Monthly Archives: December 2012

Monday Travel Update – New Year’s Eve Edition

Posted by on December 31, 2012

My new laptop

My time here in Wisconsin is coming to a close. I’ve spent the last month working on projects and upgraded a lot of my gear. It has probably been the single biggest gear upgrade I’ve done since I’ve started traveling in 2007.

I’ve purchased a new laptop, new backup hard drives, new iPhone, new ereader, new headphones and a new bag. Even though no one other than myself will really notice, it will be a whole different travel set up for me. The new gear, especially the laptop, should make me far more productive, especially when it comes to editing photos. If nothing else, at least Netflix will look much better.
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2012: A Year in Photography

Posted by on December 28, 2012

2012 was a busy travel year for me. I visited all seven continents, 18 countries and flew over 150,000 miles. I was exhausted for much of the year, but on the upside I came away with some amazing photos. I made some great strides as a photographer in 2012. I improved my mastery of Lightroom and have have worked on going out of my way to get better shots. My gear didn’t change much during the year. I purchased a new carbon fiber tripod in March and replaced the 18-200mm lens I had been using since 2007. I also celebrated my 5-year anniversary of publishing my daily photo and released my iPhone Travel Photography app.

It was a good year for photography and I plan on making 2013 even better!


Ushuaia, Argentina


Stanley, Falkland Islands


Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island


Paradise Bay, Antarctica


Half Moon Island, Antarctica


Caye Caulker, Belize


Sydney, Australia


Lord Howe Island, Australia


Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Bryson City, North Carolina


Yosemite National Park, California


Monument Valley, Utah


Antelope Canyon, Arizona


Horseshoe Bend at Lake Powell, Arizona


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah


Fjallbacka, Sweden


Tetouan, Morocco


Elche, Spain


Granada, Spain


Girona, Spain


Gibraltar


Churchill, Manitoba


Riviera Maya, Mexico


Stonehenge, England


Bath, England


Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

2012: A Year of Travel by the Numbers

Posted by on December 27, 2012

2012 Year in TravelAs 2012 comes to a close, I thought I would give an overview of my last year of travel. Rather than giving a month-by-month summary of everything, the math major in me thought it would be interesting to look at the numbers I racked up this year.

This was an especially intensive year of traveling for me. So much so that I have no desire to do it again. It has fundamentally changed how I’m going to go about traveling in the future. I have put on more miles in 2012 than I have in several of the previous 5 years combined.

Without further ado, here is the numerical summary of my 2012!

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