Take Your Day

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Imagine your normal day. The kind of day that reminds you to get away from all of this…the routine, the rat race, the repetitive nature of all of our lives. Even when we think we don’t have routine, it’s probably denial knowing that you have already conformed to the inevitable…life, maturity, being responsible, etc. The alarm clock goes off in the morning, you shower, get dressed, coffee, breakfast, make lunch, listen to the depressing sounds coming from the radio or television, get in the car for the commute, noticing your stress level is increasing every time you see someone else doing something stupid behind the wheel, arriving for your workday feeling more jitters than you want and knowing in 8 hours you do the exact same thing in reverse. It’s a day we dread, but we all live it no matter what our profession is. It’s like we all tried to tell ourselves and our friends that this would never happen to me. I won’t become the pawn; I won’t become the “norm”. If you can relate to any of this, than you are what we call an adult.

So in the spirit of fighting the power and washing away the crutch of everyday dullness and static mundane torture of cubicles, laptops, water coolers and the ever depressing fluorescent lights of life, take a personal day. Find one day a week when you can unwind, relax, live, breathe, laugh, party and dance with no judgement or whatever you want it to be. Take your day. You will soon realize that all that pent up anxiety, aggression and stress will come out of you like a wild fire or worse if you don’t.

Our day is a dip in the ocean whenever we can, to wash away the worries. For some reason it is and always has been our way of bringing in new energy for whatever is ahead of us. Therapeutic waves of sun, surf and sand. It’s nature’s bath that cleanses the soul and recharges the creative juices of life.

It makes us sound like a bunch of hippies again and maybe deep down we are, but days like this make everything in the world right again. In life, its days like this that most of us will never take enough of. But it doesn’t have to be an ocean, it can be a park, a day at the gym, a night of dancing, reading a book, visiting a museum or a gallery, eating your favorite sandwich, watching the world pass you by on a patio or the lazy man special and just do nothing.

It’s your day. Let it all go, or hold it in and see how long it takes until the stress fart of life comes out when you least expect it.

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Watch your backside…

So as the title states, there is always something to watch out for when travelling. I’ll tell you what the title means at the end, but first a few thoughts.

In the heat of travel season in Europe and around the world, the population nearly doubles and depending on the size of the town or city, it may triple at times. With these numbers being high and so many of the world travelers being oblivious to life, one must always take precautions. This is in no way to scare anyone from travelling, as it is something I believe is part of our human makeup and one of our life’s most important learning tools. We just want to make sure everyone watches your back. Travel in pairs or more. Be aware of your surroundings and if you pull it off…don’t look like a typical tourist. For example, 4 of my favorite cities in Europe are in the top 5 places for pickpockets. Barcelona, Rome, Prague and Paris are 4 of the top 5 cities for this type of crime.

Why do they pick on tourists is because you are usually too busy looking at everything, suffering from sensory overload and in awe of a place most people have only seen on TV, in movies or read about in a book (yes people still read books) and are too busy realizing that something’s gone missing.

The important practice of nothing in your back pockets and having zippers on bags and purses closed at all times. Not carrying large amounts of cash and keeping your passport safe (an American passport can be worth thousands of dollars to someone). Securing zippers with travel locks or the ever famous wearing a backpack on your front like a human kangaroo (I personally can’t stand it and don’t understand why you would want to look like a marsupial). One thing we forget is making sure you leave nothing on café table tops like cell phones, cameras, etc., as this is an easy grab and go. None of this will make you 100% target free, but it sure helps and keeps you at least aware of some of your actions. We have learned to keep an eye on our surroundings, we stay close pretty much at all times (that may be love though) and trust me when I say we get off the beaten path on almost every occasion. Street smarts go a long way when travelling and it is also something we pride ourselves on.

Our basic reason for the blog is to make sure you as a traveler don’t forget your brain at home…and now for the title.

I would always hope that Caroline would have my back and I have hers when needed, whether for safety or just to alleviate embarrassment. But who am I kidding; we would kill to be able laugh at each other at any hour of any day. While walking the streets we stumbled upon the woman below in the photo. Walking for blocks and her husband who was not caring at all for her situation, this was the view for the world to see.

Watch your backside…or in this case watch others.

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Finding Your Place…

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Finding your place is harder said than done. It is truly one of the hardest things you as person will figure out in life…or maybe it’s just us.

For two travelers, it’s the question and the answer that changes almost daily. Based on mood, needs, creative inspiration, finances and what is actually possible. The answer is never right. So what do we do? We keep looking and that is just part of what makes us who we are and why we have come to love so many far off corners of the world.

When you actually sit and think of all that is wrong in the world, be confident that there is more right than we think or we are led to believe. Caroline and I like to think of travelling as running to somewhere instead of running away from something. It’s not about escaping the issues; it’s about rediscovering a world that we are told doesn’t exist. It could be a beach, a trail, a street an alleyway that has been out of view for too long. It’s about looking around a corner and seeing something new. It’s about being lost and confused and loving every minute of it.

So the question is do you really find your place…Do you settle? Or do you walk, discover, learn, live, love, grow, and laugh your way through life…share your experiences and stories with others and educate yourself through the school of wanderlust.

Settle if you want to…but don’t forget what’s on the other side of the street.

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Surf, Sun and Sand in random places…

We spent an amazing week finding out that sand can get into places you didn’t even know existed on the human body. It was so much fun, we decided to bring a beautiful model named Mercedes (Instagram @mercedesg_benz) with us.

Here’s a little behind the scenes we thought we would share.