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The Newest Instagram Update Seriously Inspires Wanderlust

July 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Who doesn't love an Instagram update? Every time the app releases a refresh, it comes with some surprise new features to improve functionality and, oftentimes, enhance its uses for travel. In the past, we've seen the introduction of smoother filters, people tagging, emoji hashtags (!), layouts, and improved geotagging. This week, the update introduced a new Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and "more powerful search" that makes it easier to find people, places, and tags.

The key word here is "places," as Instagram now allows users to search for and explore a geotag. The Explore page obviously is an instigator of wanderlust (browse at your own risk!) and has an excellent "remote beaches" category live now. Come other seasons, we expect to see something like "autumn road trips" or "from the slopes features.

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This Photographer Traveled the World Shooting Abandoned Places

June 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

If any movie producers are location scouting for a found footage horror film, they might want to give David de Rueda a call.

The photographer and urban explorer recently partnered with Nikon on a 22,000-mile road trip that took him inside abandoned architectural relics in 12 cities across Eurasia. Using his sponsored camera and equipment (clever promo idea, Nikon!) de Rueda spent 44 days (!) traipsing between Paris, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Reykjavik and other cities, braving dilapidated conditions and, most likely, flesh-eating monsters buried under the rubble of decrepit Soviet military compounds and whatnot. For instance, to reach an abandoned radar station in the Italian mountains, the photographer hiked for three hours through 20-inch snow drifts. Normal. (At least, that’s what a release announcing the partnership details.)

Among the other fascinating, dangerous, daunting and haunting (and probably haunted) locales he caught on camera: Chernobyl and the ghost town of Pripyat, a Douglas DC-e aircraft wreck on the south coast of Iceland (illuminated by the Polar Lights), and abandoned warehouses in Kazakhstan desert containing prototype Soviet Buran spacecraft. All of which sound like lovely locations for “The Blair Witch Project: Nuclear Fallout Edition.”

Check out a video about his journey above. Rated R for: Really Freaking Awesome.

[Images courtesy of Nikon]

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Timing Is Everything: How and When to Snap Killer Sunset Photos

June 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

Looking to snap the perfect summer beach photo? One worthy of your family's holiday card? Time it just right and you’ll have a breathtaking sunset as your backdrop.

To help, we've tapped photographer Brad Hines to offer these tips for capturing a killer sunset photo. And to make sure you time your snapshot just-so, we've gathered up the times of sunset for some popular travel destinations during this month's summer solstice — the longest day of the year.

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Snap the Skyline: It's Manhattanhenge Weekend in NYC

May 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many were #caughtgramming in this shot? #manhattanhenge2015 #nyc #manhattanhenge

A photo posted by Nathan K (@natenurse) on

Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!

Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.

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Better Late Than Never: Ryanair Joins Instagram

April 16, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

A Boeing 737 overlooking #DublinsFairCity #Ryanair30 #boeing #avgeek #nofilter 😁

A photo posted by Ryanair (@ryanair) on


Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.

Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.

As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.

One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).

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Is a $270 Scenic Helicopter Flight of Hawaii Worth It?

April 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tell friends who've been to Hawaii before that you're heading to Kauai and there's one thing you'll hear over and over: "you've got to take a helicopter tour!"

Soaring above remote waterfalls, azure reefs, untouched coastline, and Hawaii's own version of the Grand Canyon (Waimea Canyon) sounds like a no-brainer... until you see the price tag. Averaging $200 per person, helicopter tours around Hawaii demand more consideration and budgeting than, say, a surfing lesson. And, for some of the islands' more unique destinations, scenic helicopter flights edge upward toward $300.

Recently while in Kauai, we flew with Island Helicopters, the only company with landing rights at the impressive Manawaiopuna Falls, better known as "Jurassic Park Falls" for their cameo in the movie. The "Jurassic Park Falls Helicopter Landing Adventure" tour costs from $269 per person and lasts 75-85 minutes. The more basic flight, named "Grand Circle Tour," is available from $145 per person and lasts 50-60 minutes.

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Snap a Selfie Onboard a Virgin Atlantic 787, Then Facebook It for Free

April 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.

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Become Norway's Official Photojournalist and Travel for Free This Summer

Where: Norway
March 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've ever googled "how to get a job where I just travel all the time," listen up. Norway—yes, the whole country—is in need of someone who can take two weeks this summer to travel around their country, take pictures of it, and otherwise blog about it.

The position is officially that of VisitNorway Photojournalist, and the requirements are simple:

· Enjoy new cultures
· Live and breathe outdoor activities
· Love photography
· Be available to travel in Norway for two weeks

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British Airways is Looking for a Few Good Instagrammers to Travel for Free

February 24, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to @jdingell for snapping this photo of a snowy descent at @dulles_airport

A photo posted by British Airways (@british_airways) on

Are you good at Instagram?

Okay, don't answer that. Whether you have 10 followers or 10.2k, British Airways is interested and could potentially take you for a trip to photograph their next advertisement.

The contest is a partnership between British Airways, TimeOut, and The Telegraph to send 10 Instagrammers to 10 of the destinations British Airways serves from London-Gatwick Airport for a 3-day stay (with a per diem for meals!) and a lesson with a professional photographer.

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'The Most Beautiful Room in Canada' Lifts Ban on Tourist Snapshots

Where: Ottawa, Canada
January 30, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

You've just got to see the Library of Parliament, located within the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ranked as one of the "7 Wonder of Canada," but more famously recognized as the "most beautiful room in Canada," the library is the only remaining piece of the original 1876 Parliament building, surviving the destructive 1916 fire thanks to iron fire doors. Inside are 1 million documents and 11 miles of books and, up until very recently, a "no cameras" zone.

Visitors to the Library fall into one of two groups: members of Parliament and their staff, or members of there public making the official (and free!) Parliament tour. The latter would find themselves disappointed by a major rule: photography was strictly prohibited if the room had anyone in it, either staff or politician. Occasionally a weekend tour would get lucky and find an empty library, but viewing the room with all its lights on, a librarian stationed, and in active use brings out the spirit of the space.

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Photo Gallery: Frankfurt Airport's Terrific Tarmac Tour

January 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.

Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.

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We're Sure You Have a Good Reason for Taking Pics With Your iPad But, No. Just No.

January 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Picture it: you're traveling, and about to head out on a tour that will visit photo-worthy landmarks. What do you pack to bring? Your digital camera, which fits in your pocket? Your iPhone, which already has an internal camera that's ten times better than the one you took to prom 10 years ago?

Or perhaps your iPad, which has a camera of equal quality, but is packaged inconveniently in an unwieldy machine that requires its own equally unwiedling carrying case that you inevitably fumble with as you try to open to expose the camera lens?

If you answered the last: UGH.

There are two kinds of travelers in the world: those who travel everywhere with their iPads, and those of us who loathe them because — well, we're trying to enjoy the vista of this lovely tropical waterfall, and you keep block our view by holding up something the size of a street sign.

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