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Four Fun Fall Vacation Ideas

It’s coming up on that time of year again when the temperature starts to cool down, and the leaves begin to change. If you have any vacation time you are looking to spend, the fall is the best time of year to get out and forget about the stresses of your daily life. Getting back to nature is one of the best ways to relax and blow off some steam. Many of these activities are not very expensive either, so you won’t have to shell out a lot of cash for an epic vacation and that way you will have more to spend on anything interesting you want to do along the way. Stick with us, and we’ll tell you all about the best places to go to experience the fall as it was intended!

1) Take a Road Trip

Taking a road trip might seem silly or even juvenile depending on your age, but getting behind the wheel and cruising down the open road with not a care in the world, can be a very refreshing experience. Hop in your ride and head wherever the asphalt leads you. Driving through the northeastern states is one of the most relaxing things you can experience this time of year. Bring along a camera so that you can capture any wildlife that crosses your path, or snap a few pictures of the stunning colors of Autumn that seem to paint the leaves in the forests around you, but remember, pull off the side of the road before taking any pictures

2) Attend an Away Game

This activity is pretty self-explanatory, although likely impossible this year due to the Pandemic. It’s normally the perfect time of year to grab a cooler full of cold ones, a car full of your buddies, and head to an away game to support your favorite team. Be it College or Professional football, this experience must involve tailgating in enemy territory. Heading out to one of these games can even be part of your road trip experience if you want!

3) Go Fly Fishing

You might notice in our list, that all five of the activities can be planned together if you want, it all depends on your personal interests, and how long you want to get away from it all. Fly fishing is a sport that we grew up with, watching our fathers tie new lures in the basement, or walking out into a river with his waders pulled high. Standing in the middle of a river, with a stunning forest in full fall colors, is one of the most peaceful experiences anyone can have in nature. If you aren’t really sure where to travel to get the most out of your fly fishing adventure, try the Green River in Utah, or head out to the Upper Colorado River in Colorado for some of the best fly fishing a man could ask for.

4) Go Camping

Camping is another activity on the list that can be combined with nearly any other. Whether you want to curl up in a sleeping bag on the ground and peer up at the clear night sky or rent a cabin for a romantic weekend with your best girl, camping is one of those activities that can refresh the mind, body, and spirit. One of our personal favorite places to go camping is in the Allegheny National Forest. There are plenty of locations that you can rent cabins, or stake a tent down, depending on the kind of trip you are looking to have. There are several great lookouts in the area that overlook the Allegheny Reservoir, which is beautiful in the fall as it is surrounded by rich Autumn colors. You can even head down to the Reservoir to rent a boat of varying sizes to head out on the water for a day of fishing or exploration.

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Health

Tips for traveling with high blood pressure

For many suffering from high blood pressure traveling can be necessary yet scary. People with chronic heart conditions have a lot of concerns when it comes to leaving their homes and going out, especially for a holiday or even a work trip. Here are a few tips you can follow for safe travel.

It is safe to travel long distances if you have a heart condition yet it is in control. However, if you need to travel and you suffer from high blood pressure, it can be a cause of anxiety.

While traveling in a plane, blood pressure can rise as there is less oxygen in the cabins and already being a patient, you are at high risk of developing further ailments like heart failure or coronary heart disease. Same with long road trips to the hills. Higher altitude can be discomforting along with zig-zag roads, so make sure to take your medicine beforehand.

Precautions to take while traveling

As a high blood pressure patient, you need to take the following precautions:
  • Avoid salty foods: If there is food being served in the airline, either avoid it as you can bring your food or else as for fresh fruits and juices.
  • Avoid alcohol: Whatever mode of traveling you are taking, always make sure to avoid alcohol as it can cause fluctuations in blood pressure.
  • Wear comfortable clothes: Make sure to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes while traveling so that blood circulation is not hampered.
  • Take short breaks: If possible, take short breaks between the journey and walk for 5-10 minutes so that blood circulation does not get hampered. Also, keep massaging your calf muscles while sitting for long hours.
  • Keep your ears clean and infection free: many times, in a plane or traveling at high altitudes you may experience extreme ear pain and not being able to hear. You should keep your ears clean and try to equalise air by putting pressure on your ears. Wear cotton buds on both the ears or keep chewing gum to prevent any discomfort.

