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.

 

40 Top Tourist Scams

 


5 Tips For Cutting The Cost Of Traveling November 21 2017, 0 Comments

Traveling to any part of the world is not cheap and can cost a lot of money for people that do not early and begin their journey looking at brochures distributed by tour and travel operators. Hotels, car rental, tours and airfare can all cost a hefty sum for individuals who may not want to indulge in heavy expenditure.

The commercials, which are generally seen on the TV and magazines, are regularly featuring high-end vacations and promoting resorts and cruises, which are unaffordable to most. However, it does not mean that a traveller who is careful cannot cut the cost of travel by planning in advance. It is for such travellers that we are offering 5 tips for cutting the cost of travelling.

What can an individual to cut back on the expenses of travel?

Enroll For A Travel Related Credit Card

Travelers can accumulate thousands of miles without even moving out of their home when they enrol for a travel-related credit card. They can utilise the sign-up bonuses, which are offered by airline credit cards to accumulate the miles. Most carriers are offering a branded credit card with about 30,000 to 50,000 bonus points when signing up. Travel related other providers also offer credit cards and the miles accumulated can save the intending traveller and lot of money by way of airfare.

Being Flexible With Flights Is Also Beneficial

Minor changes in travel plans can save travellers a bundle of money especially if they’re purchasing tickets for the entire family. The changes do not have to be drastic and travellers just need to plan their travel during the week rather than the end of the week.

Traveling Off-Season Will Also Prove Helpful

The summer may be the best time to visit Europe but travellers are likely to pay a higher price for everything because they have decided to travel during the rush season. Traveling during the shoulder seasons or after the peak season has ended will prove helpful and make them liable to receive plenty of discounts.

Searching for Hotel Deals

Searching for hotel deals should be high on the minds of travellers because it is the best way for them to get affordable accommodation. Browsing through the Internet travellers can come across a number of websites, which are all offering great deals throughout the year. People will make travel plans in advance will become eligible for discounts which may not be available at the last minute.

Using Alternative Methods Of Traveling

Travelers do not need to book airline tickets for every destination they plan to visit. Train tickets in Europe will be available at a cost of 50% or less if the bookings are made two weeks in advance. When used appropriately a rail pass can save travellers hundreds of dollars.

People that are planning a vacation are advised to consider all aspects of their travel and make bookings well ahead of time because it is the best way to cut the costs of travelling. Spending some time browsing on the Internet for the information needed will not only prove beneficial but will also save the travelers enough money to plan for another trip without wasting a lot of time.


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 rory@clevertravelcompanion.com and you'll be added to our testimonials page and could also make it into the newsletter.