The Clever Travel Companion Updates
40 Top Tourist Scams December 29 2018, 0 Comments
We are all aware that scams and thieves, no matter where you may be in the world, target tourists. They're continually evolving their methods for beating new prevention gear and for ripping off unsuspecting travelers, sometimes with dire consequences.
Below is an infographic from justtheflight .co.uk that outlines the top, most used and most effective scams to watch out for to ensure you don't become a victim.
Of course, the most effective method of keeping your valuables safe from harm is to put The Clever Travel Companion's gear to use.
Textbook Pickpocket Manoeuvre Leaves Grandmother $2650 Out of Pocket October 21 2017, 0 Comments
The video below captures the moment two professional pickpockets carried out their grubby work on an unsuspecting victim, in this case a 69 year old grandmother whom the pickpockets had identified at a local bank and subsequently pursued after she'd made a substantial withdrawal.
Kantaben Ashani, 69, a retired cleaner, was buying radishes in Kingsbury, North London when the thief reached into her bag to lift envelope of cash. Ms Ashani, who had withdrawn the cash to pay for Diwali gifts for her family, said she believes she had been tailed by the thief after withdrawing the money from a nearby Nationwide bank.
She discovered the theft moments later when attempting to pay for her groceries at the till. 'I saw the women but thought they were just shopping. I started crying at the till, I couldn't stop talking and crying. It's the first time I've carried this much money,' said Ms Ashani, according to the Evening Standard. 'I get flashbacks every time I go to the shop. I'm praying to God that they don't do that to anyone else.'
The theft was caught on camera by local resident Suryakant Jadva and quickly shared on Twitter. Ms Ashani added that she would struggle to give presents to her loved ones for Diwali, the festival of light which started on Thursday. 'One of our rituals is that we give money to our grandchildren — it's like Christmas, lots of presents. Now the money's gone Diwali will be a bit of a financial strain.' The Metropolitan police confirmed it was investigating.
DON'T BE A VICTIM!
Pickpockets are unfortunately not going away. There will always be people out there with unpleasant intentions and a disregard for other people, whether they turn that into a profession or not, they still exist. We hear about stories like the above everyday and although this particular crime was committed in the victims local area, tourists and non-locals are the #1 victims around the world. The probability of being targeted as a holidaymaker soars in comparison to locals.
Having said that, nobody on vacation wants to spend their trip scared or worried. The Clever Travel Companion offers solutions! Solutions like our pickpocket proof scarf and ladies pickpocket proof leggings!
Communication Tips for Travellers September 27 2017, 0 Comments
Communicating with other people while you are travelling is an essential part of your journey. It helps you get by when you’re lost or need help in finding your hotel, and simply adds new impressions and valuable experiences. However, meeting new people when you travel, either other fellow travelers, or locals at your travel destination, may not always be easy. Even if you are not too shy and have no problem starting a conversation, there is always a language or cultural barrier that you need to overcome.
Here are a few tips on how to successfully communicate with local people on any topic.
Top Tips on Communication While Travelling
Yes, talking to locals while travelling may require you to step out of your comfort zone. But it is worth it. The thrill of being understood and liked in another part of the world can hardly be compared to any other travel experience, and you will appreciate the memories you’ll ultimately get.
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