It’s a funny world we live in. You can get angry, you can rebel against the cause and you can voice your opinion no matter how big or small the complaint. You can live your life with stress and you can live yourself to death trying to fight a battle you may never win. Our advice is to wake up every day and just live. Live to the best of your ability and laugh at those caught up in the rat race of life and those who forget to enjoy the minutes, moments and time we are given on this beautiful place we call earth.
We’re not a couple of hippies living off the land and seeing everything through rose colored glasses (although a VW Bus trip around the world would be a dream) We’re just two people refusing to let someone else tell us how we are supposed to live and more importantly we are two people who won’t be told to be afraid to live. Life doesn’t stop, unless you let it stop. The beauty in a day from start to finish doesn’t disappear because of one happening in the world. The journey is yours for the taking. Sit and stare at it if you want, but you will miss out on what might be some of the greatest times of your life.
The world isn’t a perfect place. But it is a perfect place to live your life and take in the awesomeness and the chances we are given.
Take each day….live, love, look, listen and laugh at everything we can. A good day will always follow.
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.