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What I Learned About Myself Through Travel Photography What I Learned About Myself Through Travel Photography
When this edition goes to press it’s almost been a year since I last boarded my last plane ride. Days later, travel came to... What I Learned About Myself Through Travel Photography

When this edition goes to press it’s almost been a year since I last boarded my last plane ride. Days later, travel came to a grinding halt because of the COVID19 pandemic. Then today, nearly a year later, we find ourselves in that time when things “for sure” would have returned to normal. Time to look back on some of the memories through travel photography.

In hindsight, as much as I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the experiences of travel, I’d be the first to admit I’ve taken the ability to just hop on a plane somewhat for granted. And now, I can’t wait to go back to some of my favourite travel destinations, and discover new ones. Because we will travel again.

Reminiscing and making plans

Over the last few months, I’ve taken some time to review and update my fine art photography collection. Going through the many images brought back many happy memories from the inspiring trips I’ve taken over the years. And it got the creative juices flowing on making plans for the future.

I also realized a few things about myself through the pictures I’ve taken. Here’s my top 4.

1. Travel changes the way you look at the world

Don’t wait until retirement to travel the world. Exploring the world has opened my mind (and heart) to new people and different cultures. Instead of tacky souvenirs, I wanted to take that experience of freedom I found when travelling, home with me. I became passionate about implementing my “traveling lifestyle” right at home, reconnect with my passions and live a meaningful life.

2. Everywhere is just another place to go.

Still, we may not be able to travel too far right now… but luckily you don’t always have to go far to enjoy a much needed change of scenery. While Canadian drivers aren’t always fun to share roads with in winter, when there’s less ice I enjoy driving out on the open roads for an hour or so just to see what I might find. Preferably by motorcycle.

3. I have a thing for street lights.

No matter where I go there’s a couple of common themes that I like to capture. Street lights in old cities around the world are definitely one of them, but lighthouses also score high. I created the feature image for this post in Buenos Aires, in the Recoleta area. The area is a strollable, affluent area known for Paris-style townhouses, lavish former palaces and posh boutiques.

4. I (really) miss travelling

I’m grateful for everything I was able to see already. But a lot remains to be seen – so ultimately reminiscing on travel photographs made me realize I want to make some more travel plans. What matters is crossing paths with other people. Different people, but often the same ones – over and over again. Bringing people together, long or short, and realizing the impact it has on your life in that moment.

To get started on your travel plans, you are cordially invited to explore my new fine art photography site. Maybe you’ll reminisce on one of your favourite destinations, or get inspired for a new place to visit.

Travel Photography

My new site is home to photographic artworks featuring travel memories from all over the world. You’ll find a variety of photography collections on the site, as well as the many destinations where the photographs have been created over the years. Come see for yourself.

Because when we will travel again, which destination will be next on your list?

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca