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Travel Tips: Speed through TSA Airport Lines with These Hacks

Travelers are waiting in longer and longer TSA security lines, missing flights and in some cases sleeping overnight in the airport.

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Top Pickpocket Locations London Subways

While London tops many traveler’s lists as one of their must-see cities to visit in Europe, certain London’s subway lines are tops with pickpockets.

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Women's Travel Essentials

Keep it Light for Peace of Mind Whether you’re packing, going out for a day of sight-seeing, or going out at night, you will want to keep it light.

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Secrets of a London Pickpocket

POSTED February 15th 2010 BY Ellen
The following is an article written by a former European pickpocket.  It gives an interesting perspective into how a professional pickpocket operates.  Take this article with a grain of salt.  Their is no way to verify that the person who wrote the article is in fact a pickpocket, and most people would agree a pickpocket would be hard pressed to talk about his/her exploits in...
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Overnight Train Security Advice – Know Before You Go

POSTED February 6th 2010 BY Ellen
The Scary Trains Page Welcome to an assortment of `night train experiences´! The scary trains page has first hand accounts of problems people have experienced on night trains and practical advice on looking after yourself. Now keep in mind that many of these stories occurred several years ago, but the date of when the issue occurred may be just as relevant today. Take all this...
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South American Adean Thievery

POSTED February 6th 2010 BY Ellen
This popular article for travelers discusses situations in which people get ripped off in the street, on public transportation or in markets in the countries of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. It also fits Colombia. It provides a lexicon of terms. It offers advice on the kinds of tricks perpetrated on unsuspecting travelers to extract their valuables. It mentions cities where this happens a lot. It...
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How Pickpockets Work

POSTED February 6th 2010 BY Ellen
Pickpocketing is one of the oldest and most widespread crimes in the world. The appeal is its relative safety: A skilled pickpocket can make off with just as much money as an armed robber, without much danger of confrontation or risk of being identified in a line-up. By the time the victim even realizes what has happened, the pickpocket is long gone. And since no...
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The Basics of Pickpocketing

POSTED February 6th 2010 BY Ellen
The goal of being a pickpocket is obviously the taking of someone else’s wallet for the purpose of obtaining cash, credit cards, and identification. To best understand how pickpockets work, it is best to take the subject and describe the different parts of how they work.   Usually a pickpocket will work with a partner or in a team, but being a “cannon”, or solo pickpocket as they are...
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Watch out for Pickpockets on Italian Trains

POSTED February 6th 2010 BY Ellen
For years, the Italian State Police and the Railways have distributed handouts on trains and in stations all around Italy – the words are simple – Look out for pickpocket and thieves who want to steal your valuables.  Most of their tips have been given out for the last 30 years, but we need to be reminded of them because the same train theft scams...
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Safety Tips for Women from a Woman Cop

POSTED January 23rd 2010 BY Ellen
Tips for women on staying safe! These tips are well worth passing on, and are common sense for men, too. Please read this information from a woman who works for the police department. I have to share some things I have learned in my job with you. In my job, I review criminal and psychiatric files of imprisoned sex offenders who are approaching their release...
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Travel Safety Tips for Women

POSTED January 23rd 2010 BY Ellen
CHOOSING A HOTEL Smaller is smarter: you want the staff to be familiar with guests and with you. The smaller the lobby, the more noticeable the loiterers. Aim for a well-trafficked street (neighborhood restaurants and late-night stores mean traffic, corporate offices mean darkness). Affluent residential areas tend to have more reliable transportation and fewer threatening street people. If you’re still concerned about the area, ask...
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Understanding Travel Health Insurance

POSTED January 23rd 2010 BY Ellen
Most of us have heard horror stories about inadequately insured travelers who go off on holiday feeling perfectly well and then an unfortunate accident puts them in hospital. These unlucky folks find themselves very far from home without personal support systems in place and they’re left with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills. Not fun! By reading this information will give you a basic...
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Travel Insurance Should You Get It?

POSTED January 23rd 2010 BY Ellen
The following article is one that was written by Consumer Reports.  The article is a little outdated but the content is still good and provides valuable questions and information every traveler should know when it comes to travel insurance. Travel insurance: Cut your risks. If illness, accident, or emergency strikes before or during a tour or cruise, you could face two major financial risks: the...
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