The Clever Travel Companion Updates

💉Scarves AT COST (>50%) - stay safe!🔬👾🌐👥 wrap a clean scarf around your nose and mouth! April 01 2020, 0 Comments

Offering our scarves at cost (>50%)

A recent article in Live Science informs us that: "The public doesn't need to wear heavy-duty respirators, but it's a smart idea to don a face mask or wrap a clean scarf around your nose and mouth if you're going into a crowded place during the COVID-19 outbreak, an infectious disease doctor told Live Science."

And later on CNN we learn that "Even if it's just a homemade cloth mask, if you wear it correctly and avoid touching it, the science suggests that it won't hurt you and will most likely reduce your exposure to the virus.".


We don't know how much, or if at all, this will help but want to contribute in any way we can. Thus we're offering our lightweight scarves AT COST for the next week (at least).

Please use code: "ScarfCost" at checkout to purchase lightweight scarves at cost until further notice.

Please stay safe wherever you are!

Lisa

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N.B. Please note that during the period of social distancing during this outbreak, we're unable to receive returns and exchanges but any such request will be logged in the order received and counted per that date.

 

 


European Travelers Most At Risk for Pickpockets January 15 2020, 2 Comments

Europe is a travelers dream. The history and romance are alluring. There are countless different cultures, languages, and ethnicities - it is easy to see why Europe is intriguing. With the formation of the European Union, travel between many countries has become a breeze.

But with this change, a bad wind also blows. Many of the hottest European travel spots have long had their fair share of pickpockets. Ever since the opening of the EU borders to Romania and Bulgaria in 2007, it has become not just easy for tourists to travel between countries - it has also become easy for gypsies that specialize in pickpocketing to travel as well. This phenomenon has been well documented in Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. There has been a massive swell in gypsies travelling to tourist destinations in order to pick pockets.

I personally was approached by a beggar in Krakow, Poland during a trip in May. This older woman was very aggressive and got directly in my mother’s face. My mother was stunned. She didn’t move - she didn’t know what to do at all. I knew immediately that this was a bad situation and that an accomplice may be nearby, about to use her confusion and take the opportunity to steal from her pockets or purse. Thankfully, I acted quickly and pulled my mother out of the way, and we walked hastily down the street, far from the scene. Had we been wearing Clever Travel Companion clothing with hidden pockets, this scene would not have been as frightening as it was. You can bet that the next time we travel together, we will both be wearing our underwear with pockets!

What has been your experience in Europe? We love to hear your stories, so please comment below!

We made this infographic to break down the stats for you. 


I have a wealth of data to share with you regarding pickpockets and muggings in Europe. The information is divided by area (Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Europe). Take a look for yourself and see what the crime statistics are.

Top 5 Western European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Germany - 1,894,889

  2. France - 797,217

  3. Netherlands - 648,015

  4. Belgium - 244,140

  5. Switzerland - 161,262

Top 5 Southern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Italy - 1,066,669

  2. Spain - 165,297

  3. Greece - 119,078

  4. Portugal - 102,271

  5. Croatia - 37,598

Top 5 Northern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. United Kingdom (England and Wales only) - 1,318,594

  2. Sweden - 379,494

  3. Denmark - 191,933

  4. Norway - 133,492

  5. Finland - 113,296

Top 5 Eastern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Russia - 1,038,566

  2. Ukraine - 254,755

  3. Poland - 230,751

  4. Hungary - 130,229

  5. Czech Republic - 119,367

 

 


Happy Holidays 2019! 20% of with this code! December 11 2019, 0 Comments

The Clever Travel Companion team here just writing to wish everyone a happy holiday period for the year 2019! We've had a great year, a lot has happened and the future is looking very exciting indeed! In 2020 who knows where you will find yourself, let's hope its somewhere new, somewhere exotic and interesting. South America maybe? Asia? Eastern Europe? Scandinavia? There are always new and unexpected gems to be found if you just get up and go! Don't for one second think that everywhere has been explored and there's nowhere new in the world that is yet to be experienced, blogged about or has not yet felt the weight of a sandal worn by a bewildered tourist and his selfie stick:) We encourage you to make 2020 the year you discover the world! But, remember take care, take the appropriate precautions and stay safe!
Lapland Chalet

A snow covered chalet in Lapland, Finland - If you dropped your keys in that snow, it would take you a while to find them again!

If you or a loved one is planning a once in a lifetime trip next year then what better way to ensure they stay safe, than to introduce them to The Clever Travel Companion's travel safety range of clothing. We have new products arriving very soon and I can promise you, they will be popular! Don't know what they'd like? Get them a gift card! That way they can choose what would suit them best.

Please remember to get your orders in as early as possible, we have no control over the postal service during the holiday period and as you would expect, things get pretty hectic. But if you order on a weekday, we ship the same day!

This year our gift to you guys, for being the best customers on the planet, is a 20% discount on all orders until Jan 31st. Just enter the code "GREAT2020" at checkout.

Have a lovely holiday, a very merry Christmas and happy New Year 2020!

/The team at Travel Companion