How to capture your travel memories in style

Oct 3, 2014 by

How to capture your travel memories in style

A vacation, by definition, is something that passes, so it is a great idea on those trips that you enjoy so much that you want to remember them for a long time. You also want to take plenty of pictures of the best bits to keep them alive in your memory.

The changing face of photography

Taking a picture used to be a lot more difficult, requiring a camera, flash unit, different lenses, and rolls of film. Nowadays, however, technology has made the camera not only smaller and easier to carry around, but digital. Gone are the rolls of film or the need for an outside party to develop the prints. You can take a photograph, look at it on the digital screen and decide straightway whether it is worth keeping or not. Of course, with the smartphone, you do not even need to have a separate camera.

The first step to achieve good photographs is to get as close to your subject as possible to ensure that the viewer’s attention is focused on the camera rather than the surroundings. If you pull back too far, you are in danger of filling your photograph with wasted space. If you are taking a shot of a person or people, being closer also has the advantage of allowing you to see facial expressions that help capture the mood of the moment.

Lighting is very important in achieving a good photograph. Consider where the light is before you snap away, whether you are using natural light from the sun, or artificial light from a flash or a lamp. Consider how the light affects your subject, whether it causes shadows that are unflattering to the face, or highlights an area in an interesting way.

If you want to be good at anything, the key is to practice. So to make sure your holiday snaps are as good as they can possibly be, practice at home and it is possible that as you practice, you develop a particular style of photography that becomes inherently ‘you’, making your final photographs that much more original. The other element that may help you to take quality pictures is not a fabulously expensive camera, but knowledge of techniques and tricks that you can pick up from photography books written by experts.

You should also consider that your vacation photos may have a life outside of your computer or family circle. High quality photographs are always in demand, as they are often used to illustrate newspaper or magazine articles, add interest to websites, or serve as ebook covers. You can make money with your super snaps by submitting them to websites dedicated to holding Stock Photos & Images. Every time someone buys your photograph for his or her own use, you receive a royalty payment.

Anyone can take a photograph, but it takes some skill to take a picture that not only captures the moment but also stimulates positive memories later on. Achieve this by doing some research and setting the scene before taking your pictures.

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Exotic beach wear for the body confident male traveler

Oct 3, 2014 by

Exotic beach wear for the body confident male traveler

Nobody knows whether it is due to increasing equality between the genders, time spent in the gym, or simply fashion, but it is clear that when it comes to beach wear, and under garments, men are getting braver. Much braver.

Global trend

While it has been acceptable for many years for women to sunbathe in thongs and little else, male beachwear has tended to be more conservative. However, on beaches across the world you can now see plenty of men, of all ages, in thongs and other exotic beach garments. These men are minimizing their clothing in order to maximize their tans – and impress onlookers.

This change is echoed underneath day-to-day clothing, too, as men worldwide are moving away from traditional underwear towards skimpier and/or more exotic items. In fact, in much of the world men are taking more of an interest in (their own) underwear than ever before.

In some countries, such as Italy and France, men have favored body-enhancing underclothes and swimwear for a while, but in recent years the trend has become truly global. Where has this huge change in fashion focus come from? Nobody can say for sure, but since many men are now taking more care of, and pride in, their bodies than in previous decades, perhaps it is partly driven by an increase in self-confidence.

Something for everybody

It is true that a certain amount of self-confidence is required to wear some of the smaller male thongs available, but because there has been a huge increase in sales of, and interest in, male underwear and beach wear recently, there is now something on the market for pretty much everybody.

Join the trend

If this trend appeals to you, there is even more good news – creating a fashionable collection of beach and under clothing does not have to be expensive. Right now, online, you can find some great deals on men’s lingerie thongs included.

Of course, there are some potential drawbacks. Many modern men are well traveled and sophisticated enough to appreciate the need to dress appropriately for the place and company they are in. However, some advice deserves repetition: beach wear is for the beach.

While wearing a thong on the beach is absolutely fine and entirely appropriate, wearing it away from the beach (at least without the benefit of other clothing on top) may not be. In some parts of the world – even the most apparently permissive – wearing skimpy beach attire in other public places can draw angry looks at best, and the attention of the authorities at worst. Nobody wants to offend their fellow sunbathers or holidaymakers, so always take a cover-up when you venture out and do not forget to wear it before leaving the shoreline.

That said, as more and more modern men are realizing, time and fashions are changing fast. So if you – and/or a man you know – are heading off to the beach any time soon, why not invest in a selection of exotic beach wear? After all, who wants to miss out on a fashion that can be so much fun?

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Bargains galore!

Sep 27, 2014 by

Bargains galore!

There are few feelings in the world better than the moment you find an absolute steal of a bargain, and grab it with both hands. When it comes to finding a bargain that relates to a holiday, it’s even better!

Cutting costs on holidays isn’t the easiest thing in the world, because cutting too many corners affects the quality of your time away, but there are a few add-ons that will certainly make your holiday less stressful, and will save you money to boot. Airport parking is one of these, and by driving yourself to the airport, you’re cutting out the public transport middle man, which is always an easier business in my opinion. You’ll find airport parking services at most large UK airports, including great deals on the busy Heathrow terminal 5 parking I booked this recently through ParkBCP, and the price I paid, along with the service I received, made my travel plans much easier, and less costly. I’d highly recommend you to look into this.

Saving money on how you get to the airport is one huge step towards having more in your pocket when you actually arrive, but what about the initial booking of the holiday? How can you save on that part?

Well, it’s down to tenacity, patience, and a decent amount of searching, but believe me, it can be done!

