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📷 An Eye for Life #13 ✈️ Let's Talk Travel

Thank you so much for joining me for the 13th issue of my now bi-weekly newsletter. Inspired by a suggestion from a family friend, in this issue, I’m sharing a global perspective on travel from readers, followers and friends.

How People Feel About Travel [right now]
Here in the USA the online conversations in my communities have turned more and more from where people could travel when they can travel again, to where they are traveling.
on approach to O'ahu
on approach to O'ahu
As I talk to friends and followers around the world who are outside of the USA, the messages are often very different.
Those conversations, taken collectively, caused me to wonder how I could help people understand one another better. Because there seemed to be a disconnect. And the answer came during a conversation where it was suggested that I share what I’m being told to help facilitate a global perspective on travel - during COVID - for greater understanding and respect amongst all of us who like to travel, and those who live in places where travelers frequent.
Because I received so many responses to my Q posted here on Instagram, I couldn’t fit them all in this issue and I’ve chosen to publish a bonus post with the balance of the responses I received. All have been shared with permission, and as screenshots so you know I’m not changing anyone’s words. Let’s jump in.
This is from British Columbia, Canada:
A response from Kenya:
Here are 5 responses from around England.
This is a response from Ukraine:
A response from Denmark:
A response from Indonesia:
A response from Australia:
I’ll close with three different responses from France, each bubble is from a different individual.
As a reminder, this article has many more responses so you can get an even wider frame of view from even more countries and individuals.
Now, how do you feel about visitors to where you currently live? Or about how things are right now, more generally? Hit reply and let me know. I may do a follow up to this in the future. Either way, I want to better understand you; since I write this newsletter for all of you who take the time to read it.
Virtual travel is always safe,
and you can do that when you see a curated, beautiful photo from around the world every time you open a new tab in Chrome or Firefox on desktop
Elsewhere Online,
here are some things I’ve appreciated since I last wrote. It’s a part of the newsletter that is dear to me since it’s a way to tunnel through the noise and focus on a few things that made me smile, laugh or think about something differently in the hope they will do the same for you. This issue, I’m presenting them without comment.
Read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
I just wish people knew that in a society that doesn't care about you the most important thing to do is care for each other, not become uncaring like the society itself.
NASA Marshall
Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe—and when @NASAWebb launches this fall, it'll study these galactic cores to shed light on the earliest eras of our universe >>
broti gupta
Don’t call me “honey” and expect it to soften the fact that you SHRUNK the KIDS
How To Make Spring Leek Vinaigrette (Dressing) with Chef Orlando Rodriguez in FLX Wine Country
How To Make Spring Leek Vinaigrette (Dressing) with Chef Orlando Rodriguez in FLX Wine Country
Let's Care Together
About other people: by reading this to learn about what’s happening in Tigray. Let’s test our knowledge of the world’s worst crises and donate to help. We can share this thread ⤵️ to help those who need to, understand why the Delta variant is more transmissible and why people who are not fully vaccinated are less protected or read this to understand some ways we might try talking to family and friends who haven’t gotten vaccinated. Read this article on navigating personal perspective and bias that will help us understand ourselves and others better. And finally, let’s join this people-powered research project to transform and demand fair internet service.
About the planet: Subscribe with me to Tomorrow’s Air and let’s clean carbon from the atmosphere together. We could also plant our change, aka a tree, every time we swipe our credit or debit cards. Or sign up for the new zero carbon footprint credit card from Aspiration.
I'll leave you with
  • an invitation to join me in a discussion with Pulitzer-nominated travel journalist Rose Horowitz in her new Women to Follow series. Subscribe to her YouTube channel so you know when our conversation goes live on Tuesday July 27th at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.
  • this link to an interview I recently did about my travel photography career and my favorite places to visit with Oh No! Not Another Live Show.
Adeus! Sayōnara! Merci for reading. I hope to see you back here in two weeks for the fourteenth edition of An Eye for Life. 💛 ✨
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Kirsten @kirstenalana

A periodic newsletter that helps you discover the work of creatives around the globe and ways you can help people + planet. Also includes notable online moments, photos, and an original short essay by Kirsten Alana.

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