One of the owners of Irv’s Luggage recently went on a cruise in the Greek Islands. Upon his return he approached me with a blog idea. He was amazed that everywhere he went in Greece he was given a lecture, by the cruise staff, about problems with theft. Looking around at his fellow cruise mates he soon realized why; to quote him directly “Their travel wallets were worn like cow bells around their necks, basically alerting the thieves…. here I am, here is my money and passport, …..come rob me!”
Today there is a wide selection of travel wallets available in the marketplace. Some are more secure than others, some cost more than others; but regardless of which money belt or neck pouch you choose, the key to their effectiveness, is wearing them under your clothing. A small amount of spending money or one credit card, can be placed in your wallet or handbag; however the bulk of your valuables, need to be in the travel wallet, out of sight, under your pants or shirt; and your travel wallet should not to be opened until you are in a secure place: your cabin on the ship, the tour bus or a hotel room.
Thieves are found throughout the world, I am not picking on Greece; if you are smart enough to purchase a travel wallet please be smart enough to use it properly!!! Happy and safe travels from Irv’s Luggage!
I just returned from a business trip abroad and I was amazed at all the signs of wealth from the unknowing travelers. From their luggage to their flamboyant jewelery – it makes it too easy for thieves these days. People are making an impression, but not necessarily a safe one.
So true, which I think was his point as well. Be discreet when traveling abroad, don’t flaunt your valuables and be conscious of who is around you at all times.
In addition to using a travel wallet – bundle things together with a Bandit Wallet so things stay together and not slip out of your pockets. Takes up minimal space and keeps things tidy. Happy Travels.