When not to travel with high blood pressure

Those suffering from high blood pressure should always consult with their doctors before making any travel plans. Also, if your pressure fluctuates often, it is a better idea to cancel the plan. Take your blood pressure readings a week before traveling and note the following:

  • Less than 120/80 — blood pressure is completely normal
  • Between 120/80 to 140/90 — A little higher than normal
  • Over 140/90 — high blood pressure that needs to be consulted
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5 Tips to Take Care of Your Skin While Travelling

As the world breathes better since the black swan event of 2020, people are back to planning and executing their tours and travels. Going to places exposes you to various kinds of stimuli that interact with your body. Be it the weather of the place, or the water, these elements react with the largest organ of your body, the skin, quite impactfully.

As a result, the skin’s equilibrium is subject to disturbance and can result in skin problems such as acne or rashes to name a few. So, if you are an avid traveller but also someone with sensitive skin, then here are a few tips you can include in your regime for protection.

Avoid Touching Your Skin Too Much

Touching your face skin is the most common way to pass on the germs that were on your hand to the skin. Hence it is advised that you should avoid touching your face unless it is imperative to do so. Also, make sure to wash and sanitise your hands before touching your face.

Always Wear Clean Masks

In a post-COVID world, masks have become a part of life. And it is the one thing that will touch your face, no matter what. Therefore, make sure to wear a clean mask, whenever you do, to avoid what is now being called “Maskne.”

Skin Cleansing

It is crucial that you wash your face routinely and regularly. Generally, you should prefer washing your face after exposing your face skin to dust and heat for long hours. In addition, choose a product that goes with your skin.

Avoid Bathroom Freebies

If you are staying at a hotel, try avoiding the hotel toiletries provided to you. Those products are made to suit the general public and not specifically for your skin type. Use them only in cases of emergencies.

Essentials Are Essential

There is no need to carry your entire skincare routine wherever you travel. Hence, be smart and focus on the essentials. This could include moisturiser, toner, SPF, and a face wash that suits your skin type.

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Travel photography tips for shooting non-boring photos

Have you been bit by the travel photography bug? Looking back on your favorite travel photos is the next best thing to actually being there. The good news is that you don’t need a fancy camera to take amazing photos. You can use your iPhone or whatever phone you carry with you. So if you’re ready to elevate your travel photos, follow these creative tips and ideas.

What can make your travel photos more interesting?

Great travel photos transport the viewer to a different time and place. Stunning landscapes of beautiful nature and famous sights are just the beginning. What makes a travel photo interesting is capturing the essence of a place with creative compositions, angles, and details that not everyone gets to see. The most interesting travel photography feature:

  • A sense of scale and grandeur
  • Details of everyday life
  • Behind-the-scenes views of famous places
  • Local cultures, food, and clothing
  • Sweeping views of places that aren’t tourist destinations
  • Creative compositions of popular locations

Our top tips for creative travel photography

Whether exploring road trip photography, snapping travel landscapes, or capturing urban street scenes, your travel photos should showcase the unique aspects of your trip that can’t be captured by anyone else. Here are our top tips and ideas for amazing travel photography.

1. Create a sense of scale in your travel photos

Many photo-worthy landscapes feature larger-than-life scenes that leave you in awe of the immense grandeur and beauty. But when you snap a picture, it just doesn’t always do the scene justice. Instead of simply capturing the scene as you see it in a travel landscape photo, try to evoke a sense of scale within your scene. The easiest way to do this is by placing a person in your shot so that the true enormity of the landscape is captured in your photo. Photographing animals, vehicles, buildings, and trees will also help to add scale to your travel photos.

2. Don’t center the horizon line in your travel photography landscapes

Using a centered horizon line in your travel landscapes may feel like the right thing to do, but in reality, it often just cuts your scene in half and makes your photo less interesting. Instead of centering the horizon, take a good look at your scene and give more space to the part that you find more interesting.

If, for example, you’re looking at a gorgeous sunset with interesting colors and clouds, leave more room for the sky in your photo. If the foreground features cool plants, rocks, and buildings but the sky is cloudless and blue, emphasize the more interesting landscape. Can’t decide between the two? Split the difference and create two photos with the horizon placed differently in each one, then decide which option works best.

