So, I made a HUGE error that I vowed to never make again – because let’s face it, I’m human and I’ve done it before. And I did it consciously. As I look through my images of this extraordinary day, I will forever remember and regret that error. I am so sorry, but I will share my photos anyway. Maybe others can avoid making this mistake in the future.

Now I know I am by no means the most influential travel blogger of all time. I get it. I would love to be regarded as one, but I don’t have that kind of time. Seriously, the amount of energy and daylight that goes into a blog…woah. But I do take pride in the photos I shoot and share. Keep in mind that in order to post so many and give readers a broad idea of the places I visit (and they too can visit), I have to shrink my shots…like A LOT. So you see a sub-par version. Trust, the originals are mind-blowing ;).

Because of the pride I have of the photos I take, last summer I once again upgraded my DSLR. I spent way too much $$ for not being a paid photographer. I’m going to have to sell many many hundreds from my Etsy shop to come close to recovering from that dip in my bank account…

Anyway, by now you’re either on the edge of your seat waiting to read about the mistake I made or you already know because, you too have left your camera behind on one of your amazing adventures. AHHH! So frustrating. I brought my iPhone 5s and GoPro Hero 3+ but I figured that it would be the best bet to leave the precious Nikon safe and sound on the ship as I snorkeled, hiked, boated, relaxed, and ate my way around Thailand’s Ang Thong Marine National Park. Sure, my Nikon was safe alright.

In the end I am thankful that my baby was not damaged from the blaring hot sun, salty sea water, or oppressing humidity. And I am sure virtually all photographers would pat my back for making the responsible decision to prolong the life of blah blah blah! I am not a studio photographer protected by the elements! I am a travel photographer and blogger. My camera is meant to have dents, scratches, and scuffs. But most of all, my camera is meant to capture stories. So shame on me. I sincerely hope I don’t have to admit to that embarrassing mistake again, but like I said, I’m human so I probably will… If these powerful DSLRs cameras could be made to weigh lighter and be weather proof, oh man would I be set!

Regardless of my foolish error, please enjoy photos of my adventure- it’s STUNNING there!




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