see the world. But once I started my first job, it quickly became clear that business trips are anything but glamorous…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.fastcompany.com/40516859/10-small-luxuries-that-will-upgrade-womens-business-trips-in-2018   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free […]

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10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam


Touropia

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the South China Sea and the Laos and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains

Quick Read: Sydney train crash: 16 passengers hurt in station accident

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Sixteen people have been taken to hospital after a train struck a railway buffer on the outskirts of Sydney, police say. The accident happened at the end of a railway line in Richmond, in the city’s north-west, about 10:00 local time on Monday (23:00 Sunday GMT)…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42769877   […]

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Why American tourists don't come to Indonesia

Why American tourists don't come to Indonesia


The Jakarta Post

There are some logical reasons for this lack of American interest in Indonesia as a vacation destination.

Quick Read: Hostage situation at Gauteng government offices comes to an end

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

After being held hostage for about three hours by security guards‚ staff at the Gauteng human settlement department offices in downtown Johannesburg were allowed to leave. Angry security guards from security firm VPS had prevented anyone entering or leaving the office over an apparent pay dispute…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-01-18-hostage-situation-at-guateng-government-offices-comes-to-an-end/ Like […]

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Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Langkawi for Plant-Based Travellers

by Claire @ Claire's Footsteps

One of Malaysia’s most loved tourist destinations, Langkawi is a popular destination for travellers. It is an archipelago made up of ninety-nine islands, surrounded by gorgeous turquoise sea. Picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hill, with the shoreline fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees, make it a perfect destination for nature lovers. If you’re […]

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Quick Read: Uganda: Crime Preventer’s Child Kidnapped, Shs1 Million Ransom Demanded

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Bugiri — Police in Bugiri District are hunting for unidentified people who are demanding for Shs1 million ransom before releasing a five-year-old boy they kidnapped. The abduction reportedly occurred in Busowa Town where Roman Wegulo is said to have gone missing two days ago…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://allafrica.com/stories/201801170133.html   Like what […]

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Is South Korea Safe for Travelers? You bet it is! - Bucket List Events

Is South Korea Safe for Travelers? You bet it is! - Bucket List Events


Bucket List Events

South Korea is not only beautiful, interesting, and filled with delicious food. The South Korea safety ranking is among the world's best.

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

The most useful Vietnam Travel tips for families traveling with children. What to do in Vietnam when you travel with kids? Safety advice for parents.

Quick Read: Niger Delta Avengers say they will attack Nigeria’s oil sector within days

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday it will launch attacks on the country’s oil sector in the next few days. In November, the group, which attacked oil facilities in 2016, said it had ended a ceasefire…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-oil/niger-delta-avengers-say-they-will-attack-nigerias-oil-sector-within-days-idUSKBN1F6155   Like what you […]

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Ten Reasons to Get Travel Insurance When travelling Abroad

by raph @ Safearound

Holiday insurance or travel insurance is important, first of all in order to make sure to be able to afford medical care of any kind. Basically, the chief purpose of insurance is to mitigate your financial risk.  According to recent research, the average medical treatment abroad for foreigners costs between $2000-2500 and can be [...]

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Women Who Travel Solo: Solo Travel in Vietnam

Women Who Travel Solo: Solo Travel in Vietnam


Something In Her Ramblings

Female solo traveler Hannah Smith talks the ins and outs of traveling alone in Vietnam, from avoiding taxi scams in Ho Chi Minh City to the best way to visit the famous My Son ruins in this week's Women Who Travel Solo. How did you get started traveling? I went... #blog #vietnam #womenwhotravelsolo

Map: Which Countries Are Safe to Visit

by @ Safearound

Countries Which Are Safe to Visit, according to the UK Foreign Office The United Kingdom Foreign Office (FCO) gives advice to British travelers about the safety of most of the world's countries. These ratings take into account several criteria such as war, terrorism, crimes against tourists, etc. VIEW WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES The [...]

