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7 Awesome Street Travel Photography Tips

This is a guest post by Max Therry of Photo Geeky.  Traveling gives you great opportunities to photograph and record the places you visit. Street photography is a great way…

This is a guest post by Max Therry of Photo Geeky

Traveling gives you great opportunities to photograph and record the places you visit. Street photography is a great way to capture the atmosphere and people, and you don’t even have to go abroad to do it – visiting towns and cities near where you live and shooting street scenes makes great practice for when you head off on your travels.

You may feel a little apprehensive about taking your camera into the streets to photograph people, but all you need is some common sense and patience. This article will give you some tips and advice on how to go about capturing street scenes without you feeling intimidated or accidentally offending someone.

7 Awesome Street Travel Photography Tips

Shoot the Images You Like

Often, it seems like the “photography police” takes pleasure in telling people what their images are “supposed” to be like, and that it isn’t a proper street/fashion/travel/portrait image because it “doesn’t fit the rules of the genre” etc.

That’s a shame, because attitudes like that stifle creativity and stop people experimenting and enjoying their photography. Don’t let anyone tell you that your type of street photography isn’t valid – shoot the images that speak to you, not what you think you “should” be shooting!

Keep an Open Mind

street travel photography tips - keep an open mind

You’ll come across many different people and cultures on your journeys, and it pays to keep an open mind and relaxed attitude towards the people and local customs. Try not to judge, even if you don’t personally approve of some things – you’ll get some great images because people will be more relaxed and open around you if they know you’re not condemning the way they live.

At the same time, try not to interfere or get involved in people’s personal lives – keep a respectful distance.

Ask for Permission for Close-Up Shots

It’s always better to ask someone for permission to take their photo close up, if you can. You don’t have to stop and explain at length why you want to, just smile and gesture towards the person and then your camera. This crosses the language barrier (if there is one), and the people will either reply “yes” or “no” to you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for permission. If someone does say no, respect their decision and move on, but don’t let it get you down, or stop you from asking someone else. You have nothing to lose by asking, and a warm smile will go a long way to getting someone to say “yes”!

As a courtesy, you should offer to send them a copy of the edited images if they have internet access, and are willing to give you their email address.

Photograph Festivals and Markets

If you don’t feel comfortable with asking people for permission, you could try going to places where people often expect to be photographed, and are used to it, such as festivals, street performances and tourist markets.

Don’t be afraid to take images of interesting scenes in these places. You’ll find your confidence growing the more you do it. If you do take photos of street performers, it’s only right to put some money in their hat or box after you’ve finished shooting.

At long last, street photography doesn’t just have to be only about people. The buildings, street food, markets with local produce, the vehicles, or even shapes, textures and colors can all tell us about the place you are in. Shoot in your own way, with your own style.

Tell a Story

What is it about the place that you’re in that fascinates you? Is it the people, the buildings, the scene unfolding around you? Capture the essence of the place in your own unique way.

One thing you can do to give your street scenes a dramatic look is to turn your images black and white in your image editor. Traditionally, street photos used to be black and white because the absence of color means you concentrate more on what’s happening in the image, instead of being distracted by the color.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was, perhaps, the master of street photography, and you can learn a lot from his images, as you can also learn and gain inspiration from Vivian Maier’s work in the streets of Chicago.

I wouldn’t recommend shooting in black and white mode on your camera, as all you’ll get is a color JPEG that has been desaturated by the camera. You’ll get much better control and great results if you shoot in color and convert the images to black and white in your software – there are tools (like Tonality or B&W Effects) designed specifically for working with black and white photos.

Don’t Aim for Perfection

Laško beer

With street photography, it doesn’t really matter if parts of your image are blurry, or there are some overexposed highlights. It’s all about the people, and the interaction between them.

You will also need to be quick and sure when you shoot street, because it’s too easy to miss those little moments that speak volumes in a photo, such as a fleeting expression or an incident. This is one of the reasons why you should get out and practice your street photography at home, so you know your camera controls instinctively, and can shoot quickly.

