27.7.10

Tuesday tip: Staying safe on holiday!


Hola Senors y Senoritas!! ♥

Am having a lovely time here in Madrid. We've come back to the hotel for a Siesta, or in my case, a quick blogging sesh!

It's really lovely here, and hot hot hot! My first proper tan since I was a teen is coming along slowly but surely. My face isn't playing ball at all, though, and I'm very much channelling Rudolphio dos Rednose Reindeeros as they say here in Spain (Well, I just made that up, but it actually sounds quite plausible!) We've had quite a touristy day today. We did the open top bus tour and saw lots of gorgeous buildings and gardens (and a few Lidl's too, which made me feel at home!) There's another route on the bus tour we're going to do this evening. I've always thought bus tours looked super cheesy, but if you're in a new city, it's a great way to see the sights without wearing yourself out or getting lost. You can just sit on your bum, enjoy the breeze, get a lovely tan and learn about the city!

So, it's a bit of an ad hoc Tues tip, but today I'm sharing some tips we've been implementing here to keep safe in unknown territory.

1) Keep your cash and valuables in a cross-body bag or bumbag

Here's what I wore today, with my money and cam in a titchy bag, and all the other pointless crap I haul around in a tote bag. This is a pretty obvious tip to keep your important belongings un-snatchable, but worth remembering.



1b) An extra tip for the boyfriend owners

I forgot to get a picture of this one, but for extra security, hold your boyfriend's hand with your junk-bag in between the two of you. That way you are much more snatch-proof, as your belongings are harder to reach!

2) Don't look at maps in public places.

Or at least be discreet about it. Wandering around with your face in a map lets the baddies know you're not local, and are therefore more vulnerable to whatever wrongdoing they've got up their sleeves. Don't make yourself an easy target!

3) Look a bit angry.

Alex & I have had great success with this one. If we're walking past some dodgy looking people, we'll look a bit angry and unapproachable. Our 'don't eff with us' vibes seem to work!

3b) This can also be adapted for avoiding charity workers in your local high street. If you're walking along with a friend or boyf and don't want to be badgered, pretend to be having a row and they leave you alone. Alex introduced me to this one, and it really works wonders!

I'm off for a little snooze now, so Adios Amigos!

40 comments:

  1. lol! i love these Tuesday tips! i will most definitly be implementing the angry look vibe, i must get my boyf onboard, i'll emil him the list before we go to Paris! xxx

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  2. Haha i loved that last one! Such good advice, i am very jealous your in Madrid! Sounds like your having a fabulous time!

    Stacey xx

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  3. i pull the death stare look every time a charity worker looks at me longingly in town
    there seem to be so many in canterbury sighh!
    glad you are having a good time
    xxx

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  4. hah! such a good idea, i have to try that one. i always say im in a rush which obviously never works.

    sounds like you're having a lovely time. ive totally given in to the fact that i dont ever tan. i went to asia for 3 months and still came back looking like a milk bottle x

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  5. The 'look homicidal so no-one bothers you' one works really well in all situations! I'm very good at it.

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  6. haha i do the angry look one ALL THE TIME. its stops me getting badgered by shopkeepers and works like a charm!
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh Gem you do make me giggle. I've developed an impassive stare as well as an angry one - covers all situations!

    You look delightfully summery in your photo. Hope you're having an amazing time!

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  8. Haha! I will certainly be using the rowing technique - too nay charity workers in my town!

    Enjoy the sunshine.

    Lou x - craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  9. Glad you're enjoying your holiday - I'm jealous! Plus, I wish I had your legs!! Haha my ankles are epic xxx

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  10. that last tip is excellent- will be trying that out for sure! hope you enjoy the rest of your time!

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  11. Even knowing this tips they are still super helpfull.
    Even when i'm not out in vacations i tend to keep my belongings safe or always holding my bag closely when i'm down in the downtown area,as it's always too crowded and stuff.
    Enjoy your time!! Bet it's being fabulous!

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  12. Love your tuesday tips. They're always so entertaining.
    & i have to agree on the last point, it really does help ;]

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  13. great tips, I always do the angry thing in a dodgy spot but I never thought to have a row to avoid being chatted up about charities!

    a great thing for the map issue...the moleskine notebook company makes "city guides" for many major European/UK/some US cities (and Tokyo, I think) and it's got loads of pages for notes/phone numbers/journaling PLUS a great indexed map...so you can discreetly flip through it on the metro or whatever and see where you're going, but it will look like you're jotting away in a journal! And they're super tiny!

