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Why Travel?

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Why Travel? That’s a question that only you can answer. My reason is that I love to explore out of the way places, meet new people, and learn new things. The only way to do that is to get out of your local environment. This is precisely why I chose my current career as a traveling solutions consultant because it lets me travel for work.

When I travel for work but it’s usually fly in’ and then fly out’ on the same day. If it’s an extended few days then it’s usually for a convention where I have to take customers out for lunch or dinner. I’m not complaining because I get to try some fantastic restaurants, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for exploring.

Going forward, I’m going to carve out more me’ time when I’m away and explore and document the area a bit more.


You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t document your travel. Whether its journaling, taking photos or both, you owe it yourself and loved ones to share with them the adventure. I always make it a point to take mu journal with me and carry a camera. Sometimes I carry the Ricoh GRD for street photography but I haven’t turned it on in while.

Enter the iPhone.

When I travel for business, I always have my iPhone with me. It acts as my communication hub, my Uber hailing device, or my I have to change my flight right now!!!’ device.

It’s got decent IQ but no RAW image capability. Works great but it’s not a folding tripod or a high quality mirrorless/dSLR camera.

This is work.

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YYZ > EWR. #airtravel

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This is pleasure.

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May all your adventures feel like a cool swim on a hot day. #adventure #travel #miamibeach

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As you can see, I’m using iPhones for both work and pleasure. Nothing can beat them because their lightweight and pretty powerful, but still I want something with more IQ and even better video now. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade to small mirrorless camera like a Sony a6500 or something else.

It’s all about traveling light and making sure your gear doesn’t interfere with your adventure.

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