Traveling is such an amazing thing to do if you are curious to know the world. I am very happy to have been to many different places. I still have many more places I want to see. I enjoy planning a trip. Will it be during spring or fall ? How long should last my trip ? What will be the main activity ? I resist the summer trips when cities or hotels are very busy. I guess this possibility comes at a certain age. I like to buy a book or borrow one at the library and research what tourist attractions, parks, museums or even restaurants we could be interesting . We choose the dates of our trip. We book flight and hotels . I can spend hours on the web making sure the location of our hotel is good. I am not booking very expensive hotel rooms. I know I will be in the room only to sleep and have a shower. I am still at home, months ahead of a trip but it my mind I am already living it. I can’t wait to prepare my suitcase. I try very hard to pack light. Not always easy! But I think the more I do it I am able to pack only what I really need.
During our trips, I take lots and lots of photos. They are my memory and my best souvenir. I don’t have a heavy and sophisticated camera. It is compact and I appreciate it. I don’t buy stuff. But if I fall in love with a little souvenir it is inexpensive, small and not breakable. Something useful like earrings or a little metal box. I take notes , write a little diary but I have little time to write to friends or family. Now with Instagram and What’s app it is so easy to communicate and you don’t have to say much. But most of all I want to appreciate the moment. Enjoy the food, the landscapes, discover and see as much as possible. I also want to have a good time with people I visit . Sometimes we go where friends live. We are combining visiting and tourism.
2003. You can see one of the first photo I took shortly after I bought my first digital camera. We were on a family road trip in British Columbia. I wonder how many flags you know. I used to study them for fun. In front of this concrete wall are my two boys.
When I return home, I download my photos and edit them. As soon as I can I start a book. I have used Blurb for almost 10 years. I prepare a personal book with text and photos after each major trips. Is there a better way to keep our trips alive ? I also like to share with Flickr and 500px. It is interesting to offer images of places people will dream about or rethink of a trip they have done in the same area.
For me a picture is very important. One day I saw a photo of the cliffs taken in Bonifacio, Corsica. I knew that one day I would go there and I did in July, 2007.
We have done road trips, bike trips, walking trips. I liked them all. Just for fun I counted how many countries I have been to. Including Canada where I live I have been to 16 countries. It is not a lot but I am not in competition with anyone.
When I was still a teenager, I went to France, England and Wales. Later in life, I went to USA, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.
Other countries I visited are : Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Netherlands ( only Amsterdam).
In my next post I will share a few pics taken in North America.
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