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1. Posted by italy_07 (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

What is the best way to keep cash on you wile you're in a big city like Paris? Should I just keep it in my pocket andbe careful, or what?

2. Posted by Skinbo (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Chances are you will ok carrying it in your pocket, but to be safe keep your main stash in a money belt around your waist and spending money in you pocket so you dont have to pull your shirt up a unzip the belt, not a good look.

3. Posted by patric (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

I was in Paris last year and rode the Metro extensively. No problems at with my wallet in front pocket - I actually used a money clip to hold cash, drivers license, 1 credit card, and 1 atm card; my girlfriend wore a simple single-zipper purse on her shoulder. Saw only a couple sketchy looking people, but we just moved away or turned into each other to prevent pick-pockets.

Had heard all the horror stories about Parisian pick-pockets but came away feeling that smart travellers would have few problems. Pretty common sense.

BTW, we kept our main stash in several different hidden spots in our bags (in shoes, gloves, dirty clothes, etc.) at the hotel room and only traveled with enough cash for what we needed. No problems there either.

In a major city like Paris, ATM is widley available too.

Hope that helps.

4. Posted by Sparhawke (Budding Member 14 posts) 6y

I was in Paris in December and rather than pickpockets you have to be careful more of beggars, they will invariably hang around the big tourist destinations such as the Eiffel or Louvre and run up to you and demand if you "speak english"

If you say yoou do they will shove a postcard in your hand saying that they came from eastern europe blah blah blah, sister sick blah blah blah money for food blah blah blah no way to get home blah blah blah cant speak english or french, but it is amazing how they manage to write all this down on a piece of paper isnt it? lol

Watch you have to watch out for with these is people coming up behind you while reading it and quickly rifling through your bag on your back, best just to ignore them completely ;)

(dont get me wrong, I have nothing against people being in a tight spot preferably being funny and unique and needing help, but this is France, one of the most creative countries in the world and they all have the same spiel verbatim lol)

Try to restrict the amount of money you have anyway by carrying travellers cheques, upto 50 euros only and never take out wads of cash anywhere around people, if you have common sense you will be fine.

5. Posted by italy_07 (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

So what about using a Visa? Are ATM's all over the place in Paris and will I get a good( or shall I say decent?) exchange rate? As of now, I'm just going to keep some cash in my front pocket and the rest in my main luggage bag.

6. Posted by thiefhuntr (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Many good points raised here. Also, remember this: a credit card is pretty much zero liability if it is "skimmed" or lost or stolen, or otherwise used fraudulently. A debit card has a much higher level of responsibility. It is vital that you report any loss or fraudulent use promptly, or you may not be covered for it. Personally, I believe that credit cards are the best way to go for all but the smallest purchases, when abroad. Maybe I should mention right away that I have been on the road 250+ days per year for the past 17 years! Yes, really! Around the world, every continent, flying around like a ping pong ball. (Poor me... lucky me!)

No matter how you spend your money abroad, there is a charge. If you get too much cash, you'll have to pay yet another commission to sell it when you leave the country. Credit card fees, foreign conversion fees, cash foreign exchange commissions... yes, it's just a part of traveling.

My job is hunting pickpockets and other con artists, and let me tell you: they are around, and in large numbers, especially in our favorite travel destinations. Be careful! Have a look at my Theft Thwarter tips at http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/theft-thwarter-tips/ and maybe at Pocketology 101 and Purseology 101. There's tons more on my blog, Thiefhunters in Paradise. Just don't lose what you've brought along. Stow it safely before you go, then you'll be able to enjoy your trip without worry.

One more thing: begging is a common pretense for pickpockets. Watch out.

Travel safely!