2012 Travel Preview – Oregon, Ireland and…Iceland?

| January 6, 2012

Photo courtesy of John Dunne Photography - County Wicklow, Ireland. Please Click to visit John's site

Well here we are. Another year and another year of travel! In typical fashion, I thought I would provide a quick preview of my upcoming trips. Have I mentioned before that I love having something on the calendar to look forward to?

My big trip this year with Donna will be to Ireland for two weeks. By the way, if you have any suggestions for us, please comment below – we would love to hear about your experiences! We are booked to go at the end of August, flying in and out of Dublin. Already booked you say? You bet. I like to book as early as possible to take advantage of cheap frequent flyer tickets!

I just checked and these tickets would have cost us $1384 each, or a whopping $2768 for both of us! Fortunately, I was able to book two tickets for 130,000 United miles and $240 in taxes! I can’t stress enough the value of a miles reward credit card. To Europe alone, I have booked 12 “free” tickets since 2007. I am very disciplined about tracking all credit card charges in Quicken and netting those monthly charges against my checking account. This way, I am always sure that I can pay the card off every month to avoid interest charges. I also use Quicken to set savings goals that allow me to save all year to pay for the trip. That way, when we go, we don’t worry at all about what we are spending on the trip. It is already in the bank!

So, everything we can gets charged to the card. Car insurance, utilities, groceries, fuel, you name it. It all adds up to free trips! I do get the benefit of additional miles for work related travel but the card really helps boost the account for our free tickets to Europe. I posted before that Europe for us tends to run about $3500 per week. I am sure glad I don’t have to pay $3,000 more to get there!

My only motive in providing this level of information is to inspire you to travel. I meet so many people that seem to like the idea of travel but never go! Travel has enriched my life immeasurably. It is a true blessing to be able to experience the different cultures of the world and I find it incredibly inspiring to my creative pursuits.

Oregon's Klamath Falls Wildlife Refuge

Ireland is not the only plan for 2012. On a smaller scale, I am heading to Oregon at the end of January to take pictures of Bald Eagles at the Klamath Falls Wildlife Refuge. I will also make my way up the Oregon coast to scout locations and head over the the Mount Hood area to make mountainous landscape photographs.

Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park. What will it look like this winter?

Next, Donna and I bought each other snow shoes for Christmas. Yep, you guessed it, we are going snow shoeing! Our first snow shoeing trip is planned for a weekend in February in Rocky Mountain National Park. I plan to snow shoe up to one of the many beautiful lakes and make some wintery alpine lakefront photographs.

Icelandic Turf Houses - Source: Wikipedia

I am not sure if time will permit but I would like to try and make it up to Iceland for four days. We now have direct flights on Iceland Air from Denver to Iceland, making it very convenient to get there. I have become enamored with photographs of Iceland lately and would like to see the country first hand.

Well that is it for now. Other trips are also in the works but the details need to be nailed down. Next week I am heading to New York for business and will take the camera in case something catches my fancy. I hope you have a great weekend!

P.S. Please take the time to look at John Dunne’s photographs of Ireland at http://www.johndunnephotography.com/. John is a gifted photographer and his images, in part, inspired me to book my trip to his beautiful country!

 

Category: Photography, Travel

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  1. LeavesOfCrimson says:

    Lucky you two!! Beautiful photos, Lee! Can’t wait to see more from your trips.

  2. Clyde Stevens says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots. Colors are amazing. Nice!

  3. A.Barlow says:

    That’s awesome man.