Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Travel Porn - Its Different In Real Life

Travel Porn – Its Different In Real Life

In September my wife and I took a ride through Nevada, Arizona and Utah.  My wife had seen pictures of the Valley Of Fire State Park and wanted to ride through the park to take pictures of her own.  I’d been through that area before and knew what the temperatures would be like and did my best to express that to my wife, as she’s uncomfortable in high heat.  When we actually rode into the park, she was shocked at how hot and uncomfortable it was and it didn’t take long for her to forget about the beauty of the area and was ready to get to a cooler place as fast as possible.  

Travel Porn strikes again!

Valley Of Fire - 115 deg. F (46 deg. C)

I love looking at pictures of places I’ve never been and dream of what it would be like to be there.  With few exceptions, the actual experience is quite different then what you’d imagine from a photograph.

St. Lucia - Beautiful, Hot, Humid and Musty Smelling

With pictures, you’re likely viewing them in the comfort of your home where the smells are familiar and the temperature is comfortable.  You’ll likely imagine being where the photograph was taken as being comfortable too.  Beautiful visuals, familiar smells and comfortable temperatures are what you’ll expect.  Unless the picture is of snow and ice and even then you’ll likely be surprised.

Isla Tiquile, Lake Titicaca, Peru - 13,100 ft (4,000 meters) in elevation and 60 deg. F (15 deg. C)

The reality is the visual is only part of the “picture” as the actual smells, sounds and temperatures will be very different then what you’d expect from a picture.  When you're physically present where a picture was taken, your other senses and to your experience in ways that will be unexpected.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona - 100 deg. F (37 deg. C) outside and 80 deg. F (27 deg. C) inside.  Musty and damp too.

Travel Porn is fun and will wet you're appetite for travel, however travel with an open mind.  Your experience will likely be very different from what you imagine from a picture or even a story.  That's part of the fun and the experience.

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

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