Recommended Settings

It doesn’t really matter what type of camera you use, or what gear you have. You can take great photos with just a smartphone, and for street photography they are lightweight and unobtrusive. But if you decide to use your camera, below are a few setting suggestions to start with.

As light and lighting conditions differ from place to place and season to season, it’s impossible to pin down exact settings, so the following are guidelines for you to start from:

  • For fast-moving action shots of parades and performers, set your camera to Shutter Priority (Tv mode on Canon) for DSLR, or the Sports/Action mode. Set your shutter speed to above 1/250th second to freeze movement. The camera will choose the aperture and ISO settings automatically.
  • For portraits and close-ups of people, choose Aperture Priority mode, or the Portrait mode on your camera. For AP mode, choose an aperture of between f/2.8-f/5.6 for good separation of your subject from the background. You may need to use a tripod if the light is low to avoid blurry images.
  • For long-exposure street images after dark with ‘ghostly’ figures of people walking on the streets and light trails from vehicles, you will need a tripod and should set your camera to use Shutter Priority (Tv for Canon). Set your shutter speed to 4 seconds as a starting point, and reduce it until you get a pleasing result.
  • For wide-angle street scenes, set your camera to Aperture Priority mode and set your aperture to between f/8-f/16 to get the entire image in clear focus.

Hope that these tips have inspired you to think about shooting street photography. Enjoy your travels!

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5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few….

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few. Ideally, you could experience all of those in one place.

One of the best countries to visit if you’d like a concoction of all of the above is Turkey. Turkey embodies the best of the East and the West. It offers an abundance of culture as well as lots of unforgettable fun.

Other than that, Turkey is heaven for thrill seekers. For all of you out there, we’ve prepared a list of adventures you must have when you visit. Between trying the local specialties and visiting the historical monuments, try to squeeze in a bit of excitement. Just note, the citizens of some countries require a visa to visit Turkey. If you need assistance, apply for your Turkey visa here.

That way, you can be sure that you’ll have a trip to remember for a long time. Pick something from the list, or just do it all!

5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

Climbing Mount Ararat

If you’re an experienced climber, you should consider trying to conquer this mountain. It’s the highest mountain in Turkey, but also one with an interesting legend linked to it.

According to the Old Testament of the Bible, this is the resting place of Noah’s Ark. Some have claimed to have found pieces of it, but it still remains a mystery that makes this place more intriguing.

The view from the top is stunning to say the least. Actually, not only will you be able to see a large portion of Turkey, but also parts of Iran and Armenia!

Make sure you plan in advance, since you have to apply for a special permission two months before your trip. We recommend relying on a specialist company, so you can be sure you’ll get the best possible experience.

If you’re an adventurer ready for some challenges and possible extreme temperatures, this climb will definitely be rewarding!

Scuba Diving in Kaş

must have adventures in turkey

With over 8,000 km of coastline, Turkey is an amazing destination for water sports. As a matter of fact, many think that one of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean sea is located near Kaş.

Even though this picturesque town is still a hidden gem, it’s becoming increasingly popular thanks to its diving potential. If you decide to go under the surface of its turquoise waters, expect to see everything. Antique amphoras, airplane wrecks, as well as an abundance of marine life. These are all part of the experience!

One of the most interesting sights is the Dakota DC-3 airplane, manufactured during World War II. If you’re curious, you can actually enter the cargo hold of the plane. Although it’s quite eerie, it is today inhabited by various octopuses, turtles and many types of fish.

You won’t be surprised to hear that Kas is often called “the adventure capital of the Mediterranean”. Except for diving, the town offers many other activities, such as kayaking and trekking. Make sure you give them a shot!

Paragliding Over The Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz

must have adventures in turkey

This is one of the world’s best paragliding spots – stable and breathtakingly beautiful. You don’t need to have any experience, just a wild spirit and 30 minutes of free time to spend in the air!

The adventure starts with you getting to the top of Babadag Mountain. Pay attention to the scenery around you while riding to the top. This can prepare you for the incredible views you’ll later experience.

