Tip #67: Have an Emergency Fund
There has been more than one occasion when I have found myself in need of assistance while traveling. Sometimes that assistance may mean calling AAA or finding a hotel room for the evening. In each situation I have been happy to have funds available to cover the unexpected cost.
My most recent situation was at the very beginning of a long weekend trip to photograph sage grouse and prairie chickens. I was picking up a colleague at the airport when my low tire pressure light illuminated. Usually that means just a slow leak so I thought I could get to the airport and then assess the situation before we drove into the mountains on a spare tire. Then came that tell-tale sound - "thump, thump, thump". Yup, flat tire all right. And not only flat, but something had punctured the side-wall. It was an irreparable tire.
I called my friend, who had just landed, and told him the situation. He was extremely understanding while I waited for AAA roadside assistance (another great insurance policy to have considering the volume of driving nature and wildlife photographers do). To make a long story short, the quick trip to the airport turned into a 6 hour delay and four new tires.
Without an emergency fund I would not have been prepared to head to the mountains on dirt country roads with a spare tire. We thankfully made it to our hotel just before dark and were on our way bright and early the next morning.
We had a great weekend with lots of fantastic photos of the dancing birds, but ultimately that was because of an emergency fund.
Keywords: AAA, Colorado, animals, delays, emergency fund, money, nature, nature photography, patience, photo, photograph, photographer, photographers, photography, planning, prepared, tips, tips for nature photographers, travel, understanding, unexpected, wildlife
No comments posted.
Recent PostsHappy Colorado Day! Trip Report: Nome, Alaska Amazon Prime Day Deals for Nature Photographers Trip Report: Amazon Rainforest of Peru Night Photography: Intro to My Gear Trip Report: Bald Eagles in Washington Books for Nature Lovers Staying Warm in the Cold Year in Review: 2022 Trip Report: Spring Birds in Louisiana