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!

Zoomy

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,
ZOOMY

Novice

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 .

ZOOMY

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?

Frustrated

 

 

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