There are a lot of things you can experience or be a part of that can have a profound impact on your life. Especially if you?ve spent some time living a life you?re not particularly proud of, whether you were in a harmful relationship or had issues with addiction, there is one thing that can drastically make your life better in a number of ways: travel.
The sanctuary that is your home provides comfort and safety in so many different ways and there are undoubtedly quite a few measures you put into place to secure your home for added safety. The biggest threat against which you?d naturally want to secure your home is indeed invasion by an intruder because heaven knows what their intensions are. Things could get really nasty and you or a loved-one could get seriously injured if the intruder is capable of doing much more harm than just stealing some of your valuable household goods. [Read more…]
The eyes of the world will be on Brazil next summer, when the Olympic torch burns above Rio de Janeiro, but our tip for a more off-the-beaten-track experience in South America is Peru. It has been 33 years since there was a direct air link between the UK and Lima, but that will change on May 4, when British Airways starts three-times-a-week flights from Gatwick. Take in foodie Lima as well as the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, before discovering lesser-known sights in northern Peru.
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…]
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…]
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.
The great thing about travel is that it?s a great opportunity to relax and recuperate, stepping away from the work life even for a week is enough to recharge your body even if you spend your time out and about exploring new places. [Read more…]