Don’t be victim of the dreaded pick pocket – we’re here to make sure you don’t
What an incredibly exciting time this is for you. You’re finally in Europe (or are getting here very shortly) to begin the best semester of your life on the old, fun side of the pond. In the next few weeks, you’re going to be out and about, exploring your new home cities and soaking it all in. Yes! Go out and see it all, visit those iconic buildings, historic monuments, and popular sites. Definitely. But one big tip to always keep in mind is that you need to be very aware of your surroundings when you’re in these places. There are people who make their entire living off of targeting unsuspecting people in tourist spots around these cities and executing scams or pick pocketing strikes. Guys, keep your wallets in a safe place, not just hanging out of your back pocket. Girls, zip up your purses and hold one hand on them at all times, in front of you, not on your side or behind you. When approached by someone, be very cautious and hold onto your things very tightly. If your gut is telling you to get out of a situation, just be polite and walk away. You can try to blend in all you want, but at the end of the day a lot of people are going to know you’re American. That’s completely fine though! Have fun. Just be careful, smart, and aware of those around you & enjoy these times exploration and discovery.