Traveling Photos

Dear Zoomy,
I have been following GuideZoomer’s Instagram page for some time now. GuideZoomer has amazing travel ideas and I must say post some of the most amazing shots. As a Zoomer, I’m embarrassed to say that all of my pictures from my travels are not the best. Sometimes people forget to take enough pictures or take poor pictures.
I want to look back at my pictures and feel as if I were right back in that moment.
How do I capture my experience?

-Traveling Photos

Dear Traveling Photos,

One of the BEST parts of traveling are the memories! So capturing them are essential. First, go away prepared; invest in a quality camera. Bring extra memory cards, batteries/ external chargers. If it isn’t cost effective, phone apps such FaceBook video’s, Instagram Stories & SnapChat all provide ways to capture and save memories. Make sure to also contact your phone provider to upgrade your data plan and/or purchase wifi access wherever you travel to.
Now that you are prepared, remember that your pictures will tell a story, so be creative, add some mystery & have fun! Try to include yourself in as many monumental scenes as possible. Change your poses for diversity and take a minimum of 3 shots for variety. If you are feeling adventurous, try some angels, change the orientation and even experiment with the flash effects. At the end of the day, making sure you capture the memories is the biggest part. How you capture it is all up to you. When you get your best shot, tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @GuideZoomer so we can feature your awesome memories!


Traveling Toddlers

My husband & I have been married 7 years & together 10. We met in college studying abroad in Italy. We have been Globetrotters ever since. 4 years ago, we began our family and traveling has been limited to local & occasionally cross-country trips. We would love to bring out our map and begin our children’s international travel. My concern is traveling with 3 toddlers, especially in places far from home, and for either my husband, myself or the children not enjoying these new adventures.

How can we continue our quest of experiencing the world & different cultures with our children? Or is it impossible to travel with toddlers? Help Zoomy!

Dear Toddler Mom,
Kudos to you that you have not lost your wanderlust.
I think you have to prioritize and realize that for a bit you are going to be somewhat limited in where you will be able to travel with small children.
When mine were small in order to give them a mini intro to the different cultures of the world, my first stop was EPCOT in Disney World in Orlando.
Traveling by plane with 3 toddlers will be daunting but this is something that will give them a sampling of the world, and who doesn’t love Disney ?!?!
I don’t know where you live, but there are so many kid-friendly attractions that will satisfy their thirst for now. Look up family-friendly on Guidezoomer .com for the various options in your area.
Don’t rush, life is long and you will have many years to enjoy with them. If you venture out too early with them so young, you might sour your hubby on traveling with them and they will not get the full benefit of your efforts anyway.
Be patient and enjoy every stage of life,


Good Morning Zoomy,

I recently turned 21 , and all I have ever wanted was to able to travel and explore another country on my own. My first “adult” experience! I begged my parents to send me to Europe and finally my wish has been granted. I leave in a few weeks and unfortunately the doubt & anxiety are starting to sink in. What/How do you recommend a rookie like myself & my best friend prepare over-selves for this adventure? I want to show my parents we can be responsible, as well as have the time of our lives. Help!

-Novice Traveler

Dear Novice ,

Oh my ,how exciting !!!
Of course excitement is often partnered with anxiety . Just the fact that you are nervous shows a great deal of maturity. Go into this trip with your eyes wide open.  Prepare an itinerary in advance -know where you are staying in advance .
Make sure you don’t carry too much unnecessary paraphernalia  Have a safe place for your money,passport and phone . Now, give all this info to your parents and stay in touch with them the entire time . Don’t do anything foolish and have a great time .


Frustrated Holidays

Dear Zoomy,

Holidays are one of my best times of the year.

I look forward to the comradery, laughter, food & most off all creating & sharing new memories. This 1 time a year the entire world is given a little extra time to spend with family, friends & loved ones.

But the worst of this time, is the travel. Whether I’m stuck in an overly crowded airport with unbearably long security lines or in a car/ train/bus in traffic, it seems to always keep my anxiety & nerves high.

What do you suggest helping make the process less painful, and make my travel experience smoother?




Dear Frustrated,

After booking my flights, I will find out if the airline I’m using has a lounge at my airport.

Usually for a nominal fee you can join the club and then cancel after you return. These lounges make waiting in an airport much more pleasant.

The last time friends of mine travelled by car, they joined a
car pool from the community. The time went faster, and they saved money on gas as well.

For me, to avoid the stress, every few years I invite everyone over to my place. That cures me for a few years of complaining about the stresses of travel.

