(Beimen salt pan, Tainan, Taiwan)
I love my job of storytelling, and I especially love what I get to do these days - travel feature stories. But I have a confession to make. I really don't know much about travel. Because of work, I have pictures from all over Taiwan and occasionally other countries, but honestly I have yet to feel like a traveler. What I do feel like is an information center. People come asking me for ideas of where to go and what to do.
Perhaps the problem is, when I am on location filming feature stories, I'm generally quite stressed out. Surprised? In addition to dealing with the usual bag of problems that come up, making sure we have enough to shoot, figuring out how to things come to life on camera, talking to our guide, talking to the locals, remembering to get in front of the camera to say interesting things or make transitions, etc etc etc, I am also greedy and try to take pictures. Not to mention our work hours are often well over 12 hours a day when we're in filming and post-production for these stories. Of course what we show in the story is how a normal person would enjoy themselves while they're there. See? I even have to get in front of the camera and act "normal." So how do I enjoy traveling when I am doing all of that? I haven't figured it out yet. The beautiful sights, wonderful people and interesting things end up in my mind to be all but a faint memory overshadowed by fatigue and stress.
Sometimes I find myself looking at the most amazing sight but worrying about the next itinerary. I feel like such a phony traveler.
Maybe when I get better at my job and I can do it with my eyes half closed, I'll be able to "travel" and work at the same time. Wanting to go home when I'm looking at something beautiful is just not right.
So in an effort to make myself more efficient at hosting, reporting, writing and field producing these features, I started watching travel shows...last week. This means I still have a long way to go, but I think it is a good start. And it was also really good to realize that my job has gone from mostly daily reporting to mostly travel feature reporting, while still anchoring Saturday morning news. I should learn to enjoy this before it is over.
(Chihkan Tower, Tainan, Taiwan)