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Why does travel inspire us?

There’s something intangible about being away from home that creates a sense of awe, wonder, inspiration, creativity, and joy inside us all.

The best part is, you can find that same bliss in your own backyard. How? Let’s find out …

Sunshine after a thunderstorm in Pescadero, CA

Do you love being surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty?

Trekking the globe for spectacular sunsets, sandy beaches, monumental mountains, and lush landscapes?

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The Manhattan skyline from atop Rockefeller Center

Are you an urban adventurer? 

Gazing out at soaring skylines, exploring cobblestoned cities, and channeling your inner Indiana Jones at ancient architectural sites?

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A devotee is surrounded by 12,999 monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand

For many of us, travel is about human connection.

Sharing space with loving locals and cherished travel companions, enjoying a scrumptious smorgasbord with someone special, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.

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A train goes through a tunnel in the Pingxi Line Railroad - Taiwan

Then, there’s the journey itself …

Taxis, tarmacs, trains, and transit. Getting from here to there can be quite an adventure. As Emerson said, “It’s the not the destination … it’s the journey.”

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Hi, I’m Greg Goodman

For a decade, my wife and I backpacked, volunteered, and lived around the world.

It was a transformational time of personal growth and unforgettable adventures, as I constantly catapulted myself out of my comfort zone.

Along the way, I shared our adventures on this website. My mantra was “follow your heart and success will follow you. Turns out the Universe was listening, as my Photographic Storytelling appeared in galleries, publications, and TV shows around the world.

Fast forward to today, Carrie and I have two kids and a home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Extended backpacking expeditions have been replaced by local jaunts and family outings. Yet, our travel spirit lives on.

Learn more about me

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Get Lost in Korea tells a story of exploration, photography, blogging, and friendship. Highlights include me catching and eating a live octopus, attending an exorcism, and learning zen martial arts from monks.

A Journey Awaits

Adventures of a GoodMan is the graphic novel of my life and the next chapter is still being written.

Here are 4 good places to start your journey.

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When was the last time you saw a rainbow? ...

The story of how I got this photo is one of my favorites from a decade of backpacking ...⁠

After spending an afternoon looking for a unique vantage point of the Petronas Towers, I came across a broken fountain in a park below their towering spires.⁠

Inside that fountain were beautiful metal statues of whales, dolphins, and other ocean animals — any of which would make a great compliment to the skyscrapers above.⁠

So, as my wife photographed me from a nearby bench, I kicked off my flip flops and waded through knee-high water to get right under this whale.⁠

Although every single passerby took a long look at the foreigner in the fountain, no one said anything and I was able to get one of the most special photographs of the Petronas Towers that I’ve ever seen!⁠


In addition to being the centerpiece of Entrapment the 1999 movie starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones ...⁠

From 1998 – 2004, the Petronas Towers were the world’s tallest buildings at 1,558 feet each.⁠

Although several individual buildings have since claimed the record, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers remain the world’s tallest twin buildings.⁠

I hope you’re having a treemendous day. ...

What is this woman looking at?⁠

** Wrong answers only **

This is a Puja alongside the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India.⁠

A puja is a religious ritual offered to various deities, distinguished persons or special guests. ⁠

It is meant as a sign of honor, worship and devotional attention. ⁠

Traditional acts of a puja include bowing, making offerings and chanting. ⁠

The primary locations for a puja are in the home or at a temple, though it technically can take place anywhere.⁠

While many pujas are long in length and double as religious ceremonies, the act of offering a puja can be as simple as sending a flower down the Ganges River and saying a prayer. ⁠

In my three weeks in Rishikesh, I attended and performed pujas of all shapes and sizes, including a sunset puja.⁠

These common religious ceremonies are performed every evening on ghats (steps leading down to a water source or river: often the Ganges) across India. ⁠

For roughly an hour, men stand alongside the water on platforms and use a variety of candles, incense, holy water, fire and other objects to pray. ⁠

The men chant for most of the time while holding these objects in the air and offering them to the gods in a circular motion.⁠

Have you ever experienced a puja?

𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁠

Especially when you're looking at life through a camera.⁠

The mundane becomes magnificent. ⁠

Small details become a big deal. ⁠

Local landmarks become fantastic photo opps. ⁠

A trip into the backyard inspires the same awe and wonder as an adventure abroad. ⁠

With a simple mindset shift, every day becomes an exploration.⁠

Thanks to smartphones, we can all feel the travel photography spark ... regardless of how far we are from home. ⁠

If inspiration lurks around every corner …⁠

What's inspiring YOU this week?⁠

Would love to see your favorite photo(s).⁠

Or …⁠

Perhaps you’ll join me on a 6-week online learning experience.⁠

𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬⁠
𝙇𝙚𝙩 𝙖 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙂𝙚𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤:⁠

✔️ Improve your photography⁠

✔️ Write the stories behind your favorite photos.⁠

✔️ Share your passion on social media, a website, or in a book.⁠

✔️ Bring friends and family along on your life’s journey … even if you can't be with them physically.⁠

✔️ Ignite your creative spark at home.⁠

✔️ Organize your photo archives.⁠

✔️ Stay connected in a disconnected world.⁠



Wanna learn more?⁠

Drop a YES! 👇 in that place 👇 where you write stuff 👇 and let’s talk.⁠

A Journey Awaits!

