Make Note of Photos to Take
When I travel somewhere new, I like to make mental, and sometimes even physical note, of photographs I want to take. Perhaps it is of something simple like my watch at the time we land or of a menu at a special restaurant. Other times it is something major that I don't want to forget about in the moment. My list may look something like this:
Live in the Moment
My number one rule/tip that I follow when photographing our travels is to live in the moment! Don't get so caught up trying to get the perfect photograph that you forget to enjoy the moment, really take in what you are looking at, and experience it!
Perfect example? When whale watching, it was easy to get keep my sights behind my camera lens waiting for whales to pop up so I could get the perfect shot and proof that I saw whales in the wild! Problem with that? You don't see them with your own eyes!! You just experience it through a camera, a photo. Meaning, you might as well had stayed home and searched the internet for whale photos. Put your camera down, and see it with your own eyes! So how did I get this blurry photo? I just held the camera in the general vicinity of the water, clicked away, and hoped for the best without ever looking at the camera itself. This way, if I got photos, great! If not, I had the experience! I lived seeing these beautiful creatures with my very own eyes!
I know these are very simple tips and tricks, but these are my go-to rules to follow. I hope these will help you remember what's important when photographing your adventures.
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Hey y'all! Hope you had a great weekend. I'm back today to share more from our trip to New York. During my first visit to the city, we never even set foot into a subway station. However, this go round, we took full advantage of this incredible transportation system.
I highly recommend using the subway for getting to and fro within New York City. It is super-fast, no traffic, and just about anywhere in the city is quickly accessible by train. For us, with no direction or tips for navigating the massive subway system, we were just winging it. Therefore, it took a bit of trial and error to get things straight. Once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing, err riding, from there. To save you my headache, I'll share what made all of the difference for us.
My number one tip for using the subway system in New York City? Use the maps app on iPhone or Android. Enter your current location & desired destination, and your map will tell you EXACTLY where to enter the subway station from the street, which train to take, and give you walking directions to/from the subway from your starting point and to your end destination. It is important to enter the station from the street as the directions say, because it takes you to the correct side of the platform that way you are at the train going the right direction.
It sounds silly, telling you to just follow directions. But it is super important for you to follow them exactly as the app says, or you'll likely end up on the wrong side of the tracks, literally!
Along with enjoying the fast transport here and there, the subway system is truly a modern marvel! To see maps of the many subway lines and stations and to realize how smoothly it all runs is a remarkable thought! It is clear that incredible care and thought went into the design and building of the New York City Subway System, and still goes into it to make it run smoothly today. Not only that, the beauty of the stations is stunning. Notice the meticulous mosaic tile work and beautiful entrance signs. Lucky for us, these elements are still well maintained today.
I know there are a thousand other tips to give you to get through the subway, but I'm no expert. So I stuck with what I know to be our number one life saver during our visit to New York. In the hustle and bustle, don't forget to look around at the beauty of the subway system. Like I said, it truly is remarkable. Also, don't be alarmed if you see a few rats. #notajoke
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Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend and that Monday was good to you. I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday, and it just so happens to focus on New York City. Today’s tip is all about Broadway Theatre, one of my absolute favorite bits about NYC! Since I love it so much, I thought I would share a few of my tips and tricks for planning the perfect visit to Broadway and one of its beautiful theatres.
With so many show options, there is something for everyone to see. So I always recommend seeing a Broadway Theatre show with my clients planning their itinerary. Below is the bit of info I tend to share with them.
TKTS or TodayTix App • Buy tickets at a discount using the TKTS booth in Times Square, as well as other places in the city, or using the TodayTix App. I love the app, because no lines are involved, and I can buy my tickets up to a week in advance. With the TKTS booth, you can purchase day of tickets, and part of the sales go to a non-profit that supports the arts.
Mezzanine Seating • Though Orchestra seating may seem like the crème de la crème, but, for me, it is all about the Mezzanine. I find it difficult to see when sitting in the orchestra section. You’ll spend time trying to peek around people’s heads, and have a hard time seeing parts of the stage. In the mezzanine section, no worries about peeking around heads as the upper sections provide more slope, and you’ll be able to see the stage well.
Expect Historical Theatres • Expect the theatres to be historical. Why is this important? You’ll want to pay attention to the beautiful design and detail. But you’ll need to be aware that this means seats are small and rows are close together. If needed, you’ll want to request accessible seating.
No Photography or Videography • Taking photos or videos while the show is going is prohibited by copyright laws, not to mention rude and distracting to other theatre patrons. When the curtain goes up, put your phone down.
Research Appropriateness • You’ll want to do your research to decide if a show is for you or those you’ll be bringing along. Many are for more mature audiences, and include language and nudity.
Dark Mondays • Most theatres are “dark” on Mondays, so don’t plan to see a Broadway show on a Monday. You may want to adjust your itinerary or visit to New York accordingly.
Pricing • Expect higher prices on weekends & shows with famous cast members. Of course, weekends are prime times for theatre visits, so you’ll want to plan your budget accordingly if you planned to see a weekend show. Or purchase matinee tickets to save. You’ll also pay more for fame—shows starring celebrity or super popular cast members will cost more. If seeing said celeb isn’t important to you, check www.broadway.com for days understudies might be playing those parts instead.
Hopefully these quick tips will help you plan your visit to see a Broadway show or musical. I hope you will add a show to your itinerary. They truly are incredible works of art!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back tomorrow to share our visit to Central Park.
Hello again! I'm back for another Tip Tuesday. Although today is more about my personal thoughts than tips, you can take these and run with them as motivation for why you should travel!
I have been thinking about these why travel is a priority for me, and why I want to keep it a priority for our growing family. I could ramble on and on and on why, but I narrowed it down to 5 important reasons. Educate. Experience. Excite. Explore. Enjoy.
Like I said, I could go on and on as to why I think travel is so important and choose to make it a priority, but I hope these few reasons can give you an inkling of the passion it brings me. And hopefully spark a fire in you to travel as well. It is something you'll never regret! Even in tough travel situations, there are always lessons to be learned and good to be found.
Thank you for indulging me today. I truly hope you enjoyed today. See you back tomorrow!
Happy Tuesday y'all! You know what that means, Tip Tuesday! Today's tips are so super important, and have everything to do with keeping your home safe & secure while you are away traveling. Weather, burglary, fire, and other unfortunate events can occur at anytime, but properly prepping your home before you travel can help prevent these things from happening.
There's no better way to ruin a vacation than by worrying and wondering how things are back home. Whether you are concerned about belongings, pets, or your home in general, these tips can help put your mind at ease.
My number one worry curer is an alarm system. While home and away, we rest easier knowing that are home is safe and secure. With a burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide alarm system all in one, we know are home is kept safe whether we are home, away traveling, or even just at work. We love that our alarm system does not require power or internet to function, and therefore cannot be shut off by a potential burglar.
Our second big help while traveling is to have a house sitter. We, of course, need dog sitters, so this is just a given. Rather than having someone check in on our dogs, we have someone actually stay at our home, tending the dogs and keeping things secure. We leave instructions for the alarm, emergency numbers, and simple reminders to keep things in order.
If having a house sitter isn't something you need or want, you can still do things ahead of time to keep things safe.
The last biggie, if you feel so inclined, is to avoid posting on social media that you are away on vacation. Save your sharing of travel photos for when you return, and enjoy reminiscing on your vacation, knowing your home is safe.
These are simple things you can do to have a worry and stress free vacation and keep your home safe and secure. Do you have any other tips to offer? Be sure to leave them in the comments.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Check back later this week for details on my visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.