Order your tickets and pack your bags, you are finally going on vacation. It doesn’t matter where you’re going. Hey, you always believed that it’s about the ride not about the destination. Be prepared to see the world. This trip is well deserved.
The axioms of a good traveler are many and different. We all have our rituals and weird habits before we go on an adventure. Some people are sleep travelers. These folks carry a pillow everywhere they go. Some are light packers. Carry-on baggage is the only option. Some are dedicated tourists. You must have seen them in the airport. They are the ones who carry fanny packs and cameras everywhere they go. Now, most of us, it is fair to say are a combination of all three. We can’t help it our multiple personalities come out when we hit the road.
Our inclination to take pictures and share our findings with the people in our lives is a human reaction that is innate in all of us. Take a picture next to the Eiffel Tower or the biggest ball of yarn in the world. It’s a brief moment of utter delight caught in a digital still. Can a picture describe the emotions we feel surfing the waters of Hawaii or skiing the mountains of Colorado? Many times a picture is not enough. Yes, that smile may say you’re happy, but it doesn’t describe the total experience.
The tech gods have given us the option to document our lives by a snap of a button. For that, we owe them some gratitude. Take all the clicks you want. It is your right as a modern day Peter Parker. But in between pictures, take pen to paper and capture what a digital camera cannot convey. Our words keep us connected. For the traveler, it is the rush of the written word personalized inside a fold over note. You are just as much of a linguist as a natural born photographer. Remember what it was like walking through the city of Paris? You have taken enough pictures for today. Here’s a fold over note – start writing – you have a lot to say.