The only one out shooting

Early morning is the best time for travel photography.

I absolutely love to get up early and go shoot.  Everything is quiet and still and you can enjoy a place without all the distraction and noise of crowds.  It's just the perfect time of day for me, photography-wise.

When I travel, I always try to get up at least once so I can get out and shoot sunrise.  I tend to be a morning person anyway, so it's pretty easy to do, although I will admit it can be hard to drag yourself out of bed at times.  But, it is always worth it.

On our Paris trip at the end of last year, I got up really early one morning and walked over to Notre Dame.  Literally, I was the only one there.  I had this major tourist attraction to myself.  I wandered all around and shot it from lots of different angles.  It was great.

On your next trip, try doing this and see how it goes.  You might need a little caffeine later, but you will be happy with the shots you get!