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10 Tips for Staying Safe in International Cities

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Most of what I know about being streetwise came from living in New York in the late ‘70s and ‘80s in the period following the bankruptcy of the city in the mid-70s.

The infrastructure was a mess with cracks and potholes in city streets. Mental patients were released from hospitals and wandering the streets. A reduction in law enforcement capacity engendered a climate of lawlessness. It was a heyday for thieves and criminals on the city streets.

It seemed that nearly every time I went out on the street I witnessed some sort of incident, a disturbed person throwing karate chops at passersby, a fight that stopped traffic, a crying victim. It took many years for the city to get its house in order again and to become the relatively safe city it is today. But I did learn some things about how to stay safe in a big city. It was a concentrated test tube environment in which to view the dynamics of street crime.

All cities have their dangerous elements. For visitors who don’t know their wa…

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cit…