Information for Joshua Tree National Park Photo Workshop
December 3-7, 2017, Sunday noon through Thursday at 2:00
Cost: $1,280 w/ discounts available
We accept cash and credit card payments through PayPal. Please e-mail a copy of your completed Application pages, so we can coordinate it with your payment/acceptance.
We highly recommend trip insurance that includes travel health insurance, especially for overseas trips. You don't want to be cut off if you get sick before or during a trip and find that you have no recource or support.
Click here for a link to a page we have written specifically on travel insurance.
You will want to make sure that the company you select is a BBB Accreduted business with an A+ rating. Links for this are here.
Our travel agent and we have used Travelex for years, but that is not to say that there are not other reputable companies that you may prefer.
If you do decide to use Travelex, please mention that you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures and give them code BCPA 27-6058.
In order to take advantage of our discounted rate of (to be updated — 2016 rates were $104/night + $11.46 tax) and get one of our blocked rooms, you will need to book through Paula Jaye at 978-372-0226 (complete contact information below under "Travel Agent") and tell her you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.
In cases such as this workshop location, the room rate actually includes our daily imaging room. Normally, that room incurs a hefty fee. So unless you are local, please join the rest of your fellow participants. Otherwise, expect to pay a surcharge of up to $75. This obviously will cost a lot more than a few dollars saved with Expedia or other booking sites. Besides, it is more fun and more practical for carpooling if we all stay in the same location.
Our block of rooms will be released
around October 15, again, to be updated, so be sure to make your reservations right away. You are never charged for your rooms until much later, usually not until you actually check in.
If you miss out on the above, ask Paula what she can find for you or try TripAdvisor for other choices. Stay longer and return to some of your favorite workshop locations or explore others with your honed skills.
The nearest major Airport is
Los Angeles International (LAX), a tad under 3 hours away; John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana (Orange County), CA, a bit over 2-1/2 hours away, and
in Las Vegas, NV (LAS), a hair under 3-3/4 hours away.
Navigating the maze of overseas flights can be daunting, totally frustrating, and time consuming as we all search for the best fare. We have two travel agents that we can highly recommend — Cheryl Darwell or her associate Sharon Erickson at Cheryl-CruisePlanners.com in West End, NC. They are both also American Express agents. They are both well traveled and are very savvy in so much more than just cruises. They have access to resources unavailable to us mere mortals and can often find fares that are below the ones on the Internet.
With domestic fares, she does need to charge a fee, but for many, it is well worth it. Call Paula at 978-372-0226 on the east coast or e-mail her. It is not our custom to recommend outside travel resources, so this lets you know how highly we regard Paula.
So, particularly for help with international air, train, and travel-related questions, call Cheryl or Sharon at at 877-693-4535 (East Coast) or e-mail them as noted above.
Please note that in cases where we negotiate special rates with our hotels, you must either book through our travel agent, or use our links and make your reservations yourself. This information is noted for each workshop under Accommodations above.
Flying with Photo Equipment
It is always good to check with your airline before traveling to make sure you are complying with their current rules. Alas, TSA no longer has guidelines and passes consumers along to their airline of choice. Be prepared to do some deep digging.
We NEVER check our camera gear; nor do we ever check our laptops. The airlines will not cover these, and even if they did, you would be up a creek without those items. Common sense dictates that you allow plenty of extra time should TSA ask you to empty your bag and sift through each item one by one.
You may also want to select your airline based on its willingness to work with photographers...
Remember, you may have to check your bag plane-side before boarding smaller aircraft. We have done this numerous times over the decades without any problems ... knock on wood!
If you are a member of a photo association, carry your membership card. It may help
you, but that is not a guarantee.
Finally, too many people bring too much gear. The less you worry about your gear, the more you will see what is around you.