about me


Please visit my photo gallery here:  www.wunderscapesphoto.com

Contact me here:  wunderscapestravel@gmail.com

Landscape Architect  |  Avid Traveler  |  Amateur Photographer  |  Former AuPair

Hi, my name is Michael Domanski, and I hope to inspire.  I hope to show and convince you through my photos and words that traveling is one of the most worthwhile experiences and investments you can undertake in your life.  I hope to reach people of all ages and at all stages of life, whether they be considering to study abroad in college as a young student, or contemplating retirement as a mature adult.  I hope to sway the person who has the opportunity for a year off, or the person who only has a long weekend.  Traveling can come in many forms, durations, and distances, but all are worthwhile in their own ways.

From my first time abroad as student in Prague, to my year as an au pair in Germany, I’ve been fortunate to see and experience more than most people will in a lifetime.  While currently a full-time Landscape Architect in Raleigh, North Carolina, I still make a point to leave my surroundings several times a year to continue to meet new people and see new things.  I hope that my photos and accounts of my experiences appeal to you, and that you consider traveling an important part of your life as I do.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for advice, questions, or for general travel discussion!

14 responses to “about me

  1. Hi,

    I am also a 23 year old graduate and I am looking into either becoming an au pair with a host family or joining a host family and teaching them English. I was wondering if you found this au pair position on your own or if you used a specific program to do so? Also, how much would you recommend to have saved up before doing it? I would really appreciate some insight and advice. Enormous props to you for having the courage to take a risk and do it.

    Thank you,


  2. Hey, great to hear! I found the job myself using http://www.greataupair.com . There are a few websites out there and agencies as well, but I found this site very trustworthy and am very happy with my family. You can be a member on the site for free, but joining allows you access to all the families and a greater chance of finding the job you want. As for saving up, it all depends on how much traveling you want to do and what you will get paid when you work. The job pay definitely varies, sometimes families will buy your plane ticket, visa, etc etc. I could tell you a million things about it and give you a lot of advice as you go through the process, so feel free to contact me for more information on here or facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikedwake05 . Glad you are thinking about doing this, it’s a great opportunity to travel and get paid doing it!

  3. What sort of camera are you using for your photos they are very nice, you have a good eye for composition.

  4. It is amazing what some people achieve with small cameras like the j1. Very impressing. I was about to ask about your camera when I saw you already answered that question. Hannover is a great city by the way. Are you back in the United States now? Def. going to follow your blog and looking forward to many more awesome pictures and adventures!

    • Thanks for the follow! And no, I’m only halfway through my stay in Hannover and have many pictures that I have not yet uploaded (I am 2 months behind on places I have been!). Be on the lookout for more to come!

      • so this year I decided to go to Croatia and see Krka National Park. Your post inspired me to do so!!! 😀 I was wondering if you could provide me with any useful information like how much time does it take to see it (half a day fine?) Also can I get there with a car? Greetings!

      • great! that’s so cool to hear. When I went, it was pretty much a full day process of getting there from split, and then taking the ferry to the park (you park in a small town then there is about a 20 minute ferry ride). I wouldn’t rush it, because you also can swim in the water and enjoy that. But I’d say you could see it all at a reasonable pace in about 2 hours. It just depends how long you want to stay.

    • yeah it took a bit of courage (and maybe some foolishness) to pass up on a career right out of college, but hopefully I’ll have time to catch up on all that after I’m done with this opportunity of a lifetime!

  5. Hi! Your pictures are incredible! I am so jealous of the incredible experiences you are having.

    I am a 22-year-old graphic design student, and for my senior project I’m creating a coffee table book with some of my images from my own travels in Europe. However, I don’t have enough and am searching for additional resources. I was wondering if there was any way for me to acquire the rights to use some of your images. I would be more than happy to credit you.

    Please let me know! Thank you!

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