Tips For Better Travel Photography

In order to make your photos look great, you need to use the right techniques and tips. Here are a few suggestions: Composition, Shutter speed, and Blue Hour. All of these will help you create images that show the beauty of your location. You can use these techniques to take amazing photos that will amaze your friends and family.

Composition

In addition to focusing on the subject of the shot, you should also pay attention to the foreground and background elements of the photo. Foreground elements draw the viewers’ attention to the image, and they also add perspective and energy. In travel photography, foreground elements can be flowers, streets, buildings, or even ripples in the sand. The foreground elements should be in the bottom third of the photo.

Composition is an important part of any photograph, and it can make or break the overall look. The right amount of light and dark can greatly enhance the quality of your travel pictures. Whether the light is natural or artificial, the balance between light and dark is essential. Trial and error can help you achieve the best balance.

Tips for better travel photography

Colors

While traveling, look for colorful destinations and items to photograph. Photos with strong colors are sure to capture the mood of a destination and evoke memories of the experience. Use colorful buildings, cars, bikes, scooters, and more to create unique and interesting images. You can also find colorful clothing in local markets to make your vacation photos stand out. Bright colors are a great way to add life to pictures taken on a gloomy day.

When taking pictures, you can also take advantage of the Rule of Thirds, which is a simple compositional principle that divides an image into nine equal squares. Breaking the image up into these equal parts will give you a more balanced composition. Try to position your subject along these lines, not in the center of the image.

Shutter speed

When it comes to travel photography, shutter speed is an important aspect to consider. Generally, you should try to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/60 second or higher. This will allow you to let more light into the scene. If you shoot at a slower shutter speed, you may notice blurry images.

Shutter speed is one of the easiest settings to change on your camera. Generally speaking, a slower shutter speed is only recommended for subjects that do not move very quickly. In addition, modern cameras are able to determine the white balance of the image, but most people prefer to fix it in post-processing.

Blue Hour

In order to capture the perfect Blue Hour photos, it’s vital to know where to find the best light conditions. Blue hour only happens a few hours a day, and light conditions can change quickly. This means you have to plan your shots carefully and be willing to experiment with different camera settings.

The sky turns a deep blue during this time of day, allowing the lights of harbourside restaurants to gleam against the backdrop of a darkening sky. This atmospheric time of day makes for great photos. Here are some tips to make the most of this magical time.

Observe the scene

In travel photography, it is important to observe the scene as it is unfolding. Travel photography requires that the photographer is quick and decisive to capture the scene as it unfolds. The photographer must not use the auto-focus or the maximum fps on his camera, but should use artistic and technical skills to read the scene, analyze the lighting, and assess the camera settings.

Observing the scene helps the photographer get a better perspective and creates more compelling images. To achieve this, the photographer should walk around the scene while taking the picture. In addition, he or she should also consider the focal length of the lens.

Get your subject ready

Before you start shooting a photo, make sure the background is in focus. This is especially important when you are taking travel photos. Many photographers tend to focus on the subject in their photos and forget about the background. Often, they will ignore or block off famous photography locations. Others may ignore signs that say the area is closed off to the public, or they will even yell at people who appear in their shots.

The best travel photographers use various tools to help them form a shot list. They also make use of social media and Google Maps to get ideas for a particular shot. In addition, they know how to compose their shots, which can make all the difference. Using the proper composition can save you from cropping out details that don’t belong in the frame.

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Visiting Bali? Some Cultural Do’s and Don’ts to Stay Respectful

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be sharing some cultural tips with you guys. I visited Bali, Indonesia again last year. It’s seriously one of my favorite go-to places. The beaches are lovely and there’s so much to take in regarding folklore and food!

It’s one of the best places to go to if you want to really experience intact cultural traditions of the SEA (South East Asia). So without further ado, let’s jump into cultural Do’s and Don’ts!

Keep your left hand to yourself

This might take a bit of getting used to. There is a reason for this though. As it turns out, toilet paper has never really been a thing in Bali. So they do all their washing business with the left hand. As such, they consider it vastly impolite to touch or even hand something to another person using the left hand.

Do yourself a favor and be mindful about this rule. The last thing you’d want is to offend a newfound friend in Bali.

Dress respectfully

The culture here is modest. If you’re ever going to go out and visit cultural landmarks like temples, it is critical that you dress appropriately. Traditionally, they require sarongs for the legs and temple scarves around the waist. They’re totally cool about flip-flops though as long as it’s not flashy. If you’re worried about the sarongs and temple scarves, chill. They rent those out by the temple entrance. Or you can do one better and buy local. That way you’ll get a better deal and you’ll get to keep a piece of Bali with you. Also, you’d have ended up helping a local. Win-win for all!

Please watch what you step on

I had a bit of a rough run-in with this rule back when I was 14. I was going around and I noticed these little packages on the street. These were little woven palm leaves and they were everywhere. Dumb kid that I was, I never really thought they were anything special until I stepped on one. Boy! Was the local lady who saw me super mad!

