My father's and uncle's passing caused me to reflect on how short our time is to experience life. I resolved to spend my life taking in the sights of the world.
I research months before a planned trip ever departs. If someone is going with me, I will generally do all the leg work to coordinate schedules, flights, hotels, etc.
Sometimes, because of the level of risk involved, I opt for a commercial tour package. Most often, my trips have been a combination of both independent and group travel.
I collect small things like CDs, patches for my travel jacket, souvenir books, salt and pepper shakers (for my wife) and small objects to set in my display cases.
Upon returning, I then write up my notes and check them against further research, organize my videos and pictures and put it all together in a scrapbook or on the computer.
My Favorite Places:
Germany, UK, Spain, Russia, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, China and Samoa