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There’s a (not so) new rule when it comes to your air travel adventures, and this time it has nothing to do with small pocketknives or snow globes. As it turns out, airlines aren’t really cool with passengers snapping certain photos once aboard, and they've recently started cracking down.
After that totally odd story about a woman who treated the cabin as her in-flight karaoke studio it was time for American Airlines to reiterate their policy about filming and photography on their property. Just like charging for your first checked bag, there’s rules when it comes to picture taking onboard. We’re paraphrasing here, but it’s only cool to snap personal events; that means airline personnel, other passengers, and aircraft equipment are off limits.
We’ve seen our share of travel contests and unfortunately we’re pretty good at not winning the grand prize. Usually these contests just take a few clicks to enter, but there’s one contest now open which requires more of your time and focus.
2013 marks the 25th year for the annual National Geographic photo contest, and just like every other year it’s open to one and all. The only catch is that you have to be more than awesome when it comes to snapping travel snapshots. Like, have you seen some of the past winners and entries?! An iPhone picture probably isn’t going to cut it.
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No Seoul/jokes jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Instead of several boring paragraphs explaining our love for this mega metropolis, we're kicking off Seoul Week by just putting it all out there in visuals, or Vines.
Vine, a social video sharing app, is best deployed for capturing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Seoul for 9 days of perfect late spring weather:
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We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.
Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:
Have some pretty nice snaps in your Instagram account, hm? Think any are possibly National Geographic-worthy? If you're thinking yes, or even maybe, then head on over to "like" Japanese clothing store Uniqlo on Facebook and enter their newest collaboration contest with Nat Geo. If your photo of "depicting a scenic vista or other nature scene" is as good as you think, then it'll be printed onto T-shirts and you'll be a Nat Geo-published photographer.
Although there's no free tickets or actual travel included in the prize, you will get 10 of the T-shirts featuring your photograph for free and all the bragging rights that comes with being chosen by a panel of Nat Geo judges.
How to enter (3 ways!):
"Win 2 round-trip tickets to anywhere Delta flies."
When an international airline says that about a contest, it's time to pay attention.
Just in time to alleviate early spring cabin fever, Delta is running a contest called "Picture This!" and the theme is skylines. The best skyline photo gets those two roundtrip tickets. Easy, right? Kinda of, since the contest is run through their Facebook page and there are rules by which to abide.
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The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below
There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.
It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.
Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:
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Costa Rica has done an excellent job at branding themselves as the place to head for zip lining, but there are other destinations that can strip up a steel cable and strap willing adventurers on it for a speedy ride. One such place is Park City, Utah where, instead of sending you flying through tropical tree canopies, you instead soar above snowdrifts and through the peaks of towering pines.
The "Zip Tour Adventure" at Park City's Canyons Resort comes in two flavors: one 800' zip line for shaky-kneed first-timers, and one 2,111' zip line for those who want to go all-out.
We'll let you guess which we opted for, though you can just see for yourself in our video below, shot point-of-view style using a Sony ActionCam with helmet harness.
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After little less than a month of 3G internet access for foreigners visiting North Korea, Wired UK reports that the signal has been shut down as the hermit kingdom once again retreats into its usual campaign of warmongering.
Still, for that brief period, a few journalists were able to post tweets and Instagrams live from within the borders and, ever so briefly, skyrocket international cultural interest in a country that's usually only making headlines for their politics. Perhaps the 3G access was cut because of this, these images of a "softer side" of North Korea that's contrary to the propaganda officially proliferated by Pyongyang? We can only wonder as, of course, the last thing we can expect is clarification of any actions taken by North Korea.
If you missed the stream of social media during the brief 3G period, it thankfully all lives on in the internet. Here's where to find it:
Long story short, we've been locked in a constant search for a good DSLR camera strap for a solid year now after our camera was robbed from us in Argentina, along with the awesome strap we had purchased in Tokyo.
If you're traveling outside your neighborhood, let alone country, with your camera, the strap should at least fit a few basic qualifications: securely hold the camera, adjustable, discreet (that means none with the big "Nikon" or "Canon" logos), and comfy on the neck. That last one essentially disqualifies all straps with nylon webbing, which makes the variety extra slim.
Still, we've found four creative DSLR camera straps that don't suck:
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Video-sharing app Vine has existed on the social media scene now for several weeks and, though we've already made our feelings on the Twitter-owned newbie well known, we're still giving it a chance. After all, though the "Instagram of video" lacks so much now, there's real potential for the future if Vine gets cracking on some fresh coding.
Anywho, over two trips in the last two weeks we've attempted to find some usefulness in Vine, andget thiswe succeeded. Vine is best deployed for sharing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Hong Kong during Chinese New Year last week.
Note: Control each Vine by clicking on it to pause. Also, click the sound square at the top right of each Vine to enable the audio.
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Three quick questions for you: are you on Instagram? Do you like drinking tea? How about an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Kenya?
Liptonyes, the iced tea companyis looking for one outstanding Instagrammer to head over to Africa to visit the Lipton Rainforest Alliance certified tea estates in person. Yes, kinda like how Olive Garden has a real cooking school in Italy and how Sutter Home wine is a real Napa vineyard, Lipton's teas are truly made from leaves ethically harvested in Kenya and they're pretty proud of the fact.
You have until March 2 to submit to this "Liptagram Challenge," and there will be weekly prizes for photos, but it's that Grand Prize of the Kenya trip you should set your eyes onhow often does a Kenya trip come up as a prize!?