Month: January 2014

How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

I’m not a die-hard travel bargain hunter.

And I travel “independently” rather than taking group tours.

Grand Canyon Tour Bus
(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

But last week at a nearby high school I took an “adult-ed” evening class entitled “Travel Bargain Secrets” and learned about a novel way to use a group tour to save on travel expenses, even if you don’t want to tour with a group.

Here’s how it works.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Visual Storytelling

Travel Photo Thursday: Visual Storytelling

Ever since Kodak introduced the “Brownie” camera back in 1900, rank amateurs have been able to create photographic souvenirs of their travels.

My family had one of these popular film cameras, and I still have an album filled with photos taken with it or similar, easy-to-use models.

But while taking photos was simple, sharing them was less “user-friendly,” as we would say in today’s digital age.

You could pass around a packet of prints that the drugstore made from your film, and talk about your trip.

Or you could set up a slide projector and screen, show tray after tray of your photos to a captive audience sitting around the dining room table after a meal ended, while “narrating” the events of your journey and facts about the places you had visited.

With the arrival of the Internet, photos could be attached to an e-mail or posted to online “albums” on Websites like Flickr. And smartphone cameras, apps like Instagram, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, made it possible to share your trip photos with everyone in the entire known universe, even astronauts circling Earth.

However, telling a story visually, has remained somewhat elusive.

Using mobile apps or computer software, such as Apple’s iMovie, you can pull still photos (and video) into a “feature film,” adding music soundtracks and voice-over narration.

But for some of us, that takes more time and effort than we want to expend, and perhaps more technical know-how that we possess.

If you own an iPad, there’s now an easy way to combine the poetry of your words, striking photographic images, and entertaining video clips, into a digital “Story” using a free app called Storehouse. Tech Crunch calls it “long-form visual communication.”

Here’s how it works.

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