The year of the photo

Blue door in Oia, Santorini, Greece

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?

For more photographic “treats”, visit Photo Friday at Deb Dubrow’s blog Delicious Baby.


  1. Great ideas! We love making calendars of the kids for Christmas gifts, but I need to make one of my favorite travel photos. This year, I am also having notecards made (through Snapfish, Shutterfly or something similar) with my favorite travel photos. I am going to wrap these up to give as gifts to family in an effort to save some money and share some of our exciting travels!

  2. I like doors, it's the unknowing of what may lay begind it that intrigues me. Being in Bangkok and Thailand will inspire you to become a better photographer, the country is a great canvas.

  3. I like your plan — there are so many places in the world I've yet to see, but I still get a lot out of living vicariously through others' photos. Look forward to seeing more of yours. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your goals.

  4. Having just got home from 18 months of work/travel overseas, I've got thousands of photos. I've started a travel information blog illustrated with all my photos. To write about the place in the photo, you have to take yourself back to the time when you took it, a wonderful way of experiencing the the travel all over again.

  5. Some great ideas here…A lot of our travel must be closer to home, so we make a point of playing "tourist" around town and for short weekends a little farther afield. A lot of our travel, by necessity, is within a day's drive of home…so nearby destinations dominate my blog as well.And that's not all bad. It just is. 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your maturity about the new fiscal plan! You sound so upbeat about all the ways you can still indulge in your love for travel.Your blog is really awesome and I'm going to spend some time exploring your archives. Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts and photos from your life.

  7. @JenI'm sure that your friends and family will love the personalized calendars. I so much wanted to create a photo-book of our travels before Christmas but there's no way that going to happen so I have a new goal to do this during the week after Christmas.@JessieThanks! Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention… or the fairy god-mother of savings!@MarinaThanks! It was my pleasure to share.@CateI certainly hope that Thailand will make me a better photographer. You are right when you say that he country provides a great canvas!@the wordwireI hear you! Welcome to a community of people living vicariously through the travel photos of others. (We are like… that probably already exists!)@HellyGood luck with your new blog. I'm sure that you will find it enormously satisfying.@AmyThanks! The secret to these projects is always finding the TIME! Good luck!@Dominique I love your travel stories from close to home. It's where most of us spend the vast majority of our time. (Us too… it's just that home is in Bangkok right now.) I think it's so important to understand and experience the riches that ones own region has to offer.@RosiecatThanks, as always, for your supportive comments. I am loving your beautifully-written, long blog posts (Yay… go long posts!) and the stories of your life with food.

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