United States of America Warnings and Dangers
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Hokies are #1 always... even after a...
Most Metro passengers obey the rules
Subway Tips New York City
I lived here for the past 13 years. Subway is the best way to get around the city in a rush hour and going for longer distance. I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS. Don't be a stupid tourist. Also can you all...
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Places to Avoid Las Vegas
I honestly don't think the Las Vegas strip or Freemont street area is any more dangerous than any other tourist area/city. Any tourist who is not vigilant and does not take care to avoid dark alleys...
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Areas to Avoid San Francisco
Ive lived in San Francisco for 5 years now and it is mostly safe. Tenderlon is definitely dangerous ( a friend got punch there) if you don't feel safe in a muni, you can sit closer to the driver, (...
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Bad Neighborhoods New Orleans
Short and sweet: New Orleans is so awesome that it's worth the risks. And, let me say that I've wandered solo, dead drunk, super late, with NO problems. Yes, I got lucky. But that's important to know...
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Crime Related Orlando
A robbery happens in Florida every 3 minutes. To protect your future, invest in a Del-Air security system. Previous Del-Air customers are eligible for 3 months free and insured homeowners will get a...
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Unsafe Areas Los Angeles
I come from a small town in New Hampshire and moved to East LA for grad school. Honestly...I never really researched the area before moving there but after I got there, so many people that I met were...
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Parking & Driving Boston
People on foot in Boston are some of the friendliest around. When you find yourself down some weird side street, ask directions. But when they get behind the wheel they are A**holes honking! We took...
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Party Hearty Key West
fellow seniors, be careful in jimmy buffet Margaretville, because if you are too noisy they will ask you to leave. that what happen to me. let me tell you the whole story. you can agree or not, this...
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Beware of... San Diego
East Village (Petco Park etc.) is fine, just try to stay out of there after dark. Same with the gaslamp quarter. Do NOT go north of the 5 freeway up to the 8 except for Hillcrest, Mission Valley etc....
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I returned from Hawaii yesterday. The day before we were due to fly home we stopped at Shark Cove on the north shore. We were in a rental car and parked in FoodWay directly across from the beach. We...
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North Philadelphia Philadelphia
Let me tell you first hand North Philly is infested with trash. My husband and I transplanted here 2 years ago from Nyc and it was the worst mistake we have ever made. My husband and I are Puerto...
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Bad neighborhoods Miami Beach
Like some of the other locals who have commented, when I first saw this thread I was shocked at some of the negativity, until I looked at the dates on such posts. I have heard stories that this city...
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Not So Safe Areas Atlanta
The most important safety advice I can give about Atlanta is to watch out for the bad drivers, and to not get lured into a false sense of security by the way a neighborhood appears, because there are...
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Areas to Avoid / Crime Houston
I am a missionary from London UK and on a Saturday evening my friend
invited me to go jogging as I did not know the area I thought it was ok but we ended up on
a park at Desoto st called Highland Park...
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Miami has a very easy to understand road system. Once you get the hang of it, it should be easy to find your way around.
Streets go east west.
Avenues go north south.
There are four sectors -...
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Areas to Avoid San Antonio
No brainer here, but be careful walking along the Riverwalk since there are no railings except where the restaurants are. Our tour guide mentioned the at least 500 people a year fall in and that it...
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The Beach Fort Lauderdale
dont swim out too deep, otherwise sharky
might get you. I did not have any experience of that kind, however I always heard warnings.
So I only swam out to where I could stand.
It's a temptation to...
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Areas to Avoid / Crime Dallas
North, Northwest, and Northeast Dallas
Once upon a time back in the 1980's North, Northwest, and Northeast Dallas were all great, safe, places to live and work. Even before the 1980's the zoning...
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Animal Dangers Yosemite National Park
During my hike of the Valley loop trail we came across a black bear. It was about 2pm just off the trail between us and the South Side drive. The bear didn't seem to notice us or at least paid us no...
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Wildlife Yellowstone National Park
In every visitor's information packet three things are included a newspaper of current events, a map and of course a warning. It states that Buffalo can weigh 2000 lbs (900 kg) and that they can...
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Tennessee has a "Move-Over Law", the gist of which is: if you see a moving emergency vehicle, you are to move to the far right lane and stay there when possible and safe to do so. This is the case in...
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Rough Neighborhoods Tampa
The worst area you're likely to encounter is gonna be the outskirts of Ybor City. If you drive to Ybor, park in one of the parking garages. They're pretty close to the center and well-maintained. Your...
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I found this so interesting and amazing at the same time. Yet, something we all should heed when hiking in this area.
Stay on the paths. Why stay on the paths? The large, black patches of dark,...
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Water, Food & Something Warm
The United States IS HUGE. The distances are long and (especially in the western U.S.) you will be miles from ANY services. It will be up to you to take care of your needs.I strongly recommend that if you travel by car that you put together a little emergency kit.. It does not need to be expensive or elaborate. A little preparation and fore thought can turn what would be a life threatening situation into an adventure.Here is a list of things I feel every over the road traveler should have in their car.1. Water a gallon for each person is not excessive2. Food enough for a couple of days. Things like cliff bars and dried soups. Things that store well.3. A blanket and a little extra warm clothes.4. A small first aid kitChances are that you will never need these things but it is foolish to drive through the desert, over the mountains or across the great plains without some preparation.This...
