I mentioned last night I'm heading for China ... I take off in a few hours. From there, in about a month, I'll go to Europe, but that's about all I know for sure so far. I'm going to see where the photo opportunities lead me.
Here is a photo from a trip earlier this year -- I stopped in Turkey on the way to Italy and got to see the Hagia Sophia in person. The Hagia Sophia is on some of the 7 Wonders of the World lists (there are many lists). It is truly stunning. They do not allow tripods inside, so I had to improvise to get this shot. I don't believe I violated any religious doctrine with my method. Throughout history this basilica has been used as both a Catholic church and a Mosque. It's near 1700 years old, so it's seen a lot of changes over the years!
I've actually spent the last two days de-packing for this trip. Usually I go somewhere for a week or two. This time I'm thinking more like 2 months. Instead of bringing a huge suitcase, I've got one carry-on and one backpack. I've got more camera gear than clothes. I even removed everything from my wallet except a credit card and ID because I didn't want extra junk weighing me down... Don't need my library card if it doesn't work outside the US :-) I actually spent more time getting my computer ready (updating software, moving files around, etc.) than I did packing. I will update from the road... hopefully with wonderful photos to share :-)