The wrong things to do in Barcelona

  • Written by  Alina J.
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Barcelona is not known as a dangerous city. Yes, I am women and traveling solo. Young women, well I like to consider myself as that as I am in my 30-ies. I don`t want to scare people off from coming to Barcelona, just opposite!

Weee, I just got off the plane and made my first steps in Spain... One look to the left, one look to the right, just looking around so nerviouslly. Why?
After my last trip to Portugal, which I left with sweet taste in my mouth and no worries at all, Barcelona is place I wanted to visit for years. Before I left my homeland, I was told: be careful!
Ok, I traveled to so many countries, I visited so many amazing places and met plenty of people and I was wondering why I should be careful? Barcelona is not known as a dangerous city. Yes, I am women and traveling solo. Young women, well I like to consider myself as that as I am in my 30-ies. I don`t want to scare people off from coming to Barcelona, just opposite!
What you need to know?
Yes, it`s true. There is a pick pocketing and bag snatching problem in Barcelona. Idea of walking down La Rambla with maps and bags unguarded it is not a wise thing to do. Acting like a typically tourist will make you an instant target. You can be a tourist, no problem, but what you must behave like a savvy tourist.
- Do not carry around with you all of your money, just take how much you will need for that day, or even better, use prepaid credit cards.
- Do not wear shorts all around. Yes, I know, you are on vacation, but as always, you should try to fit into the crowd.
- You have a new iphone and you are so proud of it, but don`t show it like is a trophey. It`s just a phone, and unfortunally, it`s a sign that you are probablly loaded with money. Pickpockers will not come and ask you is it yours or a business hone.
- As we already know, you have an expensive cell phone. Smarthpone. So, there is no need to carry around your neck a brick size camera. Use your phone for making photos and creating memories.
- Take a map with you, but check your routes in your accomodation room before. Once in the street, you can always ask a taxi driver for some directions.
- Never leave your bag on the floor or on the back of the chair while sitting at the restaurants or coffee shops. Keep it in front of you all the time.
- Do not put your wallet in the bag, keep it somewhere else. Always have with you a false wallet also with no documents or money inside. If someone trys to take your wallet, give him the false one. He will  not stay long enough to check what is inside.
- Watch out for distraction / theft scams - these start with a distraction e.g. someone asks for directions, drops money in front of you, asks you to make a donation -and variations on these distractions. Then once your attention is taken either the person involved or someone else will steal from you. Watch out for the famous bird poo distraction/theft scam. Someone will come up to you claiming that you have had bird poo on your back.
- Photocopy your passport and have it with you.

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