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5 Tips For Cutting The Cost Of Traveling November 21 2017, 0 Comments

Traveling to any part of the world is not cheap and can cost a lot of money for people that do not early and begin their journey looking at brochures distributed by tour and travel operators. Hotels, car rental, tours and airfare can all cost a hefty sum for individuals who may not want to indulge in heavy expenditure.

The commercials, which are generally seen on the TV and magazines, are regularly featuring high-end vacations and promoting resorts and cruises, which are unaffordable to most. However, it does not mean that a traveller who is careful cannot cut the cost of travel by planning in advance. It is for such travellers that we are offering 5 tips for cutting the cost of travelling.

What can an individual to cut back on the expenses of travel?

 

Enroll For A Travel Related Credit Card

Travelers can accumulate thousands of miles without even moving out of their home when they enrol for a travel-related credit card. They can utilise the sign-up bonuses, which are offered by airline credit cards to accumulate the miles. Most carriers are offering a branded credit card with about 30,000 to 50,000 bonus points when signing up. Travel related other providers also offer credit cards and the miles accumulated can save the intending traveller and lot of money by way of airfare.

 

Being Flexible With Flights Is Also Beneficial

Minor changes in travel plans can save travellers a bundle of money especially if they’re purchasing tickets for the entire family. The money saved could very well give the traveller a mobile casino free bonus making it easier for him or her also to have some entertainment during the travel. The changes do not have to be drastic and travellers just need to plan their travel during the week rather than the end of the week.

 

Traveling Off-Season Will Also Prove Helpful

The summer may be the best time to visit Europe but travellers are likely to pay a higher price for everything because they have decided to travel during the rush season. Traveling during the shoulder seasons or after the peak season has ended will prove helpful and make them liable to receive plenty of discounts.

 

Searching for Hotel Deals

Searching for hotel deals should be high on the minds of travellers because it is the best way for them to get affordable accommodation. Browsing through the Internet travellers can come across a number of websites, which are all offering great deals throughout the year. People will make travel plans in advance will become eligible for discounts which may not be available at the last minute.

 

Using Alternative Methods Of Traveling

Travelers do not need to book airline tickets for every destination they plan to visit. Train tickets in Europe will be available at a cost of 50% or less if the bookings are made two weeks in advance. When used appropriately a rail pass can save travellers hundreds of dollars.

People that are planning a vacation are advised to consider all aspects of their travel and make bookings well ahead of time because it is the best way to cut the costs of travelling. Spending some time browsing on the Internet for the information needed will not only prove beneficial but will also save the travelers enough money to plan for another trip without wasting a lot of time.


How to avoid a pickpocket November 17 2017, 0 Comments

The below video comes from a Chinese public service announcement to help members of the public identify and avoid pickpockets. As China has grown and more and more of the population join the ranks of the middle class, cities become more cramped, valuables become more available and more popular, as a result a number of cities have suffered from increased numbers of pickpockets and related crimes. 

The video is a great resource for any safety conscious travelers, especially those who might be considering China as a destination! It also demonstrates the number of ingenious and well developed methods pickpockets will use not only to get their hands on your valuables but to do so without ever being seen. That said, none of the victims in the below vid had access to Clever Travel Companion clothing, so they're already at a disadvantage! 

 



6-fold increase in pickpocketing in just 8 years November 02 2017, 0 Comments

Pickpocketing in Malta has last year reached an all-time high of almost 2,500 cases, an average of seven reported a day. These statistics have forced the Maltese parliament to address the issue in public. While Malta may not be the best example of the situation worldwide, this is a statistical reflection of the rise in pickpocketing cases reported worldwide and a demonstration of how brazen, professional, organised and adaptive thieves are becoming. 

This worrying trend, which has been developing over a number of years, is even more pronounced when considering that the overall total for 2016 shows a sixfold increase when compared to 2009.

Details on various thefts offence committed last year were tabled in Maltese Parliament recently by Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela in reply to a question by Opposition MP Beppe Fenech Adami.

The places to avoid were the main tourist hotspots of Valletta and Paceville.

It transpired that, in 2016, pickpocketing was the most common type of theft reported, with 2,447 cases. This was 20 per cent up over the previous year. According to the data, this offence rose steadily since 2013. Four years ago 1,469 pickpocketing cases were reported, followed by 1,538 in 2014 and 2,030 in 2015.

This trend has been linked to a number of Eastern European gangs, some of whom have been brought to justice already and further demonstrates that this is a pattern seen all over Europe and not just in Malta. In Paris for example, the rise in pickpockets around the metro and Eiffel tower have seen a number of Eastern European gangs prosecuted as has London's Transport Police in relation to a rise in thefts on the London Underground. 

Cases the police refer to as “snatch-and-grab”, whereby the offender forcibly obtains personal belongings like bags, purses and mobile phones, increased to 179 in 2016, an increase of 41 per cent over 2013.

Though no detailed overall breakdown of the localities where pickpockets are most likely to strike was divulged, this newspaper last month reported that, in 2016, one in every eight offences was reported in Malta's tourism hub, Valletta. This data confirms earlier research carried out by criminologist Saviour Formosa who had concluded that, in 2015, the places to avoid were Valletta and Paceville.

Safe not sorry

• The Maltese police rolled out a crime prevention campaign last summer targeting the spike in pickpocketing together with a number of tips to avoid being targeted.

Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket.

• Bags should be carried in front with flaps against your body.

• Keep straps short and bags tucked under the arms.

• Do not display any jewellery.

• Do not show any money – keep it safely in your pockets.

• Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.

• If possible, install a tracker application on your smartphone.

• Keep a record of the unique reference number (IMEI) of your phone – this can be retrieved by dialling *#06#.

• Use your phone’s security lock or PIN number.

• Do not write PIN numbers for credit/debit cards on your mobile phone.