My (Love) Story: Travel
We always say that people only frame things they love. And there's nothing we enjoy more than getting the story of each photo, poster, or art print we frame. That's true all year 'round. But as Valentine's Day approaches, it seems especially present in our minds. So, for the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing stories from customers about the people/places/pets they love, and the things they framed to serve as reminders.
To kick things off, meet Larry. A recent business school grad, he chose to put off starting his new job to take a few months to travel throughout Latin America. Today he's sharing what made his trip one to remember, and the story behind the photo he framed with us.
First things first, what did you frame? I framed (in Cairo) a picture I took of Coyote Rock in Chile which is on a border town between Chile and Bolivia. It was shot at sunset looking out over a salt flat. I wouldn't say it was my favorite place, but it has this really great spirit. Almost everyone there is passing through, but they are there to enjoy the outdoors. Coming out of business school everyone is so ambitious and career oriented. At Coyote Rock you meet tons of people who just don't have those priorities. Their priorities are earning enough to make sure they can go see and do cool things. It inspired me to make sure that I don't lose that perspective as I hop on the hamster wheel.
How do you plan your trips? Do you like to travel alone? Traveling alone is pretty new to me. This recent trip was three months solo. That was the longest I've ever been on my own. Since I hit twenty my goal has been to travel to more countries than I am in age. Right now I'm 27, and I've been to 38 countries. So I've built a little bit of a buffer!
"Since I hit twenty my goal has been to travel to more countries than I am in age."
So where exactly did you travel on this most recent trip? I spent a month and a half in Colombia. I was living in Medellin for that. I did small trips within Colombia, but I was taking Spanish lessons at the time, so the point was to immerse myself and really get to know that place. After that I flew to Peru, and then I made my way via bus to Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, with a quick stop in Uruguay.
Where did your travel bug come from? My Mom. She traveled for work a lot. She would say, "If I'm going, so are you. I'm going to find a way for you to come meet me." I remember I spent a summer in Sweden when I was seven, since she was working for a Swedish bank at the time. I think that was the first big world trip for me. But since then, it's been a stream of going to new places.
What was the hardest part of the trip? The toughest part was also one of the more exciting parts. I didn't know anybody. Everyday was an opportunity to meet new great people.
"The toughest part was also one of the more exciting parts. I didn't know anybody. Everyday was an opportunity to meet new great people."
Are you nervous to put down roots? No, I'm ready. Certain things are tough to do when you're on the move all the time. It's hard to be in a relationship. It's tough to commit. Just having one goal and one focus will be nice.
Since you travel so much, do you think your idea of home different? Definitely. Growing up, I lived in the same town my entire life. We were in one house up until I was eleven, and another one until my twenties. I came home from this trip to a new apartment. My parents had left my childhood home, my childhood town, and moved closer to New York City. I thought I would be really disturbed by the fact that we weren't where we used to live, but that wasn't the case at all. It was a comforting realization. The overall sense I got from this trip is: home is where the people you care about are.
Love it. This man truly cannot take a bad photo! Head over here for more from Larry's life and travels.