🇮🇹 10 Tips: Venice, Italy 🇮🇹

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Venice is one of the most amazing, unique places on earth. We spent 4 days + 4 nights there and even in that amount of time, we probably barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do there!

But I thought I would pull together 10 tips for when YOU visit Venice! 🎉 Also, I’ll include our 4 day itinerary at the end of this list! 👇🏻

Tip #1: Get lost!

When it comes to Venice, there is so much to see! Even with a map, you’re going to get lost. While most of the time, that seems like a bad idea, in Venice, it’s the exact opposite. If you wander through the streets and bridges going over canals, you will find some great things. You can never go wrong with the pastry and coffee places you find, the small hole-in-the-wall churches usually have decadent mosaics and paintings on their ceilings, and you can stumble upon hidden landmarks!

Take for instance, Liberia Acqua Alta. This place is apparently very hard to find, and due to our short time in Venice, we had sort of ruled out seeing it…until we just found it on accident one day! We had set out and decided to tackle a different area of our Venice map we hadn’t seen when we found it! So, get lost. Wander and see what you can find!

Tip #2: Get a Venezia Unica Card.

These are cards that not only provide unlimited use of the city’s vaporetto system, but also have other benefits, like seeing popular tourist destinations AND even free WiFi for a day if you are under 29!

My husband Tim and I got the “Rolling Venice Card” for 72 hours which included as many rides on the vaporetto as we wanted and WiFi for a day! It was well worth it because even though Venice is a very walkable city, you will want to see it from the canals also! This card also covered our water transport to the outerlying islands of Burano and Murano, which are a must see!

The important thing to note here though is this: TheVenezia Unica Card DOES NOT cover transportation from the Marco Polo Airport to Venice.

For that, you will have to book a desperate transfer via an Aliguna Waterbus on the Blue Line, which was right around €40-54, if I remember correctly.

Tip #3: See Burano and Murano! But if you have to pick one, pick Burano!

Now, this one is subject to opinion, but out of the two islands, I liked Burano the most! It is great for pictures and has the colorful buildings and even a lesser known Leaning Tower that Instagram dreams are made of! 😍 However, if you are going based purely on seeing the lace making or glass making, go to Murano for the glass making.

It is amazing to see the glass creations there and for some reason, it just seemed more visual and was cooler to see than the lace making on Burano!

The vaporetto ride from Venice to Murano is shorter than the one to Burano. I think our ride to Murano was about 10-15 minutes while the ride to Burano was closer to 30-45 minutes from Cannaregio where we stayed.

Tip #4: Check out a mask store or atelier!

A trip to Venice isn’t complete without seeing a mask maker and exploring one of their stores! Even if you don’t come during Carnivale, Venice’s February celebration where people dress up in costumes and masks, it is one of the biggest trades known strictly to Venice!

We visited a store called Sogno Venezia Atelier and the owner Julia had a wealth of information on the art of mask making and she makes all her own costumes!

Masks are only part of Venice’s allure and mystery, but be sure not to miss out on learning more about them!

Tip #5: Stay in Cannaregio!

This is also just opinion, but I felt like Cannaregio was the best and most central location for us when it came to staying in Venice! We were not far from the airport, we were away from the touristy areas and in more of an actual Venice neighborhood, but still within walking distance of the sights, and we were close to the Ospedale stop, or Hospital! You never want to think you’ll need it, but it was nice to know it was close!

We also were near plenty of markets, which we went to to buy fresh produce and things to make meals at home sometimes!

Tip #6: Go during the shoulder or “off” season.

March is considered a slow time in Venice. It is typically a little chillier and right after Carnivale, so flight prices drop. We scored our tickets for around $700, which was a great deal when compared to anywhere from $1,000-$2,200!

If I can suggest though, go in late March or be prepared for cold temperatures. We layered a lot. March is also the time for “high water”, so you will see higher water and even flooded streets in Venice due to the rain. We had to use catwalks to walk over the water sometimes, but if worse comes to worse, they do have these strange looking rain boots you can purchase everywhere. They look a lot like Saran Wrap that just goes over your feet! 😂

Tip # 7: Ride down The Grand Canal.

This is just a MUST. And kind of a given, but you have to see Rialto Bridge from the canals. It is a beautiful sight, not to mention, a relaxing ride. You will get some of your best pictures riding the vaporetto! They have these awesome little back sections of the vaporetto boats where you can go out a door and literally be in the open air. Just hold onto your phones! You don’t want to drop that into the canal!