Then, from that 1,960 m high spot, you will run and jump straight into the air. It’s a feeling that can be difficult to put into words. You’ll feel safe with an experienced professional around you, but still incredibly free and ecstatic.

Without a doubt, this is an unmissable experience for all those who are not faint hearted. No matter how busy your holiday schedule is, you shouldn’t miss one of the best paragliding spots in the world!

Rafting On The Coruh River

The Coruh River is one of the fastest running rivers of the world. Here, you’ll be able to find rapids ranging from class 1 to class 5. Therefore, this makes it perfect for those who want an exciting, sport-filled holiday.

Rafting perfectly combines excitement and simply sailing through some of the most beautiful parts of Turkey. The river flows through incredible canyons and valleys, past ancient ruined castles and little villages. Not only is the river itself stunning, but also the entire experience and the scenery.

In the spring time, rafting can be quite challenging. Since the snow melts and the river gets higher, there isn’t a chance of remaining dry! However, that’s the time of year when it’s the most exciting, so why not pick that?

You can definitely compare Coruh River rafting to a rollercoaster ride. If you’re into those, this adventure will suit you perfectly!

Hiking The Lycian Way

If you choose to embark on this 29-day long walking trip, you won’t regret it. This long-distance hike is one of the most beautiful in the world. So, if you’re spending some time in Turkey, bring comfy shoes and head this way!

The journey starts in Fethiye and ends in Antalya. It is over 500 km long and it’s best to take the hike during the spring or fall.

The variety of the trail is one of the most exciting things about it. This adventure will take you through the rocky Taurus Mountains, stunning beaches and valleys, as well as ancient ruins, such as the Myra rock-tombs.

If you get bored with walking, there are many opportunities for kayaking and swimming along the way. The magnificent Turquoise Coast offers a great deal of activities that you can incorporate into your hike!

P.S. Before starting the trip, it would be helpful to read The Lycian Way: Turkey’s First Long Distance Walk. It was written by Kate Clow, the woman who waymarked the route.

Who would be better to tell you about the Lycian Way than the woman who knows everything about it?

Enjoy!

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50 Awesome Travel Products You Can Buy on AliExpress For Less Than $20

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are…

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are considerably lower. Another great thing about AliExpress is that most products have free or very low shipping costs.

Truth be told, there’s a lot of junk on it. It takes some time to carefully select good items and another drawback is that parcels sometimes take a month to arrive.

I’ve mostly bought photography accessories from AliExpress. For instance, the remote control shutter release for a Nikon camera cost me $1.49. The same thing in the store was $20.

If you don’t mind waiting, you can find some really good deals there.

In this post you’ll find 50 awesome travel products you can buy on AliExpress for less than 20$.

So let’s start.


500ml Watter Bottle


Daily Backpack


Denim Daily Backpack


40L Travel & Hiking Backpack


Portable Cosmetic Travel Bag


Thermos Cup


Transparent Toiletry Bag


Women Travel Makeup Case


Travel Bag


Storage Bag for Electronics


Tactical Pen


Mini Portable Electronic Scale


RFID-blocking wallet


DSLR camera backpack


LENS cleaning pen


Portable Camera Tripod


Vintage Camera Strap


Universal Camera Lens Cap


DSLR Camera Lens Dust Blower 


GoPro Shutter Pistol Trigger 


Wireless Home Security Camera


GoPro Accessories Bag 


Travel Notebook


Genuine Leather Passport Cover


Titanium Multifunctional Swiss Knife 


Wireless Headphones 


Inflatable Neck Pillow


3 Pcs/Set Unisex Nylon Packing Cubes


Classic Umbrela


Universal Travel Adaptor


ROCK Odin Series Power bank 5000 Mah


6 ports USB charger


Microfiber Towel 


Padlock 


Sleeping Mask


Luggage Tag


Travel Door Alarm 


Universal Macro Lens Kit


Humidifier


Wireless Bluetooth Speakers


Multi-Purpose Tarp


USB Flash Drive


Camping Hammock 


Earplugs 


Facial Mask


MacBook Air Case 


GPS Tracker 


IRONX Lunch box 


Micro SD Card 


Flashlight 

You can also check EuroTribe’s Travel Gear Guide in which I list all gear I personally use.

