The Clever Travel Companion Updates

Lost Passports: What’s Truly Amazing About The Amazing Race October 03 2014, 0 Comments

Despite 21 seasons of the show to learn from, another team fell victim to lost passports on The Amazing Race. Last season, the middle-aged rocker duo of James & Abba were the latest pair to face elimination due to losing a passport.

In the rush of the race, they left their backpacks in a taxi which proceeded to drive away with Abba’s passport. Though they tried filing a police report with hopes of finding the passport, their search was unsuccessful leaving Abba unable to travel and the team ultimately eliminated.

Amazingly enough, this isn’t the first time it’s happened on the show. In season 13, Toni & Dallas were grounded in Russia with no way to travel after Dallas lost his passport. And again in the following season, Jen & Kisha left their passports in their bags at the detour and found themselves at the end of the leg with no means of traveling.

It is absolutely amazing that contestants do not take more care in keeping track of their passports. Of all reasons to be eliminated, failing to secure your passport seems to be an embarrassing way to go out. Much like the television show, missing out on the next part of your vacation because you no longer have your passport seems like a terrible ending to a trip.

Think losing your passport can’t happen to you? You may be thinking that because you are not a contestant on The Amazing Race and in a rush to get your destination, it seems unrealistic that you’d leave a bag in a taxi or some other bonehead mistake.

Travel days, however, can be filled with loads of stress and unexpected hurdles that will make anyone feel like they’re on The Amazing Race. That’s why it’s essential to always keep your passport close to your person, ideally in a zippered pocket underneath your clothing.

There might not be a million dollars on the line when you travel, but securing your passport and other values could make or break your trip. Now we just have to hope that the contestants have finally learned their lesson about losing passports next season on The Amazing Race!


Abba and James looking despondent after being eliminated from the Amazing Race after losing their passport.



Little Hands are Worth Big Money in Major European Cities September 24 2014, 0 Comments

Pickpocket gangs are on the rise, but who is really doing the dirty work? Surely you’d like to believe that you would notice the shady character with shifty eyes looking for the opportunity to pounce. But most of the time, that’s not the person doing the actual criminal action. In many cities, children under a certain age cannot be prosecuted for such crimes and serve as perfect workers for pickpocketing rings.

Call it a real life Oliver Twist played out in modern times if you will, but it is a common scene across major tourist destinations as children swiftly grab your valuables without you noticing a thing. Some places are worse than others so be on alert while visiting the following popular destinations that are known for children pickpocket rings: 

  1. Athens, Greece

  2. London, England

  3. Paris, France

  4. Naples, Italy

  5. Venice, Italy

  6. Barcelona, Spain

  7. Madrid, Spain   


A whole new use for Chopsticks...Pick Pocketing that is. September 08 2014, 0 Comments

Of course the Chinese are good with their chopsticks. But who knew chopsticks could also be used for pick pocketing? Watch this video from China and see just how relaxed the pick pocket is. No rush, a soft gentle touch, and voila, the money is his.

That's the thing though, most everyone believes there is no way a pick pocket can steal from them without being discovered, but that is a false assumption. Pick pockets are pros at what they do and they have practised. A lot. Having been pick pocketed myself, and from an inside jacket pocket at that, all I can say is- never, ever, underestimate a skilled, trained pick pocket. Pick pocketing is what they do and you will never know what hit ya'.