We never want to believe that there is a magical reality, though there
are a myriad of magical places in this world. We all too often choose
to ignore the wide-open door leading elsewhere, and instead live
vicariously through fictional characters beamed onto our televisions.
Perhaps the outskirts of town is a foreign land as one gets tangled
up in every day life, or maybe even the thought of hopping on a plane
today seems like more hassle that it is worth.
Instead, we want to live uncomplicated, and simple, lives, staying put.
We want to swim in reality, and remain in our “safety zones,” but while
swimming through it, we can miss out on so many idyllic landscapes,
vibrant cultures, and amazingly beautiful architecure waiting for us to
discover. Yes, we do get a glimpse of another world without realizing
at times, though there is no real substitute for travel. In fact, no matter
how much you have learned in a classroom, there is no better education
than experiencing a land beyond our borders first-hand.
During my adult life, I have grown tremendously, and have learned
to “think internationally” simply by opening my mind while visiting
countries foreign to my own. As a travel photographer, I have flown a
million miles, trundled step after step, and have clicked the shutter on
my camera more times than can be counted.
Throughout this book you will view some rather magical places, and
this is my reality. One could say — everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned
from traveling around this world, and yet, there are still so many lessons
to be learned, and so many more corners of this world to discover...