As it turns out, those things are offering to their God. Since then, I’ve been super careful to avoid anything laid out on the streets no matter where I go.

I’ll add more as I keep adding to this blog. Until next time you guys!

Travel diary Tahiti

The road between Taiohae and Taipivai being built of good quality concrete, it is easy to cross the mountain to enter the “valley of cannibals.”

Rare endemic palm trees

tahiti islandsThe continuation of our Melville’s Polynesian life was a little agitated, but it is in Taipivai that we will remain for a few days. The valley, at the bottom of the Bay of the Controller, is closed by an impressive basalt wall from which seems to escape a vertiginous cascade; with a guide, it will be easy for you to go there and enjoy a bath in the vas

Beforehand, it is essential to pay a small visit to the half shadow and half sunshine corner that houses the last palm trees of the Marquesas, Pelagodoxa henryana, locally called “enu.”

These endemic palm trees, botanical rarities, are only a small dozen, but their rough walnuts are carefully collected and then placed in glasshouses and replanted; the species itself is therefore very threatened in nature, but on the other hand, it is nowadays relatively widespread in the gardens of connoisseurs.

Paeke

On the road that climbs up towards Hatiheu, a stopover is unavoidable, that of the meae Paeke.
A small sign on the left side of the road indicates the direction of the road on the way up.

It is enough to park there and follow the small path, in places very ravined by the rains, which leads, after twenty minutes of reasonable efforts, to a unique architectural ensemble. A meae which contained twelve tiki and which shelters ten of them today (a few other stones very degraded, almost formless, being able to correspond to the old tiki missing from the call).

The site is composed of two beautifully restored platforms encompassing in their walls nine tiki enclosures, the largest of which measures more than one meter seventy.

A pebble chapel

lagoons and coralsBack on the road, you just have to go down towards the sea to admire the tohua recently built in the center of the village, which allows, during art festivals, to offer an exceptional setting to the troops who perform, dancers, singers, and musicians, as well as to the public.

A significant hat-trick to the Taipivai town hall, which has created a magnificent and functional cultural space, a space that is also very well maintained.
Further down, the small road winds its way to Hooumi; stop off at the small covered chapel and the adjacent one, in the open sky, built from the remains of paepae.

New Mavic Air is Awesome for Travellers and Bloggers

dji new drone

 

One major challenge avid videographers and photographers face when going out to take great aerial shots has to pack so many pieces of equipment in a bags. Often they have to pack several lenses, mounts, batteries, multiple cameras, trips and clutter of so many other accessories.

So you have to carry oversize bags to the field or leave some of the equipment at home. Older drone avec caméra embarquée pose the same challenge because some of them are big.

But leaving such equipment behind means, you miss the opportunity to take excellent overhead shots.

DJI Mavic Air is just compact enough to eliminate the portability problem. With this device, you will no longer have to compromise when going out to capture nature. The vast array of impressive onboard features will complete major aerial photography tasks as flawlessly as its high-end counterparts at a rather low price.

Features of the DJI Mavic Air

  • mavic air from DJIA 360-degree image capture angle with a complete sphere panorama mode
  • Smart picture is capturing controls allowing for ultra-responsive and active hand gestures. This lets you control the drone from a maximum of 33 feet away
  • 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with high sensitivity signature
  • 12.0MP High Definition effective pixels camera
  • HDR mode to support still photos
  • 30 fps and 720p live view feed using remote control or app
  • Flight time duration of a maximum of 21 minutes
  • Folds to about 6″ long, 3″ wide, and 2″ high
  • Speeds to maximum of 42.5 mph
  • 3-axis gimbal gyroscope
  • 4K UHD video support at 30 fps
  • Obstacle bypassing capabilities

Mavic Air the Pros

With a price tag of $799, this drone has a lot in common with the family member DJI Mavic Pro and its somewhat distant relative DJI Spark. Like those equally impressive models, Mavic Air comes with the following advantages to the benefit of the user.

1. It offers a wide array of overhead shooting modes allowing the user to diversify his shots
2. The device is compact enough to fit in a small bag and easy to carry around
3. It is handy for the aerial photography enthusiasts, beginners, and hobbyists
4. The new obstacle bypass technology makes the drone easier to use because it can steer itself from harms path
5. It is probably the most portable from DJI’s lineup of drones with a small battery and other accessories that make it much easier to transport
6. The design of the device shows smart design tweaks compared to the previous version. Sincerely most drones come out ugly and look like creepy flying bugs, but Mavic Air is a little cute to look at.

The Cons

Sadly, this drone’s limited creative options make it less appealing to avid photography professionals. It just doesn’t live up to the more demanding stuff of drone photographers.

The idea of incorporating two different USB connection options doesn’t make sense. It uses USB Type-C port when transferring footages but uses the Micro USB to charge. It is odd.

