Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

2013 in Travel Review – Part One

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Year 2013 conceptMy oh my. 2013 is coming to a close, and the new year will be here the next time you blink. We’ve posted quite a few articles over the past 12 months. Some have been informative and strictly travel-related, and others have been a bit more fun and at-random. Let’s take a brief look back, shall we?

suitcase-300x166On the second day of this year, we talked about The Travel Resolution. Most people make some sort of goal at the beginning of the year, so why not lay out your vision when it comes to traveling? January is the time to get specific about your upcoming plans, take any necessary time off from work and start working out that budget. We always encourage everyone to seize the year if travel is your heart’s desire. (more…)

When Good Trips Go Bad… And Then Get Good Again

Friday, November 15th, 2013

cloud icon with design on blue sky backgroundAnyone who has ever been on a trip to anywhere probably knows that when you travel, things don’t always go as planned. Luggage gets lost, flights get delayed, taxi cab drivers render you helpless and afraid for your life, and once in a blue moon, the United States Government shuts down.

Every Reserve123 Team member is dedicated to ensuring the arrangements we make for our customers go off without a hitch, and if there is some sort of mishap, we work our best to correct the issue and get things back on track. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite correct the Government Shutdown issue (although, many of us likely had downright brilliant ideas regarding a resolution), so closures and cancellations began to affect our customers’ reservations.

To our delight, we were able to help one of our groups make the most of their trip, despite the ongoing fiasco in our nation’s capitol. (more…)

Secrets of the Best Travel Photography

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Beautiful sailor girlCapturing those special travel moments perfectly can be an elusive enterprise.

Cameras and the art of photography have certainly come a long way since the days of black and white photos and the cliché tourist vacation albums.

The most advanced cameras can be overwhelming with all of their setting options, lenses, and lighting tools.

But what about travelers with simply a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a smart phone?

Here are just a few photography tips to shed light on frame-worthy photos:

1. Tell a story. Make an effort to feature the place, people, and things in your photo to lead the viewer’s eye around. For example, the photo on the left not only captures the ocean and coastline in the radiant amber sunset, but also includes the sailboat and many interesting features aboard the vessel, as well as the silhouette of a beautiful sailor adjusting the mast lines and holding a sun hat. Great photos have great composition.

2. Get closer. Avoid digital zooming whenever possible. Physically get closer to the subject, because backgrounds can be too distracting if the subject is too far away. But don’t get too close, as that may lead to distortion.

3. Get in the action yourself. Capturing engaging photos starts with including yourself, not setting yourself apart from what is going on. Viewers don’t want to see photos reminiscent of lab results – they want to feel like they are right there with the subject and a part of the scene themselves. A lot of times candid photos while engaging with people doing something turn out better than the stereotypical posed shots.

4. Lighting. You can get better quality outdoor photos by utilizing natural lighting at sunrise and sunset for lower contrast and pastel color vibrancy when the sun is near the horizon. There also tends to be fewer crowds at major attractions to obstruct your frame line. You can turn a mundane scene into something magical if you time it just right.

5. Expect the unexpected. Part of traveling is knowing that you may not have control over everything that happens. Transportation delays, bad weather, closed attractions, etc. Learn to improvise and make the most of circumstances. Are there interesting indoor locations and things to do? Have you talked to the locals to find out their favorite hot spots? Going off the beaten path of your plans can lead to more interesting opportunities. Being flexible and creative will make your trip and photography much more enjoyable.

Want to learn more secrets of the art? Join one of our amazing Photography Tours around the world and capture your travel tales!

The Minimalist’s Guide to Good Travel

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

minimalist travelDo you like to keep it simple during your travels? Are you someone who saves every last dime to take multiple trips each year? Do you prefer to spend more time exploring a city than hanging out at the resort? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be a minimalist when it comes to travel. This can often be a wonderful way to visit all the places on your bucket list, because you realize that all we really need to enjoy ourselves are the essentials. Read on for three quick ways to stick to the basics whilst traveling, and keep your minimalist ways going strong. (more…)

How to Disconnect from Technology on Vacation

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Tablet on the beachWelcome to the 21st century. It’s a technology-driven world out here, and it can be a challenge to pry our favorite devices out of our gadget happy hands. What better time to take a break from it all then when you’re on vacation? None, that’s when. There is arguably no better time to take a break from it all. You’re already leaving the cares of your routine life behind, so why not try pulling the technological plug while you’re at it? At least for a few days. You may be wondering how to disconnect from technology on vacation, so below are a few suggestions on how to make that happen. (more…)

Your Typical Travel Moments (in GIFs) – Part 2

Friday, September 13th, 2013

There’s a little Tumblr blog out there called Daddy Newbie, and if you haven’t heard of it, you’re missing out. Each update is a hilariously true-to-form representation of what it’s like dealing with daddy responsibilities for the first time. To make matters funnier, the stories are told in GIFs.

We love GIFs around these parts, ahem, and many of the updates can also apply to a few more of our most relatable travel moments.  So, may we present part two of “Your Typical Travel Moments,” like the one above. That’s what happens when you and your friends finally arrive at your getaway destination. Click through for the rest. (more…)

Why You Should Book Travel Insurance

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

travel insurance

Most people see the option for travel insurance during the booking process and brush it off as a useless expense. You might think your itinerary is iron clad, but every traveler is susceptible to unforeseen issues and last minute emergencies. Depending on the package, travel insurance may cover more than you think. In fact, a small fee could end up saving you pretty penny if things do go awry. (more…)

How to Be a Fearless Foodie

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Hello My Name is A Foodie.One of the greatest things about traveling to different places is getting to experience new cuisines.

Every culture has a set of dining options that are unique to their location, and if you’re truly trying to make the most of your travels, you’ll want to get a taste. The thing is, if you’re not used to trying new foods, opting for that local specialty might be a little scary. In a day where everyone is extremely particular about what we consume, it can be easy to pass up a few gems on the menu, in exchange for whatever you can pronounce.

Have no fear. We’re here to give you a few simple tips to help you become a shameless, daring, and wise yet fearless foodie.

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7 Miscellaneous Items to Pack in Your Carry-On

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Woman trying to close overfilled suitcaseThere’s a science to gathering a piece of luggage, and it can be a task trying to decide what to pack in your carry on.

If you know the right tips and tricks, you can squeeze about 10 days worth of items into your bag and save some cash on those rising checked luggage fees. Not to mention, there’s no need to worry about your possessions getting lost or having to wait for your suitcase (that looks similar to other passengers’ suitcases) to roll around at baggage claim.

Hooray for the carry-on bag. It definitely deserves some appreciation, and the next time you start packing yours, consider adding these items to the list.

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3 Simple Reasons Why You Should Still Use Guidebooks

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

We recently ran across this an article claiming that guidebooks will soon be a thing of the past. As we enter the digital age, print sales are steadily declining, and most media outlets are shifting towards a stronger online presence. Newsweek and PC Magazine have both ended their print subscription services, and other publications might soon follow suit. These days, most travelers have traded traditional maps for a GPS or mobile mapping applications.

So, what does this mean for guidebooks? Will they soon disappear like the traveler’s check? Will this generation’s children be solely dependent on digital devices for travel guidance? We sure hope not.

Here’s a handful of reasons why guidebooks can’t quite be replaced.

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