Terry Grant here. I love to travel and I carry a sketchbook with me when I do. I also have my handy camera and take a lot of photos. Finding the time for drawing in my sketchbook is harder when I am traveling with other people and we are on the go, but when I have taken the time it has paid off. My memories of the places I have stopped to draw are so much richer and more detailed than even those sparked by photos.
On another trip to Ecuador (my daughter lived there for 6 years...) we took a day trip up the side of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. My daughter had climbed it the year before and wanted us to experience part of her adventure. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for me I had such an extreme reaction to the high altitude that the guide made me stay with the van in the parking lot while the rest of the party climbed to the base camp. Once the nausea subsided I was glad I had my sketchbook in my pack.
While I love traveling with my husband and family, some day I would like to take a trip all by myself so that I can stop and sketch wherever and whenever I want! It is such a wonderful way to truly absorb your surroundings and feel the rhythm and essence of a place. It doesn't have to be a tourist attraction or an exotic location. The everyday details are the heart of a place. A beautiful, sunny summer day in Boise, Idaho, enjoying a cold Starbucks, is also a joy to remember.
I wish you all happy journeys—don't forget your sketchbook!