New Zealand is doubly blessed with spectacular natural beauty and some of the most fearlessly creative people ever to embark on careers in the tourism industry. These were a few of the most memorable places/adventures on my two-month trip to the islands down under.
Kiwis are famous for their "no worries" attitude and easy-going hospitality. But I found one way to get their dander up. Just suggest their homeland of New Zealand is a part of Australia.
There's a serene, Old World beauty even in the most mundane street scene on the Greek island of Santorini. Everywhere you look there is the striking contrast of blue and white.
Lately I find myself caught up in these disquieting, recurring travel dream scenarios.
The eerie quiet. The stark beauty. The seasickness.
Those are the three things Larry Green remembers most about his trip to Antarctica.
The lure of the open road. The siren call of far-away lands. The seductive cry of the friendly skies. The chance to see new places, meet new people, experience different cultures.
Travel has always been a driving force in my life. As a magazine editor and photographer, it has also been a big part of my job for the past 20 years. That all changed in 2020. Global pandemics, we’re discovering, have a way of doing that. Which led to this project, which I’m calling “I Remember Travel.”
As a reflection of the times, I’m envisioning this as a virtual, web-based platform to share stories, photos and music inspired by my pre-pandemic travels. Some that have been previously published, some that will be public for the first time. The plan is to post something every couple weeks or so throughout 2021, and I’m looking forward to looking back at these tales from the road and the memories they drum up.
Let me conclude this introductory post by offering up a virtual toast to the end of a tumultuous year and, hopefully, a new day rising in '21.
The beat goes on...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in a small Wisconsin blue-collar town, Mike Starling ditched the assembly line for a long, sometimes circuitous career working with words, sound and images. His original music is heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks, and his stories and photos have been featured in books, films, mags and other media. Among his other interesting career moves, he has edited a beer magazine, played bass in a reggae band and sold potato chips door-to-door.
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I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
All text, images and music in the I Remember Travel weblog ©Mike Starling unless otherwise noted. Music published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). All rights reserved.