A friend’s child was pickpocketed recently in Europe. We all know persons who have been robbed overseas. Europe is the epitome of scams and thefts, but it can occur anywhere so it is best to be prepared and use safe practices whenever traveling domestically or abroad. Here are some tips followed by real life stories that have happened to us or our friends followed by links to easy solutions.
– A fellow passenger on a bus, train, street, subway, or museum drops cash, change or anything. You, the, “helpful American” stoops down to pick up the item, while someone is grabbing your things out of your bag, pocket or whatever. Just keep going on your way or ignore them. Sure it sounds cruel, but this is real.
– Children run up to you and play with you. They are so cute!!! But while you are admiring them or talking with them, someone is stealing your stuff! Just ignore them and tell them no.
– Someone rides alongside you on a bike and cuts the strap to your travel bag and off they go.
– You are on a crowded bus. Someone reaches into your back pocket to remove your phone you stuck there because you think it is secure on your body, while you are looking at a map.
– You are at a museum and someone reaches in your back pocket to remove your wallet while you are waiting in line for a ticket
– This seems intuitive, but it is surprising how many people don’t lock up their things
– No safe is provided for your room or rental, so you just leave things in plain view because you don’t know what else to do
– you lock things up in your suitcase, but someone takes your suitcase from your room
Use a portable travel safe and this is LTD favorite:
– your checked bag gets lost, delayed or gets diverted to another airport
– your checked bag gets taken by another passenger because it looks like theirs
– the cab driver “forgets” to put one of your bags in the trunk
– it’s dark and you don’t see one of your bags and leave it behind
– your bag is stolen and you were carrying all of your cash and all of your credit cards. Now you have to cancel every credit card because they were stolen and you have no cash. Even if your spouse has credit cards, how often do they have different credit card accounts?
– you buy an item with your credit card and the clerk on her phone takes a photo of it when she turns around to run the transaction.
– you bring your wedding ring because you have a special event one evening but there is no safe in your hotel room. It is taken from your drawer from under your socks.
I am a travel maniac! Because I travel so much around the world, I look for solutions to make my travel easier. I get asked all the time about the travel gadgets I use or my recommended items. It makes me happy to share these things with you to make healthy and meaningful travel happen!