Please try and bare with me, this isn’t a safety lecture.
My Dad has always told me to look behind me when walking by myself, especially at night, for safety reason (ie to make sure no one is following you, etc.). I try and follow this advice whenever I am walking alone and have came to discover something while traveling.
I have done more traveling in the past year, then I have done in the 20 years before that combined. I especially use my dad’s advice now I am visiting new cities. One thing I have noticed is, not only should you look behind you for safety reasons, but also because you could miss amazing things. You get different angles of buildings you have just walked past, new views of the mountains, or, sometimes, even see something completely new.
I have had so many experiences with this it’s difficult to choose one example. One of the most recent examples was probably in Paris. I had just seen the Eiffel Tower and was walking by it towards the other end of the park. I looked behind me and saw this:
If I hadn’t looked behind me, not only would I never have gotten the photo, I would have never seen the Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory.
(Sorry for the cheesiness)