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How to Travel Safely While Touring European Art Galleries



Europe is rich in culture, architecture, and art. For this reason, people from all over the world travel to Europe each year to experience what it has to offer. For first-time travelers to Europe, the thought of safety might not be the first thought that pops into their minds. However, make no mistake, itís just as important to travel safely to Europe as it is to other parts of the world.

While violent crime might not be as prominent, the pickpocket racket is alive and breathing. With that being said, there are certain precautions to take to avoid getting robbed along your travels. By following the tips listed below, youíll be well on your way to enjoying the carefree experience you deserve.

#1 Invest in a Suitcase With a Lock

The first step is to choose a suitcase with a built-in lock. Depending on your options, there are plenty of suitcases with built-in TSA locks. The beauty of these locks is that they are universal, meaning that airport agents will not break your locks. Plus, since youíre able to lock your suitcase while in transit, you have little to no exposure to theft.

When choosing a suitcase, another wise decision is to go with a hard-side suitcase. Not only do hard-side suitcases not have external pockets, but they also serve as a safe in your hotel room. Essentially, youíll be able to use your suitcase to lock up your belongings when you donít have a room safe.

#2 Use a Retractable Cable Lock

If youíre traveling in a small group or would like some extra security when youíre away from your room, a retractable cable lock is a helpful device. It works by allowing you to secure your suitcase or other objects to a fixed object. Typically, the cable is attached to a handle with an adjustable combination.

Also, this same type of lock can be used to attach several suitcases together. This way, any potential thief will find it nearly impossible to complete a grab ní go robbery due to the weight of the bags combined. When securing your suitcase inside your room, attach it to a heavy bed frame or other fixed objects that canít easily be moved.

#3 Anti-Theft Waist Pack

While it may seem silly to use a waist pack or ďfanny pack,Ē theyíre actually quite useful while traveling overseas. They allow you to quickly access your belongings while keeping them securely at waist level. Also, theyíre more secure than using a wallet or sliding credit cards into your pocket.

Now, to take the security up a notch, an anti-theft fanny pack is the way to go. An anti-theft fanny pack features secure zippers, internal mesh, and a buckle that canít easily be undone. Currently, there are plenty of options to choose from. Youíll find that there are even anti-theft waist packs that can hold cameras.

With that being said, keeping an expensive camera secure while touring art galleries becomes a lot easier with a secure waist pack rather than allowing the camera to dangle from your neck.

#4 Be Extra Careful When Using Public Transportation

Public transportation such as a crowded bus is a hotspot for pickpockets. Because of this, itís important to stay vigilant when using public transportation rather than letting your guard down. Always make sure that your belongings are secure before stepping onto a bus or train.

Also, when youíre traveling between destinations with your backpack and luggage, try to avoid using locks that dangle from your bags. When pickpockets see locks, they see opportunity. Which goes back to the reason that itís wise to choose hard-side luggage with a lock since the lock doesnít stick out.

Next, when choosing a backpack, there are also a lot of anti-theft backpacks available with similar features to anti-theft fanny packs. Most of these packs cut down on the number of external pockets and use hidden zippers to prevent thieves from accessing your bag. All in all, by taking these precautions, youíre less likely to stick out in a crowd where pickpockets are likely to be lingering.

#5 Stay in Small Groups

When youíre traveling for the first time, itís best to stay in small groups as much as possible. Alternatively, you donít want to be wandering around by yourself anywhere at night even if the area does appear safe. Strength in numbers is the key here since thieves and attackers are less likely to confront a group than a single person.

#6 Only Carry What You Need

While it may seem like a great idea to bring all of your credit cards out with you, itís not. Likewise, thereís never a reason to walk outside with a bundle of cash either. Rather, plan out which credit cards and cash you absolutely need.

For example, itís wise to take a trip to the ATM first and leave your debit card in a safe or hidden in your room while you tour the area. This way, in the unfortunate event that you do lose your cards, youíll always have your debit card in your room as a backup.

Plus, having backup credit cards is always a luxury in case you need to cancel one thatís been lost or stolen. Overall, this point may seem trivial, but there have been a ton of instances where travelers lose their only debit card. The point here is to not be that person.

Closing Words

Beyond those points, the key is to use some common sense. Take the time to think about these points before you embark on your journey to get into the proper mindset.

In the same breath, thereís no reason to be so paranoid that you donít enjoy your trip. With the perfect balance of common sense and planning, youíll be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest without worry.

And what could be better than that while youíre soaking in all of the fine art that Europe has to offer.










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