I would like to think we all realize that sacrifices are a part of life. However, all too often they are seen in a negative way –  as missed opportunities, as causing hardships or per the ‘dictionary’ they are noted as offerings to god in the form of killing animals or people. Needless to say I’m certainly not killing anyone, or anything, I am talking about a slightly different type of sacrifice.

Due to recent events I am trying to recognize sacrifices as opportunities that can illuminate new paths in life and in our way of thinking & learning. Some sacrifices I have made in the last few days are obvious, I won’t be seeing my family, friends or loved ones, there is no paycheck in my near future and I am giving up almost all of the creature comforts I have basked in over the entirety of my life thus far. I also made some last minute sacrifices that will change the course of the trip in terms of my photography. Due to the problems I have been having with my back ( yes, i know, I am an old man) there was a desperate and dire need to cut some weight, and by ‘some’ I mean as much as possible, out of my pack. So I ditched the tripod (3.1 lbs) and my beloved 24-70mm lens (2 lbs) as well as an external hard drive and a few other useful but not necessary items which in total added up to another pound of weight that I will do without. For anyone who has backpacked, hiked, or traveled in general it is easy to understand how much of a difference six pounds can make. This leaves me with only the essentials: a camera body and a 50mm lens. While this does potentially cut out many photo opportunities, I am excited for the challenges ahead, the struggles to follow and all the good times to come.

Tripod? No way jose

If this motley crew can live without a tripod, so can I. Rambutri Alley, Bangkok.

I have been asked as few times about the beauty of Bangkok, and although I have not been here for long it is easy to see that part of the beauty lies the the ingenuity of the Thai people, they make they make the most with what they have and they always do it with a smile. So take a page out of their book – smile more and make the most of what you have.
I am proposing a serious challenge for anyone and everyone reading this: What can you sacrifice or give up in your life that may be a catalyst for new creativity, or enable you to learn something new about yourself, about the world, or about others around you?
I want comments below, really. Or if its personal email me @ because I do want to hear about it! =)


  1. Kevin · March 30, 2014

    This was a great read and a pretty inspiring article. There’s always thing’s we can do to better ourselves but as you said, it comes down to making sacrifices. Sadly, more often than not, we’ll settle for less and live complacently. I’m still in school and don’t have much money but I’m planning to backpack through Europe for a month this summer to go out and experience life as it’s lived in other parts of the world. Best of luck to you on your journey and keep reaching for the horizon.


  2. VinnyMo · April 1, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and comment, Kev! Lets talk more about your trip to Europe when you are ready, I would love to help you prepare for it and get some plans together!

  3. Michael Silvano · April 1, 2014


    I’m glad you have your site up and running. I’m looking forward to reading up on your travels and checking out your photos. You have definitely got me thinking about buying a one way ticket sometime in the foreseeable future.

    Safe travels,


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