While dodging crowds of sightseers and the occasional pickpocket, tourists sport a variety of de rigueur accessories, although haute couture is not the goal.
For several weeks on my recent excursion to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, I was encumbered with five indispensable items hanging around my neck. No wonder I was listing forwards.
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Sometimes the cord in back
and side straps were evident at my neckline so the pouch wasn’t
consistently well hidden, thus defeating its purpose.
Occasionally the knot would untie and those straps would slide the bag beneath my shirt down to my waist for a lumpy mid-torso look.
In museums, palaces and cathedrals, and at monuments and other landmarks, guides can speak sotto voce into a small microphone and group members wear the receiver to hear the commentary.
Also it’s a voice-saver because there is no shouting to overcome the ambient din; listeners can easily hear the spiels.
The final adornments were a wide-brimmed hat and a jacket tied around my waist with a half-hitch—not so fashionable but necessary as the autumn climate turned progressively to chilly.
My entire ensemble shrieked “Tourist!” This is not a good thing, as it tends to attract attention from pickpockets and thieves.
Much better would be a secure backpack with hidden zips, and various secure compartments. I think it is also a good idea to carry a 'mugger's purse' or wallet, with a few low-denomination bank notes and expired cards. Have this in a prominent location, to distract pickpockets and muggers from your more valuable things.
story by Cam Usher
Adventuress Travel Magazine Associate Editor Cam Usher enjoyed a 35-year career in the tourism industry, most recently as Director of Tourism and Director of International Sales for a major destination marketing entity.
She has visited over 50 countries on business and leisure and considers travel one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, she also earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Awards include the American Society of Travel Agents’ Allied Member of the Year, Womens’ Convention Sales Association Top Executive, and 4 times selected one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Travel Agent magazine.
Favorite places are Greece, Hong Kong, and any tropical rain forest. Other interests include sailing, foreign films, jazz, and cinema history.
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