Bottom Line

It is a drone I can easily recommend to anyone who wants to take superior aerial images and filming modes without possessing extensive drone skills. Although the drone is a little overpriced ($799!!), it is still the most robust device ever to come from DJI. If you are looking for a mini drone pas cher, watch this video!

6 essential accessories to film like a pro!

a set of accesories for cameras

 

Do you have a camcorder or camera and feel like an amateur filmmaker?

To give a more professional touch to your holiday movies or entertainment recordings, you need to move up a gear with accessories that will increase your possibilities tenfold. Ready… action!

The bag: transport your equipment safely.

a carry bad for your equipementUnless you film your daily life at home, you may have to take your camcorder with you to capture scenes in different places. For safe and convenient transport – to avoid shocks – and to keep your hands free, the camcorder bag is the first essential accessory. Choose a model that fits your size and has enough compartments to hold all other accessories.

Drone: for impressive images

drone phantom djiAs you will have probably noticed, the images filmed from heaven are becoming more democratic. Wow-wow effect guaranteed! With a quadcopter, you can add another dimension to your montages, with stunning aerial views. There are drones with an integrated camera. The best drone avec camera 2017 has to be the DJI Mavic Pro!

Battery/charger pair: for extended battery life

Do you want to film for a long time, so that you don’t miss anything of your good times? You risk that your camcorder will display the anxious message “no more battery”… To avoid this problem, always have an extra charger and battery for your camcorder!

Stabilizer: for sharp images

It is difficult, even for an expert, not to tremble when recording a scene or to take a picture. The stabilizer makes your work easier by correcting small shake and motion blur to get sharper images.

Sun visor: to protect you from the weather

lumix cameraFor camcorders or cameras, the sun visor has several uses. It allows you to avoid the rays of light on your images first (this is its primary mission). The sun visor also protects your device from rain (beautiful rain), shocks, fingerprints, and dust. At night, the sun visor minimizes the impact of stray lights (lamps, etc.).

ND filters: to play with ambient light

The ND filter is a must for videographers and photographers who want to play with the amount of light entering their camera. There are different models to choose from, depending on your needs and requirements.

10 tips to pay less for your holidays

Tip 1: Focus on free activities and attractions

There is not necessarily a need to spend a lot to enjoy your holiday. Everywhere, in town or in the countryside, it is possible to enrich your days with free activities: hikes in the wild, or walks in towns or parks, free museums…

Tip 2: Work while traveling

If you have time on the spot and you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves, it should be considered. More and more travelers are deciding to work 3 or 4 hours a day to enjoy free accommodation.

Tip 3: Wait until the last minute

If you don’t care where you go on your next holiday, it may be interesting to wait for the last minute before booking for your travel. Some sites and tour operators offer holidays at -50% or even -70% for the most flexible travelers.

Tip 4: Travel as a group

Generally speaking, it is more challenging to travel low-cost solo than with several people. Moving with 2, 3 or even 4 people allows you to share expenses with everyone. And this concerns both the rental of accommodation and the location of a car and fuel.

Tip 5: Cook your own meals

The food budget can represent a significant expense when traveling. Instead of eating out in restaurants in the morning, at noon and in the evening, take accommodation with a kitchen (studio, youth hostel…) and prepare your own meals. A great way to live as a local and to pay less for your cheaper vacation.

Tip 6: Travel by night

If during your holiday you have to make one or more long trips by bus or train, you should prefer to make this trip at night. Not only are night tickets often cheaper, but they also save you one night’s accommodation.

Tip 7: Choose a low-cost destination

This may seem obvious to many, as it is the basis of low-cost travel. Choose a country where life is cheaper than in Europe. In India, Vietnam, and Nicaragua, the cost of living is 2 to 4 times lower than in Western Europe, a must to save money every day.

Tip 8: Negotiate and look for bargains

Negotiation is part of the culture of many countries around the world. To save money on holidays, negotiate on everything that can be: your hotel room, your souvenir purchases, your transport, your food. It may be a surprise to see how well this works in most cases.

Tip 9: Find alternative accommodation

Housing often weighs heavily on a holiday budget. To save money, why not sleep in a tent or even go to bed? In either case, it provides a more immersive and authentic travel experience.

Tip 10: Live like the locals

In many countries, “tourist prices” are applied when travelers wish to continue to eat and/or travel as Europeans. And yet, by having lunch in small local restaurants and using public transport like the locals, you will save a lot of money.

Punta Cana Travel Guide – Make the Most of Your Vacation

Punta Cana is a tropical paradise. With its beaches, golf courses, and nightclubs, it is the perfect place to spend a tropical vacation. However, if you don’t know where to start, it can be intimidating. You may not know where to find your hotel, what airport to go to, and where to find your flight. With a Punta Cana travel guide, you’ll be able to make the most of your time there.

