These would also make such a great gift for an adventurer or traveler on your list! You could surprise someone for New Years with a print and a joint mission to get out there to see more of the world. Wouldn't that be a fun twist on the same old resolutions everyone puts forth (and then usually drops by mid-February)?Read More
Back in the day, circa 2006 when I was roaming around Europe with my bestie we noticed a phenomenon that we named the STP or "single traveler pose" aka the old school selfie. More often than not it involved someone holding their point and shoot camera out in front of them, arm stretched as far as it could go to capture their head and possibly upper body in front of a notable landmark. Around 75% of people held up a nonchalant peace sign or, if they had managed to con a passerby into taking their photo they could get really crazy and raise both hands in the air, further proving they were actually there. I'm going to just throw this out there, 2006 was a long time ago, and things have changed.
This summer I went to Germany with the fam and witnessed a mind blowing adaptation of the trend. The selfie stick. The thing was everywhere. News alert to everyone that did not leave their house this year - flipping your phone's camera to front facing mode is so 2013. If you didn't have a Go Pro or cell phone strapped to a retractable pole, then you my friend, are not the latest generation of traveler. I would not recommend traveling without one, because you will feel out of place.
While we did utilize our Go Pro strapped onto a selfie stick a few times during the trip - it turned out to be more cumbersome than helpful in most situations. But, I will admit that I was traveling with 5 willing photo takers. I can imagine the need for the pole and fisheye Go Pro increases exponentially in direct correlation to a decrease in the number of travel companions one has. I may have been whistling a different tune if I had been a solo traveler. For now I'm just going to hold on to the memory of Europe, and the fact that the original selfie stick will forever be your arm (thank goodness mine are long).
I'm not quite sure why we feel the need to always be at the ready to take our own photo, but I do know that A. we have a ton of sweet Europe photos and B. I have a ton of photos of people taking photos of themselves in Europe. Maybe we should all put down our phones and just enjoy our surroundings? I cannot tell you how many times we discussed why Mitch was taking photos of my back in Europe. It was all for this Instagram, mom. If a photo doesn't get posted on Instagram, did it really happen?
The tools of the trade
So, I want to know - do you use a selfie stick? Do you have a Go Pro? What are your tips for capturing the perfect moment when you are flying solo? Or do you simply soak in the moment and skip the photo opt?
This shop by Herriott Grace is so elegant and simple. Every time I stop by (fully using the interweb interpretation of "stop by" here... ) I'm inspired by the handmade wooden pieces in the collection. It takes a true artisan to create such timeless works of art.Read More
Ever since upgrading to a DSLR I've been on the hunt for the perfect camera bag that doubles as a purse. We got one of those run-of-the-mill cross body bags at the camera store before our Europe trip, and while it did the trick while we were traveling between destinations, when it came to actually heading out for the day to sightsee, I cringed at the thought of having to tote it around. I kept hoping it would magically transform into a light tan leather purse that fit my camera the ENTIRE trip. Since that did not happen....Read More
I fell head over heels for Nordic destinations (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and their autonomous regions - the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands and Greenland) when we visited Denmark and Iceland last year. Greenland has since piqued my interest because of it's painfully beautiful icebergs and proximity to the Arctic circle (hint, it is IN IT).Read More
Good active wear can be the perfect pick me up on the weekend. I always reach for yoga clothes or workout gear when I wake up. Plus, active wear packs easily for trips, is a great plane outfit to change into mid flight and doubles as workout gear for when you arrive in a destination. Click through to see my favorites.Read More
At the start of our Europe trip, all six of us arrived in couples, separately. When we touched down in Berlin it was 3:00 in the afternoon. Mitch and I made a beeline for the airport info desk, bought a 5-day transportation pass and took the U Bahn to our hotel to meet the rest of my family. I think the key to staying just on the other side of jet lag is to adopt the local schedule the very first day you are there - so for us that meant staying awake as late as possible that first night, in hopes that we could sleep soundly.Read More
When the Bunkhouse holiday gift guide email came across my inbox this week - my eyes lit up. They had tons of awesome gift ideas from all of their hotels (El Cosmico, Hotel Havana, San Jose Hotel and Hotel St. Cecilia) but if someone got me this yurt for Christmas, it would be game over.Read More
Today marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A moment that I could not have begun to grasp the full meaning of before our trip to Berlin this September. The fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989 became a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War. To commemorate the event at 9:00 PM, some 8,000 helium balloons were released into Germany's night sky.Read More