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Old 04-30-2017, 01:25 AM
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A few tips to add.

- set up Apple Pay or the google equivalent. It doesn't require a signature and is faster given that our cards are chip and signature vs chip and pin. Just don't do it with Amex. It's not always accepted.

- if you have Verizon turn on the $10 per day international package. She can then use her phone just like she is at home. I'm doing that right now from Scotland.

- take a picture of every card (front and back) and travel document and either print it or email it to herself. Just in case anything gets lost.

- consider a small external USB battery. They have some that won't be much larger than her lipstick and can charge her phone if it dies while away from the boat.

- TripAdvisor - download the app. I think there is an offline mode. It's not the the only guide but is reasonably reliable in the reviews and ratings.

- have fun. It's just as safe as the US. Just be smart as tourists anywhere can be targets.
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:39 AM
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Travel light! If you can convince your wife that she doesn't need 5 pairs of black shoes, she'll be much happier. And then ping me and tell me how I can get my wife to do the same. Ha!

Forget paying for data on your phone. Get the trip advisor app on your smart phone. It's totally free. From there you can download free city guides for many major European cities. Recommendation for food and activities are all right there. The map feature uses your gps and requires no data. You can use the map feature to walk to wherever you want.

Tons of places will have free wifi. If you want step by step driving directions from one location to another you can use your iPhone map and put in the location while in a free wifi zone. Then use the direction to navigate your way while you walk or drive. When you leave the wifi zone, the phones gps does the guiding and you don't pay for any data usage (make sure data is turned off.)

The U.S. is not any safer than Europe. But tourists are sometimes easy targets for petty crime because they are in unfarmilar surroundings and they are distracted. Before you set out to walk around, figure out where you are, where you are going, and walk with purpose. Be aware of your surroundings and there is nothing to worry about. We've never encountered any issues abroad and have always felt 100% safe traveling, even with our young daughter. Heading to Spain, Morroco, and London in a few weeks. Can't wait!
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:22 AM
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It sounds like the OP got some advice by PM, so hope this doesn't duplicate what he's already heard.

Visa and Mastercard credit cards are widely accepted in Europe in chip and PIN mode. In the USA, we use the chips, but generally don't use a PIN. Make sure the wife has a PIN for each of her credit cards before she travels.

Check any electronic devices she plans to take to make certain they will work with 220 VAC/50 HZ. Travel hair dryers often have a switch for that, some (Norelco or Braun) electric shavers, many laptop chargers are directly compatible.

Friends of mine suffered a theft in Amsterdam, where she had a purse hanging on her shoulder and 2 guys on a motorcycle snatched the purse while they rode past. Lost their cash, credit cards, his wallet (she put it in her purse so he wouldn't lose it), passports and plane tickets. They had an adventure trying to get the documents for their return to the USA! A money belt or a bag hung around the neck and hidden under clothing are more secure places for some of those items.

Pack a small first aid kit including such items as diarrhea remedies, OTC pain relief, Pepto-Bismol tablets, antibiotic ointment, bandaids, etc. Odds are she won't need it, but it's really handy to have if there's a minor medical issue.
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:34 AM
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As above, no different than a trip to any major american city. Take at least 2 unrelated credit cards and if you can manage it, 2 unrelated ATM cards. Admiral and I travel a lot and her worthless credit union manages to freeze her ATM card about every other trip - despite telling them in advance. It is worth trying to notify your CC companies of the upcoming travel although some discourage it these days.

International data is cheap compared to 5-8 years ago and worth it for all of the added benefits of yelp, tripadvisor, google maps. International calling still tends to be a rip off depending on your carrier.

Don't sweat the rest of it. Take a couple hundred USD cash in case she needs to exchange currency somewhere but ATMs are the way to go. (many ATMs and CC machines will prompt you if you want to be charged in USD or local currency - GENERALLY asking to be charged in local currency and letting your own bank do the conversion is best, sometimes by a long shot.

Photos of your documents (passport, boarding passes, credit cards) emailed to yourself and you are good to go.
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Evolution View Post
There is almost no crime where you are going, save the occasional pick pocket, and even that is rare. Europe is so easy now, its like going to another state. ATMs everywhere, most places take most cards, the dutch speak better english than Americans, you can rent a car just like here...

I wouldn't walk around wearing the crown jewels, but chances are in Switzerland the doorman will be wearing a nicer watch than you. So have fun and consider it just like the US, only safer, cleaner, and with better food.

The only areas in the EU that are even slightly sketchy are southern Italy and Spain, and even then the worst you will see is pickpockets.
This, and even then, skipping out on southern Italy would be missing one of the best parts of the country.

Petty crime is the biggest worry. It can be avoided by being aware of your surroundings. We spent two weeks in Naples and saw it happening but never had any issues ourselves.
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Old 04-30-2017, 02:11 PM
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Just go. Have some cash. Some credit. Identification. A passport. And a sense of adventure. You guys could F up a wet dream. Europe is dreamy. Shit happens sometimes. Roll w it.