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  14. i love your blog - you're so funny.
    hope you're having a lovely time! xo

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  15. Great tips! I love your sweet mini-bag! ♥

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  16. Glad you're having a fab time (jealous much?!)!

    Haha your last tip made me giggle, I just have visions of bursting out fits of rage spontaneously, "Yes but WHY did you put the carrot cake on the floor??" hahaha... This will most definitely be tried out.

    Claire @ Jazzpad

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  17. i am soooo jealous- i need a holiday! you look so so cute :)

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  18. Haha, love the tip about looking angry! Living in Liverpool, where your constantly surrounded by scallies, I've had to implement the "don't mess with me" face on many an occasion lol!
    Hope you're having muchos fun! xxx

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  19. Aha, great tips. I do the intimidating angry face one all the time... another good'un is walking fast and looking like you've got somewhere to be.

    Glad you're having fun!

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  20. The map one is a very good tip! Where I live in France I hate the fact as I have a big camera and I carry it around with me all the time and it makes me look like a tourist! My mother finds it really funny when we're by the seaside and people are pushing into us I switch to speaking French so it seems like I belong there, and when we're in the supermarket I call out to her if she wants a certain grocery in French as it makes everyone else in the supermarket think we are too! I do the same asking for a table and ordering in restaurants, I just hate feeling like I'm a tourist somewhere I live! Looking like a tourist with my camera used to bother me in Canterbury too, but I suppose as I speak English fluently and I always know where I'm going I ended up being ok with that!

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  21. I always do This one : I constantly check my phone to seem like I have an important meeting I have to be in right now or I walk extra hard looking at buildings like “ is this the place ?” hahahaha! and I definitely walk fast once I smashed my face in a poll for walking so fast no joke!! Hahaha!………funny stuff well thanks for you amazing useful charming list!! Loved it♥

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  22. Great advice :) Hope you're having a lovely time on your hols!

    www.simplyspence.blogspot.com
    x

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  23. the best tip to look "local": carry around a folded newspaper. promise it works.

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  24. i love the 'look angry' tip :')

    x

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  25. LOL, Love the look abit angry tip!!
    P.S I have tagged you on my blog!

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  26. where did you get the tiny bag from?x

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  27. Great tips Gem! Love the one about faking a fight to avoid Chuggers - will definitely be giving that a go!

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  28. The angry tip is DEFINITELY my favourite one! It's a good idea to have your bag in between you and the bf too, definitely makes it more difficult if he can stand being bashed that is! Looks like you are having fun, I am very jealous :)

    Maria xxxx

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  29. I love the tip about looking mad while walking past dodgy people/or shop peoples trying to talk to you. Will have to try it out next time I am in a similar situation. Hope you are having a lovely time in Spain... I can only imagine how sunny and beautiful it is at the moment.... :)

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  30. You look great in purple! Madrid sounds so magic... enjoy!

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  31. Glad you're having a lovely time! Great tips :o)
    In Lisbon the boyf (though never me..hmmph!) got offered hashish, cocaine etc literally 6, 7, 8 times a day by dodgy types on street corners, morning and night! Very bizarre.

    I wanna bumbag.

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  32. Oh great advice and I love that you are blogging on holiday xoxo

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  33. i always avoid looking at maps when i'm away, it's when you're at your most vulnerable. plus people can be all like 'oh can i help you?' but then really mug you! not good! love the tip about looking angry, i always do that when i see chuggers (charity muggers!)

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  34. when i see this pics i wish i was on summer, here it`s so cold,,,,and the best part of the post was "adios amigos" becase my native language it`s spanish :)

    www.likeblackorchid.com

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  35. Thanks for the map tip, it totally makes sense and I would never think of that, will keep in mind for future travels. So jel of the warm weather you get to bask in, in Australia were in the middle of winter :(

    I've revamped my blog a bit, when you get time check it out...

    http://frillsandfrocks.blogspot.com/

    Hope the rest of your holiday is amazing! ♥ x

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  36. hahaha that last one is such a good one! never really thought about it, but it must work.

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  37. haha. me and my friend usually pretend to be a lesbian couple when when we go past charity muggers. it seriously works.

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