To a traveler, there are two types of travel.
Touristing — which is staying at nice hotels, taking cabs, looking at sites.
And traveling — which is doing your best to truly experience the places you go. A tourist can say he's been somewhere; a traveller can actually tell you about it. I'm a traveler-type so these are links to help others who would like to go that route.
Ever think of hitting the road as a traveler?
I'm a traveler...
Live near Los Angeles and want to explore some travel options?
I left my home in NY by myself with a 1-way ticket to London and spent about 3 years traveling. Traveling alone opened me up to meeting great people to travel or hang out with everywhere I went. (Which means I was rarely alone.) Families took me in or I hooked up with other travelers to explore with. I got to experience places, sites, history, and culture — not just through my own eyes, but through the eyes of others from other cultures and backgrounds. Family and home-friends asked if I was lonely. Not at all.
My father once heard me telling a relative some of my travel stories part-way through my trip. Frankly, he was not in favor of my travels. But he commented that evening, that he'd been to several of the places I'd been talking about, only he'd been on tours, and he didn't gain as much knowledge of the places. He was surprised at how much I'd learned on my own, and at how much I'd retained. That evening he understood travel and what I was doing.
Each of my photos represent a small part of the world's possibilities. Of course, I can look at each and tell you stories about my experiences at each of these places, and many more. That's a great feeling; one I wish everyone to know.
Before I traveled I was a professional photographer. Thanks to a Umax Astra 2200 scanner that did slides as well as prints, I started to get some of my travel photos up on this site. I also used an HP G85 all-in-one inkjet that scaned beautifully so I did some scanning too. Many, many more pics to scan. Someday I'll get around to giving them to 1888ScanVan. I love these guys and their service.