Tip # 8: Take a gondola ride…but during the day.

Day fares for gondola are cheaper than at night and you’ll get less grainy, higher quality pictures. Now, while the vaporetto is great, gondolas are amazing because they take you down the tight, little back waterways of Venice that are quiet, secluded and interesting. We saw hidden passageways, passed a private courtyard where a couple was drinking red wine and they toasted us… 🍷😂

It was all very Venetian and we wouldn’t have seen any of it if we hadn’t gone for a ride! The fare is generally €89, but you can ride up to 6 people in a gondola and that total is split amongst riders, it is not per person!

Tip #9: Go to Cemeterio Island.

I did not take many pictures at Cemeterio and some people think cemeteries are morbid, but I thought it was a cool experience! If you like seeing how Venetians live…and how they died, Cemeterio is an interesting place to go. It is a 5 minute ride from Cannaregio across the channel.

There are beautiful monuments there and even windows that just face off into the sea. While wandering around, we came across a landing of black and white tiles that just gently sloped into the canal and we discovered that it is there that boats dock to offload coffins.

It’s impossible to realize all the things that are different about Venice until you really stop and take a look.

Tip #10: Talk to some Venetians.

Whether it was talking to our waiters at the trattoria down our street, Julia at the mask shop, or anyone we encountered, the Venetians are an interesting people. They are very passionate about things and are set in their ways. They certainly won’t go out of their way to help you, but they are nice if you catch them in a good mood.

If I had to rank all the towns on their “friendliness” that we went to, Venice wouldn’t have the top spot, but more on that later! 😉

Bonus Tip #11: Get used to “Italian Time”.

Italians have their own clock that they go by, whether it’s getting somewhere and meeting up with someone or just eating dinner. Dinners are usually 4 hour affairs with multiple courses and you have to ask for your check, which was strange to us Americans.

One reason for this is that Italian waiters are paid a living wage. In America, waiters barely make $3 an hour and live on tips, so it’s all about turning tables. Get used to taking your time in Italy and you will enjoy your trip so much more!

Those are all my tips for Venice! 🇮🇹🍷🍕

Here is a brief itinerary of our time in Venice! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

March 14th: Landed in Venice

*On this day, we basically ate dinner near Rialto Bridge(very touristy, but the pizza was good) and went to our VRBO home to catch up on the time change! Not much accomplished this day.

March 15th: Murano & St. Mark’s Basillica

*We rode over to Murano to see some glass making and also checked out St. Mark’s Basillica and square! We did a lot of wandering this day and got a lot of ground covered!

March 16th: Burano, Riding a Gondola, and Riding Down Grand Canal

We rode over to Burano early and also had lunch there! Poppy had fish with the heads on. 😳😂 We also rode the vaporetto all over, including down The Grand Canal, and got gelato. 🍧

March 17th: Cemeterio, Libreria Acqua Alta and Sogno Venezia Atelier

We saw a bunch this day! We explored Cemeterio, Libreria Acqua Alta and I bought a Venetian mask!

Stay tuned for my next blog on Florence, Pisa & Lucca!

And there is a quick video I made of Venice, which is on my IGTV, or Instagram tv! I hope you’ll check it out!

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🌎Ancestry DNA Results🌎

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I am so fascinated with the world. All the different countries and cultures, just how vast it is…the different types of people all around the world, what they like to eat, what they think about, common traits, what they do for fun.

I believe that you need to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going—so I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now—take an Ancestry.com DNA test! 😱

I went into it only knowing a few things. For my entire life, I’ve been told that we are very Irish, Scottish, German and Cherokee Indian. 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇩🇪

I think taking these tests is so neat because…sometimes, you come out on the other side and your world is turned upside down. Sometimes, there are wild cards and you’re not at all who you thought you were! I’ve actually watched quite a few YouTube videos of people revealing their Ancestry results and thought that it was such a neat idea! I’m planning on doing a video myself probably later this week, if you’d like to see the video format! 🎥 Keep an eye on my YouTube channel! 👀

Without further ado, here is a break down of my crazy results!

I am actually 38% Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales. 🇬🇧

This was very surprising to me. My entire life, I had just assumed I was maybe more Irish than anything else. ☘️As it turns out though, my husband is more Irish than all of us! 😂 He was 46% Irish, which is unheard of and almost half!

