Jun 4, 2018 - 10:29 PM
Hello: My .02 re: pickpockets and the countries you mentioned....I have never had a problem in several years of travel to Italy, though my wife and I keep our valuables concealed such that it even takes us a moment to retrieve our cash. We remain vigilant so that it is second nature, but not so that we can't relax. Paris is the same, though you need to do your awareness homework; if you are on the Metro and a group of kids seems to be encircling you, move and keep your money and passport protected. Clearly you never leave a purse draped over a chair, a wallet on a table, or a backpack sitting next to you that can be accessed if you are distracted. Try to maintain body/leg/arm/eye contact with your stuff at all times. In some places you may be tempting fate if you wear a backpack in a crowd (a razor will open it in 1 second), or if you wear your fanny pack over your fanny. Keep it in front of you - especially in crowds. My vigilance was rewarded several times in India, but I have had a waiter in Nepal run after me to give me the money, passport, and belongings I had left in his restaurant. If you don't want your pockets picked, don't put anything in them unless you can confidently prevent access (zippered pockets are great - if they are zipped). As to not looking like a rich tourist, let's face it - despite your appearance, one can't be a pauper and travel to Switzerland. We, however, are in the American 99% so we won't be able to look rich, no matter what we do. Have a safe trip.
Last modified on Jun 4, 2018 - 10:32 PM by dalcubo