Originally Posted at Parksfolio.com-
I have always traveled a little, 3 or 4 day trips on the river or whatever. My first major trip was back in 1998, I was 22 years old and it shaped the way I look at travel. I had been studying the pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America for a couple of years and I was obsessed not only with the architecture of those cultures but the stories of the explorers like Hiram Bingham who discovered those lost cities. I made up my mind that I wanted to see some of these places for myself and began researching the trip. A year later I found myself in Peru for over a month walking among some of the sites I had seen only in books. I was inspired by the stories, the history and the amazing pictures (I specifically blame National Geographic for this) of these remote places. That trip made such an impact on me that I fell in love with travel and make it a priority in my life.
When you make the commitment to travel you are taking time away from your job, your responsibilities and potentially committing a decent amount of money to the cause. It’s not generally something people take lightly, even for a simple weekend trip not far from home. Travel for some is a necessity, a break from the stress and confinement of everyday life. For others travel is a lifestyle and their job is a means to an end. Either way, we usually have reasons for the places we seek in our travels. Some piece of inspiration that has drawn us in that direction. I know for me it has a lot to do with images, with photographs shared by other travelers of amazing sights of exotic and unique locations. I am inspired by the thought of seeing new things and experiencing different cultures.
When you consider planning a trip, what inspires you to visit a specific place?
I always return from trips and share my stories with friends and family. There was a time when I would come back and specifically plan dinners or visits to share stories from my trips. I have always brought back photos from my travels as well and back when I shot film I used to pass around the stack of prints to interested friends. I know I’ve inspired more than a few people to travel to places they never considered.
What do you do to inspire others to visit the places you love?
Images and stories, they do sell an experience. A picture is worth a thousand words but can it really convey the personal experience of your travels, your adventures? I think the two work together, hand in hand a picture backed up by a personal story seals the deal.
When it comes to inspiration, which is more powerful: Stories or pictures?