Monthly fragments; July 2013
Many things to do and so little time to post, these days… Job, family and personal matters to attend have basically taken my photography to a halt. And now, there is one month-long trip to Southeast Asia to prepare.
I’ve been thinking about what traveling means to me and I´m reaching the conclusion that I face travels in an increasingly dispassionate way, now.
The perspective alone gives me stomach butterflies more than excitement: The heat, humidity, fear of catching malaria or be washed away by the monsoon and, above all, leaving – albeit temporarily – my loved ones, seriously puts me off the whole thing. Because I can’t stand those all-included resort based beach holydays, traveling means nomad, cultural and human interaction activity that can be as interesting as it is exhausting.
So, why do I go? First of all, my wife loves to travel. Second, Southeast Asia is (still) affordable and has a genuine cultural environment that will not last forever. Third and most important reason: I come back from these long trips with the deep realization of how important my family, home and land is to me. It makes me see how incredibly lucky I am to have what I have and why I should feel happy about it. That sweet, peaceful feeling of coming back home is the best travel experience I can enjoy, even if I´ve gone trough the most exotic people and places.
Oh, and did I mention that traveling also allows great photo opportunities? See you all soon.
All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2013