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Camera Settings for HDR Photography

High dynamic range (HDR) images are taking the photography world by storm as more and more photographers are discovering the stunning images the …

Photography

Top 10 reasons to visit Zambia

This large, landlocked country in southern Africa has natural attractions that rival any continental competitor. The sheer size and remoteness of Zambia’s vast network of national parks mean no safari jeep traffic jams, very personal service and an opportunity to meet massive mammals eye-to-eye. …

National Parks

It's official: Croatia is one of the hottest holiday destinations for Brits. And we mean hottest in both senses of the word. Not only does it come top in polls on everything from best value for money, culture and scenery, it's also

It's official: Croatia is one of the hottest holiday destinations for Brits. And we mean hottest in both senses of the word. Not only does it come …

Once a year in late April, the world-famous three-day Routeburn Track hike on the South Island turns into a race, with competitors running the 32km mountainous track in a single day. Our intrepid traveller decided to take the challenge one step further – he ran the entire route, then jogged it back again: http://bit.ly/Z113QV

The world's best sunrises

Kicking back on a beach, cold beer in hand while watching the sun go down is one of travel’s finest pleasures. But there’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the pitch black and blearily traipsing to the top of a mountain or the edge of a cliff to see the sun rise in …

National Parks

Best Places in Europe Summer Cities

Not all European cities are ideal destinations in the summer, some are overcrowded, thick with smog and geared towards over charging tourists for …

The plunging pound against the euro is hitting tourists hard and means the cost for a holiday in European hotspots, such as Spain, Italy and France has risen. Thankfully, if you're dead set on a European getaway this year you won't have

The plunging pound against the euro is hitting tourists hard and means the cost for a holiday in European hotspots, such as Spain, Italy and France …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …

Ireland

A perfect weekend in Marseille, Europe's culture capital for 2013

Prepare to be seduced by the vibrant port city of Marseille. This charming city in France's Provence region has undergone an extensive facelift for its reign as European Capital of Culture 2013, and now boasts world-class museums, galleries and performing arts. Allow yourself at least 48 hours to …

France

New Zealand Video Tutorial – Post-processing and Landscapes Galore!

It’s finally ready for pre-order!<p>Pop over to the new Landscape and Travel Photography Tutorial: New Zealand to sign up! Sign up now, and you get …

What to do in Belgrade - tips for Charles and Camilla

It may have a dark recent history, but - as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will no doubt discover on their official visit this week - the Serbian capital is a cultured city on the move.<p>Why go now?<p>Few British tourists trouble Belgrade - for now. Some remember the wars of the 1990s …

Hints & Tips for Setting Up a Basic Home Studio

Setting up a simple home studio can be extremely beneficial to any photographer. Whether you're a professional portrait photographer or a graphic …

How to Photograph Waterfalls (With 9 Amazing Examples)

Waterfalls are a hugely popular subject among photographers and one that can produce some spectacular results. If the popularity of waterfall …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

European Travel

Where's the best place for a short break? We asked you to tell us your favourite destinations for a mini getaway and got some brilliant ideas. According to you, the Brecon Beacons is a top spot for camping and getting active, Zadar makes for

Where's the best place for a short break? We asked you to tell us your favourite destinations for a mini getaway and got some brilliant ideas. …

The best value city breaks

Budapest is the best value city break for Britons looking to escape the country for the weekend, according to research by Post Office Travel Money.<p>Twelve typical city break costs including meals, drinks and two nights' weekend accommodation would cost £134.76 in the Hungarian capital, compared to …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Vietnam

Hong Kong has a distinct West-meets-East flair unlike any other city int he world, but this swarming metropolis of more than seven million can feel quite crowded at times. To escape the city's crush, locals often hop aboard a "junk ship", summer boat trips that are an ideal way to get out of the sweltering city and onto the water. Learn more about these unique vessels, and other popular breaks from the city centre: http://bit.ly/YinD7q

All the Best Things to See and Do in Marseille, France

Shares 510<p>Marseille wasn’t on my original itinerary. After touring chateau of the Loire Valley and exploring Bordeaux I planned to visit Toulouse and …

10 of the best cheap eats in Florence

Tuscan cooking is historically at the root of Italian cuisine, and Florence has a strong claim to being the birthplace of Italian gastronomy. Today, …

Finding the Beat of Brussels

I marched into Parking Garage #58 with confidence, punched the 10 key to the highest floor, and zoomed up. When I exited, the lot was desolate, with some late winter snow and ice remaining. What a pleasant surprise to discover one of the best views in the city: St. Catherine’s Square, a melange of …

How to do Le Marche, Italy, on a budget

If Le Marche seems like one of Italy's least known regions, that's probably because we're looking at it from the outside. Because "the Marches" – the …

Holidays in Italy: gorgeous places to stay by coast and islands

Marulivo Hotel, Pisciotta, Salerno, Campania<p>Cool – in both senses of the word – metre-thick walls give the whole place a delicious ancient smell, a …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

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Danube Express: Journey into the unknown

It’s somewhere towards midnight, and I am hanging out of a train window, breathing in the sweet night air. The night is pitch-black and silent apart from the occasional oily creak as the wheels spark against the rails below. Beyond, out in the darkness, lies Romania, wild and unknown. Ahead lies …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

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Railroad romance: taking the train from Vancouver to San Francisco

“You came on the train?”<p>The way the taxi driver spoke these words suggested I might, equally, claim to have arrived in San Francisco on a …

Dubrovnik attractions: what to see and do in spring

<b>Why go?</b><p>During peak season, between July and August, <b>Dubrovnik</b> is over-run by tourists - hotel prices rocket and restaurants and beaches are packed. But the low season, from November until April, can be lovely.<p>For most people, the best months to go are from May to June or September to October - think …