The next highest percentage was Irish though at 28%. 🇮🇪 I guess I just always thought and everyone assumed because of my red hair that I was very Irish!

12% Scandinavian was very interesting to me and I had no previously knowledge/suspicions about that at all! This would include Norway, Denmark and Sweden. 🇳🇴 🇩🇰 🇸🇪

10% Europe West would include Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg. 🇧🇪 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 🇱🇺

That made perfect sense for the German! That is mostly from my mom’s side. The Irish was from my dad’s side, Great Britain from both sides.

I told my husband that being the majority Great Britain was actually spot on because I’ve always favored their quick witted, a’la Monty Python type of humor! My grandfather commented also on my love of tea.

Now…here comes some really interesting stuff! Since my husband was almost half Irish, he didn’t have as many variables or smaller percentages, but I had quite a few that really shocked me! 😱

5% Europe East, which includes—brace yourself—Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia. 🇵🇱 🇨🇿 🇦🇹 🇷🇺 🇭🇺 🇸🇮 🇷🇴 🇷🇸 🇺🇦 🇧🇾 🇲🇩 🇱🇹 🇱🇻 🇧🇦 🇧🇦 🇭🇷

5% is a small percentage, but still quite a bit in my eyes! Half of these countries I know nothing about and some I had never even heard of! That’s about to change though, I really want to read up on them now!

2% Europe South, which is Italy and Greece! 🇮🇹 🇬🇷 It’s a little percentage, but this excited me since we are going to Italy! I can claim I’m not whole, just 2%. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

2% Finland/Northwest Russia 🇫🇮 🇷🇺

I’ve always thought Finland had a fun sounding capital. Helsinki. Heelllllllsiiinnnkii.

<1% Middle Eastern, which would include Syria, Iraq, Saudi’s Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Israel. 🇸🇾 🇮🇶 🇸🇦 🇯🇴 🇴🇲 🇾🇪 🇦🇪 🇱🇧 🇮🇱

This was shocking to me. While there have been some not so peaceful relationships between my country and the Middle East, this interests me so much!

<1% Iberian Peninsula, which is Spain and Portugal 🇪🇸 🇵🇹

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And last, <1% Caucasus, which is Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. 🇦🇲 🇦🇿 🇬🇪 🇮🇷 🇮🇶 🇸🇾 🇹🇷

I was really excited about my results! I can’t wait to do a YouTube video about it!

Have any of you all ever done an Ancestry DNA test? If you have, were your results what you expected or not? How did that make you feel?

Let me know in the comments below!

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See the World 🌎

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I think everyone should see the world, while they’re relatively young. I wouldn’t say I’m “young”—I know people who are younger than me who have been many more places, but that is not the point. When you want to see the world, it isn’t a race, it’s a journey.

Over the last few days, we have made so much progress on our trip planning to Italy. 🇮🇹 It makes me so happy! We’ve figured out places to stay in Venice, Rome, Florence and Lucca. We only have 3 more days to figure out and then the really, really fun things begin—searching and booking tours! ✔️🤩

It is finally starting to feel real to me, that I will soon be walking around Italy, soaking up the history and sights, tasting gelato and pasta, seeing monuments, watching people go by on Vespas and venturing down wandering, winding streets. 😍

It’s amazing to be able to look back and say, We made this happen. We never gave up.
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s on how I’ve been packing for this trip (mostly, I’ve been hoarding tiny toiletries and picking out my favorite clothing from my closet…not an easy task) and maybe some other practical tips. Once we’ve gone and come back, I’ll definitely write some travel guides on the individual cities we went to! 🌎

I can tell you this though—we have a lot in mind that we want to see! Since Venice is the first city we’re going to, we’ll mostly wander and take in the sights and we definitely want to tour Murano and Burano.

In Lucca, we also want to go and see Cinque Terre and Pisa. We want to see the Duomo, Pitti Palace and The Statue of David in Florence. In Rome, we’ll see the Colosseum, of course, The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and more…and on the Amalfi Coast, we’ll check out the beaches and Pompeii, a place that always fascinated me as a kid when I read about it in school.

I can’t wait to do this. 🇮🇹❤️

I’ve been wanting to do something like this as long as I can remember, I just didn’t know how. My mom actually got her passport for the first time for this trip and she is 50.

