My First GoPro Fail

After having a GoPro for a year and a half, I have officially had my first GoPro fail! After turning on all the lights in the room, setting up the GoPro on my XShot perfectly, and snapping hundreds of fun and festive holiday shots, I thought we’d end up with the perfect Christmas pictures. Later after reviewing the pictures we had taken, I realized that our photo shoot was a bomb. Unsuccessful. All of my Christmas Day family photos came out blurry. Although their imperfect, they’re still hilarious and special memories captured with my fiancés family. They’re still keepers.

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Camera in Hand, Capturing the Beauty of the World

Guest Post by Justin from The Roaming Lama
I’ve been very fortunate to find a job that allows me to travel often and the flexibility to extend these business trips to explore the world around me. The accumulation of airline miles and hotel points that accompanies the amount of business travel has also allowed my wife and I to do a fair amount of travel for pure pleasure as well. In the past several years, I’ve accumulated a few hundred thousand airline miles and with my camera in hand I try to bring the beauty of the world to the regular readers of my blog (of which I hope you reading this will also become) through photography three – four times a week.
Over the years I’ve accumulated thousands of photographs and published close to 700 of them on my blog and website. I am working on a new website currently where I’ll share tips on both capturing the photograph initially and processing it afterwards to bring your true vision to life. The human eye catches light and detail in a much broader spectrum than a camera is able to and thus the post-processing of the photo to bring your image to life is of the utmost importance.
Selecting my favorite photograph is extremely hard because there are aspects to every photo that I publish that I like and it makes each one special to me. As a result, I’ve selected a dozen or so photos that I think gives a nice overview of the types of photographs I typically publish on my website which tend to be landscape and/or travel photos.

Rocky Mountain National Park

I was extremely fortunate over the past few years to have a client based in Denver, Colorado and as a result I visited that city four to five times a year. About two hours away from Denver is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States – Rocky Mountain National Park. Fortunately, I’ve been able to leverage these business meetings into half dozen or so trips to RMNP. My two favorite photos from these trips are called ‘Fog over Sprague Lake’ and ‘Dream Lake Sunrise’.

Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

 Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
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Hotel Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria

View from my balcony

Hotel Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba is considered one of the top rated five star hotels in Cayo Santa Maria. After a week long getaway at Hotel Cayo Santa Maria I can see why its considered a luxurious destination for vacationers. As a backpacker and down to earth traveler it’s not often that I get the opportunity to stay a resort. Typically I much prefer to travel my way through a country from city to city and hostel to hostel. However, there are times when I crave a holiday just like anyone else. After 5 months of traveling my way through Canada, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, I knew it was time for a beach getaway to relax, recoup, rejuvenate, and get ready for my next long haul backpacking adventure through Europe! Continue reading

10 Great Things About Cayo Santa Maria

If these 10 things don’t persuade you to love Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba then I don’t think anything will…

1. Water the colour of TURQUOISE…Cayo Santa Maria

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Trying Out My Turquoise LiteGear City Tote in Cuba

CityToteCityToteWho would have thought that I get to try out a brand new turquoise travel bag in a new turquoise destination? I got to try out my new mallard green (i.e. turquoise) LiteGear City Tote in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. The City Tote was the perfect travel accessory to help make exploring my white sand and sunny island vacation a breeze. With my turquoise tote in tow, I was able to pack everything I needed for the day in one conveniently organized bag. The light weight, yet durable bag made carrying around my beach essentials effortless. The meticulously designed bag has features to make my life easier–especially for travel with only a carry-on. Continue reading

Your Next Getaway is Closer Than You Think!

Guest Post by: Local Home Swap

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Local Home Swap

Being involved with home swapping has allowed me to travel the world while only paying for my transportation. But now, with work and other demands, travelling abroad is becoming less frequent. Yet with still having the need to regularly get away, I came upon the perfect solution – house swapping locally where the swap is only a road trip away. Here homeowners trade their city homes for country retreats and vice versa offering everyone a much needed change of pace without the stress of a long distance trip. Continue reading

Plan Now, Enjoy Later

Guest Post by: Smile As It Happens

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For many people, the impending arrival of spring break heralds the beginning of vacation time. Whether you’re taking time off from work or school for a relaxing getaway, it’s important to plan things carefully so that your trip goes off without a hitch. Here are a few tips that can help.

Get the Gear

As spring looms just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about taking your beach towel and sandals out of winter storage. Although it feels like just the other day that stores had their Christmas stock available, most retailers have wasted no time in rolling out the newest product lines in preparation for spring. And while you might find it impossible to find a new winter jacket this time of year, you’re almost guaranteed to find exactly what you need for a spring break vacation. Most stores are already displaying an array of swimsuits, sandals, sunglasses and beach towels for your selection. Besides making for a fun day at the mall, shopping ahead of time for your vacation gear will help ensure that you can find everything you need in the fashions and sizes that suit you, long before the stock is picked over. Continue reading