Travel Philosophy

Who Can Pass These Without At Least Trying To Take A Look?

Tower Viewer Pay Binoculars Travel Story

To me, they’ve always looked like a face, a friendly face beckoning you to come over. And really, whether you’re a five year old or a grandma, who can get near one of these without putting your hands on the cold metal and pressing your face to the eye holes to take a look?

What am I talking about? I’m talking about tower viewers of course. Yes, tower viewers, which is apparently what pay binoculars are called. I’ve never met anybody who called them by their official name, it was always just “Hey look, binoculars!” whenever someone spotted one while walking by.

Monas National Monument Indonesia Travel StoryIn many ways I can connect the dots of all my major travels with an experience with a tower viewer. Whether it was fighting ocean winds in Homer, Alaska to get to one or fighting vertigo in the Sears Tower as a kid to check out the cityscape.

Or during that one incredible “vacation” to Jakarta, Indonesia when I took that claustrophobic (and let me just say quite questionable) elevator to the top of Jakarta’s most famous monument, Monas, the monument of the golden flame. When we got to the top my father, who I hadn’t seen in twenty years, immediately gave me a handful of coins so that I could look out at Jakarta through a tower viewer.

And that was no mistake. The world as seen through a tower viewer is just more interesting, and as I put the coin in at the top of Monas I was immediately able to transform this almost overwhelming mass of buildings and movement that surrounded me in the city of an astounding 9.6 million people. I zoomed in and saw people, cars, the details of buildings, open windows even, and the landscape came alive for me in detail wherever I wanted to swoop in for a look.

I was able to see a side of Jakarta that would be impossible to see any other way. And all this happened for the price of a single coin.

December 23, 2015
Travel Activities

Buying Tickets For A Random Flight

Picture of the front of an airport with the words Go into an airport and buy tickets for a random flight - to do before I die.

I’ve seen this resolution on a lot of people’s bucket lists over the years and I gotta admit that it’s a pretty intriguing idea to me.

I imagine that the chances of this working out drastically increases with the amount of money that you have to burn lol, but I think it would be a fun experiment regardless.

What do you think, does this sound fun or is it too scary?

March 2, 2013
Travel Philosophy

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Picture of a luggage tag with a quote about Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings saying Not all those who wander are lost.This blog is about all the stories that come from a love of wandering the world.

Let’s face it though, most of us can’t be out travelling all the time… but nothing can stop us from wandering anyway ;).

I say taking a trip can be as easy as letting yourself dive into the mystery of a far away place. It can start with picture, a story, or whatever you can get your hands on in the here and now, all that matters is that you keep exploring.

And what blooms from this kind of exploration can be very, very interesting.

So to start things off with a good luck charm here’s a picture of a travel tag that I keep by my office door as a reminder to keep wandering even if I happen to be stuck in one place at the moment.

March 1, 2013