I’m Jolene, a writer and photographer from Bellingham, Washington who quit her corporate job for a while to see the world. Maybe you’ve been wanting to do the same thing? Do your cubicle walls feel like a prison, and do you long to escape them, even just for a week or two? My mission is to inspire you to take the leap – to book a flight somewhere, anywhere. If you’re more of the armchair adventurer, I hope to bring the world to you through words and pictures. Between trips, I’ll show you the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Regardless of your situation, though, dare to dream beyond the borders of your hometown. Travel if you can. Have adventures, big or small. Fall in love with the world and your one precious life. That’s the real ticket we should all purchase.
Why I Travel
Every summer when I was a kid, my parents packed all seven of us into our rusted van and headed away from the Minnesota farmlands. I think there’s some driving force in my family’s Norwegian blood, some remnant of Viking DNA, which never let us rest. We were always exploring. My love of travel was born on the Little Bighorn battlefield, imagining General Custer falling to Lakota and Cheyenne warriors, stripped of his scalp and dying in the amber-colored prairie lands. Maybe I was a strange kid, but I found something deeply romantic about battlefields and sacred grounds, like history carried a physical weight you could feel if you just stood perfectly still and quiet in the middle of a field.
My love of photography began outside the borders of the United States. With only a little point-and-shoot camera, I flew to the United Kingdom in 2006 and captured images of castles that still hang on my walls today. Since that time, I’ve been to many places around Europe and Africa…and, like my Viking ancestors, have landed in Ireland more times than necessary. I have nine Irish passport stamps!! But what can I do? I love Ireland.
Of course, I’m not always traveling. I work full-time for a medical insurance company, so that keeps me grounded (I couldn’t leave that corporate job forever…bills still need to be paid). Between trips, I like to find the beauty in all the ordinary things at home. That was the original reason I started this blog. It’s great to travel, but it’s even better to appreciate home and find new things to love about it every day.
As far as my camera goes, I’ve used everything from cell phones to DSLRs, and I’m convinced a person with vision can create art with just about anything. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures (although it can help). Some of my favorite images are those I took on that cheap, little 5 megapixel point-and-shoot in the UK. I try not to worry about what other people are doing; I shoot what is beautiful to me. That’s all that really matters. But, for those who are curious – right now, I’m shooting with a Nikon D800. My favorite lens is the 24-70 mm f/2.8.
The top of Skellig Michael, 10 miles off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland