Put down the camera, man!

The very existence of this blog makes it pretty clear that we plan to take a lot of photos and video to document our RTW life reset. However, two separate things from this week made me realize that we need to be very mindful in how we do this.

CNN Travel Article

“Photos show theme parks before and after smartphones”

This article is about theme park expert Stefan Zwanzger (The Theme Park Guy), who has visited more than 350 theme parks in more than 150 countries since 2007. The CNN piece shares photos that Zwanzger took which show pre- and post-smartphone visitors at a theme park. The difference is pretty amazing. Pre-smartphone photos showed a lot more interaction, happiness and smiles, as compared to today where people look relatively unhappy and, in some photos, uninterested in the world around them.

Jack Johnson Concert

Before we decided to hit the life reset button, we had purchased tickets to see Jack Johnson. We could have sold those to raise additional funds…but we just couldn’t do it. Having seen the CNN article earlier in the day, I was struck by how many people at the concert who had their smartphones up for extended periods of time…taking photos, capturing video, streaming the show for friends, posting on social media, etc. There were some I observed who I suspect watched 75% of the show on the screen of their phone!

Rachel and I both experienced life pre-cell phone, not to mention pre-smartphone. We are also as guilty as everyone else who now relies on our smartphones on a day-to-day basis. Frankly, I am navigation-challenged and would be lost without it…or resorting to using the sun for navigation (no joke, I’ve had to do it). In hitting our life reset button and going on this RTW adventure, we will be armed with smartphones, an Action Cam, and a Sony RX100 camera. Lots of lenses!

We don’t want to experience this through a lens.

We are going to intentionally have lens-free days when we don’t capture video and photos. In fact, as I write this I suspect we also will have screen-free days when we stay off all electronic devices. Hitting the life reset button is about reestablishing and reevaluating things…and as I posted previously, that is starting now. With that in mind, I am going to start having some lens-free days/experiences.

  • If I walk to the beach for a sunset, do I really need to photograph it?
  • If we catch a big fish, do I really need to take a video pulling it in?
  • If we have a great meal, do we need to take a picture?

Life is about experiencing it…not documenting it. Go to a concert. Kiss your significant other. Play with your kids. Watch a sporting event. Leave the camera at home sometimes…I bet the colors look more vibrant.

Do you have any thoughts to share about hitting the life reset button? Please post below or contact us directly!


David Gould · October 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

A very good point – given that I am far older than you I can still remember the days when we did not even have a landline at home. In fact I did not answer my first telephone until I started work, I was terrified. My only tip is let the battery run flat and seek out those areas where there is no internet reception (Double Island Point) or power to recharge.

    Peter · October 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm


    Your idea of finding a completely unplugged location is a great one! I suspect it would take us several days to get used to it; being connected 24/7 has become the norm to the point that it is easy to forget that we don’t need it 100% of the time.


Lifejourney4two · April 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Love what you are doing! We sold all our belongings and quit our professional jobs to set off travelling the world! We aim to travel for as long as we can or want to! We are just finishing up a year in a campervan around Europe and about to try some house sitting!
Enjoy your adventure and looking forward to reading all about it!
We too have days where we just chill – no phones or photos!😘

    Peter & Rachel · April 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Hey guys! It’s great to meet another like-minded couple! We will be sure to check out your blog, as well. Perhaps we can connect on the road one day!

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