The best bargains are always on the internet, and I always find it’s much easier to look for bargains in this way, because you can sit down with a cup of coffee, in the comfort of your own home, and take your time really looking for a package or deal that suits your needs and wants. Booking DIY can often work out cheaper, and sites like Travel Republic will put together a DIY holiday, to make a package with individual facets chosen by you. Teletext is another good go-to for cheap breaks, or the travel website Sunshine. The only thing you need to bear in mind is to check that the company you use has adequate ABTA and ATOL certification, which means you’re covered in the event of a problem.

Another good tip for searching out those bargains is not to be too rigid with your date requirements. If you can travel mid-week, you’ll find flight prices cheaper than at the weekend, and if you can fly from a few different airports, without having to specify one in particular, then you may find a cheaper fare that way.

It’s all about being flexible and having the time to search, but once you find that dream bargain break, the fun can really start!

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Dealing with emergencies while traveling

Aug 22, 2014 by

Dealing with emergencies while traveling

No one likes to think about the worst happening while they’re on holiday, but unfortunately emergencies can, and do, happen, and usually when you’re least expecting them. It is essential, therefore, that you take the time to plan for every eventuality before stepping on to that airplane; you most likely won’t ever need your contingency plans, but you’ll be so glad that you made them!

Be prepared

Accidents and illness do happen, so make sure you plan for every eventuality. Be sure to pack a first aid kit, including any medications you usually take as well as water purifying tablets, insect repellant, painkillers, and diarrhea medication; these can be difficult to pick up abroad, especially if you don’t speak the language. Be mindful of local safety regulations, such as beach warnings and no swim signs, and book any activities with reputable companies.

If your valuables, documents, or personal belongings get lost or stolen, it can be very difficult to retrieve them, so you must make plans for the worst. Take multiple forms of ID on your travels – kept separately, of course – and split money into different hiding places. You could even divide luggage into different suitcases should one go missing. If you suspect theft, report it to the local authorities immediately. They will be able to provide you with a crime number, which will be essential in claiming any insurance.

It is possible to run out of money while traveling, particularly if you decide to do something different, come across some unexpected charges, lose access to your bank account, or fall into difficulty. Make sure you create a separate, emergency budget; this should be money that is kept apart from your travel funds – whether that’s in a different account, an emergency credit card, or as cash that’s stored in a second wallet or money belt – that can be accessed in case of crises. It is also a good idea to research the practicalities of a money transfer service and to ensure a friend or family member is able and willing to transfer funds to you from home, should you require. Check out a website such as www.transfast.com for more information; you’ll find a plethora of advice regarding the services on offer.

Things to do before traveling

It is vital to take out insurance before your trip, and make sure you know what it does and doesn’t cover. Health insurance is a must, covering you in case of illness or injury. Find out if your personal, or home, insurance will cover you against the loss or theft of documents or personal belongings while you’re away. If not, take out additional travel cover or annual travel insurance, and always be sure to take your insurance card away with you.

Research the local healthcare systems that are in place to help should you suffer an accident or come down with food poisoning or a mystery bug. It is also a good idea to purchase a good phrasebook, enabling you to communicate distress and symptoms.

Have you thought about who you’d contact in case of an emergency? It’s a really good idea to take note of the contact details for your embassy abroad; also make sure you have the details of friends and relatives who could be contacted if necessary.

With a little planning and preparation, you’ll be ready to enjoy your getaway without a hitch.

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Germs on planes: how can you stay healthy?

Aug 19, 2014 by

Germs on planes: how can you stay healthy?

Flying, especially when it involves overseas flights, not only means a vacation in a new and interesting place, it also means there is a risk of becoming ill as the result of bugs on the flight. A large proportion of people have fallen ill after spending time aboard aircraft and there are many reasons for this, but there are also steps that can be taken to prevent it from happening.

How can flying make people ill?

One thing that passengers do not have to worry about when flying is breathing the recirculated air; it is a myth that it is filled with germs and that the majority of people on board will get ill if just one passenger has a cold. However, there are other areas of the aircraft that do harbor germs. Anything a person touches while they are on the plane has the potential to make them ill.

Experts advise that those flying do not have an aisle seat as they are more likely to come into contact with other passengers and can therefore be germ-ridden. Airplane toilets are actually notorious for being filled with germs thanks to the fact that each plane will have on average only one toilet for every 50 passengers; on some flights this might increase to one for every 75 on board.

However, germs are not the only cause of sickness; flying can be dehydrating and it is well known that many passengers do not drink enough. Dehydration can lead to a number of health problems and is a factor in the after-flight illnesses experienced by many travelers.

The common cold is the most obvious disease that could be contracted after a flight, but there are also more serious conditions, such as influenza, norovirus and food poisoning.

How to avoid becoming ill

It is important for all passengers on planes to take a few precautions when traveling in order to avoid becoming ill. Here are a few tips to avoid getting sick while flying.

First of all, passengers should ensure that they wash their hands every time after using the toilet.  Experts advise travelers to have a hand sanitizer with them as there is also the possibility that the water in the restrooms may be contaminated.

Passengers are also advised to carry with them antibacterial wipes that can be used to sanitize the tray table and wipe over the arms of the seat and other areas to kill off any bacteria that may be lurking there.

Staying hydrated is also important so sipping water regularly is essential. If on a long-haul flight, consider trying to get a couple of hours sleep to minimize the effects of jet lag.

Flying does not have to be a traumatic experience and the vast majority of passengers disembark in good health. However, those who are tired, dehydrated or have an immune system that is not working at 100% should take a few precautions to prevent themselves from becoming vulnerable to illness.              

 

 

 

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