Review: South America Revealed with Trafalgar

South America Trafalgar

Photo Credits: George Pitiranggon

For my first time visiting South America, I knew the best way to do it would be with an escorted tour.  Between the hysteria by the media about an exaggerated public health advisory, the language barrier, and sheer amount of things to do and see, I would probably still be planning this vacation if I were doing it on my own. Not to mention how much more I would be spending to stay in comparable hotels and transportation. Because Trafalgar is one of our premier partners and because they have a rating of over 95% guest satisfaction, it was easy to pick their 16-day South America Revealed itinerary.

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How to Take the Best Photos on Vacation

 

Take Best Photos Vacation

One of the best parts of traveling is taking pictures of the beautiful things you encounter on your journey. Since everyone doesn’t have a high quality, professional camera, many people are turning to their smart phones to document their trip. Phones are great for taking pictures along vacations because they are compact, lightweight, and we usually are caring them around anyways. We put together a list of practical tips and tricks that will help you take superior photos on your smartphone.

Take Best Photos Vacation

 

Work the angles

When you’re at new place, look up, down, and behind you. Try to get to an unusual spot and take a picture where most people don’t usually stand. Don’t be afraid to get a more unique angle. Some favorites are putting your camera phone low to the ground, off to the side, or from above.

Take Best Photos Vacation

 

Include A Subject

Don’t only take photos of landscapes and buildings. Include your friends, family, or other people in your photos as well. You can also snap some candid shots so your travel buddies don’t have to pose every time you want to take a picture. Pictures of people’s backs, looking over a landscape always turn out nice and it is a great way to remember the beauty of the view.

Take Best Photos Vacation

 

Close Up

While trying to capture the whole scene in one shot, sometimes, paying attention to the details will make for a great shot. Try getting a close-up detail shot of a detailed statue or colorful tiles. If possible, walk closer to the subject instead of using the zoom function on your phone. This will make for a clearer and less blurry picture.

Take Best Photos Vacation

 

Keep Snapping

Remember to take plenty of pictures from the very beginning of your journey, all the way to the end. If you have a window seat on your flight or on the coach bus, take a few pictures of the clouds you fly over or pretty greenery on your drive. If you’re staying in an unusual hotel, snap a few pictures of the uncommon furniture and vibrant décor. All the details of your trip will be great reminders of the wonderful time you had.

Traveling is the best way to encounter unique photo opportunities. Landscapes, architectures and local scenes are the best way to tell a story of your journey. Keep our photo tips in mind on your next vacation and you will surely come back home with a camera phone full of lasting memories.

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Review: Canada’s Rockies with Trafalgar

Lake - Trafalgar Canada

I live in Houston, Texas so when I first contemplated a getaway from the August heat, I wanted somewhere cool and somewhere I’d never been before. I specialize in and typically take cruises on most of my vacations. I’ve never been on an escorted tour before, so when I decided to try it out. I wanted one that would be easy to get to, with visits to cities not terribly far from each other, as I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about traveling by bus every day. When I found Trafalgar’s Canada’s Rockies, it was the perfect fit. I got to escape 100 degree heat and enjoy summertime outdoors in beautiful 60 degree weather, with breathtaking scenery. Outstanding!

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Five Must-See Cities in Europe

Five Must-See Cities in Europe

A European vacation is generally one rich in cultural highlights, as many of the famous cities and landmarks in Europe have existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A sightseeing tour of a city can take you to some of the world’s most famous landmarks– and it’s often not far to travel to another city with equally famous and historical significance. That’s not to mention the rich local culture and traditions that have often been observed and passed down for hundreds of years, and which you can experience firsthand.

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