Even the savviest travelers can find themselves taken advantage of while vacationing out of the country. Tourists regularly share stories of stolen passports or money. Kindhearted travelers are an easy mark for pickpockets and false tour guides.
I’ll share that some of the most appealing young thieves you’ve ever met pick-pocketed me once on a trip to Rome. Visa, passport, airline tickets – all disappeared in the blink of an eye as a friend took a great keepsake photo!
Another friend shared that while traveling in Eastern Europe he ran afoul of supposed “officers” in a staged conflict situation. They were really looking for an excuse to rifle through his suitcase. Belongings went missing.
World travel is one of the most exciting, rewarding things you can do in your life. No one wants to travel in a state of anxiety, and there’s no reason to do so. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid travel adventure thievery:
- Be aware!
- Scan your passport and other important documents, and upload them to a secure online source where you can access them via password. This saves time should you fall astray of thieves.
- Put your valuable documents in your hotel safe immediately.
- Don’t follow strangers, even if they swear to know a good restaurant or a scenic overlook. Rely instead on recommendations from your concierge or from a local travel expert, like your Earthbound Expeditions guide!
- Consider a small group travel experience that’s led by a knowledgeable travel guide. You’ll hit the hot spots and the local treasures, avoiding iffy situations.
Your travel experience, whether in Europe or South America, the wilds of Africa or the gardens of Ireland, should be an excellent memory. Be in control of your surrounds as much as possible, and it will be!
Tune into Going Places on KPLU for podcasts on this and other great travel topics from Matthew Brumley, Earthbound Expeditions Founder.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
Let us hope that spring will not skip its turn this year. With the long, bitter winter upon us, the change of seasons seems impossibly far off! Our antidote for this winter slump? Thinking about colorful flowers, rich soil, lush plants and gardens! Join Earthbound Expeditions for a lively garden tour and beat your winter blues. Expert gardener, Melinda Myers, will be hosting an expedition to Costa Rica this November and we have many other wonderful garden hosts, like Walter Reeves, Dan Hinkley, Doug Welsh and Erica Glasener, that can join you for a garden journey of a lifetime. Click here to see the complete itinerary for Melinda’s Costa Rica expeditions. To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other journeys, visit our website at: www.earthboundexpeditions.com.
Time Travel with Matthew Brumley
Imagine a place where time has magically stood still. Join me on May 1, in Havana and set the clock back 50 years (and more). Visit Hemingway’s Havana home where Ernest not only wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” but a “Moveable Feast.”
Take a sunny morning walk along Havana’s sea wall (lovingly known as the Malecon). Soak up some hot Latin jazz, enjoy salsa dance lessons, stroll through the historic old town, catch a concert at the Buena Vista Social Club, sip a mojito in Hemingway’s favorite Havana bar and learn why Cuba has always been Latin America’s cultural powerhouse.
This one of the most fascinating journeys I¹ve ever been on and I’d love to share this island’s secrets with you as I return on my seventh journey to Havana this spring.
Space limited on this special journey to Havana to just 20 Earthbound Expeditions travelers.
Hope to see you in Havana this May.
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Sr. Mateo (AKA Matthew Brumley)
This week on KPLU- NPR Earthbound Expeditions Matthew Brumley covers the often complicated French- American relationship. Why do Americans and French often walk away from an interaction thinking that the other is rude when both parties are just trying their best to get on? What makes this relationship so difficult? France is after all Americas oldest ally. Unravel the secrets of this relationship and learn how to be a good ambassador by joining Matthew Brumley on KPLU each week. To hear podcasts visit Going Places with Matthew Brumley.
Matthew Brumley, founder of Earthbound Expeditions, has traveled to Cuba at least 10 times in the past two years. Once a country strictly off-limits to Americans, Cuba’s door on tourism is opening slowly and the view inside couldn’t be more enticing! There is a lively arts and culture scene, friendly people, tropical scenery, perfect climate and sense of discovery in Cuba. With a “people-to-people” license, Americans now can visit with an organized tour group. Click here to hear Matthew Brumley speak with Ed Ronco of KPLU radio about Cuba or visit our website at: www.earthboundexpeditions.com
In a recent podcast on KPLU’s Going Places, Matthew Brumley of Earthbound Expeditions had a number of tips for travelers to France, with an on-the-nose summary recommendation of “Relax, be humble, learn a few words in French, and don’t squeeze the produce. That, and a few other tips, will keep you happy in France.”
It’s an advantage you gain with small group travel, like the tours Earthbound Expeditions creates, their savvy guides are culturally aware and help the unwary traveler avoid the occasional faux pas regardless of the locale. Whether a food and wine tour in Provence (May 2014) with PCC Chef Lynne Vea, or a garden lovers expedition to the World Flower Show in Ireland (June 2014) with Walter Reeves, you’ll have a memorable, authentic small group travel adventure. For more expert travel tips and insight, listen to Matthew Brumley’s podcasts on KPLU and to book your next travel experience, give us a ring here at Earthbound Expeditions!
Tune Into KPLU for Travel Stories, Tips & Advice with Earthbound Expeditions Founder, Matthew Brumley
Each week Earthbound Expeditions founder Matthew Brumley will be offering travel stories, tips and advice to KPLU – NPR listeners. January podcasts covering family travel ideas and tips for those thinking about a trip to South Africa adventure may be found at www.kplu.org. Coming up, travel scams and planning a trip to Cuba. Podcasts of past travel segments may be found at: http://www.kplu.org/term/going-places
Cuba + Music + Paul de Barros = a once in a lifetime experience! This February, join Seattle Times jazz critic and author, Paul de Barros, for a 8 day adventure to Cuba. Tailored for the music lover, this group will dive into the lively arts culture of this tiny nation with outings to jazz clubs, salsa dance lessons, and a neighborhood rumba party. Other highlights include an outing to Ernest Hemingway’s home, a visit to an organic farm and plenty of time to mix it up with the locals. This group will be staying at the famous Hotel Nacional in Havana and a couple of nights in the Veradero region. Give your winter a little boost this year and head to sunny, warm and musical Cuba! Click here to see the full itinerary of Paul de Barros’s trip. To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other adventures to Cuba and beyond, please visit our web page at: www.earthboundexpeditions.com.
Earthbound Expeditions is thrilled to announce a new trip to Cuba with expert horticulturalist, Dan Hinkley. Join Dan and other garden lovers for a nine day adventure to this beautiful Caribbean island known for its lushness and productivity. Dan is an experienced world traveler and will put you at ease as he leads this group through Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. Outings on this journey will include the National Botanical gardens, a workshop with Havana Botanical Garden Society members, a visit to an extensive organic farm, and an afternoon in the agricultural region of Las Terrazas in the Pinar del Rio province. Once a large coffee plantation, Las Terrazas, has been replanted and renewed with a variety of crops, though the farming is still done mostly by hand. But the beauty of Cuba isn’t just in the soil! There will be plenty of opportunities to hear fabulous jazz, do a little salsa dancing and enjoy delicious meals in local paladars. Add a little sunshine and warmth to your winter (and learn something along the way)! Click here to see more details about this trip. To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions, please visit our website at: www.earthboundexpeditions.com.