It has beaches

Punta Cana is a beautiful beach town, where you can swim, snorkel, and enjoy water sports. The beaches of Punta Cana face both the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. Visitors can participate in various water sports including surfing, deep sea fishing, and swimming with sharks and stingrays. Beachgoers can also enjoy horseback riding and other activities. The beaches are incredibly hot, so be prepared to get wet.

The weather in Punta Cana is tropical, with consistent temperatures year-round. The average temperature is 26 degC during the day and about 20 degrees during the evening. The most popular time to visit is during the hot and humid season, which lasts from May to October. In this period, daytime temperatures can rise to 35 degC, and evening temperatures are around 20 degrees.

Punta Cana offers a number of different types of beaches. The main beach is Playa Bavaro, which is the busiest of the Punta Cana beaches. It has four public access points, and is surrounded by palm trees. There are several hotels and restaurants in the area, including the Barcelo Bavaro Beach and Palace Deluxe Resorts.

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, try some snorkeling. You can swim with dolphins and stingrays and snorkel alongside the reef. In addition to the beaches, you can also go on a sailing or catamaran cruise. Other activities include horseback riding and safari tours.

Punta Cana has 8 main beaches. These are wide, and are covered with clean, golden sand. Some are even certified by the European Blue Flag organization, which imposes strict environmental and water quality standards. In fact, the Dominican Republic has more Blue Flag beaches than any other Caribbean island.

It has golf courses

If you’re interested in playing a game while on vacation, Punta Cana has a number of world-class courses that are sure to please golf enthusiasts of all skill levels. For instance, Punta Cana’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Punta Espada has waterside holes, lush landscaping, and many other features that will keep you coming back for more. The course, which is part of the Punta Cana Nature Reserve, was rated one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and Mexico by Golfweek in 2011. Its course design seamlessly blends into its natural environment, making it a great choice for even the most discerning golfer.

The Dominican Republic is one of the world’s leading golf destinations and boasts four courses on the Editor’s Golf Digest list in 2021. The Punta Espada Golf Club, located in the town of Cap Cana, was named the Caribbean’s Best Golf Resort. The Punta Cana Resort & Club has 45 holes of championship golf, including the world-famous Corales course, designed by Tom Fazio.

Golf enthusiasts can choose between two 18-hole courses: the La Cana Golf Club and the Corales Golf Club. The former opened in 2001 and is located inland compared to the other two courses. However, both courses feature some holes that are near the sea. There are also some more luxurious courses located in Punta Cana, such as the Casa de Campo. Whether you’re interested in trying one of the new Punta Cana courses, you can be sure that you’ll find a place that’s perfect for you.

The Punta Espada golf course features eight holes that meander along the seaside and a few holes that feature stunning views. The Punta Espada course is also surprisingly hilly, and hosts the PGA Cap Cana Championship three years in a row. Punta Cana also offers the Corales course, which opened in 2010 and is designed by Tom Fazio. This course is less difficult than the Punta Espada course but is still an enjoyable experience.

It has nightclubs

If you want to dance the night away, Punta Cana has nightclubs to suit your taste. The most popular nightclub is Coco Bongo, which has live music and an exquisite interior design. This club opens daily and closes at dawn. Its premium “Gold Member” membership gives you access to international drinks and other exclusive benefits.

If you are looking for a place to dance the night away in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the ideal destination. Punta Cana’s nightlife scene includes many bars and clubs, as well as dance parties, tours, and other nightlife options. Punta Cana is also a great location for a bachelor or bachelorette party.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has Oro Nightclub, which is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. This club hosts DJs, live performances, and dance parties. Entrance is about $ 60-$75 per person and includes open bars.

Although Punta Cana is mostly suited to youth recreation, it can also be an excellent place for a family vacation. Punta Cana has a great selection of hotels and nightclubs for all tastes. There are some very noisy discos, while others are more tranquil.

It has shopping

If you’re looking for souvenirs or a last-minute gift, Punta Cana has several shopping options. The locals are friendly and there are many bargains to be had. You can find quality artisan work and unique treasures. Make sure to leave plenty of time for shopping.

Most Punta Cana resorts include a supermarket, aimed at tourists and locals alike. Bavaro has the most supermarkets, but you can also find them near other resorts. You’ll find that prices are a fraction of what you would pay in the US. For example, a gallon of milk will only cost RD$190, and a bottle of wine will run you about RD$380.

If you plan on bringing cash, don’t forget to exchange money. You’ll find better exchange rates at the local banks, known as Casa de Cambio. You can also find ATM machines in most communities. The Dominican Republic uses its own currency, but US dollars and Euros are widely accepted by most vendors. However, it’s a good idea to carry pesos in case of emergencies.

More restrictions when traveling to the US

The US Administration has decided to impose new and stricter security measures for flights to the United States, without however generalising the ban on laptops on board aircraft.