I am so glad we’re doing this. You have to prioritize what you want out of life. Prioritize isn’t as fun of a word as “Dream”, but it’s so true. Get out there and do what you want TODAY. Make steps towards something and do it. 💯

Follow Your Own Path

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 Autumn aesthetics, am I right?! Anyways, it’s been another busy week. I’ve been petsitting and getting ready for Halloween and Tim has been doing a lot of magic shows. ⚡️I’m hoping to go to a farm and explore a corn maze and get a pumpkin to carve before this month is over! I’ve also really been wanting to play around with some vlogging with our new equipment we just got (in prep for our Italy trip next year 🇮🇹), so if we do some extra fall stuff, I may do it to get some practice in! I’ll let you guys know!

 

  Anyways…journeys have been on my mind today, so forgive the philosophical post. I just…think it’s hard, in this day and age, to be on social media as often as we are. It’s all comparison, cool photography skills for sure, but a lot of posing and pretending.

 I took a break from Instagram for a few days and Facebook this week. Sometimes it’s nice to do that. Lately, I’ve found myself comparing myself to other travel bloggers, namely people who travel more often than I do.


 It’s hard to see people who are constantly doing the things you want to do. We forget a lot of times though that people have had a journey in getting to where they are. It’s easy to sit back and want what they have and wish you were at that point, whether it’s with fitness goals, traveling, having a house or family, whatever.

 I just want to say…I’ve been there too, on the daily. I just always want to be real and upfront with my readers. I admire the Instagrammers who are famous and can make that their lifestyle. I know that sometimes, people might envy my petsitting lifestyle and how I’m my own boss, but it’s not always a walk in the park, and I know it’s not for the people I compare myself to either.

 That’s why I’m following my own path. Trying not to look sideways, just forward. ✌🏻 Hope you all are having a great weekend!

How to Get the Best Deals on Flights ✈️

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 Hey, guys! ❤️

  I had several people respond positively when I said I might do a post on this subject, so here it is! 

 I am super passionate about traveling and seeing the world and it’s probably safe to say that most of you all would jump at the chance to travel some too, right? 

 But if you’re like most people, me included, money plays a big factor in our traveling plans. 

 I am a bargain hunter. If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know this about me! I wasn’t always this way, but after moving out and getting married, I realized how much things cost…and how I could score amazing deals on things. I usually find my best deals thrifting and clothes shopping, but travel is no exception!

  Two weeks ago, I found an amazing deal on a flight to Italy for not just my husband and I, but my grandfather and parents. Because of this, we are now getting to do something I’ve always dreamed of! 

 So, I’m going to share what worked for me with you guys! I hope these tips will help you to find some great deals on flights! If this post goes over well, I might also post about VRBO or some other ways we have saved booking accommodations and more for this trip in an upcoming post! So, here are my top tips for How To Get the Best Deals on Flights!👇🏻

1. Map It Out.


 Sometimes, you have no destination in mind, you just want to get away, I get it, but I suggest picking a place on the map and going from there. I chose Italy because it has so much to offer! Pretty much any country is older and more established than the United States, but when I got to thinking about it, Italy is full of sights and things to do, from Venice and Florence to Rome and the Amalfi Coast and so much more!

   By picking the place I wanted to go, it motivated me to learn everything I could about traveling to Italy and finding the best deals.

2. Multi City Flights VS Same City Flights

 I think a lot of times when we travel, we think inside the box. We fly out of one city and into our destination city, then we fly back out of that exact same city!

 What I came to learn is that a lot of times, that is not the best or the cheapest option.

 For example, for this 2 week trip I planned, I want to see a lot. Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Rome, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. In 2 weeks, just a little bit over. Is it crazy? Maybe. Can it be done? Definitely!

 I decided early on that it would probably be in our best interest to do a multi city flight, where we would fly into one city and out of a different one. This is a great plan if you have a lot you want to see, plus it saves you time and major cash trying to double back to your starting point. 💰 

 Here’s an actual screenshot of the flight we booked.

 We booked a flight going into Venice and coming back from Naples, which was much, much cheaper! $769 per person, ROUNDTRIP. 

 That’s freaking incredible!!! Just for perspective, tickets were anywhere from $1,200-$1,700 a piece, which leads me to my next very important tip!!!