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Quick Read: What It’s Like to Fly When the TSA Profiles You

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

It’s 4:45am on a Monday morning, and my flight from Washington, DC to Charlotte, North Carolina is set to depart in 90 minutes…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/racial-profiling-tsa-airport-security   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all […]

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Is it Still Safe to Go to Bali After Mount Agung Eruption?

by Benjamar Gabawa @ TripZilla Magazine

Quick Read: Travelers at O’Hare Airport Exposed to 2 Measles Cases in 2 Days

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Public health officials are warning passengers who traveled through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week after two causes of measles were reported there in two days. The first report occurred on Jan…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://time.com/5107935/measels-o-hare-airport-chicago/   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also […]

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Vietnam Cost of Living (How Much to Live in Vietnam in 2017)

Vietnam Cost of Living (How Much to Live in Vietnam in 2017)


A Little Adrift

This full breakdown covers the cost of living in Vietnam as an expat and digital nomad Includes food, rent, internet, & why expats love Southeast Asia.

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...

Quick Read: Nail-biting footage shows moment Scottish climbers are rescued from snowy mountain top

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Two climbers have been airlifted to safety after being discovered in a “precarious position” – having survived a night without shelter at 3,000 ft. The pair had called Police Scotland on Friday evening to report they were stuck at Bidean Nam Bain in Glencoe…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/nailbiting-footage-shows-moment-scottish-climbers-are-rescued-from-snowy-mountain-top-a3745701.html   Like what […]

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Quick Read: Greeks Protest Over Neighbor’s Use of the Name Macedonia

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

ATHENS — Tens of thousands of people gathered in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, on Sunday to protest the inclusion of the word “Macedonia” in the name of the neighboring former Yugoslav republic amid talks by the two nations to resolve the longstanding dispute…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/21/world/europe/greece-macedonia.html   Like what you […]

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Quick Read: Tourist found dead in southern Iceland earlier this week was French

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

South Iceland police are now investigating the death of a French tourist who was found dead on a steep slope at Sandfell in Öræfi yesterday. It is not believed that the death is suspicious. The man hired the car on December 24th and was last seen at Skaftafell national park on December 29th…. Read full […]

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Quick Read: Experts raise alarm on spate of kidnappings in South Africa

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The spate of kidnappings of wealthy business people for ransom in South Africa has raised serious concerns‚ with experts warning of a looming crisis if police do not act swiftly and decisively…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-01-18-experts-raise-alarm-on-spate-of-kidnappings/ Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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A perfect itinerary for your two-day Mekong Delta tour suggested by a local

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

The Mekong Delta, otherwise known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, is a colourful display of various shades of green. Here in this water world, boats float in the lazy rivers, buffalos wander in the rice fields and ripe fruits adorn the trees. It is also here that visitors will get a true taste of […]

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Quick Read: Pakistani gunmen shoot dead mother and daughter working to eradicate polio in latest linked attack

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two women working on a polio eradication campaign on Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks on efforts to protect children from the crippling and sometimes deadly disease…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-polio-killings-sakina-bibi-immunisation-islamist-militants-quetta-a8165796.html   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Quick Read: Philippine news site head meets investigators over ‘suspicious’ complaint

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

MANILA (Reuters) – The head of a Philippine news site ordered closed for ownership violations met state investigators on Monday to answer what she called a “suspicious” complaint about a five-year-old story, as domestic fears grow of an impending crackdown on media…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-media/philippine-news-site-head-meets-investigators-over-suspicious-complaint-idUKKBN1FB0FV   Like what you read? […]

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Infographic: Most Dangerous and Safest Countries in 2016

by @ Safearound

The 10 Most Dangerous and 10 Safest Countries in 2016 Here’s a snapshot infographic of the rankings of the most dangerous countries in the world in 2016 based on SafeAround's data. Click here to see the full ranking with 162 countries.

