In a globalizing world, with a career of international service, a family scattered in the far corners of the earth, and the Bahá'í Faith providing a global perspective and commitment, travelling is inevitable, and I have spent much of my life in airplanes and airports, trains (in Europe), and other less conventional forms of transport like dugout canoes. I must balance the severe impact of this aspect of my ecological footprint against the services I can render, and have for many years not taken travelling vacations for my own pleasure. In any case, a chance to stay at home for a while is a real vacation, and my chalet gives me a place for a change of pace. I only drive when there are no reasonable alternative forms of public transport, or more than I can carry.
In the early years, I took hundreds of photos on my trips as a way of recording them, and some day I may scan the best for this site (see 1960s below). Then I stopped carrying a camera at all because it got in the way of more important things, and I try to travel with as little as possible.
With digital photography, and the Internet as a way of sharing pictures, it is now easy to record many of my trips illustrated in the photo albums below in chronological order by year, except for the album on my home country, Switzerland.
Trips to Lisbon for the ebbf-Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference; to Toledo while attending a meeting in Madrid;
Romania for the Bahá'í Summer School; Acuto, Italy for an ebbf retreat.
Trips to the Justice Conference in the Netherlands; the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference in Lisbon;
the Stockholm+50 International Meeting and 26th International Environment Forum annual conference;
the UN Ocean 22 Conference in Lisbon; the Danish Bahá'í Summer School; a family reunion in Mexico;
the ebbf retreat at Acuto, Italy, the ECPD Youth Forum in Belgrade;
and an intensive ten days of lectures in India for the Global Governance Forum.
With the continuing pandemic, I only travelled to Acuto, Italy, for an ebbf retreat, and to Stockholm for a New Shape Forum.
A research meeting in Bristol, UK; another in the Netherlands;
an advisory group meeting in Madrid with an excursion to Segovia;
then travel shut-down with the pandemic.
Porto, Portugal; some events in Geneva including climate marches; IEF conference in New Zealand;
Justice Conference in the Netherlands; Baha'i teaching trips through Scotland and Malta
Baha'i summer schools in Belgium and France; Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia
Netherlands Justice Conference 2018; Hawai'i for conference on Humans and Island Environments;
Quebec and Czech Republic for family visits; Bonn for Talanoa Dialogue; Stockholm for the New Shape Forum
France for Triglav Circle; New York for UN High Level Political Forum; several visits to France; Athens; Hamburg
Netherlands Justice/IEF Conference; March for Science in Geneva; ebbf event near Geneva; Basel and Mark Tobey show;
Italy (Pontedera and Venice); France: Nievre department for Triglav Circle, Puy de Fou park, and Paris, including the Louvre
Italy; AIESEC Presidents Meeting in Morocco; Justice Conference in the Netherlands;
UNEP writers' sprint in Arendal, Norway; ebbf spring event in Milan; Vision Gulf Business Conference in Kuwait;
French Baha'i Summer School in Angers; Czech Republic; IEF conference in Bolivia; Baha'i temple dedication in Chile
France: Baha'i Winter Camp at La Chapelle d'Abondance; and PERL/IEF conference in Paris;
Paris again for International Resource Panel meeting; my Mother-in-Law's funeral in Brittany;
week on spirituality and nature in Bourg-en-Bresse; French Baha'i Summer School near Angers;
The Justice Conference in the Netherlands; Baha'i Shrines and gardens in Haifa, Israel; German Baha'i Summer School at Tambach;
ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Lisbon and fall event in Barcelona;
UNEP Workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan; UNEP "book sprint" in Nairobi, Kenya; meetings in Belgrade, Brussels and Vienna;
UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France; Shanghai for a research meeting; Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Leysan
The Netherlands; India; Ireland; France: Baha'i Spring Camp; ebbf events in England and Spain
Meetings in Shanghai, China; Mantua, Italy; Belgrade, Serbia
California; Quebec, Canada, including Quebec Baha'i Summer School
Switzerland: biodynamic farm and Triglav Circle meeting; Peace seminar in Walenstadt; Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln
France: the Bahá'í Winter Camp in the Alps, Marseilles, Montpellier, Paris, Reims
Bulgaria, England, Germany, Serbia, Denmark
IEF/ebbf conference in Barcelona; Quebec and its Baha'i Summer School
Monterey Peninsula and Yosemite in California
Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln
France, snowshoeing in the Alps, a visit to the Riviera, and the Bahá'í Summer School; rural life in India; London meetings; Brazil for Rio+20;
California, including the High Sierra; Quebec, and Quebec Bahá'í Summer School; conferences in Portugal, Serbia and Azerbaijan;
Samoa for my brother's funeral; Swiss Winter School
France, including Stanford-in-France III 50th reunion; Quebec; California; Germany; Portugal; Montenegro; Budapest; Netherlands
Of special interest: Gorge of the Devil's Bridge and Budapest museum visited by 'Abdu'l-Bahá
England; Copenhagen; Delft; France; Bornholm (Denmark); Bulgaria; Washington, DC; Quebec; Croatia; Malaga, Spain
Of special interest: Wedding of Sylvia Karlsson and Onno Vinkhuyzen
Windsor Castle celebration of religious action plans for climate change
Estonia; Quebec; Portugal; Italy; Montenegro
Bulgaria; Canada; France; New Caledonia; dePoort, Netherlands
Of special interest: Queen Marie's summer palace in Balchik, Bulgaria
Monastery at Ganagobie, France
Italy/Netherlands; Bulgaria/Macedonia; Oxford, UK
Acuto, Italy; Carmel, California; Cyprus; Monaco; Quebec; Sweden; Taiwan
Geneva; Grindelwald; Walensee; Caux; Joux; Einsiedeln
Of special interest: Palais des Nations, Chateau de Bossey