The Clever Travel Companion Updates
Top Five Hollywood Criminals We Wouldn’t Mind Picking Our Pockets April 18 2017, 0 Comments
Here at Clever Travel Companion we examine how to protect your valuables from thieves and pickpockets around the globe. While they may be the villains in real life, in cinema we can often find ourselves getting behind them. In this post we take a look at the top five thieves in cinema who we wouldn’t mind getting robbed by.
Danny Ocean – Ocean’s 11, 12, 13 (2001, 2004, 2007) If there is ever a band of thieves that you would want robbing you then it is surely a group that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. An interesting fact from music and culture magazine Rolling Stone was that Matt Damon filmed his London scenes for the third film while he was also filming the Bourne Ultimatum. As fans of cinema will know there is no greater user of multiple passports than Jason Bourne.
Thomas Crown – The Tomas Crown Affair (1990) While the original character played by Steve McQueen may have been cool he was certainly not as suave as the Pierce Brosnan, Thomas Crown. The 1997 film sees Brosnan’s Crown steal a priceless painting to satisfy his boredom. In the film a beautiful insurer played by Rene Russo discovers his secret. Yet unlike most thieves, aside from being a billionaire, Thomas Crown is stealing only for the thrill and puts the painting back.
Henry “Shaw” Gondorff & Johnny “Kelly” Hooker – The Sting (1973) Played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford the two thieves may not come from rich backgrounds but they certainly have honorable motives. Their theft involves stealing money from a crime boss using poker and horse racing. This was Newman and Redford’s second outing together after playing loveable rouges in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. While we at Clever Travel Companion don’t condone any types of theft, we are tempted to let these two scamps off the hook as they are just so likeable.
Sir Charles Lytton – The Pink Panther (1963) David Niven was the ultimate gentleman actor in his day and in The Pink Panther he played Sir Charles Lytton, a playboy thief after the diamond the Pink Panther. Interestingly another sort of theft was going on during the making of the film. The producers and director were so impressed with Peter Seller’s inept detective Clouseau that they reimagined the film around him. According to Best Movie by Far, David Niven refused to have the famous tune played as his entrance to the Oscars stating it “really wasn’t my film”. This turned out to be very true as Peter Sellers went on to star in several more Pink Panther films and the franchise even has it’s own Pink Panther game on online slot gaming site Betfair Casino.
Virginia “Gin” Baker – Entrapment (1999) Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an insurer who is trying to trap a professional thief played by Sean Connery. The film includes one of cinema's most famous heist preparations scene where Catherine Zeta-Jones must navigate her way blindfolded through a maze of strings. Not only does she get to take part in exciting heists she also gets mentored by Sean Connery.
The RFID Myth Exposed February 22 2017, 0 Comments
So a few weeks back, The Clever Travel Companion posted a blog article on the reason it doesn't offer RFID products or technology. You can read more on our blog, but to summarize, the reasons we don't advocate RFID tech is that simply put, it's an expensive marketing gimmick. A gimmick that requires hysteria in order to gain momentum but by doing so, takes focus away from the real problems.
Sure RFID has it's uses; if you're one of the few with a wireless capable credit card, then you'd better hope you don't run into an incredibly sophisticated hacker who just happens to be in public with his equipment preying on unsuspecting members of the general populous during his time away from say, preventing government cyber attacks or hacking Yahoo or Bitcoin. It's enough of a chance to spend $120 on a new wallet right? Besides, there's skepticism out there that all wallets work and if you are to be "electronically pickpocketed", your bank will protect you and return the funds in most cases. If you are physically pickpocketed, its a very different proposal.
Vicky's Story: Vicky from the UK (pictured above) placed her order of Ladies underwear and 2 pocket tank tops with Clever Travel Companion before her round the world trip in 2016. She'd prepared as much as possible, buying into the RFID hype too. Recently Vicky got in touch with us to let us know how things went: "I knew the chances of an RFID 'hack' would be low but having a few wireless payment cards, I didn't mind spending out for the added protection just to be double sure nothing could happen, so I bought an RFID purse and kept it in my bag as it was pretty bulky. My main cards, my cash, ID and passport stayed in either a pair of my underwear or one of the tanks I had bought. One day, whilst riding a tram in Barcelona I noticed a gentle tug on my bag but when I turned around there was nobody there so I thought nothing of it but when I checked my bag, the whole RFID purse had been stolen. I was absolutely gutted and felt very stupid until I realized that all the important valuables were still very much in my possession and safe and sound - that I can put down to Clever Travel Companion. If it wasn't for the tank I was wearing that day, my whole trip would have come to a very disappointing end"
Vicky's story is just one of the many we hear from our customers. The reason we exist after all is because of this exact scenario - pickpocketing. It's happened to us and it can happen to anyone.The Clever Travel Companion will be creating a new page on site to host the many testimonials we receive and each one will also be used in a blog post and possibly in our Traveler's stories series of newsletters. If you have a travel story or a CTC testimonial that you'd like to tell us, we would love to hear from you! Just send Rory an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be added to our testimonials page and could also make it into the newsletter.
Circle Scarf January 26 2017, 0 Comments
The Clever Travel Companion's new Chic Circle Scarf!
The Clever Travel Companion is very happy to be adding the new Circle Scarf to its range!
The Circle Travel Scarf is a slightly different, unique approach to Clever Travel Companion's mission; travel safety. The scarf combines both chic fashion, safety and practicality to create the perfect travel garment for every situation. Whether you find yourself shopping in New York City, lunching in Paris, sightseeing in Milan or dodging the rain in London, maybe hitting the slopes in the Alps or trekking the Belize Rainforest or even relaxing on the beaches of Rio, the Clever Travel Companion circle scarf has got you covered both appearance wise and in practicality.
The Scarf is a lightweight, relaxed garment suitable for both hot and cold climates. It comes with two completely invisible, concealed zipper pockets large enough for cash, credit cards, cell phones and passports. The pockets are also supported from the inside to ensure they don't feel heavy or drag the scarf when full, so you can get on with your day worry-free!
So what are you waiting for! You don't need us to tell you to book that city break or beach retreat, but now you can't use "what to wear?" as an excuse! Pick up your travel scarf now. 100% cotton and currently available in either Black and White stripes or solid black. You can find the dimensions on the product page here.