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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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be added to our testimonials page and could also make it into the newsletter.
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