The Clever Travel Companion Updates

40 Top Tourist Scams March 17 2016, 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 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.


40 Top Tourist Scams


Bali bag snatching gone really, really bad October 04 2015, 0 Comments

Friday afternoon, here in seemingly calm, safe Canggu, Bali a young girl was seriously injured as a thief snatched her bag. According to the Canggu Community Facebook group, the thief or thieves were on the lookout just outside a popular expat café, near the main road of Canggu. As the girl drove past on her motor bike, the thief grabbed the girl's bag, that was draped across her back. The girl was pulled from her bike and suffered serious injuries as she crashed. She is apparently in stable, but still critical, condition and her friends say she will be needing several surgeries and months of rehab to recover. The girl was not wearing a helmet, exacerbating her injuries. The thieves got away with her bag and have not been identified.

Please everyone! Keep safe! Never, ever ride motor bikes without helmets! That is reckless regardless of bag snatchings: dogs can run into the street, kids play on the side of the roads, cars can swerve without notice. You would be surprised at how many foreigners we see here riding without helmets, as if they were invincible. We even see parents riding with their kids, neither wearing helmets. Accidents happen daily, we have seen more than we can remember. Thankfully, we have not seen any fatalities. Yet. Just because you are on vacation, just because there are no traffic police to enforce traffic laws, don’t forget common sense.  Please everyone, wear a helmet!

When riding your rental bikes, do not keep your handbags draped across your back. That makes you an easy target. Better yet, do not carry handbags at all in areas where there are known bag snatchings. Apparently this is not the first bag snatching here in Canggu, it happens regularly. Many other travelers on the various Canggu forums are telling stories of having their bags snatched, by young men riding past them on fast, strong motorbikes. Not only is it easy to steal that way, and easy for the thieves to get away, but it is is easy for the victims to get hurt. The force used is excessive and getting pulled off of your moving bike, or having your bag pulled from you when walking by someone passing by on a motor bike, involves a lot of brute force and you can get very badly hurt.

Indonesia, as many other countries in the region, still suffer from poverty in areas. When travelers come flashing our iPhones and iPads, and with money to spend, we become targets. Do not make yourself vulnerable. Hide your valuables, do not make it easy for anyone to steal from you. Make sure you have backup credit cards, make sure you have a copy of your passport for easy access. Make sure you know how to contact your insurance company in an emergency. Most importantly do not put yourself in needlessly dangerous situations; wear a helmet, wear a safety belt, don’t ride motor bikes in flip flops, drive slowly, hide your valuables! Easy things to do that can save your life! So please do them!


All too common sight, a tourist without a helmet, on Jalan Raya Semat in Canggu, Bali


Safety and Pick Pocketing in Sydney September 07 2015, 0 Comments

Sydney is a popular Australian destination that has so much to offer tourists. It has beaches, museum, culture and amazing cuisine that can keep you enthralled for weeks not just days. When you are looking to get away and explore, but also relax there is no better location in the world than Sydney. The popularity of Sydney as a tourist attraction has risen significantly in recent years. Many travelers can choose to explore the Sydney Harbor, take in a Lion King show or spend the day walking the Botanic Gardens. With so much to see and do you will not have any care in the world when you are seeing the popular sites of Sydney. However, you should make sure that you do not get lost in your daze and still make safety a priority.

Are You Safe in Sydney?

When it comes to traveling in Sydney, you so not have to worry so much about violent crime. However, you do have to be aware of the pick pocketing risks that exist. Any large city that is known for having tourists will have their own issues of pick pocketing. Sydney is no different and is known to have outbreaks of petty theft from time to time. The amount of pick pocketing crime in Sydney has remained stagnant over recent years, but has not dropped. It is not one of the most notable cities for pick pocketing theft, but you do have to be on the lookout for pickpockets. 

How Do They Strike?

Pickpockets are looking to catch tourists off guard. Tourists are the best targets for pickpocketing, because they are typically distracted and are out of their natural element. Many pickpockets work in groups and use the distraction tactic to make their move. You should never leave your belongings unattended and should always keep your coat close by. Be leery of locals that are too interested in you and always exercise some caution. If you are fully aware of your surroundings, you will likely not be a target of pick pocketing crime.

Not Covered

If you are looking to protect yourself from pick pocketing with travelers insurance, you are likely out of luck. Most traveler’s insurance policies do not cover petty theft and will not cover any cash that is stolen. Never carry more cash on you in Sydney than you are willing or able to lose, hide the rest in your top or undies.