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90+ Travel Resources for LGBT Travelers in Europe

Check out EuroTribe’s essential travel resources for LGBT travelers in Europe, which include the tools and suggestions on safety, accommodation, things to do and more! Pre-trip inspiration LGBT Travel Blogs…

Check out EuroTribe’s essential travel resources for LGBT travelers in Europe, which include the tools and suggestions on safety, accommodation, things to do and more!

Pre-trip inspiration

LGBT Travel Blogs

People love checking travel blogs for inspiration, planning, and great local tips before their travels. This is especially true for LGBT travelers, who are in need of safety tips and destination guides. Luckily, there are so many great LGBT travel blogs out there. Here are some really good (and famous) LGBT travel blogs;

Travels of Adam
Two Bad Tourists
Nomadic Boys
Globetrotter Girls
Dopes on the Road
Gastro Gays
Minka Guides
MANCHIC

LGBT Websites

Out Traveler is perhaps the only LGBT website dealing with gay travel exclusively. Travel Gay Europe is another great resource for gay travelers. It has a comprehensive guide to almost every European country and recommendations on hotels, bars, nightlife, and events. A small section is dedicated to news. The other websites on the list are quite famous LGBT resources. They mostly cover news, entertainment but sometimes there are travel related topics too.

Out Traveler
Travel Gay Europe
Advocate
AfterEllen
autostraddle
PRIDE
LGBTQ Nation
Huffington Post Queer Voices
Daily Extra
Gay Cities
New Now Next

LGBT Travel Guidebooks

Damron Guidebooks are the most popular in this category and they exist since 1964. They have an extensive listing of gay-friendly business around the world, including the tips and a yearly calendar of events. There’s also another popular guide – Damron Women’s Traveler, which covers exactly the same things as the men’s one. European destinations they cover include Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Dublin, Barcelona, Sitges and more.

Spartacus Guide publishes its gay guide annually and it has more than 900 pages of useful travel info for gay and bisexual men. They also publish a Berlin Gay Guide.

Lonely Planet guides also have an LGBT section with safety tips, best gay venues, and other helpful advice.

Magazines and Newspapers

There are plenty of LGBT magazines online and in print. The most famous ones are OUT (gay and lesbian travel, fashion and culture); Curve (lesbian magazine), Passport Magazine (lots of tips on travel) etc. Check out the expanded list below!

OUT
Curve
Passport Magazine
Hello Mr.
Gay Letter
Jarry Mag
g3
HISKIND
SIEGESSÄULE (Berlin Queer Magazine)

IGLTA

IGLTA is one of the most important global resources in the LGBT tourism industry. You can find tips on whatever you are looking for- from accommodation providers, airlines, cruises, health and fitness, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators and more. They have suggestions for destinations across the globe and a calendar of events that you can filter by audience or type. IGLTA’s partners are strong supporters of LGBT rights.

NGO’s

Eastern Europe is still falling behind when it comes to LGBT rights, compared to their western counterparts. In some places, it may be more difficult to find suggestions on queer culture and nightlife for example, so NGO’s are your best bet. You can send them an email to check what’s the safety situation like or ask for suggestions on cultural events, meetups or nightlife. Not sure where to look for? Fear no more as here’s a list of LGBT rights organizations in Europe.

Planning your trip

MFA Website

Checking your country’s MFA website should be the number step during every trip preparation. There you’ll find the most up to date information on the country you are visiting, visa regime and safety tips. Not every MFA website has info on LGBT safety and tips but another great resource is Equaldex which shows Equality Index for every country in the world.

