How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed

How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed

The idea for this post came from my trip to Lisbon. Seriously minutes after getting into the city I saw someone try to pickpocket a couple. After telling the story in the hostel, there were others that said they either saw, heard, or were pickpocketed. From the ones that I saw it was people doing things that can easily be changed so that a person can’t! I realize things happen and we forget, but there are ways to avoid getting pickpocketed.

Keep your purse in front of you

If you carry a purse, a great way to avoid getting pickpocketed is to have a purse that closes and keep it in front of you. Also have your hand over the zipper or over the closer. One woman I saw that was getting pickpocketed had her purse behind her and her phone was visible from the side pocket!

Put things in your front pocket instead of the back

This way you would notice if someone put their hand in your pocket.

Lock backpacks or keep them in front

Locking your backpack is a good option. By the time they are able to get the lock off (if they can) you would notice someone trying to get in it. If you don’t have a lock you can wear it on the front.

Be aware of your surroundings

They people I saw that were getting pickpocketed were completely unaware of their surroundings. Either looking at maps and at their phones. Standing in the middle of sidewalks are other places making it easy for them to be targeted. A lot of times pickpockets are dressed as tourists. I saw one with a backpack and a map, but I noticed he kept following a couple as they were walking. When he tried to get in her backpack it was locked. But the couple had no idea the man was following them very closely. Just be aware! I think this is the number one way to avoid getting pickpocketed.

 

As always, don’t let the fear of pickpockets scare you out of traveling. They are really physically harmless and it’s sad that it is the way they live.

 

What do you do to avoid pickpocketing?

 

 

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

How did I not know Christmas markets were a thing?

I’m being serious, I really did not realize they existed until I came to Finland. My first experience was in Copenhagen and I can’t get enough of them. I ate basically the whole day just from the market. The markets in Copenhagen had sausages, waffles on a stick, churros, mulled wine, and so much more. I love food so I was in heaven!

I have not been to all of these, but they are on my list! Here are the best Christmas markets in Europe!

Munich, German

Christmas markets are a big deal in Germany! Some other markets to check out are in Cologne and Berlin. These markets are voted some of the best and definitely on my list to visit!

Vienna, Austria

This Christmas markets has over 150 stands for visitors to visit!

Strasbourg, France

They call themselves the capital of Christmas markets. Strasbourg is said to start the tradition in 1571. This year I will be able to visit and very excited to see where it all started!

Stockholm, Sweden

This market has smoked reindeer or elk meat!

Copenhagen, Denmark

I can say that Christmas in Copenhagen is beautiful! Tivoli gardens is decked out in all the Christmas things and there is delicious food to eat. Food is high on my priority list of things a market should have 😉

Tallin, Estonia

Tallin old city is like stepping into a fairy tale. I’m sure in the winter it is even more beautiful.

Copenhagen Christas Market

Where is your favorite Christmas market?

 

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Three Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Three Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States! While I am sad I am not able to celebrate today with my family, I am however celebrating tomorrow with my host family. They suggested celebrating and inviting friends over, which made me pretty happy I will still get to enjoy the food!

Recently I was listening to a podcast where the speaker said that each day at dinner that the whole family said three things they were grateful for that day. They wanted to instill in their children a lesson on being thankful/grateful. The speaker went on to state that this also had an effect on him and his wife. Because they had to say three things each day, they were forced to look deeper on things they are grateful for. He stated that simple things like toilet paper were things that his children would say they were thankful for. You never know how thankful you are for toilet paper until you don’t have it when you need it.

With this in mind it made me look at my own life and how thankful I am. While today I am sharing with you three things I am thankful for, I am also challenging you to find three things you are thankful for each day until Christmas. I created a five week (also what? There are only five weeks until Christmas?) Grateful Journal for us to log what we are grateful for each day. But first, here are three things I am thankful for!

All the Opportunities I Have Been Given

This year I graduated college and also moved to Finland. While I am swimming in student loans, I have to remind myself that only 40 percent of the U.S. has a college degree. I am lucky enough to be one of those people.

Since I am living in another country I have the opportunity to learn about a different culture and also travel. This is something that some may never get the chance to do.

Family and Friends

My family is close and supportive. I am very thankful for that.

I have amazing friends who are supportive, but also some of the most driven and intelligent women that I know. They push me to be the best I can be.

Diversity in the World

I love that the world is so diverse. From the different climates, cities, and the people who live in them; I love how different it can be. While “different” might be weird to some, it’s one of my favorite things.

 

What are you thankful for this year?

If you are up for my “Grateful Challenge” and want to join me on listing three things you are grateful for each day, download your Grateful Journal here:

Grateful Journal

 

 

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Packing for One Week in Ireland

Cliffs of Moher Ireland

In my last post I wrote about my amazing week driving through Ireland. When I was packing for my trip I honestly had no idea of what to bring. Will it be really cold? Will it rain a lot? These questions left me lost on what items I should pack. Since I am back from my trip I will share with you what I packed for one week in Ireland in March!

My Packing List for One Week in Ireland:

  • Rain boots: Since these were my biggest item I wore them on the plane. It wasn’t the most comfortable, but it saved a lot of room in my bag. With Ireland’s unpredicatable weather you never know if it will rain or not. We were lucky and it did not rain during our trip, but the year after my friend took the same trip and it rained the entire time. Better safe than sorry in my opinion.
  • Black wedge booties: I bought mine from Target and they are so comfortable! I wore these out at night and they were perfect when walking on the old cobble streets.
  • Tennis shoes: These will come in handy when your feet are hurting from walking so much!
  • Black flats
  • Pants(2): I brought a pair of regular skinny jeans and also a pair of black pants.
  • Leggings(2)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Blouses(3)
  • Sweater
  • Black long sleeved dress (pictured below)
  • T-shirts(2)
  • Light Jacket: I got mine from J.Crew, it is no longer available but is pictured below
  • Raincoat
  • Vest: I also got mine from J.Crew, but they are no longer available
  • Neutral shirts
  • Black Scarf
  • Crossbody purse

Ireland

Other Important Things to Pack:

  • Converter for your electronics
  • Feminine products (just in case)
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Makeup
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sports bra
  • Bras
  • Pajamas
  • Granola bars: You never know when you will be hungry and not able to eat!
Cliffs of Moher Ireland
Cliffs of Moher

I hope this helps you decide what to bring for your next trip! What is something you cannot travel without?

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