Travel Tips: Foot Equity

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I consider myself an expert in only one thing, traveling. I've been doing it for so long; logged so many hours of foot travel, train travel, plane travel; seen so many places. It's one thing I'm really really good at. And obviously something I love to do and then scrapbook about later!

So I've decided to start a monthly Travel Tips post here on the blog.

I've been pushing myself to get creative and synthesize some of the commonalities across my trips and that's where the idea for this layout came from.

So much of my traveling has been done on foot. I started thinking about this idea of foot equity. How we can only take so many steps in a day until we're too tired or sore to take another one and it still be enjoyable. As you're traveling, you have to be choosy about what you see and also more practically which shoes to wear.

Personally, I'd opt not to walk around a museum. I'd rather walk around the city I'm visiting, see the sights & the local architecture and of course people watch. You only have so many steps in you before you reach the point when your feet (and back!) are all you're thinking about. And the experience ceases to be enjoyable. I've hit that point many times. And that's the signal to find the nearest bar or restaurant and relax for awhile.

For this page, I used the Studio Calico's Style Guide Central High add-on. ('s still available so you might want to check it out!) I love the bright colors and the great mix of patterns. 

I wanted to create an angle and do something with triangles, since the kit came with some great stamps. I've seen a few pages lately, that have this kind of put together pattern, so I took a stab at it.

The September Layout a Week (LOAW) was also a jumping off point for the page. I used Prompt #2 and included some metal and heat embossed the triangles and the pink hexagon.

I went looking for pictures of my feet to feature on this page about foot equity. I don't take them often or on every trip. But I'm happy I've taken these few.

The top photo is of me and the boys in Prague. I loved that grate. It was so perfectly Czech I had to snap the shot.

The middle is of my and Kori's hiking shoes. Yeah, we were completely underdressed. Those are the shoes we wore on a hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

The bottom is a recent one I took with Sarah & Andy at Enoshima in Japan. I loved the bright yellow paint!

Journaling Reads: "The most important thing I can tell you about traveling, is that you must wear comfortable shoes. Believe me, I have suffered the consequences. Nearly all of my traveling has been done on foot, exploring the nooks and crannies of various cities across the world. Your back will hurt, your feet may ache and any seat will be a haven. Despite all that, I can promise you this. Every step in the wrong direction will become an adventure. Every blister, soon forgotten. Worthy is the explorer, who's feet bear the marks of travel."

cheers & besos,


  1. Lovely page! The details and colors are perfection! Thanks for linking up with :)

  2. I agree! Even flip flops and flats start to burn after a whole day of pounding the pavements! I like to take pics of my feet too when I'm travelling!