Note: This is not my photo. I got this photo off of google images.
The question is not “if”, the question is “when”. My answer to that question would be now; however, I am currently enrolled in college. Lately I have seen the quote, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” This quote holds the most truth I have heard in a very long time. I am one of those young people that cannot stand staying in one place for to long. Unfortunately, I have been forced to for most of my life. Now in college I am here for 3 more years in a small country town. I love the people here but damn I need to explore.
There is a documentary by the name of A Map For Saturday by Brook Silva-Braga(http://www.amapforsaturday.com/). If you have not seen this documentary and you have a want/need to explore, buy it, now. A year of travel with nothing than what is on his back. I have told a lot of my friends that once I get out of college that I plan buying a plane ticket to some foreign country in Europe/Asia and just going there with no plan. See where it takes me and see what I learn in life. I am sure that the road will be bumpy but it shall be a damn fun bumpy road.
With my photography, I am not 100% sure what kind of photography I want to go to. This summer I plan on flying out to Los Angeles and assisting a photographer by the name of Allen Henson(https://www.facebook.com/AllenHensonPhotography) who does high end fashion photography. He has some amazing work and informed me he would be glad to have me assist for a week or two. However, I am wanting to try photography outdoors with some extreme sports. Whether that is base jumping, rock climbing, high lining, parkour. I love everything that is outdoors. I am hoping to convince a photographer by the name of Jimmy Chin(http://www.jimmychin.com/#p=-1&a=0&at=0) to let me tag along on his adventures. His work is incredible, breath taking photos of memorable moments in others lives.
I would much rather spend $1000 on a plane ticket overseas and acquire some memories than sit on that money for no apparent reason. The way I view life is, I can ALWAYS make more money, somehow, someway. I am not scared of work. In fact I love to work, gets my mind off of things. You truly cannot put a price on traveling and experiencing other cultures. Being open and vulnerable to others way of life. Learning, adapting, experiencing, remembering, is what it is all about. Life should be based on those 4 principles, not make as much money as possible and sit on it, go home and watch some TV(typing this while watching the bears vs cowboys game). Screw that.
I have plans for big travels, and I hope for the sake of your own sanity, you do as well. Hopefully one day we will run into each other along the road less traveled.
P.S. I am now going to pop in that documentary again, haven’t watched it in a couple of months. Far to long in my opinion.
Just got done watching it yet again, every time i watch that dang documentary it reminds me of the gaping hole in my life. The hole that needs to be filled with culture and exploration. Dang, just want to get out there.