Welcome to my digital travel journal!
About this blogThis blog is my travel journal and your guide to taking your own travels a step or two beyond the ordinary. I hope I can inspire you to look at the world more closely and see beauty where you may not have expected it, whether you go out to experience it for yourself or through the words and photos here.
I have visited more than 50 countries on five continents and have traveled extensively within the United States. These have all been vacations, a brief chance to step away from my full-time life and explore a bit of the world for a few days or weeks.These include independent travels and fully-guided tours, all done on what I consider a moderate budget. Since we are big fans of road trips and sailing, these are also represented in the mix. However, what all these trips have in common is that, with a few simple logistical shifts, they could be taken by anyone on any budget.
About meI'm an amateur travel writer and photographer living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and exploring the rest of the world as often as I can. I'm interested in value, experience, and authenticity. I look for places that will broaden my understanding of the world, but without requiring full immersion. For me, it's easier to understand another place or culture by figuring out how it is both similar and different from my own place and culture. I believe that can be done anywhere, in any amount of time, if you just start looking. I'm fascinated by wide open spaces,deserts, tropical islands, history, architecture, urban planning, textiles, jewelry, sacred places, and gardens - all of which you will find represented in these pages. While I have a passion for travel, writing, and photography, I actually earn a living working at a transportation agency. Full-time work limits my travel time, hence the sometimes incomplete nature of this blog. It also explains why, along with the photos of fascinating people, places, buildings and plants; you will find a fair number of pictures of roads, bridges, trams, gondolas, trains, and trails! I hope you enjoy the material posted here. If you are interested in seeing more of of my work, please check the following:
- Photos are available for purchase: www.cindycarlsson.com
- Photos of my gardens: http://www.cybergardening.blogspot.com/
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org