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Pickpocketers- Outsmart Them On Your Next Travel

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 Whenever You Travel, Be Prepared For A Worst-Case Scenario

Even the smartest travelers may let their guard down. If there are Pickpocketers, don’t worry. It can happen to anyone. But how you handle the situation after-the-fact can protect your identity and credit rating. Before you travel, make copies of all your important papers and your credit card numbers and leave them with a trusted friend in the states. It’s even better if you can memorize your credit card numbers plus the phone number on the back of the card to call for fraud protection.

 

8. Don’t Bring Valuables

Minimize the valuables you travel with.  Unless you’re attending a wedding, hanging out with a posh crowd or staying at a cousin’s house there’s no reason to bring expensive jewelry.  Theft can happen in transit as well as hotel rooms and if you’re constantly on the move. It’s also something you can easy leave behind by accident. Find a way to make it look a little trashy and personalized. That way, it’s easily identifiable and not an item thieves will target to resell.

 

7. Avoid Keeping Money In Your Back Pockets

It’s often said that the best invitation for a thief is a wallet in the back pocket. Keep all of your valuables concealed, and consider using a decoy wallet which holds no cards and a minimal amount of cash to distract thieves. When you store your wallet and money in a place which you cannot see or feel, then pickpockets and thieves can easy lift it from you without your notice. Some folks will say that you put your money in your backpack, choose a place few will look or keep a dummy wallet up front to lure thieves to the wrong target.

 

6. Ditch The Purse

 

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Ditch the purse and go with a sturdy day pack. Many will disagree with this advice, claiming a backpack makes you look more like a well-targeted tourist. Maybe so, but backpacks hold more and are harder to rip off your back by a thief.  When you look at purse-toting tourists, we assume four worldly things to fit in it– credit cards, an I.D, a mobile phone and money! Backpack wearers meanwhile can stash jackets, water, snacks. Pickpockets happen only if you can fish through them all you might find money.

 

5. Leave Clues For Honest Finders

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Accidents happen, and even the most cautious traveler can leave something behind. Maximize your chances of getting it back by taping a tiny note with your email address or travel partner’s phone number to any item you really don’t want to lose, making it easy for a kind soul to return it. For phones, you could use an -If Found Please Return To note as your lock screen, or tuck your business card inside the case.

4. Keep Material Losses In Perspective

Many tourists get indignant when pickpocketed or ripped off. If it happens to you, it’s best to get over it. You’re well-off enough to travel, and thieves aren’t. You let your guard down and they grabbed your camera. It ruins your day and you have to buy a new one, while they sell it for a week’s wages on their scale. If a thief has robbed you of your belongings, don’t let them rob you any further by allowing the loss to ruin your entire trip.

 

3. Leave Valuables In Your Hotel Room

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Expensive gear, such as your laptop, is much safer in your room than with you in a day bag on the streets. While hotels often have safes in the room or at the front desk. Some travelers leave their passports secured in the room safe while out for the day. Theft from hotel rooms happens, of course, but it’s relatively rare hoteliers are quick to squelch a pattern of theft. You can have the hotel management to be accountable for your luggage.

 

2. Stay Away From Large Crowds

Vigilance is the best defence against pickpockets, so keep your bags in front of you, either on you or at your feet when using escalators. If you feel like you’ve walked into a sandwich scam situation, politely but firmly ask the people who are blocking the way to move aside and make your way through. It’s easy for a thief to steal away with your wallet in the midst of a bustling commotion. If you see a crowd, walk on the opposite side of the street.

 

1. Trust No One

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Pickpocketing is an unfortunate reality of travelling, but a reality nonetheless. That’s why travellers should assume the worst when approached by a stranger, even if you feel rude. The general rule of thumb is to be especially careful if strangers ask for something, whether that be a picture or a donation. Keep your valuables close to your chest when travelling in crowded places. If you find that your attention is drawn elsewhere, remember to keep the safety of your possessions at the front of mind.

 

 

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Best Travel Movies For You To Binge Watch!

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We all know how difficult the time has been lately due to COVID-19. Moreover, after WHO declaring it as a pandemic there has been extreme situations all across the world. The worst affected sector has been travel in terms of economically as well as mentally. It must be very difficult to calm your inner wandered during these tough times as well. Right now, the best you can do is sit at home and binge watch some travel movies!

Here, we present you some of the best travel movies to help you soothe your wanderlust- 


INTO THE WILD

An unimaginable true story of a fine student and athlete, the protagonist abandons everything and goes hitchhiking to the Alaska is a movie which will stay with you forever. This one movie should be your must-watch when it comes to theme of travel.

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HIGHWAY

A movie which you wish never ended, Highway takes you to the beauty of India; not only has it showed the scenic beauty of the mountains and villages but also visits the plains of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana and has beautifully conveyed the essence of travel.

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ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Antarctica is that one continent or place which has always fascinated us, and this movie is just here to fascinate you even more about this place. An incredibly beautiful and funny travel movie, it takes you on a tour of Antarctica and into the lives of people and animals living there.

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ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA

A movie which holds a special place in the hearts of the Indians, takes you through a road trip in the country of Spain and the once-in-a-lifetime adventures like deep-sea-diving and the Tomatina festival. The movie is sure to encourage you to travel with your best people and discover yourself through all of this.