LGBT Friendly Accommodation

Many accommodation booking providers have LGBT sections on their sites, and they showcase LGBT-welcoming hotels, apartments, and activities. Some of the notable LGBT friendly accommodation providers are;

Expedia
misterb&b
Trip.com
Airbnb
Rainbow World Hotels
Purple Roofs
Further a Field
Hilton
Hyatt
Hotels.com
Orbitz

You may also be interested in how to find cheap accommodation in Europe.

LGBT Cruises

Some people love LGBT cruises while some hate them. Yet, LGBT cruises are one of the biggest contributors to the LGBT tourism in general and they offer travelers a friendly atmosphere and security that might be more difficult to find elsewhere. If you need inspiration, here are some companies which are famous in the cruising world;

Olivia
Atlantis
Source Events
The Cruise
Emerald Waterways

LGBT Tour Operators

If you are not a fan of cruises or independent travel, you can check out some of the tour operators below.They offer anything- from city breaks to beach holidays and physically demanding adventures.

Out Adventures
Pied Piper Travel
32 Travel
Pride World Travel
Brand G Vacations
HE Travel
DETOURS
Oscar Wilde Tours
IGNAS Tour
Gay Sail

LGBT Tours in Europe

There are many specific tours dealing with LGBT culture in Europe and it’s also fairly easy to find one. Your best bet is to google for LGBT tours in your destination and find the most suitable one. However, if you need some suggestions you can check out some of the tours below;

Prague4gay
Tenerife Les Friendly
Italy Gay Travels
Quiiky
Rainbow Gay Tours
The Gay Locals Paris
LisbonBeach Tours
Piers and Queers Tours
Pink Iceland

At The Destination

Dating Apps

Whether you want to make friends or hook up with someone, dating apps can help you with that. You can meet local people (use common sense of course!) or get recommendations on LGBT happenings in your destination. Grindr is the most famous app for gay men, while lesbian/bisexual women usually use Tinder and HER which is only available in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Grindr
Scruff
Jacke’D
Tinder
HER

Networking Groups

Couchsurfing is a famous travel social network platform. LGBT travelers can utilize the website’s many groups to find like-minded people and things to do. One of the biggest is Queer Couchsurfers group. You can also look for destination specific groups. Meet Up is another great social network website that can help you find and join groups you like, based on your interest and values.  Facebook Events is another helpful (and most easily available) tool that can help you find parties, cultural happenings, meetups etc.

Couchsurfing
Meet Up
Facebook
Lesbians Who Tech
Out in Tech

LGBT Parties in Europe

Parties can also be easily found with a simple Google search but here are some of the Europe’s most famous ones.

Gay Spring Break Sitges
Barcelona Pride
Circuit Festival
We Party Festival
La Demence
Italy Gay Summer Pride
Hot Season Festival
Rainbow Reykjavik
Pink Week Slovenia
XLSIOR

Anything missing? Feel free to comment below!

Featured photo: The Castro by karendesuyo on Flickr (under CC BY 2.0)
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How to buy a Sim Card in Serbia

Whether you’re planning a city break to Belgrade, a visit to Exit Festival or vacation at the mountains or spas having a SIM card is always useful. If you’d like…

Whether you’re planning a city break to Belgrade, a visit to Exit Festival or vacation at the mountains or spas having a SIM card is always useful.

If you’d like to buy a SIM card in Serbia here are a few things you need to know.

Companies

There are 3 most popular mobile network operators in Serbia. These are MTS, Telenor and VIP.

When it comes to the signal, all 3 brands cover more than 90% of Serbia’s territory and they offer 4G mobile network.

In my opinion, Telenor has the most interesting packages, while VIP offers more convenient packages for new users. Note that this applies if you’d like to sign up for a contract. If you’re buying a SIM card that you will use for only a couple of days the difference is not huge at all, which you can read more about below.

How

Buying a SIM card is easy. They can be bought at any kiosk, store or at the official stores of the mentioned brands. I recommend you buy it at the official store because the kiosks sell regular sized SIM card which won’t work with most new phones. You’d need to trim the card to make it micro. Of course this can be a hassle hence I recommend the official store. Offical stores have Multi SIM card which means you get standard, micro and nano card in one package. If you need the card immediately after you land you can buy one easily at any store at the airport. You don’t need a passport or an ID in order to buy a prepaid SIM card.

