I don’t know about you, but for the team at ROAM January is a time that plans for the year’s trips start to form. Now they are just a seed planted somewhere not too deep in our minds, but by March they will have begun to sprout, growing and flourishing until they reach their full bloom in the summertime. Anna, in fact, is already on a trip in Hong Kong and the Philippines, exploring, photographing and gathering content for upcoming posts. Both of us have a heap of plans and dreams for the year ahead, and we’ve been inspired by a lot of things we’ve seen online this month. As a result, this month’s ROAM Loves will feature travel inspiration from around the globe, from bike-packing in the freezing arctic to a trip around Cuba.
Certainly one of the most beautiful and inspiring collections of 35mm photographs I’ve come across, making me want to shoot more film and shoot it better. Nicole Mason is a wedding photographer and Instagrammer based in Portland, Oregon, with an eye for capturing lifestyle photographs, landscapes and portraits with muted tones and unique angles. Above all, her photography is natural and real. In this collection, Nicole documents a trip from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles, California along with flying to Fiji and New Zealand.
In this blog post, Michelle of Live Like It’s The Weekend curates a detailed seven-day itinerary to Cuba, taking you from rooftop bars in the retro and rustic Havana, to salsa lessons in colonial Trinidad, to lunch with a view surrounded by the natural beauty of Viñales. Michelle’s guide is extensive and varied, featuring culture and history along with a touch of luxury and leisure. If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, look no further!
Ben Page of Another Horizon has spent the last two years cycling around the world. Or rather, if cycling around the world already wasn’t hard enough, Ben is bike-packing in some of the most extreme and isolated corners of the planet. This video – filmed and edited by Ben while on his journey – highlights the most epic lows and euphoric highs of a journey as extreme, challenging and breathtaking as his. Ben is currently cycling through Africa, heading towards Europe before returning home to the UK. I would highly recommend following his journey on both Instagram and Facebook!
In this blog post, Katie of The Travelling Light discusses the idea of choosing courage over comfort. But why? Katie discusses one such time when she chose to live in France for a summer rather than spend that time on holiday with friends. Yes it was hard, and yes at times she was miserable, but ultimately what she gained from that experience is so much more memorable and significant than what she would have gained from staying in her comfort zone. And as a result, a whole new batch of dreams you never thought possible become fulfillable.
“When you leave behind all the things in your familiar world, you let those things go and create room for new things. What flows in are all the people, places, activities, situations you always dreamed of but never thought possible. They weren’t dreams though they were premonitions.”
Photographer, director and music producer, Reuben Wu, is interviewed by The Adventure Handbook in this article, discussing the concept of photography as fiction;
“Photography is a fiction. It’s a frame of a film which hasn’t been made, or a line from a forgotten poem. I always create in camera as much as possible, because it is also about the experience of what is in front of you at the time. The tools you use to portray your vision don’t really matter but I’m not afraid to intertwine techniques of the physical with digital tools as long as the intended picture is made successfully.”
Reuben also talks about his use of light and old, expired film in his own photography to create an otherworldly and often melancholic style. Check out Reuben’s unique photography on Instagram.
Amanda Sandlin is one of my favourite Instagrammers, creatives and adventurous women. She writes about what is meaningful and, more importantly, she writes the truth. This is a short yet poignant poem written while camping in the dessert.
“Wonder is here, or near, and strung together
by the knowing that it never stays
It fleets — the cold, the tears, the arid love.
I eventually fall back asleep.”
Let us know what you have been loving this month in the comments below! Got something you think we’d be interested in featuring? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athena Mellor is a writer, linguist and co-founder of ROAM Magazine. Her passion for travel lies in that which keeps you on the move – hiking, cycle-touring, road-tripping. After graduating from University College London with a degree in Modern Languages, Athena decided to spend 4 months solo cycle-touring around parts of the USA and New Zealand, before returning to the USA to explore more of California, Oregon and Washington. She shoots on a Pentax MX 35mm film camera and is constantly trying to learn new languages on her travels, also working as a freelance translator. She is based in Yorkshire, England.