Candace Rose Rardon Experiences the World in Watercolor

Experts agree that tourism is one of the most directly affected sectors due to the pandemic, with global tourism hit hard throughout 2020 and beyond. But being the optimists that we are, we try looking for a silver lining.

And if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to make the most of every single moment, and not take for granted the freedoms that we still have.

Until international travel is again permitted—and safe—we’ve found ourselves a temporary residence: Candace Rose Rardon’s Instagram page.

A travel writer and sketch artist, Rardon describes herself as an unofficial cultural anthropologist, inspired by the many cultures she visits around the world (at least when traveling is possible).

But unlike other travel influencers, Rardon chooses a unique medium through which she documents her travels: illustrating. Traveling with a sketchbook and a set of watercolors, she brings to life the places and people she meets along the way.

“At the beginning, I pursued my passion for world cultures through writing,” she explains on her website. “I earned my Master’s in Travel Writing with distinction from London’s Kingston University, before writing for a variety of publications.”

Originally from the state of Virginia, Rardon has spent more than a decade traveling and living abroad, in cultures like India, New Zealand, and Uruguay. “Travel can change us, send us off in new directions,” she stresses. “And—sometimes when we least expect it—help us feel at home.”