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Some general tips on keeping yourself safe while traveling overseas.

Safety and security issues abroad

It is important to think about your personal safety and security issues while you are traveling abroad.

Street safety

While you are abroad, you will have to be particularly street savvy. Gender roles, traffic laws, and drinkinglaws may not be the same as in your home country. As a traveler, it is your responsibility to be observant and cautious.

In many places, pedestrians do not necessarily have the right of way. Traffic laws might not be obeyed. Usecaution on busy city streets, and do not assume that any car, truck, bus, or scooter will stop for you.

Know where you are going when you leave. Just like in any big city, a foreigner holding a huge map could invitetrouble. Take time to study a map before you go out, and get to know your city’s layout and culture.

Observe local behaviors. Cues will be different than what you are used to. In particular, body languageis not universal. Your actions may be interpreted very differently than you intended. For example, Americans often present conflictingbody language to what they say, such as smiling while saying no. Be aware of your own mixed signals.

Remember that safety in numbers is a smart idea wherever you are.

Keeping your valuables safe

Here are some tips to secure your valuables during travel:

  • While you are traveling, you should always wear a money belt or pouch to keep your money, passport, traveler’s checks, and other valuables safe from theft.
  • Buy a padlock for your backpack.
  • Don’t carry everything in one place! You should organize your funds and essential documents into two separatepacks. When in country, one of these packs should always be left at your residence as a back up.
  • If you must carry a purse, use a shoulder strap and keep the purse in front of your body. Carry your wallet in an inside coat orfront pant pocket.
  • Don’t leave your luggage or handbag unattended anywhere. Should you put a backpack down, place it on the floorbetween your legs and wrap a strap around a fixed object.

The law

Foreign travelers abroad are subject solely to the laws of the country they are visiting. They are NOT protectedby their home country laws. You are responsible for obeying all of the laws of the country you are in; INNOVATE cannot intervene ifyou are arrested or prosecuted for violation of local laws, including laws on drug use, currency exchange, and disturbances ofthe peace. What may seem to you like a harmless prank may have serious consequences. Do not assume that, as a foreigner or astudent, you will be treated leniently; the opposite is often the case. Do not count on your home country Consulate or Embassy toassist you except in a superficial advisory capacity. Think before you act!


Be aware of the drug and alcohol laws of your host country. Several countries have extremely strict drug laws;penalties can range from years in prison to death. Be aware that customs officials are extremely thorough in their inspections forsmuggled drugs and are continuously increasing their inspection procedures. If any of your prescription drugs have even smallamounts of illegal substances as part of their composition, have your doctor write a note indicating why that drug is in yourprescription. Even that small amount could get you arrested in another country.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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