When I’m speaking with people and explain I have been travelling since May 2009 many comment that I must have a lot of stories and I should write a book. I’m not sure I have enough interesting stories.
I don’t class myself as a traveller who scours the globe looking for places to visit and sights to capture on camera. I travel as a way to avoid getting into a routine. Moving locations achieves that whilst also giving me an insight into other parts of the world.
If I’m only in a place for a few days then I will do some of the tourist things and go and see some of the ‘must see’ places. If I am somewhere for a month or two then I often have to force myself to see some of them. An example is the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. I lived there for a month and went there once. I didn’t go inside. It was August and peak tourist season so people everywhere. That’s not my idea of fun.
I only went to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor because I had friends visiting and they wanted to go there. I hadn’t been there in the previous half dozen or so visits. War memorials aren’t really my thing. I was lucky enough to get a work trip to Washington DC years ago and had always wanted to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial because I had seen it many times in movies and television shows. It didn’t do that much for me. I definitely feel something visiting Australian memorials such as the one in Canberra, Australia and one I stumbled upon in London, England.
I had this site set up as a friends and family place when I first started travelling. It was a way for people to see what I had been doing. Instagram has taken over that role. It is much easier to upload a photo and write a few words. You can follow me at @jamesphart.
In redesigning this site I’ve decided to write out a few things I have learnt over the years and some highlights of the travel. This life has been a great way to learn more about myself. When you are regularly put in unfamiliar situations, you quickly become aware of what you can tolerate and what you can’t.
I hope you enjoy the ride along with me.