Travel Bug Jen:
My travel adventures began shortly after graduating UCLA. I had achieved a B.A. in the arts but was left with no idea of what to do next. A friend of mine had mentioned living abroad, together for a year but she decided to move to New York instead. So I used the remainder of my school loan money (shhh don’t tell the government) and I ran away, on my own, to London. In between living and working in London, I traveled. I would work for one to two months, then travel for two weeks between. It was an enchanting routine and I vowed to do my best to never let it go.
That year, I traveled to Italy, France, Denmark, Amsterdam, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Turkey, and Egypt. I slept in hostels, B & B’s, and once in a while, five-star hotels. At this time, photography was not yet my profession. It was however, a cherished hobby. Everywhere that I traveled, my camera closely followed. My camera was an old, beat-up Ricoh film camera. Over the course of that year, a portfolio began to emerge from my travels and I began to realize just how deep my love for photography was. Upon my return to Los Angeles, I decided to make photography my career. Long to the short, I had been bitten by two bugs that year after my college graduation- photography and the ever popular travel bug. So I immediately created my own photography company and have been documenting the world, ten years since.
If you want it, get it. If you fail, try again. And do your best to blog it all down as you go.
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” -Don Williams, Jr.
Travel Bug Joe:
I always had an adventurous spirit, ever since I was a little boy in New Orleans. I would build imaginary forts out of sheets, dig up huge bunkers in the backyard, or ride my bike dangerously through the streets as if it was a fighter jet. My first travels were exactly that, imaginary. They were imaginary getaways of my own choosing. Obviously at five years old I didn’t have a passport or a job to pay for such travels but as soon as I was old enough, I took off.
In 2001, 911 struck our Country and instilled a fear we had never known in the US. It sparked something in me to get moving, get out and discover the world. I started with a month-long trip to Ireland, Scotland, and then the Netherlands. My old childhood dreams were coming true before my very eyes. I was traveling, on my own, within Europe and loving every minute of it! While in Ireland I didn’t know it yet but I was crossing paths with my future travel partner, my future wife, and best friend. It’s funny how life works sometimes. Jen was staying at the same hostel in Ireland! What are the odds? Our paths had just missed each other and we didn’t end up meeting until years later. After a few weeks of dating, we swapped travel stories and exchanged pictures. It was then, six years after those travels, that we discovered we had been at the same place and at the same time. I guess we weren’t ready for each other yet. Today, we make it our goal to travel as much as possible. Whether it’s an International trip to china or a stay-cation in California, we do our best to explore. In fact, I look forward to many more forts, fighter jets and travel adventures with her.
Egypt, the Nile 2002
Eurail, somewhere between Amsterdam and Germany 2000
The Cliffs of Mohr 2001
The Louvre 2000