When you read this, I will be travelling in New Zealand! This will be our first overseas trip together in just over 20 years of marriage. No kids, just the two of us and 10 days to explore a whole wonderful country! We are more than a little excited, but I’m also suffering from the last-minute travel jitters. There’s so much to organise when you travel, and since we’ve never done it before, how do we know we haven’t forgotten something important?
So I’ve started a whole lot of checklists. Travel plan checklists, accommodation checklists, packing checklists, things to have organised before we go, things to have organised while we’re there, reminders for the kids (they need to pack for a camp too), mail collection, bills to be paid, luggage to be borrowed, whittling down the “Must see in NZ” list to something we can manage in 10 days… And then there are the things I’ve forgotten that I’ll think of just before we get on the plane, or not at all!
The one thing I’m certain I know how to do is take LOTS of pictures. Knowing I will be making an album about the trip when we get home, I’m all prepared to get the photos I need. Jan’s “10 Must-have travel photos” article in the September issue of Pages magazine gave me some great ideas for the sorts of photos I want to be sure to get, and so did Justine’s Photography Tip: Bon Voyage! Do Not Forget Your Camera! I also got some fantastic travel journaling ideas from this Tip: Journaling Your Travels. I know I need to write everything down – you think you’ll remember, but there are just so many new sights and experiences, it’s hard to keep track! The idea of recording some audio notes on my phone is one I’m going to try. I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to get internet connection in most places, so I’m thinking about options for uploading photos to the cloud for back-up.
One goal for this trip is to be a bit more mindful when taking photos, and not just snap away – hopefully getting some half-decent photos, rather than lots and lots of mediocre ones. I want to let myself stop, breathe, take in a scene, think a bit about light, exposure and angles, and try some of those good composition tips I’ve heard so often. Who am I kidding? We all know I won’t be able to stop myself snapping away!! But I will at least try to get a few nice, arty photos into the mix.
We get back right at the start of the p2P Time2Crop weekend, so I was hoping I could get some NZ pages done during the crop – but that’s probably a little ambitious! After all, my photos will need to be imported into Historian, culled, tagged, and descriptions added before I can get them onto pages. So you might not see my NZ pictures during the crop, but they’ll be coming up fairly soon after I’m sure. Despite the jitters, I’m really, really looking forward to this trip, and I hope to have lots of lovely memories to preserve in photo books and share with you all here too!