3. Use Skyscanner, Viyama & Kayak.

  I had the most luck with Skyscanner. They compare tons of different sites to get you the best deals possible. If you use their app or go on a desktop to their site, they also have a feature that allows you to compare the lowest flight dates for an entire month! Google Flights can also do this.

 I just love Skyscanner for it’s easy navigation. Check them out first when looking for flights, international or within your own country!

4. Search In Private Browser.

 Whatever you do though, always search in private mode on your phone or computer! I tested this out myself and it is crazy! Our devices track cookies on websites and those sneaky airlines jack up the prices when they see that people have interest in specific flights. Not cool. So, keep it under cover. 😉

5. Check Flights on Wednesdays.

 On Wednesdays, we get the best flight deals. 💁🏼

 Seriously, though. I tested this trick out too when looking for flights. Wednesdays are when a lot of airlines post sales. The worst dates to look are on Mondays or Fridays.

 You have to be consistent too. I checked flights every Wednesday for almost the past year until I got the best deal I’d ever seen. I can honestly say this is the lowest price I’d ever seen for Italy.

6. Fly Out In the Middle of the Week

 When it comes to the dates you should fly out, always be flexible. Monday and Friday are some of the worst dates to fly out. 👎🏻

  I booked our trip leaving on a Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday seemed to be consitantly cheaper than most other days. 👍🏻

7. Be prepared to BOOK IT. 

 You should always be looking at flights, even when you don’t have the full amount saved up; it gives you an idea of what good and bad prices are, but in the end, when you have your cash saved up, be ready to book at a moment’s notice! When I saw the deal we got, I called everyone together because I had never seen the prices so good!

 After getting my passport, booking those airline tickets was the second most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life in a looooong time.

 So, there you have it! It’s not rocket science, but there’s definitely an art to it! The real trick is being consistent. ✌🏻

Don’t ever stop dreaming, don’t ever stop searching and keep it up until you can get to where you really want to go! 

  

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A Musing

 Savannah, Georgia. It’s a beautiful city, full of interesting architecture, hanging Spanish moss that sets a romantic & spooky mood at the same time, great seafood and hundreds of things to do!

  We covered a lot of ground this past week while we were there for the first time, so I’ve tried to highlight some of the coolest things we did! Savannah really has a little bit of something for everyone.

For The Outdoor Lover/Green Spaces Enthusiast


  I’ve heard Savannah compared to Charleston quite a bit, maybe because they both have pretty, pastel colored homes, wrought iron, nice beaches and history, but Savannah has way more parks and squares per mile than Charleston. About every couple of blocks, there is a nicely outlined square that was designed in the 1700’s and then there is Savannah’s biggest park, Forsyth Park, which you have to visit! The fountain at its center resembles the one in Central Park in New York and there are a few Civil War monuments as well.

 I would definitely recommend taking a stroll through one of the many squares or Forsyth, which is so beautiful.

For the Antique Lover/History Buff


  I love exploring antique stores in the new places I go to! A great one is Alex Roskin’s Antiques on Forsyth Park next to The Armstrong House. It’s in a 4 story mansion that definitely gives off some haunted vibes! 😱 I couldn’t afford anything there, including an awesome bust of Mark Twain’s head and several furniture pieces from the 1800’s, but it is so interesting just to go through and look at this old house. Every room is crammed full and there are even some porches you can walk out on to where you are level with the palm trees and you can gaze out at the park below. It was awesome!

  I would also suggest taking in the River Walk. There are several antique stores down there, as well as cobblestone streets, cute eateries and a view of the port, which can accommodate 98% of America’s cargo, where ships bring in and take out things going all over the world.

For The Beach Goer


   A vacation wouldn’t be a full trip without a trip to the beach! Luckily, Savannah is close to Tybee Island and Hilton Head. Hilton Head is a little fancier, but they are about the same parking expenses wise.


  My pick would be Hilton Head if you’re just going for the sun and waves, but Tybee if you would like to take in a lighthouse while you are there too. The admission to Tybee Lighthouse is only $9 and you get to see all the outbuildings, go up the 178 stairs to the lighthouse observatory and check out the museum under the battery.

For The Cemetery/Church Explorer


 Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of Bonaventure Cemetery, but it is a beautiful place full of 100+ year old tombstones and a Grave Lookup Machine, which comes in handy when you are trying to find specific markers.

   For a great church to see, I would visit Old St. John’s Cathedral. It is gorgeous and has free admission, but be respectful since it is still a functioning church with regular services still held.

