1)Yes - Many times. Even drove 2hrs each way to PHL in heavy rain to take pics View Large View Medium
Photo © Rafal Szczypek
2)Yes - Drove to PHL leaving my house 3am just to get UPS heavies.
3)Yes - I went to MIA in March this year for 3 days just to take pics. In January I went to ZRH for pictures.
4)Yes - Many times I took flight out of DC area just to try new airline or aircraft. US DCA-BOS-DCA F-100, USS DCA-LGA-DCA A319/320, USS DCA-LGA-DCA B727, DLS DCA-LGA-DCA 727, DCA-EWR-DCA CO MD82/DC-9-30, DCA-EWR-DCA CO B738/B735, DCA-JFK-DCA TWE J41, DCA-CVG-DCA to try MD-88, USS B733 DCA-BOS-DCA, US DCA-BOS-DCA B732/B734.
I took all those flights without a reason. Just to try new aircraft. All trips same day return.
Rafal - happy spotter