“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I started my travelling late by today’s standards, I was all of 28 years old and I played it safe to boot. I ventured all the way to Fiji. I’ve come along way since then, with adventures through Kenya, Cambodia, Laos, Egypt, Israel to name but a few.
I prefer what I call “organised backpacking” – all the adventure of getting “down and dirty with the locals” but someone else to organise the details. I want to eat with a local family, sleep under the stars in the desert, ride a donkey to the Valley of Kings, catch the public transport Just give me a guide to get me there! Well hey.. read the website name…. this is “The Amateur Adventurer” after all.
Ever thought you were a budding photographer, carefully framing a scene, checking light, photo composition, artistic elements? Does it ever turn out the way you saw it in your head? . Travelling is also a chance to hone my photography skills. I love taking photos., 5 full 16GB SD cards and over 10,000 photos in 3 months can attest to that! Travelling equals more practice and interesting subjects. There are just some locations you have to really make an effort to take a bad photo – especially with today’s cameras.
So I may not be great at going it alone or be the world’s best photographer – but one thing I excel at is technology. And in the age of today’s smart phones, tablets and the myriad of apps that go with them, I really believe the age of mobility has caught up with the travellers needs. I’ve built a fair number of websites in my time, always with the full strength of a PC or Mac and high end design and photo editing software beneath my fingers. I hear people complain constantly that a tablet just won’t cut it travelling unless you are simply after a glorified Kindle and email device. Well to prove a point. I’ve armed myself with an iPad 2, a web development app, a couple of photo editing apps and an iPad adapter for my camera’s SD card, and the entire blog will be created and updated through the wonders of mobile technology!
I hope you enjoy the blog ~ complete with adventure stories, history lessons, travel tips and all the frustrations of going mobile
Most of all I hope you are inspired to get out there and experience life….