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Five travel photography essentials that won't weigh you down

Some of your best travel pictures will be off the cuff, spontaneous affairs, but taking a few basic pieces of kit – like a tripod, zoom lens, polariser and GorillaPod grip – can ensure you’re ready to make the most of a golden opportunity. Here’s a round-up of the best photography kit to sling in …

Five reasons to wake a traveller at dawn

You snooze, you lose – if you’re a traveller, that is. Set your alarm clock for one of these unforgettable early-morning experiences.<p><b>Morning rush hour at Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan</b><p>Tokyo’s most famous market reaches fever pitch in the early morning. You’ll be deafened as buyers holler for the best …

10 places to travel for a higher cause

Seeking some deeper meaning on your travels? Make your own pilgrimage to some of the world’s great spiritual sites.<p>1. Source of the Ganges (India)<p>The River Ganges is Hinduism’s holiest river, beginning in the Himalayan peaks of Uttar Pradesh and spilling out into the Bay of Bengal more than 2000km …

With 223km of mountain trails, dusty desert tracks and narrow canyons, the Larapinta Trail offers travellers the chance to experience Australia's pure desert heart in all its enormity: http://bbc.in/168C8gg

Everything you need to know about visiting Antarctica

It’s hard to escape the rat race these days. There are queues to reach the summit of Everest, direct flights to remote Pacific islands and luxurious hotels in the rainforest. We’ve tamed and colonised most of the world, but one vast stretch of the planet remains beyond our grasp: Antarctica. This …

Antarctica

Asked and answered - Reader Q&A: The top 10 essentials when travelling http://bbc.in/14pXjGO

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Tips and hacks from traveling to 45+ countries - CNN iReport

Here are 7 tips I learned from traveling and living in 45+ countries over the past few years:<p>1. Be a traveler, not a tourist. Instagramming selfie pics at the Effel Tower makes the world go around these days, but you will get so much more by immersing yourself into the local culture. Hop on a local …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

Portrait Photography: How to Photograph People in the Harsh Midday Sun

Great tips and tricks on overcoming the harsh mid-day sun to create beautiful portraits on either side of the “golden hours” The Golden Time The best …

Some Useful Tips for Using Perspective in Photography

As photographers, we often hear about the importance of moving position to change your perspective, but what does that actually mean? What is …

How to Photograph the Moon

Photographing the moon can be tricky. Last year I had a go at it, and it was a complete disaster, with the moon looking like a big, bright, blurry …

Shutter Speed

How to Make Sure You are Using Image Stabilization Correctly

A good photo isn’t automatic. It doesn’t matter how new or expensive your camera is; good shots don’t just happen because you press the shutter. …

65 Cozy Designer Family Rooms

Lazy days are welcome here.<p>Prop up your feet — these comfy dens are tailor-made for relaxing. Up your living room's game too with even more designer decorating ideas.

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

Italian food in Italy: not your mamma's meatballs

Listen closely when your jet touches down in Italy, and you may hear the rumble of some 500 stomachs getting prepared for a proper feast. Italian is arguably the most popular cuisine worldwide, and with good reason: Italy has a population of just 60.6 million, but there are another 30 million …

Five beach destinations in Italy and where to stay

Boats in the Portofino harbour.<p><b>Italy</b> is one of the premier luxury beach destinations in Europe, with an outstanding reputation that spans centuries. …

Venice city guide - Lonely Planet travel video

Adventure Photography Tips: Four Tricks to Supercharge Your Photos (3 of 3)

<i>See Tim Kemple’s previous photography tips >></i><p>I remember when I would flip excitedly through magazines to see the next “new,” undiscovered land. Now my Facebook feed is filled with more amazing images in ten minutes than I would see in a lifetime during the film days. Every day I flip through …

42 Things I Love About South Africa

<b>1. That first glimpse of Table Mountain</b><p>2. A hot air balloon ride over one of the oldest valleys in the world<p>3. Getting lost in wilds of the Northern …

Sure, plenty of people want to hike the Inca trail, but some argue that Peru's best mountain views are actually on this lesser-known trek: http://bbc.in/14IHyud Do you agree?

The Knowledge: How to take holiday photographs

<b>Keep it real</b><p>Don’t compete with postcard photography when there is usually such a varied, culturally rich array of subjects to capture off the beaten track on holiday. Immerse yourself in local routine: start in a market, go to local barbers, launderettes, restaurants and bars. Commuter routes are …

The world's 20 friendliest cities - which UK destination made the cut?

Hit the road! Sydney to the Central West.

When Sydney is sweltering, head inland for higher-altitude cool temperatures, unique wines, fine dining and historic towns that look straight from a movie set.<p><b>Duration:</b> Four to six days<p><b>Distance:</b> 700km loop<p><b>Best time to go:</b> Late spring or summer<p>The Great Western Hwy is the most direct route from …

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