Photography Basics: Lightroom Editing

LESSON 23: LIGHTROOM EDITING You frame the shot, position the lens, click the shutter, and now you’ve got yourself a photo. But even if the image looks great on playback, there’s still some work to...
Characters on a temple.

How to (Actually) Speak a Foreign Language While Traveling

If you haven’t brushed up on your Spanish, French, or German since graduating from high school, you might feel nervous about traveling to a country where the people speak one of those languages. You...

How Passions Turn Into Purpose Projects

In 2012, Zach Houghton sat in a plain, gray cubicle on the 55th floor of a Hong Kong office building. As the sun set, he looked out at the smoggy harbor, knowing that his...
A hand holding an antique photograph of the Eiffel Tower in front of the Eiffel Tower, showing prevalence of pictures in heavily-photographed places

How to Take Pictures in Heavily-Photographed Places

One of the greatest joys of traveling is documenting your adventures through photography. In fact, with iconic landmarks and local gems around the world being posted on Instagram hundreds of times per day, many...
Crossing a bridge during an eco-friendly road trip

Planning an Eco-Friendly Road Trip

Not long ago, two of my close friends packed their car for an 800-mile road trip. They loaded their daughter into her car seat, turned on their favorite music, and stocked up on their...
A waterfront skyline in China, an extremely popular TEFL destination.

How to Teach English as a Foreign Language in China

English-language learning has been deeply rooted in Chinese curricula since the early ’80s. However, even more importance is being placed on learning the language today, and all children are required by law to start...
A man selling baskets, as pictured on social media.

How to Better Use Social Media in Your Travel Storytelling

There’s no doubt about it: social media is a powerful tool. After all, the major platforms now count more than three billion total users — a huge population that includes your friends and acquaintances,...

How to Create Your Own Meaningful Trip

We can all agree that social media has reached its zenith in recent years, and travel is often one of the highlights that is shared most across platforms. Our travels represent milestones reached (birthdays,...
Dusky clouds over a darkening ocean.

12 Ways to Live Sustainably in 2019

2019 is officially here, bringing both new possibilities for personal growth and familiar threats to our planet’s survival. With climate change rearing its ugly head ever higher, untold amounts of plastic polluting our oceans,...

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