Filmstrip with composites of Austrian, Italian, USA and World flag

Places – So much to see and so little time

Not having enough time for traveling is not exclusively my but everyone’s problem. 
I’ve traveled already quite a bit over the past years, but there is still so much to see.
Also, there are so many places I would like to revisit. I really should work for the travel industry, 
I think. But at second thought, I wouldn't be a good travel agent. I would not know where to send my customers first. My "To-Go"-list is really long and it would be enormously
hard for me to set preferences for others or add a ranking to my list. There is so much to see and so little time. Think only about the big cities like New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Tokyo or Hong Kong, the exciting cities like Las Vegas or the "Chinese Las Vegas", Macau, think about Amsterdam the "Venice of the Netherlands, or about the real Venice in Italy, or the cool European cities like 
London, Paris or Rome. Or how about Mother Nature? Sights like the Grand Canyon,
the Great Wall of China come to mind. Or the American National Parks, Finland's lakes,
the White Cliffs of South England, Italy's Cinque Terre or the Amalfi coast not to forget. See what I mean? I guess you understand my dilemma now. Where to begin and what not to miss?
long exposure shot of the metro in Barcelona in Spain
The reality is, that most likely everyone has its own preferences and that may take care very well of your travel priorities anyway. But it certainly helps to get some cool pointers from others. I for sure always appreciate when friends come back from a trip or vacation and tell me about their experiences, about the location and the hidden gems they had found. I am happy to look at their photos because it just might raise my interest more to follow their footsteps at the next travel opportunity offered.

Accepting suggestions from other photographers saves time, money and frustration
As a passionate photographer I love especially suggestions of other photographers. First because I think that every photographer wants to get great images out of every planned trip. Second, suggestions from fellow photographers are like a lottery ticket with the guarantee to win. And since everybody sees things differently it’s always exciting to hear suggestions where to go and what how to shoot. It's not forbidden nor does it show a lack of creativity to use the information gathered from others when planning a trip, it's rather smart because it can save you valued time, prevent frustration and might save you a buck or two.

Sometimes also a photo in a magazine can point me in a new direction. One of my favorite sources obviously is the internet. Nowhere can one get more inspiration and information. I got great leads already in the past and since I am a reader of customer reviews I also learned a lot about a location long before I even got there. You can say about Google what every you want, but put a location you would like to explore into this search engine, then click on “images” and be amazed with what will be offered to you. I normally look through the images and click the ones I like and then visit the site where the photo originated. There I find most of the time all I need to know. Walking through a photo gallery in real or on the net – for example the gallery of  Peter Lik – always provides me with new ideas. Lik, in my opinion, one of the best landscape photographers of our time, inspires with his motives like not many others. It’s such a joy for me to visit his great galleries. I could spend hours there. 

Austria, Italy, United States of America and the rest of the world
In "Places" on WOSTPHOTO you will find photos and some stories with it about the locations in the different countries I’ve traveled to the most in the past:  Austria Italy  and the  USA . For the rest I've created the category " World ", here you will find my impressions of my journeys to all the other countries I have been. "Places" will always be a work in progress, since I constantly add pages or/and photos. Plus there is so much I still work on regarding my travels from the past years. I can’t wait to show you more photos here on “Places”. And I’m ready to get out again and explore new cities and sights, revisit and discover more of the ones I’ve been already and to fulfill my desire to photograph more of the beautiful nature we live in.