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Annual Travel Love Photo Contest

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Would you like to see your favorite travel photo on a necklace? Enter our  Annual Travel Love Photo Contest  for a chance to win a customized travel necklace with your favorite travel photo on it! Send us your photos of beautiful places that you love and tell us why they are worth visiting. Winners will receive a gorgeous necklace designed by Travel Love Company featuring their photo! 

Last year's winning photo of the White Mountains in New Hampshire was made into this great necklace! 

Last year's winning photo of the White Mountains in New Hampshire was made into this great necklace! 

How to Enter:

  • Choose a favorite photo from your travels and write a brief description of where the photo was taken and why you loved traveling to that destination. Photos must be original and taken by you. While we love photos of people and pets, we are looking for photos that express your love of travel. Send us photos of beautiful places that you would love to wear on a necklace.

  • Send your photo and description to travelloveco@gmail.com or tag us on Instagram (@travellovecompany) using the hashtag #travellovephoto. Feel free to send us multiple photos.

  • We are accepting entries from November 1, 2014 - December 15, 2014. Winners will be notified on December 17, 2014 and your new necklace will arrive by the beginning of the New Year.

So get out there and start snapping some shots! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Behind the Jewelry: Boon Island Adventure

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All of our products are inspired by our travels. Here is the story behind our Boon Island Lighthouse Necklace!

The clouds looked ominous as we boarded Captain Bruce's motor boat in Perkins Cove. We had been planning this trip for years and hoped the rain would finally hold off. Today we were going to see Boon Island for the first time. After years of spending our summers telling tourists stories about Boon Island Lighthouse as tour guides at Finestkind Scenic Cruises, my sister and I were going to see the lighthouse and infamous island up close!

Boon Island is a pile of rocks the size of a football field 7 miles off the coast of York, Maine. It's been the setting of many shipwrecks as the rocks are difficult to navigate during stormy weather. In fact, Boon Island got its name because fisherman from York would preemptively leave supplies on the island for those who were stranded there. These supplies were considered a gift or "boon." Maine author, Kenneth Roberts, wrote about one particularly gruesome shipwreck in his book Boon Island. He told the story of the Nottingham Galley, an English ship that crashed into Boon Island during a winter storm in the 1700s. The survivors were stranded for one month and with no supplies or food, eventually had to resort to cannibalism. This chilling story, which made Boon Island one of the first documented sites of cannibalism in the U.S., cast a dark shadow over the island.

A lighthouse was built on Boon Island in the 1850s to prevent future shipwrecks from happening. It is the tallest lighthouse in Maine standing 133 feet high. It has a white occulting light that is powered by solar panels on the island. There are no regular tours out to Boon Island. The only way to see it is on your way out to deep sea fishing grounds or on an annual lighthouse tour out of Portsmouth, NH. Hannah and I had talked to many lobstermen and fishermen in Perkins Cove who saw Boon Island all the time. We tried convincing one captain after another to take us to see it but scheduling or the weather always got in the way. Finally, everything came together last October and Captain Bruce took us and our fellow Finestkind Cruises mate, Pat, out to see Boon Island.

As we left Perkins Cove and headed out to sea, we couldn't see the lighthouse. On a clear day you can see it from Ogunquit Beach or the Nubble Lighthouse, a small line on the horizon. Luckily, when we were about half way between the island and land the clouds started to break sending beautiful rays of light down through the dark clouds. We could see the lighthouse getting closer and closer and taller and taller. After 45 minutes we were there.

When we first arrived, the clouds had closed back in, and the rocky island appeared desolate and lonely. We imagined what it must have been like being stranded on these rocks, being able to see land but also being so far away from all civilization. Then the clouds separated again and sun illuminated the island. The tower shined white and the water sparkled as it crashed against the rocks. We circled the island several times taking it all in - the sky scraping tower, the small house covered in solar panels, and the dangerous-looking dock. Seals sat on the rocks and played in the water and birds gathered on the island. We toasted champagne that Pat brought to celebrate not being “Boon Island virgins” anymore and told all our favorite Boon Island stories. 

Eventually the clouds returned and the island was once again menacing and foreboding. I was happy to have seen it in a different light. People rarely talk about Boon Island being beautiful but in the right light it truly is magnificent. We decided to head back towards land before it became cold. I couldn't help turning around to watch the lighthouse getting smaller and smaller. One more travel goal accomplished!

Back at Travel Love Company HQ we immediately went through all of the photos we took and designed a special Boon Island Lighthouse necklace to commemorate our adventure! You can find our Boon Island Jewelry and Photography for sale on Etsy!

To see all of our Boon Island Photos check out our album on flickr!