Photography Road Trip Planning Guide

Use our Photography Road Trip Planning Guide to help you plan your next road trip.

  • Do you dream of taking long leisurely road trips, camera in hand, taking photographs along the way?
  • Do you find planning all the details to come easily? Or is that part of the trip more of a chore?

Having taken several long (as well as short) distance photography road trips, we have developed simple methods for getting out on the road with a minimum of hassle.

Here we will share with you our planning methods, and we have even provided a printable road trip checklist for you.

Planning a Road Trip

When planning a photography road trip, you will first need to determine where you think you would like to go. A road trip can be as simple as a day trip in your own locale or as complex as a couple of months on the road.

Then you can choose to do one of two things: either research your chosen areas thoroughly or decide to get in your vehicle and just go wherever the road may lead you.

Whatever you do, if you plan on taking photographs along the way, you'll definitely want to plan on getting off of the main highways at least part of the time.

We have done trips both ways and both have their advantages and disadvantages.

When planning your trip, you'll want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of photographs do you want to take?
  • What season of the year would be best to travel to your chosen destination?
  • How much time we have available for your trip?
  • How far do you want to travel? How many miles per day? How many hours do you want to spend driving?
  • Do you want to take a specific type of photograph?
  • What will your budget be?
  • Who else will be traveling with you?
  • What season of the year would be best to travel?

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Photography Road Trip Planning Guide