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Quick Read: Turkish attack in northern Syria threatens to ignite broader conflict

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

(CNN)Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria against Kurdish militia opens yet another front in the seven-year Syrian conflict, and risks giving ISIS breathing room just as it was being suffocated…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/middleeast/turkey-syria-lister-analysis-intl/index.html   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out […]

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Quick Read: Typhoid outbreak hits Harare

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

HARARE – Health officials in Harare have detected 200 cases of typhoid fever in the first week of January, raising fears that the appalling state of drinking water may fuel the spread of the infectious disease…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/01/17/typhoid-outbreak-hits-harare   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free […]

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Best restaurants in Hanoi: Wander in the map of tastes

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi has complex layers of culture to distinguish itself from others big cities in Vietnam. The border between the ancient Hanoi and the Hanoi of modernity and luxury one is not chaotic but unusually remarkable: With a walk down the same street, one can admire an antique Buddhist temple and soon after, the French architecture […]

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The 7 Best, Strongest and Safest Hard Luggage

by @ Safearound

The 7+ Best, Strongest and Safest Luggage for Travelers Stuck in traffic, running to your gate, rushing through the airport security and finally boarding your flight... Travelling is already a worrisome experience. Having to travel with several luggage when flying by plane can cause of a lot of nervousness. You do not want to [...]

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The good, bad and ugly of Chinese tourists in Vietnam

The good, bad and ugly of Chinese tourists in Vietnam


South China Morning Post

A record year for visitors from the Chinese mainland is filling municipal coffers, but tensions are emerging as the Vietnamese tourism industry struggles to keep up

Ten Common Misconceptions About Me, A Dominican American Abroad

by Isabelle @ Dominican Abroad

“I wish I had your perfect life.” An Instagram user sent me this message recently. It isn’t the first time someone has sent me some variant of this type of message this week. These, coupled with the growing accumulation of other questions and comments from readers and Instagram followers has motivated me to finally clear up […]

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Calls for special foreigners' police in Vietnam

Calls for special foreigners' police in Vietnam


ABC News

A recent spate of tourist deaths in Vietnam is refocusing attention on visitor safety in the alluring South-East Asian nation.

Quick Read: Body found after British father-of-two went missing while on holiday in Thailand with family

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Police searching for a British father-of-two who went missing during a holiday in Thailand have found a body. Martin Wood left Dream Boutique Hotel, Phetchaburi, where he is believed to have been staying with his family, at around 5am on December 30…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/body-british-father-two-found-11870716   Like what you read? […]

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The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

A guide on choosing a hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Choosing a hotel for your holidays always takes time. Especially when you have a long list of places to visit, you have to book a hotel that is easy for you to commute. When in Hanoi, due to its complicated traffic system and the position of famous tourist attractions, you should book a hotel around […]

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Quick Read: Philippine news site head meets investigators over ‘suspicious’ complaint

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

MANILA (Reuters) – The head of a Philippine news site ordered closed for ownership violations met state investigators on Monday to answer what she called a “suspicious” complaint about a five-year-old story, as domestic fears grow of an impending crackdown on media…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-media/philippine-news-site-head-meets-investigators-over-suspicious-complaint-idUKKBN1FB0FV   Like what you read? […]

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13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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Solo Female Travel: Traveling Alone in Vietnam as a Woman - Her Packing List

Solo Female Travel: Traveling Alone in Vietnam as a Woman - Her Packing List


Her Packing List

Jonai couldn't find anyone to join her on a motorbike trip in northern Vietnam so she traveled alone. Read about her experiences traveling alone in Vietnam.

Is it Still Safe to Go to Bali After Mount Agung Eruption?

by Benjamar Gabawa @ TripZilla Magazine

Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam

Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam


Travel.gc.ca

Country Travel Advice and Advisories from the Government of Canada

Quick Read: ‘Serial Stowaway’ Woman Arrested For Flying To London Without Ticket

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

A woman infamous for her history of stowing away on commercial flights made it past two Transportation Security Administration Agents (TSA) at the O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, by hiding her face with her hair Jan 13…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.ibtimes.com/serial-stowaway-woman-arrested-flying-london-without-ticket-2643499   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free […]

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Quick Read: Heavy snowfall cuts off Alpine towns in Switzerland and Austria

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning in the Alps after heavy snowfall blocked train lines and roads to the towns of Zermatt in Switzerland and St. Anton in Austria…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.dw.com/en/heavy-snowfall-cuts-off-alpine-towns-in-switzerland-and-austria/a-42248169   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out […]

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Is It Really Safe to Travel to Myanmar?

Is It Really Safe to Travel to Myanmar?


TripZilla

Is it SAFE to travel to Myanmar? This Filipina traveller shares her personal take on the issue.

