Easy ways to make travel photography more valuable

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It’s helpful to study photography trends to succeed in the Age of Instagram Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of photography enthusiasts. While they may never earn a penny for the images they shoot or have an interest in shooting the same types of subjects I do or even have anRead more

Exploring the Music Scene in Old Town Havana, Cuba

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Episode 2 of “3 Minutes in Cuba”: Feeling the Beat of Havana’s Old Town Swish, swish, zip. Pause. Swish, swish, zip. What’s that sound? It’s a group of tourists trying to master a Cuban rhythm. We’re in Havana’s Old Town taking a percussion lesson at La Casa del Son. In a two-hour class, students learnRead more

Getting to know Cuba’s Unique Travel Quirks

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Episode 1 of “3 Minutes in Cuba”: Gas, Food, Lodging If Cuba were a person on Facebook, its relationship status would read: “It’s complicated.” Most relationships have their ups and downs, but it’s only been a few minutes since I touched down in Havana with friends and our brief liaison with the Caribbean country isRead more

Cuba: The Next Foodie Frontier?

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With more Americans taking an interest in Cuba, the Caribbean country has the potential to start a new food revolution. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard a lot about President Obama trying to improve U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, our Caribbean neighbor just 90 miles south of Florida. The news ofRead more

How to travel solo in Cuba as an American

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Have you ever searched for a recipe online and had to scroll through a long diatribe about a blogger’s favorite memories of her grandmother before finally getting to the nitty gritty? If you are an American and are interested in traveling to Cuba legally on your own right now, I’m going to save your thumbRead more

Where to find organic products in Lima, Peru

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Lima used to be a quick stopover for visitors on their way to Machu Picchu, but in the last decade, the Peruvian city has transformed into the gastronomic epicenter of South America. “Last year, thousands of people came to Lima just to eat,” says Lucas Montes de Oca, the co-founder of The Lima Gourmet Company,Read more

Putting Mackinac Island on the Map

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A first-timer discovers Michigan’s favorite island getaway Michiganders always have a map on hand. Anytime you talk to someone about places to visit in their state, he or she invariably puts up their right hand and points to a spot on their palm as if they were divining the future like a palm reader. TheRead more

How to find Polaris for Star Trail Photography

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Shooting for the stars with astronomers at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio Jim Varadi doesn’t need a Star Chart app on his iPhone to identify stars an constellations in the night sky. The amateur astronomer knows instinctively where to look. So, when I got an assignment to photograph a night-time program at the PerkinsRead more

A Taste of Copenhagen’s Haute Cuisine Scene at Geranium

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Home to some of the highest ranked restaurants in the world, Copenhagen has spawned a culinary revolution in recent years, but you’ll have to book months in advance to take part. The elevator my husband, Chris, and I are taking to the 8th story of Copenhagen’s soccer arena is packed with people on their lunch break,Read more

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