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After four months on the road, what’s next?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 months since taking off for Iceland. The last 16 weeks have completely challenged my preconceptions of what long-term travel would be like.

Before starting this trip of a lifetime, I wrote about preparing for a sabbatical and the importance of outlining key results. It’s not a vacation, but a strategic investment in your life and photography.

So what do you do when you’ve accomplished most of your sabbatical goals? “I want to expand my photography portfolio” isn’t enough anymore, because it leads to just that: an expanded portfolio. Nothing more.

A few days ago I flew back to the USA to recharge, reevaluate and celebrate everything that’s happened in four months on the road. What’s next? I don’t know. I have countless stunning countries on my bucket list, but no goals to accompany them. I don’t work well that way.

Ironically, you can get stuck in a comfort zone when you’re constantly on the road. In the pursuit to never stop growing, sometimes leaving your comfort zone means taking an exit. And that’s okay!

I wouldn’t trade these last 4 months for anything, because I gained much more than beautiful photos. I brought back what you can’t put a price on: perspective and a changed mind. That’s a worthwhile investment, no matter what’s next.

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”

—William James

Is it time for you to take the next exit?

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Nightscapes 🌌

Want to incorporate the night sky into your landscapes? ✨ Astrophotography will push your camera and editing skills to the limit. Here are 5 mistakes that can ruin a shoot.

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En brief 💨

#NoContext 🤷‍♂️

Random things heard on the road…
  • “Yeah two of them were beheaded.”
  • “This door is alarmed.”
  • “He’s like the Father Christmas of coffee shops!”

Nerding out 🤓

Plus some updates + additions to the packing list!

Travel shorts 👖

For way too many years I’ve searched for shorts that are 1) lightweight, 2) durable, 3) pool safe, 4) don’t look dorky.

I’m testing the New Way Longs from OUTLIER, the same folks who make my travel pants. When the weather warms up, expect some updates on my ultralight packing list!

Innergie charger 🔌

I finally picked up Innergie’s tiny 60W USB-C charger. All is well one week in — keep an eye for updated usage in the next month!

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Happy trekking 🌲

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