Washington’s new measures include “tighter” controls on passengers en route to the United States, and “increased checks” on their electronic devices, Internal Security Minister John Kelly said in a speech in the U. S. capital on Wednesday, June 28.

Only if airlines do not implement these new measures will they be forced to ban laptops – and other electronic devices larger than a telephone – not only from the cabin of their aircraft but also from the bunkers.

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Best Travel Destinations Post COVID Pandemic

Despite the restrictions and quarantines caused by the COVID pandemic, there are still some places that you can visit without fear. These places include American Samoa, Barbados, and Costa Rica. If you’re worried about getting infected, check with your travel agency for more information.

Costa Rica

If you’re planning a vacation after the COVID pandemic, Costa Rica is a great place to go. Although the country is not immune to the virus, there is no need to worry about quarantine. The country has been one of the safest destinations for travelers who are vaccinated and don’t have any other health conditions. Despite the recent virus outbreak, the country has maintained one of the lowest fatality rates in Latin America. As of this writing, air travel to Costa Rica is still open, but travelers are still required to carry proof of health insurance. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from the health insurance requirement.

Despite the recent epidemic, Costa Rica has continued to be a popular destination for tourists. The country has a well-developed health care system and strict regulations. In addition, the country has received a “Global Safe Travels” stamp from the WTTC. The government and private sector are also working on a new webpage for Costa Rica’s convention bureau that lists affiliate companies. The country also offers virtual and hybrid events and a variety of wellness programs.

Best travel destinations post covid pandemic

American Samoa

As a destination post COVID pandemic, American Samoa has remained safe for visitors, though it is important to note some restrictions. For example, public transportation is limited on Sundays and alcohol is prohibited. You can apply for a 90-day Visitor Permit once you arrive on the island. However, entry requirements may change at any time, so make sure to check with your nearest High Commission or Consulate to determine the latest requirements.

Although the tourism industry is still small by international standards, American Samoa is a beautiful and unique destination. The country is home to a diverse culture, which attracts visitors from around the world. The island does not require vaccinations and most hotels are locally owned.

Barbados

If you’re looking for a safe Caribbean vacation, look no further than Barbados. The island’s post-Covid pandemic response has been world-class, setting the bar for other island nations. The island’s strict lockdown measures, including mask wearing and contact tracing, kept cases down throughout 2020 and into early 2021. Although the number of cases has increased in the first few months of 2021, the situation is under control now.

While the region remains a safe destination, travellers should still exercise precautions. It’s important to protect oneself against the virus, and to avoid contact with animals as much as possible. Travellers should wash their hands frequently and practice good sneezing and coughing etiquette. In addition, travelers should be aware of the risk of contracting other illnesses, including sexually transmitted diseases.

Mexico

While the country is one of the safest travel destinations after the COVID pandemic, there are still precautions to take when traveling there. For example, travelers who had a previous bout of the disease should not travel outside the country and should have a negative COVID 19 test before going on a trip to Mexico. Additionally, vaccinations are becoming more widely available in Mexico, with around 26 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

Despite the dangers posed by the virus, travel to Mexico has increased in recent months. The country continues to attract visitors and has the highest volume of business travel bookings in Latin America. In fact, tourism supports over 4.5 million jobs in the country. There are over 130 million people in the country.

British Virgin Islands

While the British Virgin Islands are one of the most desirable travel destinations post-covid pandemic, travelers should remember to follow strict safety precautions. It is imperative to get vaccinated against the virus and abide by updated protocol. The British Virgin Islands have miles of pristine beaches and incredible resorts.

Though the CDC does not provide an official target date for herd immunity, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the government hopes to have it back to normal soon. “We are already seeing an increase in American tourists. We are seeing more travelers from America,” said Bryan, during a visit to the islands last December.

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten has a longstanding relationship with the United States and is one of the top tourist destinations for Sint Maarten citizens. Thousands of people from the island travel to the United States each year for a vacation. There are certain health precautions that travelers should follow when visiting Sint Maarten.

For example, travelers to Sint Maarten must have COVID-19 insurance. They must report their temperature for five days and report any flu-like symptoms. The government has set up an online system where travelers can submit their information. If they are vaccinated, there is no need to fill out the form. Most lodging facilities will have temperature measuring equipment.

Hardware you can travel the world with

Remember when I was traveling around the world?
I told you what I was carrying around in my backpack and why. I would like to get back to this with you today on electronic equipment that I use to travel around the world.

When I chose my hardware equipment before I left, I did a lot of research and asked myself many questions. It was time for me to upgrade all my gear, but I had several constraints: budget, weight, and performance.

After talking to other travelers, pulling my hair out and spending several hours on Amazon and other sites, these are the things I chose and took with me to the four corners of the world.

prepare your backpack the right way

I hope that this list and these explanations will be useful for you to bring the right electronic equipment around the world.

