Why do I spend irresponsibly on travel when I’m so responsible in every other facet of my life? One week only sale to Nepal? Book it! Last minute 14-day cruise for $499? I’m there! Go camping for two months straight? Sure!
Why do I love getting lost in travel blogs and fancy magazines showing unattainable photos of places I’ll probably never go?
I think I do it because I want to feel.
A friend once told me, “I’m glad you’re religious because otherwise, I think you’d be on drugs.”
What he meant (I hope!) was that my personality type is always looking for the next new thing to experience. A new food to try. A new person who shares no common language with me to interact with. When we travel, we force ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, and in so doing, experience everything through new eyes.
So I’m happy to enter this year’s Capture the Color Photo Contest, a celebration of travel photographs which best capture these five colors: red, blue, green, yellow and white.
These women are from the Himba tribe in northern Namibia. Living in simple huts, they remain close to the earth. In fact, they glow a slightly reddish color because of otjize, a ground up paste made from butter, fat and red ochre which they smear onto their skin and hair. Spending a night in their village was an unforgettable experience, and not just because our overland truck got hopelessly mired in the mud so central to their lives.
Twenty kilometers north of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach resort, and across the water lies a peninsula known as Ninh Van Bay. Because it requires either a long, windy drive or a speedboat, few ever make it there. Those who do are rewarded with supreme tranquility. I took this shot as the sun was setting, casting a blueish hue over water, mountains and sky, melding them into one.
I love riding through the countryside of SE Asia during the rainy season. Yes, the rain can be a real pain sometimes, leaving you exposed, rain pelting against your face, ruining your clothes, but without, we wouldn’t have the every-shade-of-green of the rice fields that carpet the land. This photo was taken along a random stretch of road in Cambodia.
I’ve had the fortune to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana twice now. During the rainy season, this 15,000km2 area floods, creating small islands everywhere. The most common way to get around is via mokoro, little boats poled along the shallow waterways, often with just the thwack-thwack of the tall reeds snapping back in place the only sound that breaks the deafening silence.
One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever had the good grace to go to is the island of Zanzibar, off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa. Known as the Spice Island, it’s been used as a trading base by the Persians, Arabs, Indians, Portuguese and British before finally coming a semi-autonomous region. The crystalline monotony of the electric blue water surrounding the island is broken up by the billowing white sails of dhows that navigate the island. As if that scene weren’t beautiful enough, a pair of dolphins just had to put in an appearance.
Capture the Colour 2013 information
To enter is simple, you write a post with your five best photos from these color categories: RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. Be sure to nominate five other bloggers and tweet it with the hashtag #CTC13.
There will be a winner from each color category who will get: an 128GB iPad, a Fuji camera or £750 worth of Arc’teryx clothing and equipment (you choose). Then from the five winners, an overall winner will be chosen to win: £3,000 travel fund (worth about $4633 USD).
For the full contest rules go here.
To follow the entries watch the contest’s pinterest boards.
Or follow the Facebook page.
Anyone with a travel blog can enter but to keep things going, I nominate these five travel bloggers to join:
- Heather Hall of Ferreting Out the Fun
- Colleen Khachatourians of Colleen Gets Lost
- JR Riel of The Drifter’s Blog
- Jessica Hill of Miss Adventure Travel
- Casey and Dan of A Cruising Couple