I've been to over 50 countries over the last 15 years. All i care about is my id and passport. Everything else is a bonus if I still have it.
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Old 04-30-2017, 03:45 PM
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Just try not to look like an American Tourist and you will be fine... Other than Naples (where they stole 2 of our cell phones and 2 cameras while we were plowing down pizzas and drinking) we have never had any issues across the pond ...

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Old 04-30-2017, 06:37 PM
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I have to add mine. Pick pocketing is a trade in Europe and near any tourist area LOTS of SCAMS to get you to lose attention, if the actions of those around you do not make sense, be ware. Even if waiting for a tour group to form, if you do not know the people around you be careful. I have friends that can testify to that. Cell phone use, turn data and rooming off even with the $10 Verizon deal, they make a better one for, or used to, for $40 a month $100 minutes of talk anywhere in the world. I use a app called "Here" a mapping app that does not us DATA. Just down load the app and the countries you will be in and it will find you and help you find your way. I have used it all over the planet.
Pick pockets again it is not if you get hit, but when, but PLEASE do go around clutching a giant purse like your are afraid, just do not take anything BIG on tours/

PLEASE NO WHITE TENNIS shoes LOL
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:45 PM
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Jesus, there are some paranoid folks on here.

I didn't take any of the precautions listed here hitchhiking down the coast to the southern border of Mexico and back to San Diego in the late 90's. Don't even speak any Spanish.

Everyone, including my parents, were sure I was going to be kidnapped by a cartel. I told them to turn off the news and come along.

They all stayed home and worried and I had the time of my life. Idjits, all of them.

No worries. Just go have fun. Life's to short to worry about everything.
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Old 05-01-2017, 03:01 AM
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Here's my general rules mixed in with some thoughts if it were my GF going alone. Sounds like a great trip for her and there are millions who do it and zero issues and have a great time.

No Jewelry. Not even CZ or something you're willing to lose. No sense drawing any attention.

Get a local SIM card For any length of stay. You can order them online. For a female traveling alone I would do this so I she doesn't have to have roaming turned off.

Keep her wits about her. Just pay attention in general. don't get sloshed and make sure you're watching the bartender make your drink if in a bar / nightclub type of environment.

Act like you know where you're going. Don't be standing around looking at a map or phone map. Go off somewhere like a cafe to do it.

Don't have anything valuable in the pockets of a backpack that can be zipped open and stuff grabbed. It happens.

Don't be paranoid, don't be obnoxious. be friendly and happy! Learn at least a tiny bit of the language so you can say "hello do you speak English" in their language. It goes a long way and shows respect. Kind of like if someone comes up to you and asks you if you speak Spanish vs expecting you do.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by 29 NORTH View Post
I have to add mine. Pick pocketing is a trade in Europe and near any tourist area LOTS of SCAMS to get you to lose attention, if the actions of those around you do not make sense, be ware.
Have you ever gone to any of the touristy areas of any bigger cities in the good old USA - NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, etc.?
The same petty crime happens all the time to tourists in those areas too.
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Two pieces of advice someone gave me when I moved to NYC several years ago that served me well there, and around the world:

1. When in doubt, walk briskly like you know exactly where you are going.
2. If no one else is around... you shouldn't be either.

The countries she is visiting are safer than most places in the US. She'll be more than fine.
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Originally Posted by nicecast View Post
Two pieces of advice someone gave me when I moved to NYC several years ago that served me well there, and around the world:

1. When in doubt, walk briskly like you know exactly where you are going.
2. If no one else is around... you shouldn't be either.

The countries she is visiting are safer than most places in the US. She'll be more than fine.
Best advice yet. I've pulled the "walk briskly" maneuver more times than I care to admit.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:28 AM
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I really wish she could walk briskly.
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Originally Posted by nicecast View Post
Two pieces of advice someone gave me when I moved to NYC several years ago that served me well there, and around the world:

1. When in doubt, walk briskly like you know exactly where you are going.
2. If no one else is around... you shouldn't be either.

The countries she is visiting are safer than most places in the US. She'll be more than fine.
If no other posts are taken into consideration on this thread, read this one over and over.

It's really all you need to know.
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Make sure she has adapters as much of Europe does not use the same electric outlet as us.

AMEX is rarely taken in other countries.

Copies of docs on person, original in the safe in the hotel.

That is all first-world and a lot of english is spoken.
This.
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:36 AM
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She landed this morning in Amsterdam. I rec'd a TXT that simply said "OMG this is awesome. Awesome, awesome awesome." I'm assuming that this means she found some hot euopean fella to tend to her needs.
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She landed this morning in Amsterdam. I rec'd a TXT that simply said "OMG this is awesome. Awesome, awesome awesome." I'm assuming that this means she found some hot euopean fella to tend to her needs.
The red light district isn't just for men, you know...
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The red light district isn't just for men, you know...
She's with her mom. It would almost be worth the trip and aggravation to watch the two of them come running out of there embarrassed as hell. Both are quite the prudes.
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I was going to say to watch Taken a few times just so you're prepared but i think having a mother in law with you is probably actually safer than Liam Neeson. Everyone knows not to F with a pissed off mother in law.
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