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Rio 2016 Olympics - Here's how to stay safe and enjoy them! June 11 2016, 0 Comments

Rio 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympics are fast approaching and many have already arranged their travel plans to enjoy the games but as with all international events, precaution must be exercised by travelers. Brazil, Rio and the Olympic committee have come under criticism for allowing the games to be held in a country known for its government corruption, slums and poverty, high levels of crime and in certain areas, failing infrastructure. It has been pointed out that while the games will bring prosperity to many in the region, they are likely to endanger visitors, causing them to be targeted by those that would use the opportunity for criminal intent and that the influx of visitors would cause local authorities to become over-stretched and therefore, ineffective.

London Olympics 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games

During the Olympic games in London in 2012, cases of pickpockets rose by 20% to 1,700 per day. It was reported that gangs from Europe and South America descended on the city in the lead up to and during the games for the sole purpose of robbing unsuspecting spectators. London is a safe city on a relatively isolated island, with low levels of crime and pickpocketing and is part of a safe and prosperous region in Europe.

Brazil on the other hand shares its borders with many countries that share the same problems and, as mentioned, suffers from high levels of crime and is ranked 15th in the world for homicide rate. Besides this, the most common crimes reported in Brazil are robberies, carjackings and in-particular pickpocketing for which, the rates soar during festivals and events such as carnaval, it is also widely accepted that visitors are not only "fair game" but directly targeted by criminals. There are also currently protests in Rio over a brutal gang rape that was filmed and posted on social media emphasizing the city's continued struggle with violent crime and its apparent acceptance of the criminal culture that's strong in Rio today.

Pickpocket infographic

Being a travel safety company we do try to stress the importance of taking care whilst on your travels, especially with world renowned events such as the Olympics coming up. It's easy to get excited about visiting new places and neglect your own safety so we simply try to remind everyone and make it easier for travelers to keep safe! Not least through our range of Pick-Pocket proof clothing, that said, most travelers will have a great time and not run into trouble but by following our tips, you can make 100% sure you wont! You can find more tips on how to stay safe whilst traveling here and learn to spot the most common scams that are set up to rip off tourists here.

 


11 Awesome Ways to Keep Your Energy up When You Travel June 07 2016, 0 Comments

Whether you’re a frequent globetrotter or someone who travels occasionally, you will definitely admit that travelling and fatigue are inseparable. But you know what? They actually aren’t.

Check out these 11 easy ways to learn how you can stay fresh and energetic on your trip. Nope, no caffeine required!

Energy up while traveling

    1. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOR

      Engaging in a short conversation with a fellow traveler is one of the easiest ways to stay alert while travelling on the road (or air). Talking stimulates the mind and helps you to stay fresh and energetic. Who knows, if your neighbor is a talkative girl (or a brilliant guy), you might have some fun conversations and hours will pass like minutes. However, just see how your neighbor responds when you talk. Some people do not like to be disturbed, so in that case you will have to find other ways to keep yourself engaged.

        2. JUST BREATHE

          Deep breathing has been the number one exercise to break stress for centuries. When your mind is thinking about a 100 problems at a time, it gets stressed out. The best way to counter stress while on the move is to practice deep breathing. Inhale until about 80% of your lungs are filled and exhale slowly. This will not only calm your nerves but also boost the oxygen supply to your brain.

            3. ACUPUNCTURE AND ESSENTIAL OILS

              Here’s another magic formula you can use to bring down your stress levels to zero: acupuncture. Nope, you don’t need to attend acupuncture classes. It takes some simple techniques like massaging your temple, pinching the muscle between your thumb and index finger, and gently pressing the center point of your wrist. Carry natural essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, basil, or peppermint. A quick inhale of your favorite flavor will awaken you and cool down your mind. A combination of soothing massage and pleasant scent is the equivalent of visiting one of the top party beaches in the world. 

                4. EAT RIGHT

                  Whether you are travelling for a couple of days or an entire week, your eating habit changes. You are on junk foods high in fat and cholesterol and low in vitamins and proteins. Make sure, at any point, your travel isn’t an excuse to deplete your body of the essential nutrients that it needs to generate energy.

                  5. MINI MASSAGES IN YOUR SEAT

                  Whether you’re travelling in a cab, bus, train or flight, one of the most frustrating things for you would be sitting on for hours without being able to stretch a muscle. In turn, this causes body pain and makes you feel tired when you land in your hotel room. However, you can overcome this problem by following simple techniques like rotating your shoulders, pulling your knees, rolling your neck clockwise, lifting your heels, and moving your ankle in circular motion. By doing these, you’re giving your tired body a mini massage and preventing body pain while travelling.  
                   

                  6. YOGA TO ENERGIZE YOUR BODY AND MIND

                  Once you are back in your hotel room, you can follow simple yoga exercises to stretch your muscles and pump some fresh oxygen to your brain. Half Dog, Standard Hip Opener, Standing Big Toe Pose, Forward Bend, Extended Side Angle, and Virabhadrasana II are particularly helpful for travelers. Do look up the web for detailed explanation on how to execute these simple yoga workouts.

                  The best thing about these exercises is that, they help rejuvenate your upper and lower body and relax your mind in less than 10 minutes. When you sit in uneasy postures, your spine is the first part of the body that suffers. But fortunately for you, yoga helps you to practice the right pose and helps to strengthen your backbone and neck bone.

                  Additionally if you wish, you can even try other home exercises like sit ups and pushups to burn some extra calories that you accumulated in that can of coke on the way.

