My Happy Place

I love travel.

Travel is my passion, my career and the main subject of this blog. But recently I’ve discovered something even more significant. A discovery that for me was quite profound. And that was…

I don’t have to get on a plane to visit my ‘Happy Place’.

A wonderful discovery.

I love learning, exploring, photographing, listening to music, wandering and people-watching. All of these things I do when I travel so no wonder why I like it so much. But of late, and as a father and husband, I have actually learned what makes me happiest.

My family.

For me…

It’s about spending time together.

Laughing, smiling, playing, reading, running, exploring, being…

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And being there for life’s little mishaps.



It’s about feeling the sun (and potentially a child) on my back.

Vitamin D is a friend to us all! It just makes me smile.

Dr Livingstone I presume?


It’s about being by water.


I don’t know what it is but there is something innate and primordial that draws me to water. Not to swim in the darn stuff, I’m not very good at that, but to sit by it, gaze at it, hear it.


It’s about handing the camera over sometimes.

I am not ‘in’ about 99.5% of the photographs taken by my Canon SLR. I’m usually on the other end with an eye wrinkled and squinting through the viewfinder. I am changing that however. Slowly, but nonetheless changing. I am oft now to hand over my camera to my wife and even, with an intake of breath and a ‘replacement-cost’ grimace, to my two young children aged eight and five. Draping the strap over little shoulders and praying to the God of Photography – if one exists.  (St Cartier-Bresson has a ring to it!)

I realise that ‘intent’ is just as good as focus.



I believe you don’t have to visit an airport to travel somewhere wonderful.

My submission in the WordPress ‘Daily Post’ Weekly Photo Challenge. This theme: Happy Place.


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

15 thoughts on “My Happy Place

  1. This is wonderful! This is something I’ve struggled with a lot in my own life. I grew up travelling and feel it is ingrained in me to be the pioneer and discover new lands for my own education. However you can quickly fall into the trap of missing all the wonderful things in the everyday. Good for you for taking the time to appreciate them!

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    1. Sometimes simple things can be difficult to do. I was guilty of not seeing the wood for the trees until very recently. And I’m so glad I have reframed my priorities. Thanks for your comment. Always enjoy your perspectives.


  2. This is a beautiful post Saxon. What you say about that last photo is spot on and makes this post ‘extra’ special. I’ve traveled a little and certainly intend on doing more, but being a local explorer has become a true passion of mine in the last couple of decades. We’ve lived in every state along the east coast of the U.S., so I’ve been fortunate to have lots of area to discover and appreciate. My biggest lesson learned to date has been backing up my photo files…grrrr. I’ve lost more than I’d care to think about due to computer maleficence (lol), but not anymore! Look forward to reading more here…in the meantime, how about a cuppa? Light sugar, bit o’ milk?

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    1. Thanks so much Rhonda. Great to see you here 🙂 I’d love to explore more of that Coast. I’ve only top and tailed it really. NYC and Florida. I’m based in Melbourne, Australia. I completely empathise with what you say. My career is in Travel marketing so I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot. But right now I’m looking forward to a little AirBnB farmlet we have rented for a month about one hours drive from my house in regional Victoria. We’ll be hiking, relaxing, exploring and photographing the small towns and walking trails of the area. Bliss and no airports involved 🙂 No milk with my cuppa thx. Biscuit for you?

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      1. Oh yes…I love your version of biscuits…they are cookies to us! And that month sounds perfect. I did that too a couple years ago…rented an oceanfront home about 1/2 hour from home for 3 weeks and it changed my outlook completely! Have a wonderful time exploring and can’t wait to see the photos of your adventures. 🙂

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  3. I found a similar thing, but more on account of the fact that there are often attractions and trails in our own towns, states and countries that are already worth seeing. There’s no need to always jump on a plane to explore when we don’t know our own environs.


    1. Hi Alexis. I have travelled extensively across two decades and probably would have disagreed with both of us when I was younger haha. But now I completely agree. There is so much to see and do close-to-home. There used to be a marketing campaign downunder that said “Don’t leave home til you’ve seen the country” and I think it sounds pretty true now. Thanks for your comment. I’m popping across to check out your site now.


      1. I’ve travelled to mostly familiar locations over the past 17 years – maybe a dozen American states and a Caribbean island. Certainly nothing as fantastic as running off to Spain or Greece. But there is so much to see at home that it really does keep me content until the travel bug starts itching again. Next stop is Vegas on Monday.

        Thanks for stopping by and best of luck on your adventures at home and abroad!

        PS- By “downunder” do you mean Australia?


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