Can You Travel Without a Camera?

I like taking pictures.  When I see beautiful landscape or a Kodak moment,  I can’t help but reach for my camera and snap several shots.  It is as if by pressing the shutter, I can keep that image in my head forever and it becomes mine.

I can take thousands of pictures on one trip, but how often do I really go back and look at them?  Especially now when everything is digital and we no longer develop pictures and put them in photo albums, they just remain in a file on my computer.

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When I was so into capturing those scenes, was I able to enjoy the moment?   I got a nice photo shooting opportunity when I accidentally discovered a big annual festival in Cordoba, Spain.  At the end of that day,  I reviewed the pictures I took,  I felt like I didn’t really witness everything that was captured in my camera.  If I wasn’t so busy snapping away, maybe I would have enjoyed the event more?  If I had not wasted time adjusting the functions on my camera,  maybe I would have noticed some other interesting things in the environment?

This reminds me of the time I was in Ubud, Bali.  I was so upset at myself when I found out on the night of my arrival that I had forgotten to bring my charger!  I still had five more days in this beautiful cultural land,  how can I possibly go on without a camera?  I was being very frugal and made sure I maintain the life of my battery for as long as I can, but after the second day, it died on me.   I felt my trip had been ruined.  It was so foolish of me to think it was meaningless to go on exploring when I no longer had anything to record my memories.

Even though it was so painful not to be able to take pictures of some of the amazing things I saw in Ubud,  the mental pictures are still so vivid in my head and I was able to enjoy everything around me to the fullest, with no distractions.

By the way, on my last night in Ubud, I realized that my charger was actually in the outer pocket of my backpack!!!!  WHY?!!! I wanted to slap myself, but maybe I needed this experience.

I have seen people traveling without a camera.  While everyone is busy snapping away, they are simply taking in everything with their eyes.  I secretly admire those people.  I still can’t bring yourself to do that, but I am taking less pictures now compare to before.  It must be so much more enjoyable to capture images with your eyes.

Do you think you can go without your camera?

Author: Pearl

I have always loved traveling but did not venture out on my own until I was in my mid-20s. After my first solo adventure to Vietnam, I have fallen in love with the freedom and exhilaration of traveling alone.

I would like to use this blog to document my travels and record memorable stories I do not want to forget. It will be a platform to share useful information and hear about others’ experiences and thoughts, not necessarily about travels but also on life in general.

Live a simple and meaningful life, enjoy learning along the way, travel the world and explore the unknown!

2 thoughts on “Can You Travel Without a Camera?”

  1. Not really… but I’d like to try! Must be so freeing not having to constantly think about capturing the “perfect” shot. Story of my life. Haha

    Btw, the part where you found the charger after the trip made me LOL! Things do happen for a reason. ;p

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