The Finalist Countdown

Each year, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers come together to compete in the mother of all photography competitions—Condé Nast Traveler’s Dream Trip Contest. On the line? A $25,000 dream trip to the destination of your choice. So imagine my thrill and surprise this morning when I woke up to discover that my photograph—taken this summer in Göreme, Turkey—is one of 25 finalists out of more than 17,000 entries.

Bringing It All Back Home

Whether you’re an avid traveler contemplating your next destination or a novice tourist in search of recommendations, the New York Times online travel section is among the best resources out there. Between the clever writing and the transportive photographs, it’s easy to lose hours to The Gray Lady on a slow workday, as certain long weekenders have been known to do. So imagine my thrill and surprise as I clicked through my favorite travel portal yesterday, only to be greeted by a photograph of my own.