Don’t laugh! It can happen to all of us! While traveling, our mind is going a mile a minute trying to deal with bus passes, wallets, foreign money, packages, telephone, purse, on and on. Believe me–it can happen to everyone. For myself, I have a FIRM RULE: leave PASSPORTS, large amounts of money, unnecessary credit cards and debit cards AT THE FLAT. I keep my “daily money,” one credit card I am using, my bus pass IN MY FRONT POCKET or in a pouch around my neck! If I have to have my passport for a particular reason, I take a taxi to the flat when I am finished and restore the passport to my suitcase. Of course a waist or neck pouch is the answer, but even then I don’t take my passport. I ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A XEROX COPY OF MY PASSPORT AND MY CREDIT CARDS AND LEAVE THE COPY IN THE FLAT–Always!!! It is so much easier to deal with canceling credit cards and obtaining a new passport. If you do lose personal items which are important to you, here is where you should go:
PICK POCKETS are busy in London like in all big cities. I can tell you so many stories about people who were not careful ON THE TUBE. A pick-pocket will pull up against you in a busy tube, and your personal possessions vanish in a flash. DO NOT CARRY PURSES, and keep your hand on your money while in public places. Another Hot Spot for pick-pockets is Westminster Bridge and the Thames River ticket office where people are fumbling with their personal items when purchasing a ticket to enjoy a Thames River Cruise. I talked to a policeman who was stationed on Westminster Bridge and overlooking the Ticket area. He told me that they have a police presence at this particular spot every day; otherwise, it would be like the crowds at the Vatican in Rome. As my father used to say: PUT IT IN YOUR FRONT POCKET. IF YOU LOSE IT THEN, YOU DESERVE IT.
Losing your wallet, passport, credit cards, cell phones is one way to RUIN A TRIP!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918