Laptop or computer for touring

I chose a MacBook Pro. I was looking for something reliable, light and sturdy to be able to write this blog, work on my photos, use the Internet and store everything.

This Apple-branded computer was the right compromise because it weighs 1.2kg, is slightly larger than a netbook, but has the power and storage of a standard laptop computer. What I didn’t like about the tablets was the lack of keyboard and hard drive space.

I confess that I do not regret my choice and that it works very well now three years later: I was able to blog, store my photos, use the Internet, watch movies and even make my videos.

I had some maintenance problems during my adventures, but this blog helped me I have to say https://www.nettoyersonmac.fr

Negative aspects

If you are in direct sunlight, it is difficult to see the screen. For the rest, it’s top of the line. I keep it in a simple protective cover at all times.

Smartphone

hardware to bring on a travelI’ve never been a big fan of the phone and even today, more than a month after returning home; I still don’t have a mobile phone number.

I never had a smartphone before I left, but I decided to invest in an unlocked used phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Likewise, despite the few shocks it took, it survived and still works very well. Did I use it to stay in touch with my family, use Instagram, use card applications to avoid getting lost, take photos on the spot, such as scanners, alarm clocks, flashlights, currency converters, translators, with local SIM cards?

In short, the uses of a smartphone are endless, and I am now convinced, even if I am still not a big fan of the phone. I kept it in a very simple hull, and it withstood its many falls to the ground and changes in climate. I also used an Aquapac waterproof cover to carry it in the water with me. No leaks to report, but I could only take pictures on the surface and not underwater.

Camera

I’m still smiling when I think about the camera I was using to blog before I left. I left without much photography knowledge, and a world tour didn’t seem like the best time to test my talents with a Reflex.

I wanted a suitable device that didn’t take up too much space, and I found my happiness with a Sony RX100. It is a compact, expertly designed and compact, which allows you to make many adjustments just like a reflex, but which is discreet and fits in your pocket. I don’t regret my choice, and I was able to take my camera and draw it in all circumstances, at parties and even in places not recommended in South America. I’m not sure I would have done the same thing with a more prominent device. I am delighted with it, and I still have many functions to explore.

However, I broke the flash in the first few weeks and couldn’t have it repaired on the road. I used a basic cover with a pocket to carry my extra battery and SD cards. I kept the large cards in my chest pocket when I was on the move. So if someone stole my camera, I always had SD cards and recent photos!

Kindle

I’ve always been a follower of the real books, but now I’m converted. A reading light on a journey is happiness for large readers-travelers. I could still have hundreds of books on me, and it was no longer a tragedy every time I finished a book on a bus ride of more than 12 hours.

I had the basic Kindle and a case to protect it, and I am delighted with it. To read, it’s perfect, and there’s no need for more. The battery lasts several weeks, and it is straightforward to download new books in Wifi.

So here’s my electronic equipment for this round-the-world tour.

I must confess that I was fully satisfied. I just wish I had a wide-angle lens for my Asian photos, an anti-shock camera that goes underwater for snorkeling and adventure, a Go Pro for Australia and a tablet to watch movies.

German Delights: The Scrumptious Reasons to Visit the German Countryside

Hey guys! Welcome back to another post! I’m super excited to discuss today’s topic. One of the very best reasons to travel is to taste new things. I know you’re nodding your head!

One of the best places to really stretch your taste buds is Germany. The wonderful thing about Germany is that is has a lot of countryside action going on. Each region has its own cuisine! So wherever you go, you’ll be sure to be treated to something that you can’t really get anywhere else. Now let me share my best reasons for eating—of course I mean travelling—to Germany!

Maultasche

A traditional dish that’s very reminiscent of ravioli but bigger! When I first heard about it when I visiting Swabia, I was stoked! What you can find inside is a lovely concoction of finely minced meat, spinach, a few veggies, fresh herbs, and even smoked meat.

I particularly loved the history about this dish. As it turns out, this dish was created as a sort of hack to the system during Holy Week where meat was traditionally avoided. They made the meat miniscule and the veggies so large that it completely hid the meat. Well the jig is up and it’s delicious!

Hasenpfeffer

This one is a traditional stew! I don’t know about you guys but I’m crazy for stew! You should probably avoid this if you aren’t cool about eating rabbit but let me tell you: you will be missing out! The meat is cut into manageable sizes and it is super tender when you bite into it. The onions are kind of see-through as it’s braised for while. The marinade of wine and vinegar and seasoning is just divine!

Zweibelkuchen

This is a savory pie that literally translates into “onion cake”. If you’re a fan of French onion soup, you’ll definitely love this one. This one has bacon! So you can expect creamy and savory flavors combining in beautiful harmony.

There are so many other things I can add to this list but I have to cut this short. If you guys have any questions, as always, you can reach me at [email protected]. Until next time!

How to go on holiday for a couple at a low price?

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Do you dream of going on holiday cheaply but you lack inspiration?

