7 Ways To Take Better Travel Photos with Your DSLR Camera

Last month, you learned 13 Easy Ways to Take Better Photos with Your Phone. The tips below apply to shooting with a DSLR. I started as a frustrated novice photographer just a few years ago. Here, I break down technical terms and techniques to make travel photography as enjoyable to you as it is to…

Girl in satin blue robe on bed, Jessica Peterson

How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

Living on a tiny island at the edge of the Pacific Ocean means I regularly travel for 24 hours straight to get to the Mainland. I’ve even gone around the world in 40 days. The human body, no matter how healthy, can only handle so much. The worst thing that can happen is a sickness that ruins your travel. At the risk of sounding mom-ish, here’s how to stay healthy when you travel!

Apple iphone 6 plus with passport

Is the iPhone 6 Plus Better for Travel?

I just upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus. Even though I have been accused of such, I’m not a technology junkie. I don’t camp out overnight like a pimply pubescent with nothing better to do every time Apple releases a new phone. I toted my iPhone 4s for years, opting out of the upgrade frenzy to the iPhone 5. It just wasn’t different enough. However, the iPhone 6 is a game changer for me. Admittedly, some of the features I’ll describe were available in the iPhone 5s and are a result of iOS8.

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5 Ways to Earn Miles You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Searches on Bing Did you know that Bing will reward you for simply using their search engine? You can earn up to 15 points per day (by using their search engine 30 times). You can exchange 385 points for 100 frequent flyer miles or hotel points with the following loyalty programs: • American Airlines •…

Jessica Peterson at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

12 Ways Not to Travel Like a Tourist

When I was 25 and single, I spent a month living in Jamaica. I learned that living like a local can be so much more enriching than traveling like a tourist. I boarded with a local family far from the tourist district in Montego Bay. I volunteered, drove, made friends, traveled, and even attended a wedding. I really got to know the people and the place and it’s an experience I will cherish the rest of my life.

Woman at Sheraton Resort Guam pool

8 Ways to Get Free Travel

Ask for It: I read a travel blog that said to ask the hotel to comp your mini bar items. Thinking that was slightly preposterous, I tried it. News flash: It works!

13 Easy Ways to Take Better Photos with Your Phone

You don’t need a DSLR to take great travel photos, portraits, or everyday snaps. Apply these easy ways to take better photos with the camera you carry with you everywhere — your phone! All photos below were taken on my iPhone 4s. You may recognize them from my Instagram feed. Don’t Use Filters on Food…

The Best Travel Apps for iPhone & Android

The more I travel, the geekier I get about the process. I want to focus on the experience of being somewhere, not the process of getting there. I regularly fly 14+ hours to get to my destination, so I’m trying at every point to make it easier on myself. These are the indispensable apps to make my journey smoother.