Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended. If you already have a homeowner's or renter's policy, check what – if anything – it will cover and only get insurance to protect against the rest.
Make sure that the policy covers ambulance costs and an emergency flight home.
Before you leave, find out if your insurance plan makes payments directly to providers or reimburses you for health expenditures. If you have a claim, be sure to keep all necessary documents and bills.
Paying for your airline tickets with a credit card sometimes provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
German toilets are sit-down affairs; men are expected to sit when peeing.
Free-standing, 24-hour self-cleaning public toilet pods have become quite commonplace. The cost is €0.50 and you have 15 minutes to finish your business. Most are wheelchair-accessible.
Toilets in malls, clubs, beer...
Berlin is one of the safest capital cities in the world, but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down.
Pickpocketing has dramatically increased, so watch your belongings, especially in tourist-heavy areas, in crowds and at events.
Crime levels have risen notably around Kottbusser Tor in...