𝐎𝐌𝐆 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫! 📸✍️⁠

I’ve been dreaming about creating my Photographic Storytelling course for 15 years.⁠

Granted, online courses were not really a thing back in 2005.⁠

We were still on Friendster and AOL.⁠

But still … the idea was percolating in my head.⁠

Carrie and I were in the middle of our decade of world travel.⁠

My blog was full of words and images that shared a comprehensive narrative.⁠

» Highs.⁠
» Lows.⁠
» YES!⁠
» No⁠
» Nature.⁠
» Cities.⁠

» Small details.⁠
» Big pictures.⁠
» Transit.⁠
» Travel.⁠
» Love.⁠
» Life.⁠

A visual journal of a fish out of water who was constantly catapulted out of his comfort zone.⁠

An insider look at the realities of life as a long-term traveler.⁠

There was no business goal.⁠

I followed my heart and trusted that success would follow.⁠

And it did.⁠

Now, I’m rekindling that spark.⁠

I’m about to say YES! to a 15-year-old dream.⁠

The wait is over …⁠

The finishing touches are being applied …⁠

It’s time for …⁠

𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬⁠

𝙇𝙚𝙩 𝙖 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙂𝙚𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤:⁠

✔️ Bring friends and family along on your life’s journey … even if they can’t be by your side.⁠

✔️ Ignite your creative spark at home.⁠

✔️ Dazzle readers with whimsical wordplay and soulful storytelling⁠

✔️ Add pop and pizzaz to your photography.⁠

✔️ Create order in the chaos of your photo library.⁠

✔️ Breathe new life into old travels.⁠

✔️ Stay connected in a disconnected world.⁠

If you want to learn more about this 6-week online experience, drop a YES! 👇down there.⁠

Let’s do this together.⁠


Would the photo be better without the little airplane going over the mosque? ...

I still remember being shocked by how golden California is.

I mean, considering it’s called the Golden State, it shouldn’t have been too surprising.

But, I could not have imagined that for most of the year, the rolling green hills I had seen on TV would actually be brown and dead.

Fortunately, it’s currently the rainy season.

That means things are green for a few months.

On a recent drive through one of my favorite corridors, I stuck my phone out the car window and snapped this beauty.

This pass of highway 580 is always a highlight of any drive - both for my kids and for me.

I love watching the windmills slowly turning on the rolling hillside.

And, when it’s green, that’s just an added bonus.

To me, it feels like that old Windows 95 desktop. Remember that?

How does this photo make you feel? ...

"OMG! —— Oh. My. God! —— A BLIMP!!!!!"⁠

I still remember my glee as the blimp passed through the sky - perfectly positioning itself in between the spires of the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).⁠

Squeals of joy and excitement squeaked out of my mouth as I pressed the shutter.⁠

Even before the blimp's arrival, I was excited about the photo.⁠

Specifically, the positioning of the Hohenzollern Bridge up against the cathedral with the golden hour sun setting behind the spire.⁠

I had spent a lot of time wandering the Rhine riverside to find the spot.⁠

And then ... A BLIMP!⁠

Even now, 9 years later, I still am in awe of my luck.⁠

Thank you, blimp!⁠

Hong Kong has the coolest neon signs! ...

I had a really tough morning.

Lots of conflict with my son, Bodhi.

I could go into all the reasons.

» Stubborn.
» Angry.
» Tired.
» Yelling
» Highly emotional.
» Unreachable.
» Strong-willed.

Unable to stop, take a breath, and reset.

Yes. You guessed it.

I’m talking about both of us.

The Goodman boys on auto pilot.

Except the difference is, Bodhi is a 6-year-old child and I am a 41-year-old man.

As the adult, it is my responsibility to do what he is not yet capable of.

To regulate my own emotions.

To take a moment, reset, and respond from a heart space.

To hold space for everything Bodhi and his sister Luna are going through.

After hours of conflict, Carrie and the kids finally left for a day trip to San Francisco about an hour ago.

I have so much work to do.

So many ideas bouncing around my mind that I want to dedicate time to.

However, I when they left, I knew what my body, mind, soul, and self needed most was self-love and self-care.

So, after zoning out on the couch for about 10 minutes, I took action.

Put on my boots and went for a calming walk through the forest behind my house.

Came home and put my tush on the cush for a 10 minute meditation.

Then, I finally sat down at my desk.

That’s where I am now.

Why am I sharing all this?

It’s not for a pat on the back.

My friends, I share this because we all go there.

We all go to the dark place … whether we are parents or not.

What separates us from our children is that we have the capacity to take that moment.

Our brains are fully formed - even if they tend to run on autopilot and stale patterns.

It’s so essential to use our willpower.

To choose the path of awareness instead of the easy path of pushing the feelings away yet again.

When it feels the most difficult … thats when it’s the most essential.

How are you taking care of yourself today?

What coping strategies do you use?

Would love to hear whatever you want to share.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day. Q

Greg Goodman

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