Quick Read: Mexico posts record-breaking homicide rate in 2017

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Mexico witnessed nearly 30,000 murders last year, making it the deadliest year since the government started recording figures in the 1990s, the Mexican Interior Ministry reported on Sunday…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.dw.com/en/mexico-posts-record-breaking-homicide-rate-in-2017/a-42247749   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a Weekly […]

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Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze


The HoliDaze

The culture is great, the scenery impressive, and the food delicious, but many travelers never return to Vietnam. Here's why; & how you can have a good trip

Quick Read: Kidnapped Americans, Canadians Released in Nigeria

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Nigeria’s Kaduna state police command says two Americans and two Canadians kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday have been released. Police say the four were kidnapped along Kwoi-Jere road in the Kagarko local government area, Kaduna state…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.voanews.com/a/nigeria-kaduna-kidnapped-americans-canadians/4216727.html   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free […]

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5 Street Food Tips for Safely Savouring the Flavours of Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Street food is an important aspect of anyone’s travels to Asia. Not only is it widespread, locally sourced, produced and consumed, it reflects longstanding culture and culinary tradition. There are a variety of informal instructions that can be followed, or safety rules for keeping a happy tummy, however, we’ve condensed it down to 5 easy […]

Vietnam Travel Safety Guide For Tourists

Vietnam Travel Safety Guide For Tourists


Viral Travel

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world! This week we visit: Vietnam

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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10 Vietnam Travel And Safety Tips - Banker in the Sun

10 Vietnam Travel And Safety Tips - Banker in the Sun


Banker in the Sun

I was very disappointed by the Vietnam travel and safety tips I'd read when I got to Ho Chi Minh City. I had come with this scared mindset, even negative...

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Quick Read: A Multibillion-Dollar Industry Is Getting Nervous as the U.S. Loses Favor Among Tourists

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

As more international travelers decide to skip the United States, 10 business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association, have created a travel industry group aimed at reversing the growing unpopularity of the U.S. as a vacation destination…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://fortune.com/2018/01/17/us-travel-industry-foreign-tourism/ Like what you read? […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards: 25% off select Air France/KLM Routes June – July 2017

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Note: Booking began on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s spring promo, which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 20-25% less than normal in June and July 2017:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 20-25% for travel between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—- USA CITY——————————- Boston-BOS to Europe———– CABIN—— Business—— 1-way—- 46,875— Round-trip 93,750——-

 

All destinations below. Note:  Everything is to/from Europe.

25% off destinations

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHEconomy22,50025% off AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHBusiness45,00025% off AfricaDakarDKREconomy37,50025% off AfricaCotonouCOOEconomy37,50025% off Asia-PacificGuangzhouCANPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificBeijingPEKPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificShanghaiPVGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificXiamenXMNBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificHong KongHKGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificHo Chi MinhSGNPrem Econ120,00025% off CaribbeanHavanaHAVPrem Econ90,00025% off EuropeLyon, FranceLYSEconomy13,60020% off EuropeStuttgart, GermanySTREconomy13,60020% off EuropeBremen, GermanyBREEconomy13,60020% off EuropeInverness, ScotlandINVEconomy13,60020% off EuropeTurin, ItalyTRNEconomy16,80020% off EuropeHelsinkiHELEconomy16,80020% off EuropeGdansk, PolandGDNEconomy20,00020% off EuropeGraz, AustriaGRZEconomy16,80020% off USA/N. AmericaBostonBOSBusiness93,75025% off USA/N. AmericaMexicoMEXBusiness93,75025% off

 

How to Get It Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post Book between April 1 – 30, 2017 Enjoy your savings!

Don’t forget: 

Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2017 “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).” You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges! We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: While the only relevant flight out of the US is Boston, 25% off is still better than nothing and will land you in Europe (or Northern Africa) for 93,750 miles + around $500 in Business Class.

Quick Read: 32 Children Rescued from al-Shabab

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said Friday that Somali forces rescued the kids from a school in the Middle Shabelle region. There has been no comment from the U.S. military, but the use of helicopters in the raid indicates U.S. involvement. U.S…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.voanews.com/a/thirty-two-children-rescued-al-shabab/4215252.html   Like what you […]

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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15 Essential Things To Know Before Your Trip To Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog

15 Essential Things To Know Before Your Trip To Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog


Inspitrip Blog

I wanted to share these Vietnam travel tips with you, in the hope that you too can dive right into the deep end of the experiences Vietnam has to offer.

