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Living the Adventuress Life: how to avoid pickpockets & how to fall asleep on a plane.
December 20, 2015
Dear VIA (Very Important Adventuress)

Welcome to another edition of Living the Adventuress Life, the e-zine from

In this issue we want to share with you some tips not just timely with holiday travel, but useful year round: ways to protect yourself from pickpockets and 10 tricks for falling asleep on a plane.

7 Simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets

With accelerated travel during the holidays, travel author and blogger Bambi Vincent’s tips, Seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets, seems really timely.

She’s given us permission to share with you her protection tips:

1. Pouches. Wear a small travel security pouch under your clothing (either under your shirt, or hanging by a loop attached your belt and inside your pants). This is especially important if you intend to use the local metro system during rush hours.

2. Cash. Don’t carry much cash (you decide the meaning of much)—but remember most of the small cafes and restaurants do not accept credit cards (strange but true, especially in the markets).

3. Passport. Do not walk around with your passport in a pocket. Make a color copy of the first page and carry the copy (and it’s good to have when you fill in tax refund forms, if you live outside the EU).

4. Cynicism. Don’t trust anyone who approaches in order to assist you with documents, maps,cleaning off some gooey stuff that seems to have dropped on your clothes, or even police who request to inspect your currency (they’re “pseudo cops,” fakes). Yes, it means being cynical, but also civil. The majority of people you’ll come into contact with want you to leave Barcelona thinking positively about their city. If you need assistance you’ll ask a local, who will almost certainly be kind and helpful. If you are approached by a good samaritan-type unbidden, stir up that cynicism and use caution.

5. Handbags. Don’t carry elegant handbags on thin straps which can be easily grabbed and broken, especially on the narrow streets off La Rambla. Never hang your purse or bag on the back of a chair in a public place. Neither should you place it on the floor in a restaurant. Out of sight, out of control.

6. Mobile phones. Your mobile phone is very attractive to a pickpocket. The thieves have many techniques specifically designed to relieve you of your phone. Some of these techniques are simple, yet work effectively even on sophisticated travelers who consider themselves savvy. (Editor note: I know 2 people whose phones have “disappeared” from the table right in front of them! One thinks the waiter took it…)

7. Research. Finally, you can increase or decrease the threat factor by adjusting your behavior and your perception of the surroundings. Travel is always unpredictable, leading to delight at one moment, or knocking you off balance at another. You must be prepared, and take responsibility for your own safety and security. Research these issues before embarking on your trip. For example, search online for the most common scams and tricks that may be played on you when hitting new ground. This advice is important for every new travel destination.

You can avoid almost all of the most common pickpocketing methods and save yourself from pickpockets if you follow the seven rules above.

Remember, the thieves read you and go for the least aware. They’ll head for the easiest opportunities. Don’t make yourself easy picking. It’s easy to defeat these pickpockets. The locals do. 

You might want to check out Bambi’s fascinating book: Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams TAP HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

From the Huffington Post comes a useful article, 10 Tricks For Falling Asleep On A Plane -- And Staying That Way10 Tricks For Falling Asleep On A Plane -- And Staying That Way

Friends often tell me how they simply can’t sleep on a plane. I can sympathize.

It’s pretty uncomfortable sitting up, your head lolling, maybe dribble coming from your mouth, afraid you’ll snore (that’s my fear) … :)

1. Stick to your usual bedtime routine before the flight (but see #4).

2. Wear sweats or comfortable sportswear, plus thick socks to keep your feet warm.

3. Choose your seat according to which side you normally sleep on. According to a Skyscanner poll, the left side (when facing the cockpit) is better since the window seats are off center, offering more space to sleep on.

4. Tire yourself out by getting less sleep the night before you fly.

5. Limber up by stretching or doing some yoga before your flight to keep yourself supple and relaxed.

6. Flip your neck pillow from behind your head to under your chin. This way when you doze off, you head will be supported when you naturally loll forwards.

7. Slip off your shoes, and use your carry-on luggage as a footrest.

8. Block out light by wearing an eye mask (this is our favorite travel accessory!)

9. Block out ambient sound by listening to rainfall or soft music on headphones.

10. Eating a carb-rich snack like cereal an hour before dozing off will help you avoid the snack trolley drinks and snack that are normally rich in caffeine, sugar and alcohol, 3 things that can disrupt your sleeping pattern.

There are some pretty cute cartoon visuals that go with the article.

TAP HERE TO SEE THEM If you’re looking for the perfect neck pillow to help you sleep, check out the J Pillow.

It won the 2013 British Invention of the Year Award and has consistently been the number one best-selling travel pillow in the UK. TAP HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

The Art of Caro

We are completely addicted to creating ADULT COLORING BOOKS for your fun and relaxation.

Now don't be put off by the word "adult!"

These coloring books are full of elegant, intricate design patterns, not x-rated pix...

The mental health community touts coloring as a relaxing, meditative activity for busy adults like us.

The Art of Caro is the first adult coloring book from Swift House Press. The second book, Color Caro's Mystic Mandalas should be available at next week.

These books will also make thoughtful gifts for your friends and family this holiday season!


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—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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