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THE BUCKET LIST

A sentimental, predictable yet a movie which could make your heart feel warm; it inspires you to tick off your bucket list. Filmed in various locations of India, China, France and many more, the film is sure to give you some ideas for your next trips.

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QUEEN

A movie which teaches self love, takes you and the protagonist to Amsterdam and Paris. She learns that you are enough and through the movie travels these places and discovers her identity and gains a new perspective of living life on own terms.

Apart from movies, you can also watch many interesting short films if you’re not much of a binge fan. Checkout the link give below!

Top 7 short films you can watch during lockdown.

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Your Mini-Guide On How To Be A Minimalist Traveller

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Minimalist Packing

The Minimalist Traveller packs only what she/he needs. The What-if thinking has made us all pack multiple bags that made our trips heavy… physically and mentally. Long holidays require small backpacks. Allow yourself to be free and truly enjoy the places you visit by becoming a minimalist traveller.

These little tips will help you decide what to and what not to eliminate. 

 

Packing like a minimalist traveller

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“He who would travel happily must travel light.” Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

A Small Bag Helps

Every minimalist traveller starts packing with a small bag in hand. Of course, the more space you have, the more unnecessary items you end up packing.

 

Can’t decide what to leave at home? These three questions will automatically make your bag lighter…

  • Items not used on the last trip? 

Like the extra formal dress you packed, the heels you did not bother looking at, your own shampoo, 5 packets of chewing gum, ( you better not take that to Singapore … ), a different accessory for every dress you packed, the list is endless.

Consider packing one pair of shoes that are good for your trip. This means choosing something that allows comfortable exploration. 

 

packing the absolute essentials

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  • Is there a habit you want to let go of?

This “habit” could be as innocent as curling your hair every morning, or could simply be eating a lot of packaged items like chocolates, gums and Nachos. 

Minimalist travellers embrace their natural look whenever travelling. So their Toiletries-bag ends up being lighter than those who regularly style their hair. Also, enjoying the local cuisine would help enhance your experience of visiting the places on your itinerary.

  • Is there a smaller version of the things I use?

Consider swapping books you want to read while travelling with e-versions on your phone. It is also useful to create a check list for your essential items.

The Mindset of a Minimalist Traveller

Bringing memoirs back from trips has always been a cool thing to do, and has been a trend for a long time. So has our need to stick to things for mental comfort, which makes our life cluttered. Buying a lot of things along the way will reduce the ease with which you travel, especially on a long trip with multiple destinations.

 

Minimalist Travellers usually avoid buying items on trips until necessary. Consider making this your Mantra!

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Read:

Ethical Travelling Is The Need Of The Hour

 

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Top Seven Travel Books To Soothe Your Mind

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Travel Books

Books are a man’s best friend because if you love reading books, you will never be alone. They take you in a totally different world filled with imagination and magic. It is like living a parallel life without having to teleport. Apart from this, the other great thing in life is travelling. What if we combine the two? Yes, we are talking about those books that inspire you to travel.We may not be able to venture far right now, but these travel books, from classics to comic travelogues, take us on journeys around the world.

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Eliza Gilbert

This book always comes first when we talk about travel. It is the story of Eliza Gilbert who is a modern-day American woman, who leaves behind her life to examine different aspects of her nature. She goes for pleasure to Italy, for devotion in India and finally to Bali. While she travels the different countries, you would want to travel with her. This book is everything that will inspire you to explore your life while exploring the world around you.

2. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is a name which is synonymous to travel writing. You can’t pick up just one by him that’s good because they all are. This book chronicles his journey across Australia, as he goes from the east to the west, through tiny towns, coastal cities, and forgotten forests. He travels around the country in awe, and sometimes in fear. This book will make you want to travel to Australia!

3. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

With so much travel literature telling us where to go, we can lose sight of the purpose behind traveling at all. Alain de Botton’s, The Art of Travel” serves as a reminder of the how and why when it comes to hitting the road, said Michelle Halpern, travel blogger at Live Like It’s The Weekend. Many travel-themed books play to our daydreams about travel, but de Botton takes a brutally honest and philosophical look.

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Most travelers are searching for something on their adventures, whether it’s amazing archeological sites or the most delicious meal. But while you’re busy seeking something external, you usually end up discovering a piece of yourself you never knew was there. That’s exactly what happens in Paulo Coelho’s book, The Alchemist. 

5. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

Few travel writers of any era compare to Dervla Murphy. Now in her late 80s, she’s been responsible for dozens of travel books, dwelling on destinations as varied as Cuba, Laos, Romania and Cameroon. Her 1965 debut remains her best known work, and tells the account of an astonishing solo bicycle expedition to Delhi.

6. Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy de Lisle

Canadian cartoonist Guy de Lisle is no standard travel writer and his books are far from standard travelogues. Using simple, unfussy, comic-strip illustrations, he recounts his first-hand experiences of living in some of the world’s knottiest destinations, from Myanmar to North Korea. The result is a series of graphic memoirs that brilliantly juggle the subtleties and oddities of being a stranger in a strange town.

7. Venice by Jan Morris

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Recent reports suggest the now-quiet canals of Venice are at their clearest for 60 years, with dolphins and swans spotted in recent days. The city, of course, has always had a touch of fantasy about it. Venice is a cheek-by-jowl, back-of-the-hand, under-the-counter, higgledy-piggledy, anecdotal city, writes Jan Morris in this 1960 masterpiece. Read this book for a ray of hope.

 

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