Route 66 Riverton Kansas_by_Laurence Norah

In what might be the longest running series of posts on this site, today I’m continuing my Route 66 Photo Story with Kansas – the sixth state on the route as we travelled from west to east. Two more to go! You can see highlights of the other Route66 states here. We’re nearly there folks!

Now, I’ll be honest, Kansas was a bit tricky to do. Other states have long stretches of Route 66, giving me lots of options of photos to choose from. Kansas has a grand total of 12 miles of Route 66 before it heads into Missouri.

Highlights of Route 66 Kansas – In Photos

Route 66 Riverton Kansas_by_Laurence Norah

In what might be the longest running series of posts on this site, today I’m continuing my Route 66 Photo Story with Kansas – the sixth state on the route as we travelled from west to east. Two more to go! You can see highlights of the other Route66 states here. We’re nearly there folks!

Now, I’ll be honest, Kansas was a bit tricky to do. Other states have long stretches of Route 66, giving me lots of options of photos to choose from. Kansas has a grand total of 12 miles of Route 66 before it heads into Missouri.

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As part of our five week epic road trip around New Mexico, we spent a few days exploring Santa Fe, the state capital. Located about an hour’s drive north of (the much bigger!) Albuquerque, Santa Fe has long been known as a laid back place that is popular with artists as well as folks looking to explore the outdoors.

We spent our time visiting museums, eating, taking photos and generally exploring everything the state capital has to offer. From that, we’re delighted to share with you our ideas for:

Things To Do When Visiting Santa Fe

What To Do When Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

As part of our five week epic road trip around New Mexico, we spent a few days exploring Santa Fe, the state capital. Located about an hour’s drive north of (the much bigger!) Albuquerque, Santa Fe has long been known as a laid back place that is popular with artists as well as folks looking to explore the outdoors.

We spent our time visiting museums, eating, taking photos and generally exploring everything the state capital has to offer. From that, we’re delighted to share with you our ideas for:

Things To Do When Visiting Santa Fe

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Best Photography Locations Barcelona

Barcelona is definitely one of my favourite European cities, and one I love to photograph. Today, as part of my series of photography location guides, I’m going to share with you some of the best photography spots in Barcelona to help you get the best photos when you visit.

After that, I’ll share some general tips on visiting the city, everything from where to stay, when to come, and how to save money on your stay. But let’s get started with:

 

The Best Photography Locations In Barcelona

The Best Photography Locations in Barcelona

Best Photography Locations Barcelona

Barcelona is definitely one of my favourite European cities, and one I love to photograph. Today, as part of my series of photography location guides, I’m going to share with you some of the best photography spots in Barcelona to help you get the best photos when you visit.

After that, I’ll share some general tips on visiting the city, everything from where to stay, when to come, and how to save money on your stay. But let’s get started with:

 

The Best Photography Locations In Barcelona

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Oak Alley Planatation Louisiana_by_Laurence Norah-53

One of the road trips in the US that we had always wanted to do was a trip across the “Deep South” of the USA. We think the USA is the perfect country for road tripping in, and we’ve already done a number of road trips here, including iconic Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Oregon Trail.

The Deep South was a part of the USA that neither of us had fully explored, so we decided to spend five weeks crossing five states to find out what it was all about. Read on for everything you need to know to plan your own perfect USA Deep South Road Trip, including what to eat, what to see, and where to go!

The Perfect USA Deep South Road Trip Itinerary

Oak Alley Planatation Louisiana_by_Laurence Norah-53

One of the road trips in the US that we had always wanted to do was a trip across the “Deep South” of the USA. We think the USA is the perfect country for road tripping in, and we’ve already done a number of road trips here, including iconic Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Oregon Trail.

The Deep South was a part of the USA that neither of us had fully explored, so we decided to spend five weeks crossing five states to find out what it was all about. Read on for everything you need to know to plan your own perfect USA Deep South Road Trip, including what to eat, what to see, and where to go!

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La Masella Skiing Pyrenees_by_Laurence Norah-7

I’m a big fan of skiing, even if I haven’t been for a while. Recently, Jess and I were invited to experience winter in the Spanish Pyrenees, specifically the region near to Barcelona and Girona. Jess doesn’t ski, but enjoys the snow, and we built an itinerary around skiing, winter activities, and exploring some of this beautiful area – sampling four of the main resorts in the area.

Jess is going to be writing a post all about going on a skiing trip if you don’t ski, and if the Spanish Pyrenees are a good choice for that. Keep your eyes open for that over on her blog. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sharing with you my experiences skiing in the Pyrenees.

Skiing in the Spanish Pyrenees

La Masella Skiing Pyrenees_by_Laurence Norah-7

I’m a big fan of skiing, even if I haven’t been for a while. Recently, Jess and I were invited to experience winter in the Spanish Pyrenees, specifically the region near to Barcelona and Girona. Jess doesn’t ski, but enjoys the snow, and we built an itinerary around skiing, winter activities, and exploring some of this beautiful area – sampling four of the main resorts in the area.

Jess is going to be writing a post all about going on a skiing trip if you don’t ski, and if the Spanish Pyrenees are a good choice for that. Keep your eyes open for that over on her blog. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sharing with you my experiences skiing in the Pyrenees.

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Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

Win A Photography Course and $250 with Trover!

Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

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_by_Laurence Norah

In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

Photography Tips: What is a Neutral Density (ND) Filter?

_by_Laurence Norah

In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

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Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

16 Of the Best Places to Eat in Albuquerque

Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

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One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

How to Pick The Best Camera for Travel

One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

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One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

An Experience on the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

Venice Simplon Orient Express %2528129%2529

One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

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