How I learned to be a better tourist
Pack smarter and lighter
This could be another ‘how to’ all on its own, but this is important. Pack only the essentials and you’l already feel like a well-seasoned traveler. Here’s my checklist of what to pack.
Do a little research before the trip
What are the people like? What are some local sites not mentioned in a typical guide book? What’s the weather forecast going to be like? This can parlay in to your essentials-only packing list. Knowing these little tidbits beforehand will allow you to better experience the culture and lifestyle, and you won’t be constantly stressed about what to do and what to order.
Know when and when not to take photos
You’re on holiday. You want to take in as much as you can and enjoy yourself. So do that. You’re probably really hip and want to show the world your adventures with your phoneography and sunset filters, but be mindful that there is a time and place for self-gratification, and you should pick and choose with that in mind. Take advantage of the moment and get the full experience. You can blog about it later too! I sure do.
Treat this place like home
When you’re home, you’ve got to clean up after yourself and tend to the laundry, and while you don’t necessarily have to do those things on vacation, if you’re traveling, you’re visiting other peoples’ homes. Show your appreciation for the people and the culture by being polite, present, and responsible for yourself. They’ll love you and may even share some great stories and more secret spots to check out!
Keep Calm. Wander On.
Another session with Kelley and Alden.
This glowing mom-to-be is due to give birth any day now, and she’s making pregnancy look like a piece of cake!
8 MAY 2017 One of my favorite things about art is art supplies. I adore looking at them, using them (obviously) and now making them! I’m currently obsessed with the watercolor medium—how amazing it makes everything look, the way the paint flows wherever the water...
I left the small surf town of Uluwatu and head to the center of Bali towards Ubud! Settled into the cutest AirBnB home. All good in Ubud.
15 MAY 2017 I love long weekend getaways. These little trips are lifesavers. I’ve booked my tickets for a long weekend adventure, island hopping to Samoa. It’s still a couple of weeks away, but I haven’t been back there since last year, so I’m excited to go and eat...
It’s getting harder to say goodbye. I live so far away, it’s not easy to just stop by for a visit, and I wish I could see them more often.
I love jazz and brunch—two very exceptional things on one playlist.
Last year at the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival as the official photographer. Music and talent by the water.