Saturday, November 28, 2009

our commitment to travelling around the world

The beginning of our world travel adventure.
We met in Laos in 2007, while pursuing our mutual passion of world travel or, as we call it, globetramping.  Our cameras broke the ice and we've never looked back.  After a few weeks together in Sri Lanka, a few flights between Chicago and Edmonton, and many hours on Skype, we have come to the conclusion (an obvious one) that Laura living in America and Doug living in Canada is not going to work.  The options?  Doug could move to windy Chicago, Laura could move to frigid Edmonton, or we could leave both behind to pursue our passion.  Again, the conclusion is a no-brainer.  We plan to leave in July of '10 and return no sooner than the summer of '11.  We're committed. We're leaving.  We're going globetramping!

We use the term "globetramping" rather than "travelling" because: 1) we prefer to do it on the cheap because the opportunities for more genuine cultural contact are enhanced (and that leaves more money for photo gear); 2) we do it anywhere, the more exotic and untraveled the better; 3) we do it without a fixed itinerary.  As best said by Lao Tzu,  “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

Now the questions start.  Where will we go? How will we travel? How will we pay for it? How will we get our families and friends to understand what we're doing? Will our photos help to pay for our travels? What about visas? Health? Are Around the World tickets a good option? Who will carry the photo gear? So much research to do, so much planning, so many questions.

Maybe others have the same passion, the same dreams, and the same questions as us.  This blog will document our adventure.  We'll share what we learn along the road, both figuratively and literally.  It's going to be an amazing journey of discovery on many fronts. Mark Twain so wisely said, “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” We're going to find out.

Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” This blog is that first step in our world travel adventure.