Is Guatemala Safe? - Don't Judge a Country by its Statistics | Claire's Footsteps

Is Guatemala Safe? - Don't Judge a Country by its Statistics | Claire's Footsteps


Claire's Footsteps

The Central American nation is thought of by many to be a hotbed of criminal activity. But is Guatemala safe? Here's how I experienced the country...

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Fun Things to Do in Changi Airport Whether You’re A Local or Tourist

by Joyce Khoh @ TripZilla Magazine

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road


Love & Road

An easy guide about how to get the Vietnam tourist visa. The visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival.

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Is it Safe to Travel to Asia in 2016? - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Is it Safe to Travel to Asia in 2016? - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog


Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

An informative travel blog on how safe it is to travel in Asia in the year 2016, discussing everything from government to food and from Malaysia to Laos.

Money & Travel: How to Manage It, Stretch It and Hide It

by Kelly @ Go! Girl Guides – Helping Women Travel The World

It’s what helps us to travel, what keeps us from traveling, and it’s something we don’t talk about enough when it comes to travel: money. In helping a good friend plan an upcoming trip through Central America, I realized there’s a ton of stress surrounding money and travel. Here are just a few questions she [...]

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Quick Read: Delta Air to tighten onboard emotional support animal requirements

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in animal-related safety issues over the last several years…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-delta-air-safety-animals/delta-air-to-tighten-onboard-emotional-support-animal-requirements-idUSKBN1F81G9   Like what you read? Sign up […]

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Museum of Vietnamese History

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

What travel to Nicaragua is really all about

by Georgina Lawton @ girlunfurled

Nicaragua has ended up being a firm favourite of mine for backpacking but admittedly, it didn’t begin like that. Indeed when I first decided to travel to the Central American country that borders  Honduras and Guetemala, I expected something a little different. Despite the fact that half my friends hadn’t ever heard of Nicaragua, I’d found [...]

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Quick Read: Canadian, U.S. hostages in ‘good spirits’ and kidnappers have demanded ransom: Nigerian police

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Two Canadians and two Americans being held hostage in Nigeria are together and in “good spirits,” a state police official said Thursday, confirming that their captors had issued a ransom demand…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://nationalpost.com/news/world/canadian-u-s-hostages-in-nigeria-in-good-spirits-and-kidnappers-have-demanded-ransom-police   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send […]

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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Souvenirs of Southeast Asia: A Little Something for Everyone

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Shopping for souvenirs on your journey can be a daunting task, but most major tourist hubs across the continent feature a wide-variety of unique gifts to bring back to your loved ones. If you’re concerned about finding something special, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of souvenirs for each one of our South Asian […]

Quick Read: Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Brazil’s south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency following a deadly outbreak of yellow fever. At least 15 people have died there since December. Many areas, including the state capital Belo Horizonte, have been affected…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42763471   Like what you read? Sign up here […]

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Traveling in Vietnam as an American

Traveling in Vietnam as an American


A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, I may earn a...

Travel advisory update: Further protests planned for Kinshasa on Sunday, Democratic Republic of the Congo remains volatile

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Further protests are planned for Sunday across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While it is hoped these will be peaceful, recent protests have turned violent quickly. People in the DRC are protesting because President Kabila has refused to step down despite passing the end of his term, and he has repeatedly delayed elections. In response […]

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11 Countries That Actually Love Having American Tourists

11 Countries That Actually Love Having American Tourists


Thrillist

You're more interesting than you realize.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Vietnam

10 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Vietnam


Dominican Abroad

Here are a few surprising things to look out for before going to Vietnam. I traveled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City for ten days. Check out my journey!

