August 19, 2013
My World Travels
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
photo by Mike Krautter
I know it's been over a year, but I'm finally making good on last year's promise to keep track of my adventures. With all the traveling I've done lately, I knew I had to wait until I could put pushpins in as many spots as possible before sharing my progress, and I think I'm finally ready. I picked the National Geographic World Decorator Map as my canvas, and as you can see above, it's covered in tiny orange pins to mark the many places I've had the opportunity to visit.
Photo by Mike Krautter
The thing is, even once the more than 100 pushpins were put in place, I realized there are still so many locales I want to travel to and learn from. I think traveling and seeing daily life in a new place is a wonderful way to get inspired, and I'm pretty sure I'll keep traveling until that entire map is completely covered in orange pins. Although I don't have any exciting travel plans on the horizon at the moment, I'm already dreaming of several places I've yet to see.
1 Someone once told me that in Uruguay, it’s eternal spring, and since then I’ve always wanted to travel there. The average temperature there varies from the mid-60s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit, which would be perfectly comfortable when visiting beautiful beaches like the one above.
2 Papua New Guinea is another big island that I’d love to visit (it’s the second biggest after Greenland). I loved seeing wallabies and kangaroos in Australia, and New Guinea has similar wildlife. I would also love to see Mount Giluwe, the highest volcanic peak on the island.
3 Although I’ve been to Iceland, I would still love to visit Greenland. It’s the biggest island in the world and is famous for Scoresby Sund, above, the longest fjord in the world. Look how beautiful it is!
4 I haven’t been to too many places in Africa, and Ghana is definitely high up on my list. They are famous for their amazing textiles like this Kente cloth, above. It’s a ceremonial, handwoven cloth that I think is so beautiful – I love the bright colors and geometric patterns. I’d also love to see some of their music and dancing – I hear the drumming is fantastic.
5 Paraguay is another South American destination that I have yet to visit. They are known for beautiful embroideries and lace, and I would love to see some traditional weavers in action.
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