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How to Not Feel Awful After Air Travel

<i>This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.</i><p>Air travel days are exciting and fun but can also wreak havoc on your health as you lose sleep, eat off …

Wellness

How to Use Spot Metering & AE Lock on a Digital Camera

As a photographer, the chances of being familiar with the terms spot metering and AE lock are relatively great. They are common features on most DSLR …

National Geographic Travel

Shooting Self-Portraits Under the Northern Lights

If you’ve always dreamed of taking pictures of the northern lights, the video above will give you a small taste of what it’s like. Swedish …

Photography

30 Amazing Photography Links to Tutorials, Special Features and Great Photography

With another very exciting week passing us by in the world of photography, Toad Hollow Photography has been actively searching all corners of the …

Photography

Why You Should Turn Off the Built-In Flash on Your Camera Right Now

We’ve all gone to sporting events and seen the audience cameras flashing two hundred or more yards distant from the action on the field. The truth is …

Shutter Speed

How to Convert Color Portraits to Black & White in Lightroom

Converting color images into black and white is a fun process, especially if you know what you’re doing. But most photographers are shy of getting …

Drink the World: New Zealand

I have a real attachment to this country. I went for a two week holiday and came back five years later, much to the consternation of my mother, but the profound happiness of my ex girlfriend. It's a special place, a land of perpetually blue skies and ridiculously green and rolling hills, with air …

New Zealand

5 Reasons to Move to Sydney -- Or at Least Visit Before Tearing Yourself Away (PHOTOS)

I bought a one-way ticket to a city I'd never been to.<p>Actually, I didn't even know anyone who had been to Sydney.<p>I was casually turning down a coveted "dream" career for an adventure. I would like to think it was a <i>calculated</i> risk. There's several logical reasons to become an expat in one of the …

Australia

Watching Australia's wildlife

Wildlife is one of Australia’s top selling points, and justifiably so. A network of national parks, state forests and reserves is home to unique and fascinating native fauna, and although many of the furry mammals are nocturnal, during the daylight the birdlife is vibrant, noisy and colourful.<p>If …

Australia

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

San Francisco

Make or break: travelling as a couple

Travelling as a couple can present unique challenges (and advantages) on top of the exhilaration and standard stress that accompanies long-term travel. Will it make or break the relationship? What happens when one person wants to go to the Full Moon Party and the other wants to jungle trek?<p>Like …

Asia Travel

How to Pack for a Boat Trip

Last year I went on an extended trip through the deserts of Jordan and learned all about packing outside my comfort zone. This summer I faced a new travel challenge: how to pack for a diving expedition on the Great Barrier Reef.<p>After spending more than three days on the 100-foot <i>Spoilsport</i> with a …

How to Master White Balance

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Before the rise of digital photography most magazine pictures were shot on color transparency film, more commonly known as slides. Slide film was calibrated to be used in …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Trains

Inside the Kremlin walls

On the 400th anniversary of the Romanovs, Russia’s dynasty of tsars, explore the often grave and sometimes amusing history of Moscow’s fortified city centre.<p>Overrun by Mongols, rattled by earthquakes and beset by fires, the Kremlin’s fortunes have waxed and waned in tandem with those of Mother …

Russia

Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations

There's an entire awe-inspiring world out there to see and experience. Rather than stay home and dream of what might have been, unearth that passport and get going. To get you started in the right direction, we've whittled down a "bucket list" of ten of the world's most magnificent wonders.<p><b>Great</b> …

South America

4 Principles To Packing Smart

When I started consulting I found having to pack my suitcase every week to be a chore. It was a boring process that required packing my shirts and ties so they stayed wrinkle free while being jammed like sardines in a can. When I started going to the gym on a more regular basis, it also required …

Camping

Driving High Along the Fjords

SXSW Photowalk Winners<p>Congratulations to all of the winners from the SXSW Photowalk, and thanks to the sponsors below for providing the …

The village at the end of the world, struggling for its survival

With a dwindling population and the modern world encroaching, Niaqornat, one of Greenland’s most remote settlements, was on the verge of extinction …

Checking Out the New LEGOLAND Hotel

<b>Why Go:</b> For passionate fans of iconic little plastic bricks, LEGOLAND has become a primary-color pilgrimage. The first U.S. LEGOLAND theme park opened in California in 1999, and has since expanded to include an aquarium and waterpark, alongside the rides and mini, LEGO-fied cityscapes--and it's …

Lego

Is This the Best Docking Spot Ever?

Traveling by cruise ship is not always our favorite way to explore new places. Nothing against the food, flair, and fun onboard, it's just that when it comes to seeing things on shore, the time and options are often limited.<p>That was certainly not the case with our recent stop in Shanghai. Not only …

Skyscrapers

Condé Nast Traveler Releases Top Hotels

The Best Of Istanbul In 72 Hours

A friend once told me that Istanbul is such a vast, vibrant and multilayered city that it would take years to truly know it, and he was right. Once at the heart of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, it's one of the world's most historically rich destinations. With Asia and Europe straddling …

Travel

5 Cult Classic Restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco has no shortage of trendy new restaurants, but there are some classic spots well worth seeking out too -- just don't call them tourist traps. You'll find locals here, dining out on iconic dishes that have been satiating San Franciscans for ages.<p><b>Original Joe's</b><p>The feel of this old …

San Francisco