The Best Time To Travel

If you want to see the world and photograph its beauty, do it now
Photo collage of images from the author's recent travels

Last year’s travels: Italy, Jordan, Tanzania, Norway, Antarctica, Tanzania again, Japan, Myanmar and more.

When it comes to “bucket list” travel, what are you waiting for? More time? More money? Tomorrow?

Waiting for more time is an oxymoron.

“Time is a construct, in relativity, everything flows, no past or present, only the now.”

–Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

Well said, Kate! All we have is now, right now. I’m constantly trying to remind myself not to waste time as it is a commodity that you cannot purchase, trade or alter. Time does not care if you are rich or poor and pays no heed to where you come from, what you look like, or what you believe in. Time is aloof but yet so very precious. Every second that you are alive, you are as young as you’ll ever be and one second closer to the great beyond. Talk about an incentive to live, experience, share, explore, discover and celebrate now. 

Money. Ahhh, now that’s a touchy one. 

“The things you used to own, now they own you.”

–Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

No one ever thinks that they have enough money, but in so many cases, it all depends on your priorities. If travel is a priority to you, then make the changes in your life that will facilitate the travel. 

Last year, I took stock of my life and figured out what I needed in order to continue to travel and run a travel-related company. The answer was simple: Be any place where I could get an internet connection and be near an international airport. I then sold, gave away or trashed 90 percent or more of all my earthly possessions. Now, everything I own fits into four bags.

I miss none of the things that I got rid of and can’t remember most of what I owned. I feel liberated because I have less to worry about. Having done this has allowed me to have more of a budget for personal and business travel. Now, is this something everyone can do or should do? Of course not. It was the right thing for me to do because it fit my life’s priorities. 

Having priorities means making big decisions and sacrificing. I don’t need or want a car, have no interest in owning a home, and I think twice about every purchase I make. Once again, these are my life choices and these choices are contingent on my priorities.

I’m often told how “lucky” I am because of the travel I do. Whenever I hear those words, I cringe a little, knowing that luck has nothing to do with it. Travel, like everything else of any value in our lives, is a privilege and not a right. I’m fortunate to have good health, but I work hard to create the travel opportunities that I live and share with other like-minded travelers.

What are you willing to do to make your travel dreams come true?

Ken Kaminesky is the co-founder and owner of Discovery Photo Tours as well as a commercial travel photographer and the travel photography columnist for Outdoor Photographer. His work has been featured worldwide in numerous commercial and editorial publications, including the New York Times and on the cover of National Geographic. His passion for travel and the incredible landscapes and people he encounters along the way are the inspiration for his popular blog, and the other publications he writes for.

Throughout his travels, Ken seeks to capture images and stories that will inspire and motivate people to step out their front door and embrace adventure. As one of the founders and tour leaders at Discovery Photo Tours he gets the chance to share his love for travel and photography with avid photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Savouring art, food, history, and culture with tour groups in places like Jordan, Tanzania, and Japan is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work.

His favorite place in the world is always his next destination. He believes that each place has a unique story that will inspire others, which he aims to capture in his images.

He doesn’t usually talk about himself in the third-person.