The Clever Travel Companion Updates
Hero Coffee Shop Owner Tackles Pickpocket! August 23 2017, 0 Comments
For information and tips on how to stay safe and out of harms way, check out our travel safety tips guide or better yet, pick up some pickpocket proof travel gear and keep your valuables to yourself at all times.
The Eiffel Tower... Pickpocket heaven? July 13 2017, 0 Comments
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the sites that is probably on every single person's bucket list, at least every single avid traveler's. It's an engineering marvel and an iconic tower, representing France and known by all around the world. Something people perhaps don't quite know however is the plague of pickpockets that have used The Eiffel Tower as their area of operations for years now. They're very aware of the amount of valuable tourists that flock to the modern marvel at all times of the year, they're aware of their valuables and they're aware of how to dispossess them of such valuables, in fact they have made a very wealthy living out of it, with some reports suggesting they earn around $4000 USD per DAY off of stolen goods.
Security forces have had exceptional difficulty in trying to control the situation and even CLOSED the tourist attraction to the public back in 2015 as the situation spiraled out of control and staff staged a walkout due to abuse from the pickpocket gangs. These organized gangs use sophisticated techniques to ensure their bounty continues, like dressing up as tourists themselves and buying tickets to enter the attraction, rather than waiting on the outside. They also employ tactics like taking selfies or asking tourists to take part in fake petitions and ever targeting the public transport routes on the way to the attraction. It's not just pickpocketing that is the problem too, violent crime has become a worrying symptom of these gangs having been able to operate for so long. After all, their thievery is worth hundreds of thousands of Euros per year, which is then sent out of the country, often to the gangs home countries of Romania or Bulgaria.
75% of visitors to the Eiffel Tower are foreign tourists, that's a staggering 7 million people per year, which makes it the most visited, paid monument in the world and its growing year on year. This recent TripAdvisor review comes from someone who suggests the problem of pickpockets is not abating, despite additional security measures and several big arrests.
Naturally we would never suggest that you don't visit one of the worlds most famous monuments due to some silly thieves, you absolutely must include it in your bucket list of things to do. But be wary of course, try to outsmart the pickpockets rather than the other way around. Be on your guard, if you're approached by someone you don't know, keep your hands on your valuables - or even better, pick up some Clever Travel Companion gear. Outsmarting the rabble of pickpockets was precisely what it was designed for!
How to stay safe on your honeymoon May 18 2017, 0 Comments
There’s no doubt that your honeymoon should be a happy, care-free holiday – your first with your new wife or husband and a chance to start planning the rest of your lives together.
However, it’s very easy to lose your sense of awareness at a time of such great joy. You’ll no doubt be focused on all those once-in-a-lifetime rituals that newlyweds must share together; but it’s important that you don’t lose sight of the fact that dangers can lurk around every corner – even on your honeymoon!
With that in mind, here are five ways to keep each other safe on honeymoon overseas:
1. Use credit cards to pay for as much as you can
If you own a credit card it’s a very good idea to utilize this on your travels. Firstly, it sure beats the risk of carrying cash around with you even if done so safely and secondly, you tend to get greater protection with credit card purchases. By all means carry around enough cash to pay for tips, but a credit card with minimal or zero travel fees certainly keeps your honeymoon spending money safer.
2. Create duplicate photocopies of your passports
It’s fine not to carry around your actual passport when you’re out on honeymoon
excursions. Some countries require you to carry your passport at all times, but a photocopy duplicate will suffice, allowing you to keep your genuine passport stored away safely in your room’s safe.
3. Avail yourselves of the nearest embassy
It can certainly pay to take note of the closest embassy to your holiday accommodation in the event you do lose your passport on your honeymoon. Unfortunately, a drivers’ license just won’t cut the mustard in most foreign countries, so it’s vital that you guard your passport carefully and have the address of your closest embassy to hand as a Plan B.
4. Wear clothing appropriate to your activity and environment
Fortunately, there is clothing available that’s capable of keeping your valuables safe, no matter where you go and whatever you do on your honeymoon. Our cotton boxer briefs and underpants have secret pockets, as do our brand new unisex hoodies that offer style and practicality in one neat package.
5. Research your accommodation well in advance
The last thing you want is to roll up at your honeymoon destination with sense of doom and regret, arriving in a potentially dangerous part of town. Your honeymoon is (hopefully!) a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you shouldn’t want to take anything to chance. Subsequently we highly recommend that you research your potential accommodation thoroughly in advance of any bookings. Sites like TripAdvisor will provide genuine feedback from previous guests to paint a true picture of what it’s like to stay there.
6. Share your itinerary
It’s also a good idea to let your family or close friends know where you’re actually going. A run-down of your itinerary, including flights, accommodation and any excursions you’ve booked will enable loved ones to get in contact if necessary.
You can never be too careful on your holidays and your honeymoon is one trip you shouldn’t take lightly. Protect yourselves and take sensible precautions and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy every minute away together!
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