Family vacations are a great way to make memories, but if you ask most any parent, they?ll tell you that they need a vacation to recover from their vacation with the kids in tow. It?s no surprise of course – when you take a child out of their familiar environment, disrupt their normal schedules, offer new or unusual foods, or otherwise, they?re likely to be cranky, tired, and otherwise out of sorts. There will be plenty of fun, but also likely more than a few tantrums. [Read more…]
There are many reasons behind people falling in love with Bali like the down-to-earth lifestyle, exotic weather, spicy food, laidback atmosphere and rich heritage. Once you visit Bali, you will simply love the ample sunlight and the lovely blue skies even when there are densely populated areas due to the absence of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. Nevertheless, there are certain things which give Bali its magical appeal and which attracts some of the best travelers. So, what are the different reasons behind choosing Bali as their favorite destination? Let?s have a look at some of the worthy good reasons. [Read more…]
Andy Lee is the latest in a long line of world-class fighters who grew up in the travelling community, but do they get the respect they deserve?
Back in the mid-2000s, a group of travellers who were members of St Michael?s in Athy congregated in the scrapyard of a car park outside their shed-like gym. A little early for the night?s training session, there they spoke openly but with a lack of confidence due to the slings and arrows about their hardest battles.
When you?ve got older children, or those of the teenage variety, it can be a real challenge to find something to keep you all interested and having a great time away. Why not try something completely different? Here are a few ideas to fire up your imagination. [Read more…]
Packing for a cold winter trip may seem like a daunting task because the tendency is for us to bring most of our warm clothes, for fear of being cold in a strange place. [Read more…]
If you want to discover what America is all about, take a road trip through rural America. Traveling by car is the best way to experience this historic land of farming and homesteading. From beginning to end, from the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico, from northern Arizona to northeastern New Mexico, there is a vast landscape of varied hues and textures that are stunning to the visitor. And while you are traveling by car, you can stop where ever you want, do whatever you want and have as much fun as you want without worrying about staying out of bounds or the highway. It is no wonder that people from all walks of life are attracted to travel rural America by car.
When you are planning a trip that takes you through a large part of the country, it is important to make sure that you have the right car for the job. A car is an extremely valuable asset when traveling around rural America, and you cannot take any chances with the kind of vehicle that you will be using. So before you get behind the wheel of your brand new Mercedes Benz, make sure that it is in excellent condition, and it has all of the features that you would expect from a car in this class. A car that is understressed, properly equipped, and well maintained is your best bet for a smooth and enjoyable trip around the countryside.
Before getting on the road, it is also important to take a safety course. You can get this course from almost any dealership, and it will teach you a lot about driving in an emergency situation and about being a good citizen (and a safe driver, for that matter). And, if you don’t have the time to take a course, don’t worry. There are online courses that you can take, at your own pace, and they can be taken anywhere. So, whether you are at home in bed, at work, or anywhere in between, you can learn how to drive in the real world, with real people, by watching videos that tell you step-by-step how to handle the car and the road.
Of course, if you have never driven a car before, you might think that it is not very exciting. In fact, a lot of people actually fear driving around in a car for the first time. However, you needn’t be afraid. All you need to do is to familiarize yourself with some of the signs that show you that it is time to take the car out and then take it out confidently.
One of the best things about rural areas is that there is no traffic. If you have ever been to a major city, you know that it can be quite exciting to see the street signs and to see all of the cars zooming by, but, in rural areas, there are usually no cars to see. You will want to make your route rural, so that you will not have to deal with busy signals and traffic lights. It can be rather frustrating to have to wait for so long.
If you want to make your trip as relaxing as possible, you will want to plan out your stops. You should try to get to as many different points as possible. You can look at Google maps to see which towns have the best scenery and natural beauty. Some of the best sites are located around the Great Plains, near the Smoky Mountains, or even around the Grand Canyon. These will provide you with just the right kind of inspiration for your traveling adventure.
The United States economy is currently undergoing a significant amount of flux and many experts expect that this energy will continue to fuel economic growth in the coming year. The uncertainty in U.S. policy and international trade has left many wondering whether they should travel or stick at home during the turbulence. While it might seem simple to answer the question “Should I travel or stay at home during the U.S. economy?” the truth is much more complicated and requires a closer look at travel and the impact it can have on you and your family.