For The Foodie


 Everyone has to eat, right? There are so many great places to eat in Savannah. I personally liked Fiddler’s Restaurant, which had delicious crab cakes and Leopold’s Ice Cream for its amazing desserts. Pictured here is the peppermint ice cream, which is to die for! 😍 Leopold’s is one of the top 5 ice cream parlors in the world!

  For The Plantion Lover


  Now sadly, we didn’t get to go in Wormsloe Plantation this time around since we had a packed schedule, but I will definitely be going back! I had to snap a picture or two of their tree lined driveway though! It is a $10 admission. Definitely someplace I want to visit when I come back to Savannah!

Have any of my readers been to Savannah? Where are some of your favorite places to go?

Also, P.S. I would highly recommend a trolley tour while you are there. Old Towne Trolley Tours offers a $29 per person deal which I found to be worth every penny! They have 15 stops and an all day on-and-off feature so you can go back to stops you missed and disembark and get on as many times as you want! 

Getting Instagram Worthy Pictures While Traveling

A Musing

  Instagram. A word that has become synonymous with trendy millennials posing against color blocked walls, over priced but oh-so-delicious looking iced coffees, flat lays and POV(point of view) pics.

  Now, I’m a millennial too, so don’t crucify me! 😂 I’m 26 and just made the cut, so I can technically sit with you guys. I just feel old sometimes when I get called out in the Disney store, but then people ask for my ID all the time when I play the lottery, so it’s all good. 👌🏻

  ANYwho…I just got to thinking, Instagram is definitely my favorite social media platform. I like getting to show other people my life through a lens. Now, I am by no means “Instagram Famous”. In fact, I’m just now playing around with my “aesthetic” (Definition-branding and posting things in a similar color scheme. It’s frustrating, but looks so amazing when done correctly!)… so, feel free to not take my advice! Or, hey, even post in the comments some of your tips for using Instagram.

 But here are a few things I’ve been trying to work into my Instagram lately and how I try to get the best pictures while traveling!

1. Plan out your feed AND your day.

  When you’re traveling, sometimes plans go out the window, but I just try to make sure I have a fully charged phone so I can get pictures throughout the day. I’m a big believer in the #latergram, especially now that I’ve been trying to get all artsy with my feed. Sometimes, certain pictures just won’t fit in with your theme and what you’re going for, but the more pictures you take, the better.

2. Try different angles.

 Sometimes, I get hung up on doing the same things. Try mixing it up with a flat lay of things you brought while traveling, things you’ve found along the way, things you’ve eaten on your travels…preferably before you eat them. 😳 I love Point of View pictures because I can still have, say, my feet or part of my body in the picture, while also incorporating my surroundings. A good example of this would be sticking your feet in a pool. Don’t be afraid to change it up!

3. Ask people to snap a picture and use Burst Mode. 

  You can never go wrong with a full body picture for Instagram, it screams, Someone else took this picture of me! Sometimes though, I feel a little awkward even having my husband take a picture of me because then I’m like…what do I do with my hands?! I’ve found shooting in Burst Mode on the iPhone is nice because you get several shots to choose from, including some candids that look more natural. It’s also great for pictures when you want to jump in front of a cool looking wall. Side note: You will want pictures of yourself jumping in front of a wall. It’s just something you do. It’s super trendy, like Netflix. And…pyramid business schemes. So…yeaahhhh.

4. Focus on what you love. 

 For me, traveling is obviously a love, but I also love thrifting, coffee, animals, estate sales, incredible views…so, I just try to incorporate those things into my posts. Don’t be afraid to be different either!

5. VSCO, Snapseed & Whitagram.

  I really like my pictures to look nice, but I don’t want to spend all my time editing when I could be enjoying the moment and the trip I’m on! For that reason, I’ve chosen some presets in VSCO. This way, I just click paste and edit a bunch of pictures all at once! It’s very cool. Snapseed, I just use if I want to tweak a little more. Whitagram is an app I use to crop my pictures and get a white border. I know, I know, so passé! 

  When Instagram first came out, it seemed like everyone was into spacing between pictures and then it just disappeared. I wasn’t into it then, but I kind of like it now because it’s not what everyone else is doing and it gives my Gram space to breathe.

 So, what are your tips and tricks for having a hot Instagram? I want to know! Also, let’s follow each other! 

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