Tell me if this sounds familiar: You go traveling somewhere new. You have a wonderful time seeing, tasting, smelling and experiencing a whole new way of living. You think to yourself, “I can’t wait to tell so-and-so about this!” You come home. You try and share your amazing experiences with s0-and-so (and your other friends), maybe by rolling through a bunch of pictures, maybe by telling a long story about how you missed you train to Croatia. After the 3rd friend you talk to, however, it becomes apparent that sharing this stuff is more difficult than you thought.
The truth is, communicating meaning is difficult, especially when it’s about new experiences, and especially when someone else hasn’t experienced it. However, it’s also quite valuable.
I’ve decided to try a new approach to communicate meaning: a little multi-media package. Setting the stage with a theme, adding some brief context, picking a relevant song, and then choosing only a few pictures to tell the story for me.
My objective here is to both share meaning with others, and potentially inspire them to travel.
Choosing where to travel can be difficult (very good problem to have, but it is stressful). Certain places definitely have a feel to them, and while each experience is unique, there are certainly common themes. If you’re looking for a plush and polished city where you can engage in a scenic European drive, go to Switzerland; if you’d rather get a taste of the avant-garde and raw reminders of the recent past, Berlin is where it’s at. These are simplifications, surely, but the point is that whether the advice be from a friend or guidebook, having some context before setting off on your own adventures is generally a good thing.
So, I hope you enjoy viewing these as much as I’ve enjoyed producing them. I’ll start with Kyoto