One reason why you might like to go travelling in the United States, Canada or Europe is because it offers a better quality of life than many other parts of the world. The U.S. dollar is stronger against many currencies, meaning that you are able to enjoy a more global view. You will also find that there are many less-traveling destinations in these regions, meaning that the cost of airfare and accommodation is significantly less than in the United Kingdom, Australia or France. If you are planning to go travelling this year, you will likely find that the same arguments about long-term benefits apply as those for staying in the U.S. or Canada. In fact, some of the best arguments for family travel to Europe revolve around the benefits that you will enjoy once you return home. In short, you can enjoy better healthcare, more affordable housing and access to international cultural events that might not be available to you within your national or local area.
However, there is also another compelling reason to consider long-term family travel abroad. One of the reasons that American and European tourists choose to visit other countries long-term is because they wish to have some fun. It is difficult to find quality time away from the pressures and worries of daily life. In addition, it is also very easy to get caught up in the local culture and miss out on the great outdoors. If you are travelling abroad for a short while (such as a couple weeks), you can enjoy a more exciting travel experience by spending your time in an exotic destination where you can let your hair down and have some fun.
There are some really great opportunities for you to have some fun during your time away from home. Europe has a rich history and some of the most beautiful and romantic places can be found there. Florence, Tuscany, Venice and Salzburg are all top destinations for couples who want to have some fun before their honeymoon. Of course, there are many more options. Some of the top destinations for long-term European holidays include Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy and France. If you want to spend a few weeks enjoying the culture and traditions of one of the most romantic corners of the world, you will be able to do so at some of the top resorts and city centers like Nice, Cannes, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Paris.
Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during non-honeymoon holidays? It is very easy to find great opportunities to travel abroad once you know what it is that you like to do. If you love nature, perhaps going hiking and camping would be a good idea for you. If you love animals, maybe taking a day or two out to the wildlife refuge or the local animal park and viewing different species of animals would be entertaining for you. For the wine lover, traveling to Bordeaux and having a relaxing night in a country hotel might be a great option.
Before getting your passport and booking your airline tickets, make sure that you read what the laws for getting a visa are in the country you are planning to visit. Different countries may have different rules on this and you will want to read through everything thoroughly before getting your passport. A little bit of research goes a long way when it comes to enjoying your vacation or honeymoon to Europe. I hope that you have as much fun as I have throughout my three months of traveling to Europe.
The art of travel photography is quite different from taking pictures for personal use.The challenges faced by the wandering photographer differ from day to day and have to be overcomed by adopting certain tricks, a task which requires skill and dedication. Whatever the situation, these seven trusted photography hacks will help you save your day.
You would not like to tote every piece of equipment you own when you are going on a vacation. Not only will it add to the weight, most of it would come back unused. Take a call from your last holiday and then decide if what you want to capture now is the same. If yes, then you can safely leave either your wide or long zoom lens at home.
See that the sun is behind you
If you want your pictures to be as vibrant as the travel brochures and magazines you read, then always work with the sun either behind you or to the side of the subject so as to allow maximum light to fall on it.. A sunny day will eliminate harsh shadows, the use of graduated filters and make up for the light difference in shadow and highlight areas.
Try the ant’s eye view
Photography is about being creative. If you want your image to stand out, leave the tripod at home, and try shooting from a very low angle. You don’t have to set the camera exactly on the ground but can place colorful carpets underneath it or a line of stones for the best effect. You can get crafty and make use of fence posts, tables or anything that is still.
Boost the pictures
Boosting the vibrancy and saturation during the post-production stage can really make your pictures look lovely.The secret is to boost just till the saturation point when the picture looks colorful and will look great on magazines and newspapers.
Use Google Maps to look for hidden spots away from the tourist hordes. Just type in the address about any area you are interested in and you will discover pretty locations and places where you will find something photogenic to shoot.
Use aperture mode
If you are hoping to hone your photography skills, it is better to take pictures on aperture priority as most professional photographers do. While manual may have its plus points, using aperture after adjusting the ISO and Exposure settings is a great way to build confidence and capture a good image.
Take multiple shots
A good way of capturing great travel photos is by taking multiple exposures and then blending them at the post-production stage to create one nice image.The common method is to take exposure for highlights, for mid tones and another for shadows to get the correctly exposed image.
Like any art form which takes skill and dedication to perfect, travel photography too can be learnt. The more you travel, the more technique you will develop to capture the world in colorful detail.
Britons are the most travelled people in the world, according to research. A study published today found that 84 per cent of people from the UK regularly venture abroad ? almost three- quarters more than in the US.
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