In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week I am hosting one of my favourite travel photographers. Paul hails from Nottingham in England, works a regular 9 to 5 job (or as he says”7:30 to 4 if we’re being picky”) and has a love of photography, travel and sport. He tries to get away as much as possible whether it be on long trips abroad or weekend adventures in England.
Paul’s website, Have You Packed the Camera, is his creative outlet that he uses to share his travel experiences and photography.
Read on the find out What Inspires Paul from Have You Packed the Camera.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
I have always travelled abroad from a young age with my family – These early holidays to France, Spain and Coastal destinations in England gave me a taster of the greater world outside my hometown. I also have a desire to make the most of my life due to having a Kidney Transplant – This will not last indefinitely and I could fall ill, so travelling is something I genuinely enjoy and feel is a worthwhile venture – The world is such a beautiful and varied place I believe it should be explored.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
France/Belgium in 1994 I think (could have been a year either side of this) – It was a school history trip to see various WWI & WWII sites such as the Menin Gate at Ypres, the Thiepval Memorial and the Canadian National Vimy monument. It was everything I expected it to be and more – I have always been greatly interested in history so for me the trip was fascinating. I remember witnessing the “Last Post” ceremony at the Menin Gate – This is a tribute to the soldiers who fell in Belgium during the great wars and has been held every day since 1928.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Do a little research of the place(s) you are visiting – There’s no need to be anal and research every last little thing, but I firmly believe that you should have a sound knowledge of such things as accepted currency, methods of transport, some basic phrases and greetings, and the approximate area of the things you want to see.
Best travel experience so far?
Has to be my first solo trip to Bruges in March 2014; not a particularly exotic destination but it was just an awesome experience as it was my first ever real solo trip. I just felt extremely free; I could do what I wanted and when I wanted to, without worrying about someone else. Plus Bruges was a really special place and I devoured a great deal of heavenly chocolate!
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
I love reading other peoples travel stories, I also just love looking at maps and learning about random destinations I find – I can spend hours on the internet looking at photos, reading up about different sights to see, and the history of a country.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” – Henry David Thoreau
Connect with Paul
Check out Paul’s website Have You Packed the Camera, to read about his travel experiences, check out his awesome photos and to keep up to date with his travels. You can also join him on Facebook and Twitter where he shares even more great content.
Thanks Paul for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to you!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.