Happy Holidays,


Your favorite ZOOMY



Dear Zoomy,

Last week I was flying home after a long week of intense meetings . Believe it or not I was looking forward to a quiet flight home . I was seated in my window seat that I had reserved well in advance – put on my eye mask, my cancellation headphones and was about to fade away. All of a sudden, the stewardess asked me if I would switch to a middle seat so that a mother and her two kids could sit together.

Gotta tell you – under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t be thrilled; but I might have been too embarrassed to not agree. In this case, I had my seat. I was perfectly comfortable and beyond exhausted. I overheard “the mom” saying she just booked today and hoped for the best. I actually refused, but I got stares – was made to feel guilty . Why, are we not allowed to say just this one time: “No, I can’t. I just can’t.”

Signed ,

Unfairly stared at,


Dear Unfairly,

Of course you can always say, “No.” Each situation deserves individual thought. Let me ask you something, Did any of the staring people offer up their seats?

We live in a world where paying it forward and being considerate is valued. I hope that I can count myself as one of those people who might have volunteered my seat, to facilitate a family being seated together. But (a huge “but”) – There are circumstances where we must put ourselves first. It is not evil to protect oneself. If you don’t respect the needs of thyself, how do you propose respecting the needs of another? On top of that, We should also be one whom reserves judgement when observing such a situation.

Personally, I feel worse if I’ve been judge-y versus a wee bit selfish.

The fact that you felt bad shows that you’re probably a good person with pure intentions.

Hopefully next time a situation as such presents itself, you’ll have the ability to portray that “good guy” you seem to admire.


Have a great week.

See you next Tuesday,


Have we met?

Not sure you’ve had the pleasure…

They call me – The Duchess.

Some say dazzling; daring; or divine.

One thing with which I will agree, darling;

I am always on the go.

I love to travel. I enjoy meeting new people and immersing myself in different cultures – indulging in cuisines I’ve never tried before.

I’d like to invite you to join me on my adventures. To find the most fab places to go – It is my newest discovery and it is the perfect tool for a “wanderluster” such as myself. I decided to visit the Southern States and Guidezoomer showed me the way.

I’m loving it down here in Georgia. I’ve always fancied myself as a Southern Belle in a previous lifetime.

I know Scarlet and I would have been the closest of friends.

Before visiting Georgia, I clicked onto and voila! A variety of perfect hotels for me in Roswell, GA, at my fingertips! Besides the refreshing fact that I could book directly on-line, without being hijacked by those pesky booking sites. Once I was checked in, I zoomed over to the list of restaurants and as I’m clicking, I imagined myself sitting at a lovely outdoor cafe, sipping mint juleps.

Without leaving the Guidezoomer site, I could see the list of the “A-listers” who will be in concert this month – top of the charts. Oh my darlings! Come walk with me downtown as Guidezoomer guides me through the shopping districts. Yes, you guessed it. The Duchess loves to shop… I just found the most darling evening bag. Ooh!!

I’m so excited!!

Guidezoomer shows not only the large retail centers and districts, but features some quaint out of the way shops as well.

The historic district offers a variety of activities.

Strolling among the Chattahoochee River… visiting the Nature Center… learning how I can contribute to the sustainability of the area… Wow – my inner “green” has awakened!

GZ has listings for a walk back in time. I’m floating through the Antebellum homes and as you can imagine I am fancying myself as the madame of a large plantation. My, how times have changed. Down in Georgia, it’s certainly for the better.

Historic attractions around war memorials – re-enacting how life was lived… This new site is the answer to my prayers!

Locations all over the fantastic, great USA… Hotels for all budgets… Restaurants to satisfy all palates… Attractions for me and the gen Y-ers in my life. Have I told you about all the cultural choices??….

Off to the ballet for me; off to the jazz clubs for them, and for the tots – duck tours! Guidezoomer provides all the info one needs to enjoy a trip anywhere their little heart desires. Yes, so many incredible destinations here in the US at my manicured little fingers.

This is my newest passion.

I’m a Zoomer all the way…

Love it darlings!!

Traveling is my thing, so –

Come join me!!

Even if your trip is not imminent… Click & Zoom and choose a destination that’s right for you.

…Or you can just zoom as you dream : )

They say:

Half  the fun is in the planning…” and GZ makes the planning tons of fun…

…and easy.

So, TaTa for now… as I zoom around Roswell for a few more days.

Then we will visit Guidezoomer and decide on where to travel next.

Here’s to new adventures!!

Love ya’ll,

Duchess D