It seems that people should just stay home. We must carry our passports, but you can't put it in any of your pockets because you might get pickpocketed or have your pocket slashed with a razor. But don't carry it in a bag because your bag may get stolen. The only safe way is to strap it to your torso under your clothing like you are part of a terrorist plot. Don't speak because apparently what Americans consider normal words mean nasty things to the Brits. And God help you if you CUT A POTATO WITH A KNIFE!!!! The world is fraught with danger and the opportunity to offend people's delicate sensibilities. So just stay home. It is the only safe place!!!! Oh wait - damn, I live on the Pacific Rim - earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanos. And now we are running out of water. Screw it. I'm coming to Germany - throwing caution to the wind - passport in my cargo pants pocket, white tennis shoes on my feet, and all the bright colored clothing I can fit into my oversized carry-on that I will stuff into the overhead, but not before smacking at least 3 other passengers with it. I'm going to talk loud, demand ice in my Coke, and complain about those darned square pillows they have. Who is with me? :-)
Well said :)
Actually travel anywhere requires precautions without paranoia. I appreciated the security of a money belt or being told to "hug my backpack" in the Rome subway (by the employees) and my wife and I keeping a copy of each other's passports. That didn't mean I didn't enjoy my trip to Paris and Rome- loved it and didn't have a story that starts with "other than having $500 stolen right out of my pocket , it was fun". I have had more problems in New York with that sort of thing! As far as customs, I don't know about potatoes but I do like making an effort to absorb the local culture and walk around like one of the crowd, hang at some places frequented by locals, occasionally take in restaurants or transportation that are made up of mostly residents. To me it is hard to be a student of other cultures if you travel above, around and through them without stopping on the way. So I like packing light, taking buses, trains, bikes, and walking rather than all taxis, tour buses, and private tours. Just me. I like the subways rather than taxis and hole-int-the-wall pizza dives in New York too.
Thank you, november-moon--well done! ... :-)
+1 for Novermber moon! ... and can I complain about the single quilts (2 of them) on a double bed too???
and as for hiding your valuables - pick-pocket gangs know that if they tug at the wrong pocket, the first unconscious move a potential target makes is to put their hand EXACTLY where the valuables are stashed - you have just told them where to hit when they want to pick-pocket you for real.
If you are happy telling people you are wearing a vagina pack, that's fine 😃
As has been said already, it's not what you wear, it's how you conduct yourself.
Just take the normal safety precautions and you will be fine, especially if you shout all the time 😜
... and don't mention the square pillows :)
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