There are many ways to travel at the best price/quality ratio and several low-budget destinations. Whether it’s for a couple getaway or a stay with your best friend, take advantage of useful tips to make a trip at a low price.

Couple destinations to go on holiday at low prices

The ideal way to travel on a small budget is of course to choose a destination where the cost of living is low. But while many countries meet this criterion, security is not always there.

For example, in Eritrea, the average monthly salary is $38, but yet this country, which is nicknamed “the open air prison,” is not a dream destination, actually far from it. So, instead, go to more lenient states.

In Europe, Hungary, Bulgaria or Greece will offer you a total change of scenery at a reduced cost. This way, you can save on your plane tickets, accommodation and restaurants to go on a cheap holiday.

A little further on, India, Laos or Sri Lanka extend their arms to you. You will undoubtedly have a pleasant stay there.

Flexibility, the winning asset of a cheap holiday

While being flexible about your destination can allow you to seize significant opportunities, the flexibility of your holiday dates will open the doors to many stays. Indeed, over certain periods, prices fall sharply.

For example, if you can travel out of season or out of school holidays, you will benefit from unbeatable rates. It will allow you to target more prominent destinations.

Find flights at the best price

If you have an exact destination in mind and fixed departure and arrival dates, then flight comparators will be your best friends to go on a cheap vacation.

Indeed, these online tools will allow you to consult all airlines’ fares at once. Some go even further: they will suggest that you compare price comparators to find the best price.

When and where to buy your ticket?

Be aware that airlines vary the fares for the same seat. Generally speaking, the sooner you book your flight, the better the ticket will be. It is what companies call “early birds” fares. Similarly, prices fluctuate according to the days of the week. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday that you will find the best rates for a cheap holiday.

While it is now evident that you will find the best rates on the Internet, the price will vary depending on the country from which you connect. A trick is to install a travel VPN and simulate a connection from another country. Why not the one at your destination. You will see that, for example, rates will be lower on the Lufthansa India site.

The best Coffee Shops to smoke in Amsterdam

Here’s a mini-guide selecting the most reputable Coffee Shops in Amsterdam to smoke in peace.

Visit Amsterdam, its canals, bridges, bicycles… and coffee shops! It has been 41 years – since 1976 – since the Netherlands, the first country in the world to decriminalize the use of cannabis. We have selected for our readers a list of the most reputable coffee-shops if you go to Amsterdam.

Things to know about Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops

In recent years, the public authorities have been trying to limit the number of coffee shops and thus reduce locals and tourists’ possibility to smoke freely in Amsterdam.

As such, the sales conditions for coffee shops are drastic:

No double cannabis/alcohol license: you can only sell one or the other,
Prohibition to sell hard drugs (cocaine, heroin, LSD, etc…),
All advertising is prohibited,
Prohibition to sell to minors,
Individuals must not possess more than 5 grams (sale for personal consumption only).

Even if you are not a heavy smoker, try it at least once if you go to Amsterdam, but ask the budtenders (the people who are allowed to sell cannabis) for advice; they will be happy to give you information pass it on. Their knowledge! Using vaporizers like the famous Crafty vaporizer (tested here) can help if you are not a tobacco person.

These are the places where you can smoke cannabis discreetly, inside a coffee-shop:

-The Dolphins
Address: Kerkstraat 39, 1017 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A trip to Atlantis? No. It is a coffee-shop decorated in the way “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” A few hundred steps from the Leidseplein, we dive into the world of dolphins. This coffee-shop counts between €10 and €15 per gram to taste a small Dolphin Diesel, a Haze, a Kandy Kush, or a Northern Lights. You can also choose between four types of Moroccan hashish and one from Afghanistan.

-The Coffee-shop Club Media
Address: Gerard Doustraat 85, 1072 VN Amsterdam, The Netherlands

best places to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Here is a peaceful coffee-shop in the Pijp district where the emphasis is placed on hospitality, public welcome, and the quality of the products on offer. You will choose about fourteen varieties of hashish from 5 € to 60 € per gram and 19 types of weed. You will find the famous Super Skunk, the Kandy Kush, or the Blueberry for the Indica. As far as Sativas are concerned, the customer has the choice: Amnesia Haze, Super Silver Haze, Mango Haze… The place is a guarantee of a calm “fauna” with a good atmosphere.

-Amnesia
Address: Herengracht 133I, 1015 BG Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It will be easy to find it on the edge of the pretty Prinsengracht canal and a stone’s throw from the Grey Area: use your sense of smell. The closer you get to it, the more pungent the smell of weed in the surrounding streets. You can have a bite to eat – smoking cannabis often makes you hungry – but here, too, the menu has more weed and hashish than ready-made meals. The amnesia doesn’t cure customers’ disinhibition on a tight budget, but when you love, you don’t count!

