A few weeks ago I arrived home a little tipsy after a work function in the city. I found the Wooky sitting on the sofa drinking vodka (not beer) with a determined look on his face. I listened while he informed me he had decided enough was enough and he was cutting down on pies and cake and beer (hence the vodka). He also announced that he thought we should join a gym. I needed some of his vodka to process this information.
This was a vaguely contentious issue between us which has been largely resolved. The Wooky was an old school traveller and his mantra is “we’ll just turn up and see what happens”. Before we set off in August 2012 he argued that once we headed off on our journey we no longer needed the tools to be connected. We didn’t need a phone or access to the internet. We could send the odd postcard home (like that was ever going to happen) and, clutching the latest copy of whatever guidebook you consider your bible, turn up at hostels ad hoc and get a room. Basically make it up as we go along.
When heading off to strange lands it is sensible to give some thought to keeping safe and retaining your cash and belongings. No-one wants to fall foul of the latest scam, have the misfortune to be the victim of a mugging or a pickpocket, or find themselves involved in an accident while attempting to travel from A to B.