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Aug 13th 2010 12:20PM Interesting discussion here and to see what people are reacting to and getting emotional about. To echo some of the other people who have commented, this is a discussion that makes the rounds of the digital nomad/LIP world as well. After a few of these discussions, we were spurred to write this: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2010/01/the-joy-of-living-deliberately/
Not one lifestyle fits all and no lifestyle is inherently better than another. But the key thing is to deliberately make your decisions in life based on priorities and values. Same goes for travel. Travel how you want and in a way that works for you. Simple enough.
We write about one style of travel on our site because that's how we travel. But, there are a million reasons and ways people travel.
People also are surprised when I tell them I don't want to travel (almost) full-time like this for the rest of my life. This current journey has a purpose and I'm very, very glad to still be on it and want to continue. But the longer I'm on the road the more I miss having a base that I can return to when I need to recharge batteries or work. Do I think that travel will always be part of my life? Absolutely. But it will likely take on different forms during different stages of my life. That's just a natural progression.
Jun 30th 2010 3:50PM Another thought regarding how to gear up for Antarctica is to rent gear in Ushuaia, Argentina (where most boats leave from). My husband and I rented heavy coats, waterproof pants, boots, and heavy gloves for the 12 days of our tour. It saved us the money of buying new stuff and also saved us the weight of carrying all this gear with us for onward travels.
Try to layer as much as possible. Silk or thin long johns are really important, as are multiple layers of socks. I'd also highly recommend bringing a dry bag to carry your camera around in the zodiacs.
Enjoy! It's an amazing trip! Here's a series of stories from our journey in March 2010: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/series/a-journey-to-antarctica/
Sep 17th 2009 2:09PM Great advice and a great topic! Photographing kids during our travels is one of our favorite activities - capturing a child's expression can say so much about a place. Here are a couple of other tips we've picked up over the last few years:
- if you want to photograph a kid, make a connection with the parents first and learn about those kids (age, names, school, etc.). Many times, the parent will agree not only for you to photograph the child, but allow to photograph him/her with the child (thanks for including my photo from Burma above as an example).
- when you're done taking the photo, show the child/children the image in the LCD display. This is not only a fun experience (the squeals and smiles are priceless), but sometimes you can elicit a different expression and get more great shots.
- ignore the first shot you take. Sometimes kids will ham it up for the camera - bunny ears, peace signs, etc. Cute, but it may not necessarily be what you want to capture. Take the photo with them hamming it up and ignore it. Then, when they are giggling, take the real shot. It will be a more natural expression.
Here are more tips for photographing people on the road: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2009/05/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/
Apr 23rd 2009 12:54PM Completely agree with you on the vest and tripod (although we do carry a monopod for 360-degree panoramas - http://www.360cities.net/image/udaipur2_rajasthan_india), but have to disagree on the GPS tracker. Perhaps if you're going to one place on your vacation and you don't actually use the functionality (i.e., you just embed the geodata but don't display on a map) then it's a waste of money and time.
But when a gps tracker and geotagged photos are used and displayed well, it can be pretty cool. This functionality allows us to show geographic context for a photo (via a Google Map) that's taken in places that most of our friends, family and website readers have no idea where they are located (e.g., Pamir Mountains, scroll to the bottom of the page: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/photos/picture/1958390856/ )
My husband and I traveled for four months around Europe in 2000. When I scanned in the negatives a few years ago, I had forgotten the names of some of the castles and villages from France, Spain, Italy, etc. So on our current journey of 2+ years, having embedded geodata takes the burden off of me of keeping organized lists of every town, village and place we've been to. That's another selfish reason why I like this gadget :)
Jan 14th 2009 5:44PM Brenda, thanks for steering me towards the article about Tim Patterson's work in Kachin. A fascinating visit and really important work to spread word of what's happening in that area.
In case you're interested in more photos like the one above, we posted the rest of our photos from Burma: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2009/01/burma-photo-thousand-words/
Going through these photos brought back so many great memories, especially of the people we met along the way - from the street food vendors to the Buddhist monks at the monasteries.
Dec 15th 2008 11:48AM Thanks, Brenda, for highlighting our photo! This image really does show the Burmese spirit and pride. Burma also left a big impression on us - we loved the month we spent there and would like to return.
We will be covering Burma on our website shortly - http://www.uncorneredmarket.com - with articles and photographs on Burma's people, food, and destinations. So, keep checking back for more photos and stories from this special place.
Aug 15th 2008 5:05AM This post brought back good memories! My husband and I spent over a month in Georgia last year and were blown away by the quality and variety of Georgian food. We would visit Georgian restaurants at every opportunity - from Prague to Dushanbe (Tajikistan). A few more favorites to add to the list above:
- Pkhali – a paste made from spinach, walnuts, and garlic.
- Lobio - somewhere between a bean soup and refried beans. Doesn't sound that appealing, but it can be delicious.
- Satsivi - chicken with a rich walnut, garlic and herb sauce
The warmth and richness of Georgian food match the people. We wrote quite a lot about Georgian food here: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/07/georgian-food/
And about the country, in general: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/category/caucasus/georgia/