“This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”
— Henry David Thoreau
When traveling, there’s no better way to experience a new city than to explore it on foot. It’s one thing to go on a guided tour but to walk around aimlessly, with no real destination or purpose in mind, is the most immersive. You can really feel a city’s soul that way.
When we were in Turkey late last year, one of my fondest memories was from walking around Istanbul on our first day. We didn’t have anything planned so we just roamed the back alleys of Sultanahmet, soaking it all in. Without an agenda or a schedule to keep, I became more mindful of my surroundings. I remember being struck by every wooden door we passed, every trellis, every cobblestone. It was a magical feeling.
I enjoy walking, which is probably why this video has resonated so much with me.
Created by Jacob Laukaitis, a camera does its best to keep up with him as he takes a spirited walk through Venice. What makes it so engaging is that he’s almost always in frame. We see him darting through alleyways and traversing canals, jumping over railings, even feeding a pigeon. And much like many of us would, he stops to give change to a street performer, all in the effort to make you feel like you were right there exploring this iconic city with him. Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, this video is the work of someone who’s clearly become enamored with Venice, and it shows.
Neither Ren nor I have ever been to Venice but it’s on our list. It may have climbed up a couple of notches after watching this. If this video didn’t make you want to go there right this minute, then you probably don’t have a pulse.
Jacob Laukaitis | Digital Nomad
Jacob has been traveling for 9-10 months a year for the past three years. In that time, he has visited over 35 countries worldwide. He currently spends most of his time in Asia while working remotely and making YouTube videos. His most recent trips have been partially sponsored by Travel Ticker, for which he is abundantly grateful.
JB and Renée are the Traveleaters behind Will Fly for Food, a travel blog for the gastronomically inclined. They enjoy experiencing food from different cultures so they’ve made it their mission to try every country’s national dish. Read more about them and their National Dish Quest here.