-Barney’s Coffee-shop
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 102, 1013 EW Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Here is a very famous den for locals and onlookers. Despite four people’s inflated service, the wait at the counter is often long, and the room is crowded. You have to be patient, but it’s worth it: at Barneys’, they serve Utopia Haze and G13 Haze. Their herbs are known to be very powerful: less regular consumers, beware of the euphoric effects! The establishment is open every day from 9 am to 1 am.

Other reputable coffee-shops

To smoke in Amsterdam, you would need a complete guide to reference all the coffee shops. Nevertheless, here are a few to continue your smoking marathon:

The Siberia at 11, Brouwersgracht
The Green House Namaste at 345 Waterlooplein
The original Dampkring at 29, Handboogstraat (a symbolic place in Amsterdam since it was chosen to shoot a scene from the movie Ocean’s Twelve)
The Bulldog (The First) at 90, Oudezijds Voorburgwal
The Kadinsky at 9, Rosmarijnsteeg
The Abraxas at 12-14, Jonge Roelensteeg
The Baba at 130, Barentszstraat

Extreme travel: 2 new creative destinations!

visit the titanic shipwreck

 

Worldwide travel agencies compete in imagination to offer ever more surprising expeditions. In June, the first tourists will be able to descend on the shipwreck of the “Titanic” boat. An incredible experience.

A hundred thousand dollars! It seems overpriced, and yet. Compared to a first class ticket of 1912 ($4,000), the year the “Titanic” was inaugurated, it is not expensive. This is what the nine passengers who will board the OceanGate submarine “Cyclops 2” in June have paid to observe the wreck.

It is to say the exceptional character of this descent to the abysses for which 54 people have already made their reservation. Since April 14, 1912, the reputedly unsinkable liner has been lying at a depth of 4,000 meters for one hundred and six years and has been attacked by a bacterium, the well-named “Halomonas titanicae,” which gnaws at a rate of 600 kilos per day! So much so that, in forty years, there may no longer be “Titanic.”

For the nine tourists, the journey will start by helicopter from St. Petersburg. The vessel was stationed above the wreckage 600 kilometers from Newfoundland. The whole excursion will be eight days but, of course, not to the bottom of the water. During two days, passengers will receive a briefing by scientists and experts on the history of the “Titanic.”

Those who wish to can “help” the technical team prepares for the descent, declares OceanGate. Because the submarine is an observation instrument designed to map the ship in 3D to study the speed with which it decays. It is from the third to the sixth day, in groups of three and depending on the weather, that the three-hour descent will take place. Accompanied by a pilot and an expert, they will descend towards the wreck to the highlight of the show: the famous grand staircase (photo). Clients will be able to assist the scientist with his readings. Not sure however that tourist who has paid so much want to scribble figures on paper.

As close to the aurora australis as possible

Not everyone has the chance to admire the northern lights of the North Pole. New Zealanders, for example. On the other hand, they are not so far from the South Pole, where the southern lights, less frequent, are visible at certain times of the year. This gave Air New Zealand the idea of chartering a flight solely for this purpose: to observe the phenomenon as closely as possible. After two hours of flight, the 130 passengers can admire this spectacle of green lights for four hours, still in flight. What about the passengers stuck in the middle seat?

The company has thought about them and did not offer them for sale. That explains the ticket price: 2 600 dollars in eco and 5 200 dollars in business. The idea made small because a Canadian company, Air North, proposes flights only intended for the observation of the aurora borealis. And for $525. It must be said that it is much less far. But as beautiful!

Packing Light Is an Art: The One Backpack Theory

Hey guys!

Today, I want to address one of the more common questions that I come across. I’ve personally been asked this question by a lot of friends. Join me as I share some of the tips that I swear by about packing light.

One backpack is all you need

No, really. If there was anything you need, you can pack it all in one backpack. When I travel I try to keep everything as minimalist as possible. The reason why I get to do this is because there are more and more places (like hostels) have washing areas. That way, those that stay there have the option to wash clothes as they go.

This lets travelers allot more space in their backpack for other things.

List everything down first

When you’re facing the task of packing for a trip, it would be important to write down what you think you need. Here’s what I add: I do one list for clothes alone. This will help you narrow down your choices as you go along. Chances are you’re going to end up packing half of what’s on that list. When you’re happy with the clothes, it’ll be time to make a list for the other things like chargers or gadgets.

Bring only two pairs of footwear

Personally, I bring what I wear on the way there and flip-flops for indoors. That’s it. It may not seem good in terms of completing outfits but it’s certain great in terms of practicality. The ladies can really learn from this. If you choose your footwear just right, you can even just go with one pair of footwear.

Keep a large zip lock bag handy

This will really come in handy if you have wet clothes. Putting them in the bag will keep the rest of your bag’s contents clean. You can even make use of smaller zip lock bags for things that have liquids in them. This is really handy if you prefer to bring your own packets of shampoo or soap (you don’t really need them unless you’re camping).

There you go guys. You’re welcome!