Brian Kretsch

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World’s Most Haunted Cities

These notoriously frightful cities are beset with ghastly, ghostly close encounters.<p><b>1. Madrid, Spain:</b> Ghosts haunt all walks of life in this capital city, appearing in museums, like the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, whose central building was formerly a hospital, and even the imposing Linares Palace, …

12 Bests of Continental Europe

When we spent two weeks recently motoring across Continental Europe with our kids, we were tourists. No sense pretending otherwise. We were sight-seers...holiday-makers. Like Chevy Chase and his kin, we're an American family on a European Vacation.<p>Biggest, oldest, tallest, grandest...you don't …

You Can Almost Always Cancel Your Flight FOR FREE Within 24 Hours... After They Get Cheaper

Everyone knows you can cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking... right?<p>Wrong. We didn't <i>really</i> realize this was possible until recently, when we learned it's a federal rule for airlines to give passengers a full refund if they choose to cancel their flights within 24 hours of booking, …

7 Off-Track Countries that Are Worth Checking Out

[box] <i>This is a guest post from our friends Dariece and Nick from Goats On The Road. Their blog is an extremely useful resource for those who are</i> …

Top 10 wonderful workouts around the globe

Exercise on holiday needs neither to be boring, nor a waste of valuable travel time. Hit these locations hard and you’ll experience a rush of more than just endorphins.<p>1. Grouse Grind, North Vancouver, Canada<p>Visitors looking for a little exercise in Vancouver traditionally head to the stunning …

Plan Your Escape to the Airport Lounge

<i>Holidayextras / Flickr</i><p>Airports are amazing places. Thousands of people pass through them every day traveling to all corners of the planet. Considering the number of restaurants, shops and services they provide, some airports even function like small cities. But like any buzzing metropolis, the …

Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Airfare

Working for International Living for the past 13 years, and living and traveling back and forth from Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador, we've had plenty of practice at finding the best travel deals, including airfares.<p>The most important thing to remember is that flexibility means savings. If …

Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel in Your 20s

<i>By: Matthew Kepnes</i><p>If you want to grow and make the most of your twenties, do it somewhere overseas. You have your entire life ahead of you to work -- and with the way the economy looks now, you'll be working until you die. Why plow through your best years, hoping to spend your last years doing all …

5 Reasons I Love Rooftopping and Will Do It Until The Day I Die

The word “rooftopping” first appeared in a book called “Access All Areas” in 2005 by author Jeff Chapman. In this book Jeff refers to this activity …

Useful Free Lightroom Plugin Shows You What Focus Points Your Camera Used for Each Photo

There are some Lightroom plugins that make you truly question why the feature isn’t built directly into Lightroom itself, and Show Focus Points is …

4 Essential Considerations to Help You Create Excellent Macro Photographs

I may be biased, but I think the appeal of macro photography is rather obvious: the wonder and fascination of being able to capture in fine, …

Macro Photography

National Parks

National Parks

5 of the World's Best Road Trips

By: Lauren Everitt<p>Between sibling battles in the back seat, Dad refusing to turn on the A/C, and trying to spot all 50 state license plates (damn you Hawaii and Alaska), road trips as a kid kinda sucked. But then you learned to drive, and realized that replacing your younger sisters with a couple …

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

Pro Tip: Some Airlines Have a Special Luggage Allowance for Media So You Can Pack More Gear

If you’ve ever shot on-location somewhere far away, you probably had to make this tough decision: what gear do I take and what do I leave at the …

How to Capture a Variety of Portraits with Just One Lens : reDefine Show with Tamara Lackey

10 Tips for Cleaning Your Camera Lens

A well maintained, clean lens is vital to any photographer. Here are 10 simple top tips for cleaning your digital camera lens.<p>“Camera Cleaning” …

Photography Tips

Tutorial: Learn The Art of Astrophotography

Want to master capturing an awesome meteor shower, or the next Supermoon, or the milky way galaxy across the night sky? Award-winning photographer, …

Landscape Photography

How to Create ‘Vortex Star Trails’ in Nightsky Astrophotography Time-Lapses

A common technique used in still astrophotography is the creation of startrails, a method by which a photographer overlays multiple long-exposure …

5 Quick Camera Checks Before You Release The Shutter to Produce Amazing Shots Consistently

Experience has the ability to make us wiser with our actions and choices. As a photographer, I have made mistakes in the past because of which I …

Landscape Photography

Tutorial: An Effective Method for Fixing Uneven Skin Tones in Photoshop

There are times when capturing portraits that you’ll notice the skin tone of the subject varies between their face and their body. It’s a rather …

6 Commonly Used and Confused Tools in Photoshop Explained

There are lots of tools in Photoshop that are sometimes a bit confusing due to the similar nature of their functionality. With subtle differences, …

Tutorials

Tokyo Is Getting Ready for Olympics Tourists by Sprucing Up Its Shopping Malls

In the run-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, the Odaiba district in Koto Ward is aiming to cater to the needs of the foreign visitors …

S'Mores Cookie Cups Recipe - Laura Vitale - Laura in the Kitchen Episode 801

The Best Desserts to Pack for a Picnic

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: The best desserts to pack for a picture-perfect picnic.</i><p>When it comes to picnic …

Ice Cream

Seven cruise journeys that evoke a lost era

Giant floating cities complete with endless buffets, kids clubs and climbing walls? Who needs them? Take to the water in style in homage to a bygone era.<p><b>Glide down the Nile on a Belle Époque steamer</b><p>Forget about crowded bus tours, the best way to see Egypt’s archaeological treasures is by boat – …

7 Reasons Why Prime Lenses are Better Than Zoom Lenses to Improve Your Photography

Debates in the photography community are quite common, ranging from topics on photographic gear to brands and much more. One such never-ending debate …

Herb Salted Garlic Parmesan French Fries

Herb Salted Garlic Parmesan French Fries.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> August 8, 2014 72<p>Friday fries! We’re doing it.<p>Especially because if there is a time a place to …

Destinations Mine Underground Caves for Tourism Dollars

Most tourists don’t go looking for damp dark destinations; however, some who have fallen in love with the sport of caving are traveling worldwide to …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …