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How to Fly With Your Kayak

How to Fly With Your Kayak

The most difficult part of your international white water kayak adventure may be the very first step: flying with your boat. Some airlines allow kayaks, others charge money, others flat out deny you. In many cases, it simply depends on which ticket agent you talk to! Here are some tips [...]

Lost Your Passport? Here’s What To Do

Lost Your Passport? Here’s What To Do

Once while visiting Morocco with a friend, the hotel manager asked us if we would like to leave our valuables in the hotel safe. Since that seemed like a pretty good idea, we readily agreed and there they remained until we were at the bus station getting ready to embark [...]

How to Sleep in Train Stations

How to Sleep in Train Stations

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Unlike the U.S., Europe got it right with trains and kept it right. Train tracks lay from Dublin to Athens, from Oslo to Barcelona and everywhere in between. Train stations are everywhere and provide a hub of food, shelter and useful services, often late into the night. As a [...]

Luggage vs. Cobblestone: Tips on managing an unwieldy suitcase

Luggage vs. Cobblestone: Tips on managing an unwieldy suitcase

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock For years I traveled exclusively with my trusty backpacking anti theft backpack. When I finally upgraded to a wheeled suitcase, I felt like I had earned my “I’m a grown-up now” badge. I imagined myself looking sophisticated and classy as I wheeled my suitcase behind me while rapidly crossing [...]

Common Mugging Procedures for Backpackers

Common Mugging Procedures for Backpackers

[AmmentorpDK]/[iStock]/Thinkstock It’s an unfortunate reality. Backpackers get mugged. But people all over the world get mugged every day, from backpackers to city locals. The problem is, when a backpacker gets mugged, their entire life is stolen. All money, clothes and valuables. The first step in avoiding such a fate is [...]

Traveler vs. Pickpocket: Walking through a crowd without losing your wallet

Traveler vs. Pickpocket: Walking through a crowd without losing your wallet

[AmmentorpDK]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There is nothing worse than losing your valuables while traveling. It’s bad enough to lose them when you’re at home, but losing your passport or your wallet (or both) while you’re thousands of miles away from home is a special sort of agony and trying to replace those items [...]

Keep Your Bag Secure

Keep Your Bag Secure

[AmmentorpDK]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Security is of paramount importance when you are traveling. For most backpackers and adventurers, everything you need to survive is contained in a small bag. Parting with it could strand you in a foreign country, with no money or resources. Staying secure should combine the right equipment with the [...]

Long Layovers: Where to Stash Your Stuff

Long Layovers: Where to Stash Your Stuff

[ginton]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in the hotel lobby with a pile of baggage, a few hours to kill before your train or plane departs and nowhere to leave your anti theft handbags. Yeah, me too. It’s a frustrating experience to be held back by a [...]

How to Survive a Bus Trip Across Europe

How to Survive a Bus Trip Across Europe

[Fuse]/Thinkstock  If it were up to me, I would travel exclusively by train and first class flights. Unfortunately it’s not up to me; it’s up to my wallet. Well, that’s not entirely true either. If it were exclusively up to my wallet, I would be walking and hitchhiking a lot [...]

Welcome Travelers!

Welcome Travelers!

If anyone knows anything about traveling safe, it’s us. We’ve been frustrating thieves for decades through innovative devices, clever technologies, and smart bags, purses, and packs. We get the idea behind safe travel; it’s not about being brilliant or sophisticated, it’s about being smarter than the thief. We’ve been doing [...]