I've got two days off near Memorial Day weekend giving me a 5 day weekend. I have a $350 travel voucher on Continental Airlines that I'd like to use for a photography trip. My choices so far are Anchorage or New York City (EWR or LGA). Where should I go?
Pros: (1) Very scenic. I'm hoping it would be the best photography I've gotten so far. (2) Would get to beef up my collection of cargo aircraft. (3) Could do a day trip to Fairbanks for additional photography. (4) Sun is up early and sets late. (5) Would be able to get some photography that stands out from the "usual" stuff you find in the U.S. (6) Always the possibility to shoot something rare.
Cons: (1) Hotel rooms are very expensive. The best I can find right now is a Hampton Inn for $130 a night. (2) Would burn two days just traveling. It would take all day to get there via DEN-PHX-SEA-ANC and another day to get back leaving on a red-eye on the reverse route back for the best fare. (3) May not be a lot of variety. (4) I'm very unfamiliar with the area and don't know anyone there. (5) I don't know what the security/hassle situation will be in May. (6) Airfare is at least $100 over what my voucher is good for. And that's for a weird routing. With one connection the fare would be over what I can spend.
New York City
Pros: (1) Lots of variety. (2) I can take CO 777/764/762 flights to EWR. I always love checking aircraft off my lists. (3) Probably much cheaper for a room and rental car. (4) Doesn't take 2 days just for travel. (5) I'll finally shoot somewhere on the east coast instead of the left coast all the time. (6) There's a slight chance I can shoot something rare. (7) My voucher would cover the full airfare.
Cons: (1) I'm very unfamiliar with the area and don't know anyone there. (2) I don't know what the security/hassle situation will be in May. (3) I don't know if late May is good for photos. It could be the worst time of the year for all I know.
Anything else I need to consider?? Thanks in advance for the comments...