I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to many places in my life. I’ve seen the paradise that is the Hawaiian islands with their volcanoes, rain forests and beaches. I’ve been to Cancun, Mexico and seen Mayan Ruins and swam in crystal clear Caribbean water. I’ve hiked and snowboarded in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I’ve hiked up Enchanted Rock in Texas, been deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve wandered the streets of New Orleans and drank in the oldest continually occupied bar in the United States, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. I’ve hiked through New Hampshire’s White Mountains and been on top of Mt. Washington. I’ve been on dozens of lakes throughout the world. I’ve been up in a 216 foot tall Mountain tower in Hot Springs, Arkansas that gave a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and forests. I’ve stood in a lighthouse on the pacific coast in San Diego, California. I’ve swam in the natural spring-fed pools at Turner Falls, Oklahoma. I’ve visited Stockholm and Helsingborg, Sweden and Copenhagen and Helsingor, Denmark, and walked along the shores, in the forests, and through the center of the cities marvelling at the beauty of the old world architecture of castles, churches, and other structures.
All these places have an impact on my writing. When I imagine a setting for some of my stories, I often think back to one of these idyllic locations and remember what it was like to be there, smell the air, feel the cobblestone streets, sandy beach, rocky ground,or loamy forest floor. The sounds of birds in the forests, or crashing waves in the surf. The bitter cold and stinging wind, and the feel of snowflakes on my face, on top of a mountain in Winter. The hot bright sun and stifling humidity of the Tropics. The cool wet breeze off the Caribbean ocean.
The more I travel, the more I want to see. And the more I want to incorporate my experiences into my writing. I’ve even thought about being a travel writer, documenting the places I visit, for the benefit of others to use as a guide for where to go, or for those armchair travellers to get a glimpse of what I’ve experienced. My wife Sussie is a professional photographer, and we always dreamed of being a travel documentary team, taking trips all over the world, her taking the photos and I writing about the places we’ve visited. Maybe it’s time to make that dream a reality.