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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Quick Read: TV crew tried to sneak fake bomb through Newark Airport security, authorities charge

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Flying can be stressful, but getting booted off a plane is even more quizzing. Here are 6 ways you can get booted off your flight. Wochit-All… Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/essex/2018/01/18/tv-crew-tried-sneak-fake-bomb-through-newark-airport-security-authorities-charge/1046974001/   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free Daily Updates. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, […]

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Quick Read: 28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The United Nations says violence against aid workers in South Sudan reached a new high in 2017, with 28 killed. Nearly half of the 1,159 humanitarian access incidents reported last year by aid agencies involved violence including killing, looting and threats…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/28-aid-workers-killed-south-sudan-year-high-52432512   Like what you read? Sign […]

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Quick Read: ‘Drunk’ pilot removed from BA plane at Gatwick Airport

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

The British Airways flight to Mauritius on Thursday was delayed and the pilot replaced, BA said. An airline source told The Sun: “Cops rushed on to the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away.”… Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-42759124   Like what you read? […]

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Why Japan’s Suicide Forest Should Not Be Considered a Tourist Attraction

by TripZilla @ TripZilla Magazine

How Are American Tourists Treated In Vietnam? - Travel Happy

How Are American Tourists Treated In Vietnam? - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

If you're an American looking to go travelling in Vietnam, don't worry about getting a frosty reception because of the legacy of the war. The Vietnamese ha

Crime and personal safety | About Vietnam

Crime and personal safety | About Vietnam


Rough Guides

Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including women travelling alone. In fact, given the country’s recent history, many tourists, particularly...

The most common scams in South America

by efim @ Safearound

Filled with a diverse culture, traditions, and landscapes, South America is an attractive and exciting continent. As a traveler, you will never run out of sights to amaze. However, like in any other very touristic destination in the world, a trip to the fantastic continent of South America has some scams, that tourists should [...]

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Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour – You’ll find it’s more than a modern city

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is no longer a strange destination for travellers visiting Vietnam. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are free to venture and explore a number of destinations in Vietnam, but believe me, don’t mistake Ho Chi Minh as another sprawling modern city without personality. With […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

Is Ho Chi Minh City safe?

Is Ho Chi Minh City safe?


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Is Ho Chi Minh City safe? We think so but here's a few tips we use on our travels around the world that will make it even more so.

Why Japan’s Suicide Forest Should Not Be Considered a Tourist Attraction

by TripZilla @ TripZilla Magazine

Quick Read: Afghan forces end Taliban siege at Kabul hotel; 18 dead

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/Security-forces-say-they-have-killed-the-last-of-six-Taliban-militants-to-end-an-overnight-siege-at-Kabul-s-Intercontinental-Hotel-that-left-at-least-18-people-dead-including-14-foreign/id-63c73b7507524937921abb6808cc4978   Like what you read? Sign up here for our free […]

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Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam

Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

My trip through Vietnam, my awful experience, and why I never want to go back there for the rest of my life.

Why I am Dominican Abroad and Not American Abroad

by Isabelle @ Dominican Abroad

What does it mean to be an American? We are a 236-year-old relatively nascent country of immigrants, influenced by cultural values from around the world. Every few decades a new wave of immigrants enter and form their own diaspora communities for a few generations until they slowly assimilate into what we call the American culture; but […]

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Tricks and tips you should know to avoid pickpockets

by efim @ Safearound

Pickpocketing is a serious problem in tourist destinations all over the world. Every day a frightening number of pickpocket incidents occur all around the globe. According to the official statistic around 400, 000 pickpocket incidents occur around the world daily. NYPD reports 3,000 incidents of pickpocketing a day, however, most go unreported. 1 [...]

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Quick Read: One dead as avalanche sweeps away skiers in Valais

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Valais cantonal police said the two Dutch skiers were skiing off-piste in the Saille region at around 1,700 metres in altitude when a blanket of snow 200-metres long and 20-metres wide came hurtling down. The 31-year-old woman and her 27-year-old companion were both buried under its weight…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: https://www.thelocal.ch/20180119/one-dead-as-avalanche-sweeps-away-skiers-in-valais […]

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Quick Read: Belgium ‘abduction’: Woman uses phone map to provide her location

by News Team @ Safe Travels Magazine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman reportedly located herself using her smartphone A 19-year-old woman who says she was abducted in Belgium has been found after locating herself on her smartphone and sharing the address with her brother…. Read full article at the publisher’s site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42717113 Like what you read? Sign up here […]

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