Costs

These are the prices;

MTS: 300 RSD; initial credit 25 RSD

MTS now also has a special offer for tourists. These are Super Tourist and Tourist SIM card. With Super Tourist SIM card you get 10 GB of internet, 30 minutes for international calls and 120 minutes of mts mobile network calls. The price of this package is 1,800 RSD (15$). Tourist SIM card gives you 3x24h of 4G mobile internet. The price of this package is 600 RSD (5$). Note that some of these options expire after 7 days. You can learn more about this offer by clicking here. WiFi is widespread in Belgrade’s coffee shops and restaurants so if you don’t plan to do a lot of instagramming or to make calls you’ll probably be okay with just a regular sim card too.

Telenor: 200 RSD; initial credit 25 RSD

VIP: 200 RSD; free calls in VIP mobile network for 7 days; 2 GB of internet for 7 days

That’s a pretty sweet deal. But VIP also offers a Visitor SIM which is a great option if you’ll be using internet a lot. For 990 RSD you will get 5GB of Internet and unlimited internet data for Viber. This deal lasts 14 days. You can also make calls with this card but you’ll need to refill it separately for that matter.

I hope this will help you in your selection 😉

Topping up

This is easy. You can top the card from any kiosk or store. You just need to state how much money you’d like to add and give the phone number. Note that this will only be possible if you have a regular sim card. The minimum amount you can add is 200 RSD. If you will get any of the special offers mentioned above or if you’d like to buy extra internet etc. head to the offical store.

You can also top the card with your credit/debit card through their online shops.

Coverage and data speeds

All three brands have a very good coverage and you won’t have any problems unless you are somewhere very close to the border and the signal might be a little bit messy. Using the online shop you can buy internet data and other extra options. Overall, getting a sim card in Serbia is good value for the money.

I hope this post will help you buy a sim card in Serbia. Do you have any questions I could answer? Feel free to comment below.

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Serbia Travel Consulting

In recent years Serbia has become a growing tourist destination in Europe. New trends show higher interest in Eastern Europe, and Belgrade is one of the leading destinations when it…

In recent years Serbia has become a growing tourist destination in Europe. New trends show higher interest in Eastern Europe, and Belgrade is one of the leading destinations when it comes to city breaks in the Balkans.

It is rich in history, it offers numerous cultural activities and events, but it is also famous for its great nightlife. Novi Sad is well-known for its Exit Festival and other cities in Serbia are also interesting to foreign tourists.

Serbia’s mountains and spas attract outdoor buffs and those who are seeking adventure and relaxation. Kopaonik and Tara national parks are amazing destinations for hiking, skiing, and other activities.

Eurovelo cycling route 6 also passes through Serbia and offers a mix of everything- cycling, rural tourism and culture in the cities.

There’s more – Danube, villages, wine tasting, bird watching. Serbia has a lot to offer and we urge you to explore it.

Our team that consists of experts on Serbian tourism will be more than happy to help you out.

Serbia Travel Consulting

Services

  1. Trip Consulting via Skype/email

If you are ready to explore Serbia or Belgrade but have a lot of questions and are not sure where to begin we can help. We offer consulting services via Skype or email where all your questions will be answered – whether that’s how to navigate around the country, which sights to see or where to stay.

Just note, we are not a travel agency so we do not sell tours, accommodation or train tickets, although we can help you out with suggestions and reservations.

Price

30 minutes consultation – 50 EUR

2. Itinerary Creation

Would you like to have an itinerary for your trip? We can help you create one and we are also knowledgable in special travel interests. We can tailor your trip to your specific interests – whether that’s culture, museums, business travel, LGBT scene or outdoor and recreation.

Price – itinerary pricing depends on a different factors. Contact us for more info. 

3. On Trip Support

If there’s anything else that you need during your trip in Serbia, feel free to contact us.

Contact

Reach us via our contact form and include as much details as possible. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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