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Tricks for taking good travel pictures even if you’re a beginner

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Are you no good at all at taking pictures, especially when travelling? Do you come back from a trip all excited about the pictures you took but when you show them they are far from what you expected? Don’t worry, it’s something very common, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to settle for just anything, are you? Here go a few tips that won’t make you worthy of publishing your pictures in National Geographic, but they will make your travel photos (and non-travel pictures too) a bit more interesting. 1. Photograph what interests you but also the unexpected; stay away…

Tips to make your trips safer

Nothing ever happens. But sometimes things do happen. Some people happened to be in New York when the Twin Towers were attacked. And some people got caught by the tsunami in Thailand. So yes, it’s unlikely, but sometimes the unexpected happens and it’s better to be prepared. What can we do to take the minimum safety measures, regardless of our destination? 1-    Always leave information on your trip with a family member or a friend (itinerary, dates, cities you’ll be visiting, hotels where you will be staying …). 2-    Enter in your agenda the phone number and address of your…

What we like to bring home with us when travelling around the world

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Almost all travelers, besides coming back home with incredible experiences, also like to bring along a physical object, something tangible that will remind us of our trip, of the place or the time. That is why they are called souvenirs. Some of us even collect those objects from our trips. I have to admit I love mugs. Every time I go on a trip I have to buy a mug clearly stating where it was bought. They are easy to find, and any city or even the remotest village has its typical mug with its name printed on it and…

The 10 best APPs for relentless travelers

There are travelers who like to have everything under control, who plan every stage of their trip and don’t leave the slightest detail to chance. And then there are those who indulge in adventure and the unexpected, who plan nothing and know nothing about the what, how or when. Both are valid—great travelers at the end of the day. Here we have put together a list of ‘the best APPS for travelers’; no matter what type of traveler you are, surely one or two of these will come in handy! · Google Maps: A must—life would not be the same…

Tips for avoiding dizziness when traveling

Some people can travel by car but then they get dizzy on a boat, train or plane and even suffer nausea. There is no absolute certainty as to why people feel bad when travelling on certain means of transport, but it could be due to some conflict in the organs involved in movement. The human brain perceives movement when it receives signals from the inner ear, eyes, muscles and articulations. When the signals do not coincide, the result is discomfort associated to movement. For instance, in a boat the inner ear perceives movement but eyes don’t. Blind people, however, also…

Traveling calmly

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Here, we are in favor of calm trips, better known as “slow travel”. And the point is that the clock and the calendar do not mix at all well with enjoying what you are doing, in this case traveling. Don’t you think? The “slow food” movement was born around the year 1989 in Italy in response to the opening of the first McDonald’s there. In 2005, Carl Honoré, the guru of this movement, published his “Eulogy to slowness”, in which he explains the philosophy of this way of thinking and acting; of experiencing and understanding life. This thought was leaving…

Quotations from great figures throughout history which encourage traveling!

Throughout history, there have been many things spoken which have remained in our collective memory and which undoubtedly constitute encouragement to travel.  Here are some of the most characteristic ones.   · “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama · “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving” Lao Tse · “Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” J. Brown · “Tourists do not know where they have been. Travelers do not know where they are going.”  Paul Therox…

Advice to combat the fear of flying

Fear of flying is a problem that affects more people than you might think. And it is a shame, particularly for those whom this fear prevents from flying to distant places they have always dreamed of visiting. But there is a solution and some advice that, although not a cure-all, could make it easier for some people to get past this difficulty. Here is some practical advice which we hope will at least help someone be able to make their dream trip in a calmer state: · Have your luggage ready at least 24 hours before the trip. Ensure that…

The secrets of respectful diving

Diving is a thrilling sport with many avid fans. But we must remember that the animals and plants that inhabit seas and oceans are extremely delicate beings which we must look after and preserve. It is possible to enjoy the depths of the ocean without leaving a mark behind, and the FAADA (Foundation for the adoption, sponsoring and protection of animals) gives us some recommendations to ensure that we enjoy it without harming it. · It is recommended that novices practice their first dives in swimming pools or in waters with sandy beds  at a relatively shallow depth. This is…

Tips on how to cope better when flying long haul

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Have you ever flown long haul?  The truth is that on these kinds of flights, the hours definitely don’t seem to ‘fly by’. If you’re stuck on how to fill so many empty hours, then here are a few tips based on my experience. Of course, they’re not all suitable for everyone, but I’m sure that one or two will probably help to make your flight seem shorter. In my opinion, an absolute must on any journey – and especially a long one – is a good book (and maybe even more than one!). But don’t make the mistake of…