3. Use leading lines for your road trip photos

Road-tripping is a special kind of travel and, as such, requires a special kind of photography. The road itself is an integral part of the journey, so it’s worth the added effort to capture it in a way that ensures you’ll always remember where you’re going and where you’ve been. The concept of “leading lines” simply refers to a real or imaginary line that leads the viewer’s eye toward the main focal point of your photo. In the example above, the road takes you right to the center peak, creating a memorable impact. If you’re traveling with a friend, it can also be fun to include your road trip vehicle in a few shots.

4. Capture an interesting foreground in your travel photography

Here’s a quick way to add interest to your travel landscapes: Instead of focusing solely on that distant mountain or waterfall, look for a way to include the foreground in your photo, whether it’s a patch of wildflowers or a cluster of small rocks. Not only does this create a more impactful image, but it’s also a great exercise to help you learn to “see” the photo when composing your shots. You may have to put in some extra legwork to explore the landscape more fully, but it’s worth the effort.

5. Shoot during the blue hour or golden hour

Photography is all about capturing the light as it interacts with the scene in front of you, but not all light is created equal. When shooting travel photos, you will find that both the golden hour and blue hour are ideal for providing amazing light that will transfer to your photos. The golden hour is the hour just after sunrise and just before sunset when the tones are warm and bright. And the blue hour is the hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset when the warmth of the sun is absent and the world is bathed in subdued light with cool overtones.

6. Fill the frame with your subject

When you fill the frame, you are using all the available space within your photo to capture your subject, whether it’s a person, a building, or a collection of fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market. To fill the frame, you have to get in close, giving your viewer a more intimate portrait of your travels.

7. Capture the small details of a scene

It’s so easy to get taken in by new places when you’re traveling — and easy to overlook the small details that make a place special. When you’re traveling to a new destination, don’t forget to pay attention to the little things like the sights, sounds, and details that make the location unique. Famous landmarks are unforgettable, with or without a photo. But those impromptu detours through the park or down a side street? Your creative travel photo will help you remember those journeys forever.

8. Shoot after dark

There is a stark contrast between popular destinations as seen during the day compared with after dark. When you stick to taking all your travel photos during daylight hours, you miss half the fun! So set aside a few nights to explore your destination after dark. Modern iPhones have sensors that allow them to capture every bit of light for incredible night shots (if you have Night mode, use it!). You’ll soon discover hidden compositions that the average tourist will miss.

9. Capture travel photography from a new angle

When we take photos, we tend to shoot at eye level because it’s comfortable and easy. While there’s nothing wrong with shots taken from this angle, it means we miss some of the most interesting compositions. Here’s a little challenge for you when taking travel photos. Instead of holding your camera at eye level to explore your destination, look for new angles to shoot from. Squat down low to capture the view from the perspective of a small child. Or hold your phone over your head, or use a selfie stick, to capture the scene from above. These small changes in perspective can create a big impact in your travel photography.

10. Take photos of people interacting with the landscape

Creative portraits have a way of invoking a dramatic response from your viewers. While traveling, look for ways that you can capture people interacting with the environment. This is easy to do in cities where throngs of people are going about their daily lives. In rural environments, you may need to seek out such scenes at farms, markets, or parks. The photo above was taken at a cattle ranch in New Mexico.

11. Take photos of the things you love

Our last tip for taking amazing travel photos is simple — photograph the things that give you joy. Photography is a creative endeavor with some technical know-how thrown in. And as a photographer, it can be overwhelming to attempt to learn all the best techniques, keep up with the latest gadgets, and remember to share your photos on social media.

To counterbalance the frustrations of photography, focus on doing what you love. Don’t stress out about getting up to take sunrise photos if you’re not a morning person. And if taking photos of your dog during your travels brings you joy, do it! You’ll likely find that the photos you love most are those you loved taking!

Taking amazing travel photos isn’t difficult, provided you spend a little time scouting your location and getting creative with your compositions. Remember, the goal isn’t to recreate the photos you see in magazines but to capture the essence of your own trip so that you have your own beautiful photographic memories.

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