Some years are times of plenty. There are years punctuated by decadent trips to Italy and France; those are the the olive oil and ceramic bowl years. Those are the trip-a-month years. Those are the years when you never actually put your suitcase away… you just do your laundry and put the clothes right back inside your bag.
We have had quite a few of those years. It’s why we teach overseas even though we are “real” teachers with five degrees between the two of us. We want to see the world. We’ve done pretty well at exploring huge sections of North America (Canada, Mexico and the USA) and Europe and we’ve both visited pockets of South America while we called Colombia home. We’ve worn right through our travelling shoes. (Okay… our hiking boots from MEC in Ottawa.)
In late July we moved to Bangkok. Our new school is fantastic and we are paid extremely well to do our work. It’s part of the reason we left Europe… we were never going to be able to save any money in Barcelona. DP is working part-time this year while he works on his Masters so much of his salary finances his graduate studies. My disposable income is going home in relatively big chunks to pay my student loan and my credit card with the goal of being debt-free in one year. That’s a good and noble goal (and one that makes my mother breathe an enormous sigh of relief) but it means that we’ll travel much less this year. We’re looking at some beaches near BKK, Singapore and Japan. This is not a complaint by any means… it’s just me coming to terms with our new (and ultimately wiser) fiscal plan for 2009/2010!
This year must then be crowned the year of the photo. If we’re going to live close to home, I will travel through my photographs and the photos of others. Here are some ideas for mini-adventures:
1. Take little trips into my i-Photo library which now contains 20,000 photos!
2. Visit the archives of Monna McD for sweet (and illustrated) travel memories
3. Follow 14 Lenses (We’ve moved to a cool new format!)
4. Read about other people’s travels on my blogs on Google Reader
5. Check out the photos of my Flickr contacts and the people in my groups
6. Host travel photography parties at our apartment
7. Create a book (or two) of our European travels through i-Photo
8. Choose 12 of our favourite pics to make a calendar of 2010 through i-Photo
9. Re-visit favourite destinations by writing guest posts for other bloggers
10. Become a better photographer by shooting every day life in Bangkok (and learning how to use Photo Shop)
11. Celebrating the birthdays and other special occasions of our friends and family members by photographing their special day in the life of our city. You can read more about DPs fabulous idea here.
Any other ideas for photography projects that will keep the travel bug alive and well?