• How to Edit Travel Photos With Lightroom

    How to Edit Travel Photos With Lightroom

    Editing your travel photos is more than just achieving a cohesive Instagram feed. Editing is a way to restore and enhance the beauty and sentiment that gets lost in a lens when you capture an image. Plus it doesn’t hurt to correct some user-error that might have happened when you took the picture in the first place. I recommend using Adobe Lightroom to edit all your photos. However, if you’re using a different platform, most of these techniques should still apply on some level. The Basics Everyone has their own editing style, and it takes some time to develop. But here are some basic tools and techniques you can use…

  • Travel Photography Tips for Beginners

    8 Travel Photography Tips for Beginners

    If you’re new to photography, but you want to capture your travel memories better, this post is for you! A camera sounded like a good investment to make before you travel, but now that you have it you’re a little overwhelmed. All you really know how to do is point, click, and hope for the best. The pictures turn out alright, but there’s really no magic to them. Sound familiar?  I’ve been there too. But a couple years and about 10,000 photos later, I’ve learned a lot and have great travel photos that I’m proud of. So here are 8 foundational tips to get you taking better travel photos in…

  • How to Act Like a Local Abroad

    The Art of Blending In: How to Act Like a Local When You’re Abroad

    You know the saying “Why try to blend in when you were born to stand out”? Well let’s just forget about that for now. While that’s a great way to live when you’re in your home environment, it’s really not the best approach to take when you’re abroad. First of all, it’s in the interest of safety to avoid looking like a tourist. Plus, acting like a local is going to give you a better, more authentic experience abroad.   Acting like a local really just comes down to paying attention. The best way to blend in is simply to be observant, and do as the Romans do. With simple…

  • Best Gelato in Florence

    Best Gelato in Florence: The Complete Guide

    Gelato is a cornerstone of Italian culture, and Florence is home to some of the best. While you’re here, you need to indulge in the tradition–it’s only right! But not all gelato is created equal, and you might as well spend your euro, time, and calories on the best. If you’ve talked to anyone who has spent a lot of time in Italy, maybe you’ve already been lectured on the gelato rules. Indeed, we self-proclaimed gelato connoisseurs, after learning the “rules” can be pretty passionate about passing them on.     How to Find the Best Gelato 1. Natural, fresh gelato won’t be displayed in giant mountains piled high in…

  • One Day Guide to Cinque Terre

    One Day Guide to Cinque Terre

    Cinque Terre is the collection of five charming villages built into the hills of the Italian Riviera. Walking through it is like walking in the middle of a postcard. The region is known for its colorful buildings and beautiful beaches, and is even protected as a national park. It’s not difficult to see why Cinque Terre has become one of the most popular destinations in Italy. But how do you experience Cinque Terre, especially if you only have one day to visit? Here’s your guide to seeing Cinque Terre in one day. When to Visit In the warmer months, you’ll be able to swim, enjoy the beaches, and the activity…

  • 10 Travel Products You Need in Your Carry-On

    10 Handy Travel Products You Need in Your Carry-On

    I’m a big believer in packing light. You can cover much more ground, quicker, when you limit the amount of stuff you’re carrying around with you. Even though I’m a notorious no-frills packer, there are 10 travel products that I cannot live without in my carry-on.   Hygiene Facial Cleansing Cloths Just wet these cloths with some water and use to remove all of your makeup. No liquid makeup remover or wipes needed. The best part is that they’re reusable, and when they start getting dirty, you can simply clean them with some soap and water in a sink. Micro-Fiber Towel My micro-fiber towel has saved my life, or at…

  • Tips To Become a Confident Solo Traveler

    10 Tips to Become a More Confident Solo Traveler

    Traveling is a great way to stretch your comfort zone and make incredible memories, but it can also be nerve-racking if you’re traveling solo, traveling internationally, or traveling at all for the first time. Here are 10 tips to help you put your mind at ease and make you a confident traveler. 1. Do Your Homework Before you go, do a little bit of research. Make sure you know what currency the country uses, what language they speak, and what to expect in general as a visitor. Learn a few polite and necessary words and phrases like “hello,” “please,” “thank you,” and oh yeah, “do you speak English?” 2. Stay…

  • Nine Ways to Travel on a Budget

    Nine Ways to Travel on a Budget

    Nothing should hold you back from traveling, including money. Here are nine tips for planning budget-friendly travel, so you can go places, affordably. Explore Different Travel Options Dream up your wish list and start checking out these potential destinations. When you have an idea of what places you might want to add to your trip, begin watching flights. Skyscanner, Google Flights, and Hopper are my Holy Trinity of plane travel. These tools help users track prices for flights, and may even inspire a new destination with a smaller price tag, so keep an open mind about your trip. Flight tracking will also help you determine the best days to plan…