Tourists are easy prey for thieves around the world because being in a new place together with meeting new people decreases our level of awareness. According to police statistics, more than 6,000 thefts are committed in Barcelona alone, per day. And these are only official statistics, we don’t know how many people don’t report a crime to law enforcement. In order to not be left in a different country without money and your documents, there are few simple rules you should follow.
We at Bright Side collected recommendations of experienced travelers about how one can keep their valuables safe and not spoil their vacation. Don’t miss our bonus at the end — it will tell you how an ordinary fork can help you lock the front door.
5. Choose the right floor in a hotel.
Security experts recommend renting a hotel room on the 3rd to the 6th floors. It’s easier to get inside and then out of the rooms located on the lower floors. Burglars won’t require extraordinary skills to take your belongings out of the room unnoticed.
4. Pay attention to details.
Check whether the balcony door can be locked before checking in to a room. One of the most wide-spread methods of getting into a room is through a balcony door or a window. Bulgars from all over the world are well aware of this easy-to-perform break-in, that’s why you’d better pay attention to this seemingly unimportant detail. Also, always remember to lock the balcony door and the windows before leaving your hotel room.
3. Outwit the burglars.
Almost all robberies happen when you are not in the hotel room. Robbers watch to see if you lock the door and leave for the beach. After that, they open the door and take things out, having total confidence that you won’t be back anytime soon.
There is a little trick for how you can create the illusion that there is someone who stayed in the room. Keep the TV in your room on and put the “Do not disturb” sign on the doorknob before leaving. It will give the illusion that the room is not empty.
2. Use an alarm.
If you have to stay overnight in a public place like, for example, in a waiting area at a railway station, place an alarm on your backpack. The alarm will make a loud noise if someone tries to steal your belongings and scare off the robbers. The only thing you should be careful about is to not touch the backpack while you are sleeping, otherwise, a false alarm will take place, which will wake up all the people around you.
Additionally, if you tend to leave valuables in a hotel room in your backpack, the alarm will be useful in this case too. It’s not likely that the robbers will want to run around the hotel with a ringing backpack.
1. Don’t use the safe in the room.
Safes that are located in hotel rooms have a so-called “administrator’s mode.” If you lock it and make up a personal password but after enter the code 999999, the safe will open. It was made so that the administration of the hotel could take the contents out in case if some of the guests forget their password.
So, it’s better to not use these cases, but to keep your valuables at the reception desk instead. If you don’t want to do that, at least check to see whether the safe in your room unlocks with the “administrator’s mode” or not.
Bonus: How to make sure your door is locked with the help of an ordinary fork
You can never be sure how safe the lock on a hotel room is and how many more people have the keys to this door. An ordinary fork can be of great help in this situation. Insert the fork’s prongs into the latch hole as deep as possible and make a mark on the prongs. Bend the prongs according to the marked line with the help of a hammer and a vise, and cut off the handle. In order to lock the door, you’ll need to place the bent prongs into the latch hole and insert the fork’s handle between the prongs. And, voila! The door is locked.
You can see a more detailed process in the video above.
Are you aware of any other tips that can help you avoid robberies while on vacation? Please tell us about them in the comments!
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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids
Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?
Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.
1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.
When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:
- Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
- Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
- Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.
2. The pig the character has is an English King.
It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.
Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.
3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.
The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.
4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.
The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.
5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.
When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.
Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.
6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.
This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.
There are several interpretations:
- Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
- J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
- There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.
7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.
Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:
He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.
Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.
What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career
Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.
Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.
1. George Clooney
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
3. Keanu Reeves
4. Brie Larson
5. Betty White
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
7. Drew Barrymore
8. Tom Hanks
9. Scarlett Johannson
10. Halle Berry
11. Harrison Ford
12. Denzel Washington
13. Reese Witherspoon
14. Angelina Jolie
15. Johnny Depp
16. Jennifer Garner
17. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Will Smith
19. Nicole Kidman
20. Sandra Bullock
Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?
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