My Travel Plans for 2016
It's a tough time of year for me. I don't particularly like winter. Actually, that's not true. I'm fine when I'm warm and active, particularly when that involves exploring stunning snow covered landscapes. But, while Melbourne is a great city in which to live, it's winters a mostly cold and grey.
Actually I love the rain and, as so much of Australia is dry, I'm usually thankful for it. But it's the perpetual grey that I find disheartening.
That's not to say we don't have lovely winter days here in Melbourne. Saturday was spectacular. The clearest of blue skies and the warmth of a winter sun dominated much of the day. I was running a formal photography class and I made a point of taking the group outside just so we could walk around and feel the sun on our faces. It was wonderful!
When I’m not on the road one thing that keeps me going during a Melbourne winter is the dream of travel. I usually find myself heading off to the Land Of Nod with thoughts of travel on my mind.
New Zealand 2015
I will be heading to the South Island of New Zealand in November. It will be my third visit and I’m looking forward to a busy and productive 2 weeks photographing all manner of beautiful landscapes.
I’m hoping to travel back to Asia in the December/January. Vietnam is one of the countries from that region I’m yet to visit. But I’m also keen to return to Myanmar, as my last trip there was back in 1999. South Korea and Japan are also on my mind. And it’s always great to finish a busy trip to Asia with a week in beautiful Ubud in Bali.
Time will likely determine my itinerary so, while New Zealand is locked in, it will be sometime before I decide whether or not I can make it back to Asia.
The Faroe Islands
What I am most looking forward to is a trip to the Faroe Islands and Norway mid 2016. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Faroe Islands here’s a few interesting facts.
- the Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway
- the islands have a population of about 47,000 people, one-third of whom live in and around the capital city, Torshavn
- the Faroe’s are comprised of 18 separate islands, 17 of which are inhabited.
- with nearly 700 miles of coastline, you are never more than 3 miles from the ocean
- on average there is some form of precipitation (e.g., rain, hail, drizzle, or snow) 280 days a year
- While the inuit have many words for snow the Faroese have ten different words for fog
I’m currently investigating spending several months in the Faroe Islands and Norway during the middle of 2016. With so many countries in reach I could always chase the sun for a week or so, if need be.
As I haven’t yet traveled to either Norway or the Faroe Islands I don’t have any photos from either of those countries to share with you here. However, I have traveled all the way around Iceland and it is a most beautiful country with an abundance of opportunities for the landscape photographer. Needless to say my mid 2016 trip will also include a return to Iceland.