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10 Great Photography Tips for Travelers

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is never truer than when you’re traveling. Nothing tells the stories behind the places you visit and the people you meet along the way better than a photograph. So, how do we best capture the story behind a destination through our camera lenses? I asked Ewen Bell.

As a travel journalist and professional photographer, Ewen provides “inspiration and information to help you make the most of your travel and photography.” On his website, Photography for Travellers, he shares practical philosophies for amateur photographers. When I asked him about his top photo tips, this is what he told me:

NYC Rental Ban: Did Visiting New York Just Get More Expensive?

There’s a lot of buzz here in New York this week about a newly passed bill that makes renting an apartment for less than 30 days illegal. Other than possibly being a small triumph for hotels, it seems like a lose-lose law; certainly travelers looking for an affordable place to stay, and New Yorkers looking to rent out their places while they travel, are out of luck.

I’ve never rented out my apartment, preferring to remain in the good graces of co-ops and roommates, but I’ve stayed in rentals in other cities, and as a budget traveler, I wonder: what would I have done if the only option was a hotel? At times, most likely I would have skipped to the next destination. And that isn’t even in places where hotel rates come anywhere close to those in Manhattan.

The Gulf Beach Guarantee: Support the Gulf and Travel with Confidence

If you’ve been dreaming of a little fun in the sun, but you’re nervous about the oil spill’s path, we’ve got the perfect solution. Today, Travelocity announced its Gulf Beach Guarantee. If you travel by September 10, 2010 and stay at one of the more than 180 participating hotels, you can receive a refund for any/all unused nights if the government closes a beach within 20 miles of your resort.

Check it out! www.travelocity.com/gulfguarantee

As you can see from this interactive map, the oil spill has only impacted very specific areas at this time. (You can use your cursor to “grab” the map and move it around. Plus, you can zoom in and out.)