How long does a vacation really last?
There have been several articles which claim that the benefits of a vacation fade quickly after it’s over. While I’ve found that to be true for short, easy trips, I’ve also found longer and more challenging trips stick with me for far longer after I return home.
I think that’s because the more difficult trips force us to think and to immerse ourselves in the experience much more than if we were to just lay on a beach for the duration of a vacation. When you’re on a beautiful beach, there are no worries and last thing you’ll want to do is go back to the grind at home. When you’re desperately trying to find your apartment in Siberia in subzero weather, you might be cursing coming here at all and wanting only to be transported back home. Thinking and being challenged lead to opportunities for a kind of success which will never found when everything is easy. Difficult moments abroad also help remind me of how great so many of us have it back home.
The trips that stick with me most are always those which are less fun and instead more interesting, educational, and unique. My recent, short visit to Hawaii was fun. Adventures like exploring Sri Lanka and India, completing the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and finishing the Trans Siberian Railway in winter have all stuck with me in a big way, but I don’t think I’d use “fun” to describe any of them.
Lingering memories from Siberia
I can’t believe it’s September already, and while the nice weather will stick around for a bit longer, scenes like the following are not far away for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere. I’ve often escaped to somewhere warm during the winter months (SE Asia), but none of those trips have been quite so memorable as taking a train across Russia in February and March of 2013.
The insane cold of Siberia provided exoticism and beauty along with tons of unique photographic opportunities. I’ve been editing a lot more of those pictures lately – I still have thousands of untouched shots from various trips on my hard drives at home. Shooting film recently has really influenced the way I see and edit photographs. I’m far less concerned with sharpness and details; instead I’ve been focused more on the overall feel of an image. None of these shots from Siberia have been posted before in their current form. Most of them are brand new, but a few have been reedited. I hope you enjoy them.
What experiences have stuck with you?