Travel is culture. Not only does traveling provide a sense of adventure, but it also opens doors to new cultures. You will become appreciative of other cultures and instead of instinctively criticizing that which is different, you will be motivated to accept new cuisine or alternative forms of entertainment.
Travel is escape. The activities that are impossible to enjoy in your hometown can make a trip worthwhile.
Travel is memorable. Experiences can range from the legendary to the relaxing, but they share one common link: they are all memorable. In every corner of the world, there is excitement waiting for you — it is simply a matter of sticking your head out and going for it.
Travel is dining. Sure you can eat at the local Spanish restaurant, but until you’ve had pulpo a la gallega on the streets of Madrid, you won’t know what you’re missing. And no beer tastes better than a bottle of Tomislav Tamno Pivo on the walls of Dubrovnik overlooking the Mediterranean on a warm day. Talk to a local and they will insist that you cannot leave a their city without trying their specialty dish.
Travel is language. Forget the Rosetta Stone and immerse yourself in a foreign land. You’ll be surprised how much faster you can pick up a language.
Travel is passion. History, nature, architecture–the world has plenty of it all. The rush you feel of strolling the Great Wall of China, gently sailing down the Nile, or ascending the Sagrada Família. These are life-enriching feats enrich.
A few photos from some of my favorite the places I’ve explored and the people I’ve met along the way:
A Place to Call Her Own
On the streets of Beijing.
The Horror that Binds Me Still
Atop Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France.
A Tokyo metro Tōzai Line train arrives at Nihombashi station.
I, For One, Welcome Our New Arachnid Overlords
Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain
The Arc de Triomphe stands in the center of twelve radiating avenues in Paris' Place Charles de Gaulle to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
An Artisan's Workshop
A string instrument shop in Venice, Italy.
The Echo of a Distant Time
Passing up the stairs through the Torii gates of the Hie Shrine, a Shinto shrine in Nagatachō, Chiyoda, Tokyo.
Inside the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
In Switzerland, 11:05 means exactly 11:05.
Secrets of the Sphinx
The Sphinx and Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, originally constructed for Expo '58.
There Is No Other Day
Brothers brave the rain in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Message of Hope
Zubizuri Bridge in Bilbao, Spain.
Day After Day, Love Turns Grey
In the rainy streets of Barcelona.
Rooftops inside the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Whispers of the Past
In the Temple of Horus, Egypt
Monte Carlo, Monaco.
On the UP escalator in Tokyo Japan.
The Gate of Blending Harmony from the Inner Golden River Bridges in the Forbidden City.
You'll Always Be Baby to Me
Roadside in a small town near Memphis, Egypt.
Paint Me On Canvas So
A woman sits outside her house near Memphis, Egypt.
On a Warm Parisian Night
The Eiffel Tower, once the tallest building in the world.
Only the Sun Will Tell
The Pyramid of Khafre.
The Harderbahn is a funicular that operates from the town of Interlaken to the mountain of Harder Kulm, in Switzerland.
Into the Fabled Sky
Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan.
The canals of Amsterdam.
Of Warm Rays and Cold Steel
The ultra-modern Tokyo International Forum.
When Bullets Strike
A Shinkansen 700n (left) and series 700 (right) in Tokyo Station. Soon they will accelerate to a smooth and quiet 170+ MPH.
We Walked Through Its Streets In the Afternoon
In the medieval center of Split, Croatia.
A Cuboid of Electric Blues
Inside the Beijing Olympics Water Cube.
You Shout and No One Seems to Hear
The Temple of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City. This was the center of the universe in old China.
The World Below Cannot Bother Me
Rooftops inside the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Gliding High Into the Sky
Two new sculptures resembling the Rolls Royce Flying Lady in Lujiazui Central Green Space with the World Financial Center (left) in Pudong, Shanghai, China
The Mermaid Vomits
Trafalgar Square, London, UK.
A State Of Bliss
Serene hallways of Yuyuan Gardens in Old Town Shanghai.
A first generation ICE-1, class 401 (left) next to a newer ICE-T class 411 tilting train (right). The tilting version, although not as fast as the ICE-1 on high speed tracks, is faster on conventional tracks because it tilts into the corners.
A telescope over Paris.
La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain.
Bikes by the thousands in Amsterdam. This is one of the parking lots at a bus station.
Ege Gunesi = Aegean Sun in a Turkish amusement park.
Fresh From the World
A fruit vendor in Ismir Turkey.
As The Sky Grew Dark
The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy.
Echoes Of A Faraway Churchbell
Deep in central Mexico.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula.
It's the Same Old Thing as Yesterday
On the streets of Edfu, Egypt.
In Quiet Interlude
A break with his jinrikisha. Kamakura, Japan.
Radiating Shafts of a Passing Day
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests has four inner, twelve middle and twelve outer pillars, representing the four seasons, twelve months and twelve traditional Chinese hours.
By the Morning Light
A peaceful section of the 16th century Yu Yuan garden in Old Town Shanghai
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