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Reminder: Friendly Planet Travel is giving away a trip to China and India at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show

Before the weekend officially starts, I wanted to remind you that Friendly Planet Travel is giving away an extraordinary trip for two on our Taste of China tour or the Taj Mahal Express tour at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show this weekend. In addition, we’re also giving away a Nikon S8100 digital camera.

All you have to do is stop by Friendly Planet Travel’s booth, #514, on Saturday or Sunday to enter for your chance to win. On Monday, we’ll announce all three winners right here on the blog! Besides giving away amazing prizes, I will be giving two presentations.

“7 Exotic Locations for the Price of a Vegas Weekend” is slated for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and “How to Compare Travel Offers for the Best Value” is scheduled for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Flip back to my previous post to get all the details on our prizes and my presentations.

Friendly Planet Travel bloggers will also be on the show floor interviewing attendees and members of the media to find out the hottest trends in travel and much more. Keep your eyes peeled to the blog next week as we post videos, podcasts, and more from The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

Hope to see you at the show!

Tips to get your travel photos to say a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words is cliché but true. When I look at photos from my adventures around the globe, it always brings back a flood memories and stories.

I was talking to Trae Roberts, Friendly Planet Travel Reservations Manager, about photography and he offered some great advice on what type of camera or lens you should bring with you on vacation.

He gave some great tips, so I asked him to jot down his ideas for a guest post. Keep reading to get Trae’s tips on how to get some great shots when you travel. And if you have some of your own photography advice, please share it in a comment on this post.


My best advice is to get a large memory card and click away. See what sticks, and make sure you don’t eliminate pictures based on how they look on your camera’s screen. Upload them to a computer that has a large monitor to see if the picture is a keeper.

If you’re interested in animal/bird viewing, then I recommend using at least a 300 mm camera lens. The large SLR cameras might be a pain to carry, but so worth the reward! Your pictures will come out crystal clear and the range you get is fantastic.

To eliminate the need for a tripod, any lens you purchase over 200 mm must have vibration reduction (or equivalent) in order to reduce movement blur. Most experts suggest spending more money on the lens, more so than the body of the camera. I prefer Nikon for its ease of use, quality, and durability.

I’ll leave you with these last two tips. Anyone using a camera in a dusty environment, such as Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, etc., should not make it a habit to change their camera lens. Dust and dirt are the worst things for a camera body, and changing lens leaves you vulnerable in environments like these. And most importantly — bring extra batteries!

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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