How not to Get Robbed While Traveling

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How not to Get Robbed While Traveling

What’s worse than being robbed while you enjoy a new place? Hopefully, this never happened to you and I wish it never will, as these cases are actually rare, but sometimes, mean people exist and bad things like this occur. Is there any way we can avoid these situations? Of course!

This became a sensitive subject for me just a few days ago, when I was in a similar situation and I will tell you all about it. The shock, the people that tried to help me, the adrenaline. But that’s definitely not my kind of adventure!

In this article I will tell you my story, tips on how to avoid it and list some amazing accessories that can be helpful for future travels, designed especially for those kinds of circumstances.

My Story

Ok, here is the exact story that I lived. I wasn’t exactly traveling, because I live in Belgium now, but Brussels is a full of tourists and also a great catch for robbers.

So, I was casually walking in the city center, in Brussels, when one guy behind me touched my arm. I felt something was wrong and I waited for a second so he and his friend can pass in front of me. It was a crowded are there.

After just a few minutes of walking, in an area with fewer people, they were still in front of me and I was looking on Google Maps to find out where I was supposed to walk next. In that moment, they turned and tried to grab my phone from my hand. I was holding it tight but managed to drop it in the fight.

One of them took it and started to run, so I started to chase them. Big shout out here for an amazing man that stopped his car in the middle of the road and tried to help me. Sir, you have my appreciation!

The story has a happy ending because on his way, the guy having my phone dropped it and I was able to get it back, only with a few scratches, but it’s working just fine.


Lesson Learned

The moral of the story is easy here. Bad thing can happen, but it’s our duty to avoid them in any way. From my personal experience, I will tell you a few tips about what to do and not to do when you are alone, exploring a new place.

1. Always be aware of your surroundings!

When I’ve noticed that guy touching my arm, I should have gotten far away from them both. So whenever you feel that something is wrong, trust your gut and get out of that situation. You are probably right, and even if you are not, better safe than sorry.

2. Take very good care of your things!

Your bag, along with your phone should always be in a safe place! If you have a backpack, hold it in front of you in crowded areas, keep your phone in a zipped pocket and check it only when it’s really important. I know that we live in the smartphone era and we are kind of dependent on them, but safety comes first!

3. Avoid overly crowded areas but stay away from empty streets!

They first tried to take my phone when there were a lot of people around us. They took action when there was no one on the street, though. Obviously, you can’t control how many people are on the street but be aware that some people may help you in a situation like this. You, as well, should help other people in case you witness this scenario.

4. Don’t take your most important documents with you when exploring!

Worse than your phone being stolen, is losing your passport or other important papers! If you have a locker at your hotel, leave them there and take only what you really need. You can’t leave your phone there, so you can always take a picture of the documents or have printed copies.

5. Don’t keep all your money in the same place!

It doesn’t matter if you are a cash person or a card person. Keep your money and cards in different pockets or bags. In an unfortunate event, in which they steal your bag, you will still have your pocket. It’s based on the “Divide et Impera” proverb.

Do you have tips and tricks about how to protect your things while traveling? Let me know in the comment section and let’s help each other!

Helpful Accessories

I was thinking how I can keep my things in a not so obvious place and came across these very interesting and helpful accessories. I will list them below:

1. Scarf with pockets – you can hide here all your important things. Find it here!

scarf-pockets2. Phone ring – I was thinking of ways to glue my phone to my hand, when I came across this beautiful ring. Take a look here!

phone-ring3. Anti theft belt – another way to store your money safely. See it here!

belt4. Travel pocket – if you want to feel extra safe, take a look at these travel pockets here!


Stay safe!

In the end, the goal of any trip is to enjoy yourself. But do that while making sure that you get home with your documents, money and phone!

Avoid overly crowded places, but stay away from empty streets, keep your belongings in different places and be aware of your surroundings!

Do you have any tips on how not to get robbed during traveling? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to read them!

10 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    I’m sorry you experienced that. I also experienced a device of mine being stolen years ago but I only found out when I looked at my bag. The zipper of one the pockets were open and my device was gone. That happened in a mall.

    It’s good that you’re safe and you got your phone back. We really got to be careful when we’re in crowded areas.

    Great looking products you have here on this article. The anti-theft belt looks like it would be a big help.


    • Stefania says:

      Hello Bob, thank you for sharing your story, I am sorry that happened to you!
      We should definitely be careful in crowded spaces.
      Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. Teresa says:

    Hi Stefania,

    This is a great post, thanks for sharing! I actually just came back from a short vacation but luckily I didn’t travel to any big countries. However, this is really good for any international travels that’s for sure. Wouldn’t want to lose that passport!

    That belt though, I’ve never seen such a thing! Will definitely think about getting one of those =)


  3. John says:

    People are getting bolder today. I have used the belt before during my travels. You have given a couple of other options that should work quite well.
    The old saying goes don’t put all of your eggs in one basket works here. I am glad this did work out well for you, many outcomes are not this good.
    What do you think of the belt holders for cell phones, are they very secure if they are under a coat or wrap.

    • Stefania says:

      Hello John, thank you for reading and for your opinion!
      I believe that belt holders are also good, but as you said, covered.
      Happy travels!

  4. Rose says:

    Oh my goodness, I am glad to hear you are ok. you do give very good tips, its also good that you were able to get your phone back and big shout out to the guy who tried to help you. thank you for sharing your story.

    • Stefania says:

      Hello Rose, yees definitely, that guy was amazing for trying to help. We should take his example and act when someone else is in danger. Thank you for reading!

  5. Amy says:

    Hi Stefania,

    This post was VERY informative! I’ve never even heard of a lot of these ideas…like the belt you can put money in!

    I will DEFINITELY keep these tips in mind the next time I travel! 🙂


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