Within the Atrium

If it seems as if all I write about is cruise ship experiences, it’s because 90% of my travels are derived from boarding these massive vessels for days and visiting as many destinations within a short amount of time. Do you get to see everything? No but you walk away with an instant appreciation of valuable facts from each place so that you can book a vacation to one or two which you felt most charmed with.

My wife and I have been choosing this form of travel for 3 years. With all that stated, I’ve learned that it’s good to be known for something. Hopefully that something doesn’t involve anything malicious but either way, the fact that your opinion on a subject is valued by many can become quite the ego booster.

I particularly get approached by friends on two subjects: Travel and photography and somewhere in between is the inquiry about the money that’s needed for these 2 expensive pursuits of mine.

First thing is first. You don’t have to be rich to travel. Granted everyone’s way of life is unlike the other persons and priorities practically regulate how we spend our money but consider the amount of people you personally know who make excuses for not fulfilling their life dreams due to fiscal reasons.

I’m a firm believer in that if you want something badly enough, you will make it happen. I believe it was the late Senator Paul Tsongas who said: “No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time at the office.”

The question is: Where do you think people on their deathbed wish they had spent more of their time?

My theory is that they wish they had spent more time with family and friends, more time experiencing great places and events and learning from them. More time experiencing life and all its richness, less time buying things that won’t last.

You’re always going on vacation?

It’s not that I’m rich and it’s not that I’m in enormous debt. If anything, far from both but it all comes down to how people choose to spend their money.

Your excitement might come from a great deal on a $200 blazer from your dearest department store where mine derives from snagging a round trip to Las Vegas from Expedia. You want things and I want experiences. Experiences create memories and memories are long treasured after things have worn out.

On a side note, what sweetens this craze for traveling is having a wife that equally enjoys these enlightening experiences, the meeting of inspirational people and the sure feeling that we’ll learn and grow as a person with each trip.

This photograph was taken as we sat peacefully at 7am having our breakfast like we did every morning onboard. I enjoyed the natural light as oppose to being in the dinning room.