THESE DAYS YOU DON’T always need the most expensive equipment or latest lens to get a quality shot during your travels. Not only have modern smartphones greatly surpassed the standalone point- and-shoot cameras of the past, but also apps and editing software improved so much over the past few years that even a DSLR novice can come home with a frame-worthy shot. The trick to taking a great shot while traveling these days isn’t necessarily about being the best behind your camera; it’s about being in the right place at the right time, a factor more easily identified than experienced.
Photography tours take the guesswork out of planning, timing and logistics. They ensure guests are in the right place and armed with the right skills to return with beautiful images and new skills that will take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a promising iPhone photographer or an amateur Ansel Adams, photography tours offer a great chance to advance your skills with unrestricted access to a professional photographer while traveling to stunning locations with a small group of like-minded people.
Nature photographer Ralph Paonessa has led workshops and photo trips since 1997, focusing itineraries around birds and wildlife as well as landscape and scenic photography. His work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Martha Stewart Living, Nature and Wildlife, Outdoor Traveler and many other publications. His main passion, however, lies in sharing what he’s learned over his years as a professional photographer with the three to seven travelers allowed on each trip. Itineraries range from a week-long Eastern Sierra Milky Way workshop in California to an 11-day excursion into the cloud forests of Costa Rica to photograph the colorful hummingbirds and micro subjects that keep the forest buzzing with life.
Amateur photographers can choose from more than 50 photography-centric trips on all seven continents when traveling with National Geographic Expeditions. This branch of the National Geographic Society launched in 1999 as the tangible extension of the company’s 130-year legacy of exploring some of the world’s most remote corners and most interesting cultures. Along with a team of researchers and experts that offers details into each specific destination, the photo tours offered by National Geographic Expeditions also include access to a National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor. From river cruises in Bordeaux to a 14-day cruise around Antarctica, guests on board any expedition can participate in onboard photo lectures and workshops as well as ask as many questions as they’d like while venturing out alongside these talented professionals on Zodiac, bicycle or foot.
Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
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Three weeks after welcoming the first international flights since its borders closed, Saint Lucia’s government reinforced its mandatory travel protocol messaging. The island also launched an informative video with on-island footage of the actual travel experience.
United Airlines plans to bump up its capacity by 4 percent month over month in September; this will account for 37 percent of its schedule compared to the year prior.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Yonder, a reimagined outdoor lodging and camping experience in southern Utah, is set to open Sept. 1. Located on scenic Highway 12 on the grounds of an old drive-in movie theater, Yonder will boast 10 custom Airstreams, 22 modern cabins and 67 RV camping sites. The property also features 2,000 square feet of communal space, with a clubhouse and bathhouse, general store, “drive-in” movie theater, resort pool, hot tub and bonfire pits.
As of July 23, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is open and ready for travelers. With new precautions, protocols and guidelines regarding guest and staff safety, health and wellness, the resort confidently welcomes travelers to the beloved resort, while showcasing refreshed overwater villas and Iridium Spa.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.