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There’s more to cruising than just getting on the ship. The following tips will help you make the most of your maiden voyage. 1. Bring less stuff Sure, cruising is a great way to vacation because you can visit multiple destinations and only have to unpack once. But just because you can bring more clothes, shoes and other items (especially if you’re driving to the port of embarkation) doesn’t mean you need to. No one will care if you wear the same pants three nights in a row, and your feet will thank you for wearing those comfortable sandals every day. Do, however, bring multiple swimsuits so that you can have one to wear while the other is drying. Plus, the less you bring with you, the more room you’ll have in your suitcase for souvenirs. 2. Do bring the following items A power strip: Cruise ship rooms are notorious for having very few outlets. A power strip will allow you to charge multiple electronics at the same time. Extra batteries and memory cards, over-the-counter medications, sunscreen: You can purchase these onboard, but they will be expensive. An over-the-door shoe bag: Many experienced cruisers swear by these bags for storing […]

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1. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify Simplicity is key. Many people try to get as much into their photographs as possible. As a result, they’re often disappointed with the end product. Ask yourself what it is about a specific scene that attracts you. Is it the single flower poking through the cracks in the brick wall or the colorful boats in the bay? If you shoot that and only that, you’ll be much more satisfied with your images. 2. Change Your Perspective You can make your photographs more creative and interesting by varying the angle from which you shoot. Don’t just look straight ahead. Move around, get down on the ground, or even stand on a chair. Take pictures from the side, above, or below. And don’t forget to turn your camera once in a while for both horizontal and vertical shots. 3. Capture the Everyday Details You take photos to preserve your memories of your travels, so don’t hesitate to shoot the little things that make a trip interesting. Yes, you should still shoot the local landmarks and iconic buildings. After all, that’s probably why you’re visiting that particular location. But don’t forget to shoot that special meal or unusual street […]

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