                  7. MEDITATE

                  We already discussed deep breathing earlier in the post. Now, let’s go a step further. Practice meditation. It’s an age-old exercise to burst stress and anxiety. Ultimately, it saves you from getting burnt out while travelling. If you haven’t tried meditation before, never worry. Use your phone and just look up the web for simple self-help mediation videos demonstrated by experts. If you are in the train or bus, then watching a couple of videos will keep you engaged and ultimately save you from getting bored. The biggest challenge for any human is to control the thousand thoughts that pop up in the mind. However, meditation can help clear your mind from unwanted thoughts and infuse positivity.

                  8. STAY HYDRATED

                  Eight glasses of water is the bare minimum any individual should drink in a day. But when you are on the road (or air), it’s more likely that you forget to take your required quota of water. Don’t think that 2 liters of coke will quench your thirst. It’s recommended that you avoid taking beverages while travelling. They are full of bad calories that could easily make you feel lazy. Instead, take cold water or warm water according to the climate. The more you stay hydrated, the more oxygen your brain gets and the more energetic you will feel.  

                  9. TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES AND SKIN

                  Taking care of your beauty might go deep into your skin, but the benefits of maintaining good hygiene while travelling go much deeper. Your skill is exposed to dirt, mud, and dust while travelling. Make sure to take a clean bath in cold water to get rid of the dirt from your skin. This will not only make cool your body but also make you feel fresh.

                  If it’s a daylong journey that you’re on and if you’re unable to get to the hotel room while travelling, then just splash some cold water on your face and wear a bit of makeup to feel fresh. Moisturizers are always great for the skin, particularly for dry skin.

                  Another area that needs attention is your eyes. Your internal temperature goes up when you sit for hours, and it’s your eyes that show early symptoms of tiredness. Red eye and puffiness are not so uncommon among travellers. You can carry eye drops or cucumber to cool your eyes. If not, you can simply wet your towel and place it on your eyes and relax for some time.

                  10. ENTERTAIN WISELY

                  Travelling is not just about enjoying some scenic sights, but it’s also a great time for entertainment. Listen to music, explore entertainment-friendly gadgets, writing about your experience in a book, read magazines, watch movies on a portable DVD player, play games on your phone, do crosswords and puzzles, or check out social media updates. Can you think of better entertainment options while travelling to beat boredom?

                  11. SLEEP

                  Last but not the least, sleep. During a long journey, it’s important that you switch off your mind for a few good minutes to get some inner peace. Gift yourself a 20-minute nap while you’re on the move. You must have an idea of how long your journey is going to be. Plan accordingly and take a quick nap an hour before you reach your destination. This will help you to land down with a clear, rested mind.

                   

                  *This great and informative guest post is brought to you by Cathy D'Souza of www.togetherweek.com*

                   

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                  Cathy is the writer and social media strategist at togetherweek.com, a site that brings you the very best of information about party locations from around the world. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people and learning new things from them .


                  Video: Woman with her children attempting to prevent a pickpocketing is violently assaulted May 11 2016, 0 Comments

                  Pickpocket attack

                   

                  Pickpockets are no laughing matter. At The Clever Travel Companion we stress the issue of traveler safety every single day, we even built a company around it purely based on personal experiences. We understand it may become slightly boring reading about the same negative experiences over and over again, especially when the chances of it happening to you are very slim and you are probably prepared or don't put yourself in vulnerable positions... Well I'm sure the young mother in the below CCTV footage taken in Stockholm, Sweden in January 2016 probably thought the same, she also did not put herself in any danger of being pickpocketed. She simply did what any moral human being would do in such a situation and in doing so, was subjected to a violent assault. 
                  We cannot stress enough that the safety of one's valuables does not only mean you get to keep your iPhone or you don't need to file an insurance claim, it means you avoid becoming a target and therefore, you remain safe.

                   

                  Jan 2016: Stockholm, Sweden. A young mother with her children is violently assaulted and spat on whilst trying to prevent a pickpocket at Gamla Stan metro station, Central Stockholm.

                  Fortunately, the attacker was arrested the same afternoon and is now behind bars and the woman is unhurt, it's easy to see how this could have been much worse however.
                  The YouTube video description states that the man involved in the attack was an immigrant to Sweden and whilst that cannot be confirmed, nor should it be suggested that non-natives are pickpockets, it should be noted that the massive influx of refugees hitting Europe has resulted in heightened tensions in built up areas and opportunities for people up to no good. You only have to look at the New Years Attacks in Cologne, Germany where over 1000 women were attacked at the Central Station in a single night, for evidence of this.                          
                  The most alarming factor of today's climate is not the rise in pickpocket case's but the rise in pickpocket related violence. It seems thieves have become bolder and more brazen in their methods and they wont take failure lightly. This travelers account of an attempted theft in Pickpocket City: Barcelona a few years back, shows just how careless perpetrators have become of being outed in public places or of authorities.
                  The below infographic offers some advice on how to stay safe and where remain vigilant. Of course the best solution to avoid being targeted is to not have any valuables to target... Or at least look like you don't.

                   

                  Top Pickpocketing Cities

                   

                  It should be stressed that while pickpocketing is a serious matter and one you should always be aware of, it should not affect your travel plans. You are more likely to be targeted as a tourist, but only if you invite such behavior, here's a guide how NOT to. The likelihood however, is that you will have an unforgettable trip of a lifetime and come home safe and sound with all the possessions you left with (except what you ditched to make way for all the purchases!). You will certainly increase your chances of doing so with some Clever Travel Companion gear.