Watch Your Speed
I am not sure if this should be a transportation tip but here goes. The speed limits in the States are pretty reasonable and it is a good idea to keep an eye on them. The severity of the fines has risen drastically in the last 10 or so years. I often have friends that receive citations in excess of $150 and some over $200. 10 years ago the same infraction would have been$50.00.If you keep your speed less than 5 miles an hour over the posted limit American peace officers will let you slide by but anything over 5mph beyond the posted speed and they will stop you.We do not deploy speed cameras (like in Europe). If you get caught it will be by radar or lazer operated by an officer. While this will give you the chance to meet one of our dedicated members of law enforcement it will be expensive. It is much more fun and cost effective to buy the officer a cup of coffee in the local diner
The National Emergency Number!
The first time I saw the headlines in the paper, "9 11 01" I thought it clever. The terrorist attacts were the ultimate in Emergencies. However, when I realized that the 9-11 stood for September 11th, I thought it ironic that the attacks happened on the day that would fit into our National Emergency phone number.All that to say that while in the U.S.A., at any time you encounter a serious emergency, simply dial 911. You can be fined for using this number for frivolous reasons, but your reason does not need to be something as tragic as planes crashing into buildings, although that would qualify. The 911 Emergency System makes it simple to get help and the number works in all cities, in all counties and in all states.Hopefully you won't need to use the number, but knowing about it is useful.
Internet Cafes as gambling fronts 2012
The availability of "internet cafes" where you would go to connect to the internet never really developed in the USA. Initially it was probably the widespread availability of land phone lines and the relatively low cost of a private connection that meant the people did not have to go out of the house to connect. And there are public places like libraries that offer some access. With the widening spread of wireless access, it did not look like "internet cafes" would ever happen.So why suddenly are "internet cafes" springing up all over? Although there may be a sign saying that internet access, cash checking and fax service are available, when you look inside the place looks like an electronic Las Vegas gambling room. So far these places have been able to skirt the anti-gambling laws and regulations. And they seem to be proving that rich or poor Americans love to gamble. Even a poor...
You need money
Although credit cards are the most convenient money tool for travel in the US and can be used for most purchases, what happens if your card stops working or you lose it. There is a danger that you could find yourself in America with no money. Of course, you can have money wired to you from home, but this takes time.Carrying a large amount of cash is never a good idea. Here is where traveler's checks in US dollar denominations could be very useful. There is no charge or commission at time of use, and you can use them in most places in the USA as cash that requires an ID [identification] and signature. If lost, the companies promise immediate replacement. Your only pre-trip concern might be what your up front cost may be in terms of conversion to dollars and the traveler's check purchase fee. This fee can be as much as 4 percent. At least, this is what my bank told me that they would be...
Watch your steps and keep eyes open
I don't know the name of this system, we don't have those. My friend didn't know either when she drove route 66 summer 2010 (two flat tire). I know these exist but I didn't meet them on Route 66 but just after we came to Santa Monica. I decided to take a swim in the Ocean and took my clothes off, swimming suit on and I run to the sea. I was jumping around, took a short cut through parking area and didn't look ahead (funny, I never watch my legs when running). Bulls eye, my right foot just in the middle of two teeth causing only blood and tears, no broken bones.No pedestrians! Yes, thank you, I know that I made a mistake, or two, I used left track and didn't read the warning (I read it, but in a speed of 10 mph my translation and aware time was longer than took to catch the hooks).
Deer on the road !
The USA have outdoor TV channels with tips for hunters how to best shoot trophy deer, but it would probably much easier to just run them over with your car. Deer don`t seem to value their life much, and especially during dusk or dawn they frequently cross the road. I had two near-collisions and would recommend NOT to drive during the night as the risk to bump into a deer is very high. Do yourself and Bambi a favour.
The Geography of Nowhere
There is a trap in all the states of America that it is best to try to avoid. It will require that you make an effort to look for places that have character. In large cities and increasingly in small towns along the interstate you will find the faceless and boring. You could wake up in the parking lot of these fake places and be unable to determine where in the U.S you are because they are all the same. They contain the same national stores and restaurants that are found in almost every city in the U.S.So if you want to see the real America you must look for the local and Main street businesses. You will be rewarded with a much more authentic experience.You will find this especially true in the western states that are crisscrossed with limited access highways.
Some Common Tips
These tips do not only concern your stay in the US.They are simply common sense tips for traveling abroad: **Do not leave your bags unattended in public places, even if you are only walking away from them for a few minutes.** Do not carry large amounts of cash or store money in your apartment or room. Better open a bank account where your money will be protected.** Lock your door upon leaving your apartment or hotel room, even if only for a short period of time.** Do not carry your passport everywhere. Make a photocopy of your important documents and carry them instead of the originals.** Be aware of your surroundings. If you want to visit a new neighborhood, try to go during the day at first. Look at the map before you leave and note the nearest metro station and bus routes. Walk at your own pace, but look alert and purposeful.** If a stranger does try to steal your bag, do not fight...
Change in Passport requirements
New Requirements for Travelers Between the United States and the Western HemisphereTravelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada will be required to have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports. This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States. Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement.
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