Richard S.’s Son Pays Back Honeymoon with First Place Photo

Travel: The gift that keeps on giving. Members Richard and Clara S. used their Global Discovery Vacations membership to give their son a honeymoon to Ireland, only to win the $500 Shoot for the Stars grand prize (Landscape category) with the photo he took while he was there. Here’s how it all unfolded.

GDV: How did your son get this photo?

Richard: It was his honeymoon. They got married and they wanted to go to Ireland. They live in Florida and didn’t want anywhere with hot weather, so I got them a condo in Ireland as a wedding gift – the Kiltannon Home Farm.

They did self tours and rented a car, so they could go where they went where they wanted to go. Justin told me that instead of taking the main roads, they took a different route on their way to Kylemore Abbey. There were sheep on one side of the road and mountains on the other. He told me that all of a sudden, it got really cold. They looked all over and the lake was perfectly still. At that point, they just took some photos. He used his simple iPhone and that’s where the photo is from.

"Sunset at my son's wedding in Miramar Beach, Florida, Sept 12, 2015. What a prefect day and week."

“Sunset at my son’s wedding in Miramar Beach, Florida, Sept 12, 2015. What a prefect day and week.”

GDV: What were some of the other highlights from their trip?

Richard: He just loved it over in Ireland. They couldn’t talk enough about it. They just love the scenery, the people and the pubs. Justin likes to try different craft beers and that was one of his favorite things to do while he was there. They went to a pub nearby and he somehow was in with the band. I don’t know what he was doing, but he was partying with the locals, just having a good old time. He was into trying the authentic Irish foods, too.

They really liked the resort, too. It was so peaceful and nice, and I guess they have horses there.

GDV: Have you been to Ireland yourself?

Richard: I have not. I would like to go, if I could talk my wife into leaving the country (laughs).

GDV: Do you have any plans on what to do with the $500 winnings?

Richard: We’re going to visit where my son lives in Florida this summer. We’re also looking to go to the Caribbean sometime. We’ve never been to Aruba or anything like that. We live in Pittsburgh, so we like the beaches and hot weather.

GDV: Where all have you traveled with the membership?

"Global allowed us to travel to our son's wedding with our lifelong friends. Photo taken at Harborwalk in Destin, Florida."

“Global allowed us to travel to our son’s wedding with our lifelong friends. Photo taken at Harborwalk in Destin, Florida.”

Richard: I’ve been to Mexico twice, been to Florida at least twice a year since my son lives there now. We get a condo nearby and spend some time with him. We’ve been to Las Vegas, Ocean City Maryland, Virginia Beach. We try to use it once or twice a year. We have six Stars, so we try to get the most that we can out of the membership. Even my daughter has used it to go to Florida.

Not a bad return for sending your son on vacation! Maybe you can do your next one together, so we hope these winnings help.

Photos courtesy of member Richard S.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.