Picture: A pair of Recreational Vehicle campers traveling along a desert highway, near Death Valley, California
I love to drive. But it’s quite the new reality here in the U.S., with summer fast approaching and record gas prices already here- and still climbing; $3.89 at my local station today, $0.05 higher than last Saturday. I’m getting set to do some traveling myself, and it is interesting to see how I’m trying to adapt my plans based around the rising costs. For instance, starting work on a new book project years ago, I thought nothing of taking dozens of short 4-5 day trips, clocking up the miles in true road warrior fashion. Now I find that I’m trying to get as much done as I can in fewer trips. Sometimes the thought of pouring so much cash down the fuel tank in tight economic times can be depressing. I try not to think about it, or else I use various rationalization strategies. Sometimes it works to help keep things in perspective, sometimes not so much. But I am a travel photographer, and the price of travel is part of the price for chasing my passion and talents.
I’m curious, how are you handling the current economic realities of getting out and doing what you want to be doing, like traveling somewhere to take pictures? Do you just keep on as you had been doing? Are you making fewer trips, staying closer to home? I’d love to hear some other perspectives.
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