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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to get the Perfect Travel Photos

I won't ever deny the fact that I'm obsessed with Instagram. I love to post my photos from all of my travels for my followers to see. So, a lot of people ask me what Apps I use to edit my pictures before posting them. 

I don't like using Instagram to edit my photos and I never put a filter on my photos. Instead, I use Afterlight, which you can purchase from the App Store for $.99. 

When I'm traveling I take photos of everything. I think the best way to get a good image is to constantly photograph the things around you - scenery, landscapes, people, food, EVERYTHING. The photos that come out the best are always the ones that are unexpected. 

At the end of the day, I like to go through all of my photos and I pick out my favorites to edit. I then use Afterlight to fix them up. I generally clarify, boost the saturation and play with the exposure. I like my photos to be colorful, but it also depends on the subject of the photos. 

I find that I end up with a ton of great photos, so I like to put them in a folder to post later. This way I can look back on my travels months later!!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Traveling vs. Vacationing: What's the Difference?

People ask me all the time why I love traveling so much. The reason is that I love exploring new places and learning about the cultures of the places I'm visiting. But, traveling is not a vacation. There is a HUGE difference between the two! In fact, sometimes I feel like I need a vacation after all of my travels!

So, what's the difference?

Well, when I am traveling, I try to immerse myself in the culture as much as possible, even if I only have a few days in that destination. Whether its taking a tour, going to a museum, or indulging in the local cuisine, it gives me a chance to learn more about the place that I'm in. 

When I'm vacationing, I usually park my butt on a lounge chair or in front of a fire with a good book and don't move until my vacation is over. I like to indulge in a massage, some all you can eat buffets, anything easy. 

Which is better?

Honestly, I love both of them. I prefer traveling in a lot of instances just because you get to see more of a place or the country that you are visiting. When I vacation, I'm usually at an all inclusive resort and don't really even bother leaving -- I used to do more of this when I was younger, on family trips. We would leave on organized excursions that always left me wanting to see more of where I was, but then I'd instantly forget as soon as I was back on the beach or in my cozy hotel room.

As I've gotten older, I've learned that its okay to want to explore and see different places! 

Vacationing is for relaxing. Traveling is for exploring.

I'm looking forward to doing a little bit of traveling and vacationing once I leave for Thailand and I'm 
backpacking around SE Asia. If you have any tips for either kind of trip, let me know in the comments!!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Instagram: July 5 - July 18

So another few weeks have passed by and I had a birthday. 

I really can't wait to see what 24 brings me. 23 was the best year I've had thus far and 24 looks pretty damn promising as well...

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lashem Giveaway

Good news Whiskey Ginger readers! Lashem is giving you the chance to win a free 3 in 1 Eye Bright product!

This helps to diminish fine lines, dark circles, redness and more! Don't miss out on the chance to have a stunning complexion!!

When I'm traveling, I don't get a ton of sleep and when I do, I often spend my nights sleeping on buses or planes. Lashem is a great product because my sleeping situations often leave me looking tired and I get terrible dark circles under my eyes. The 3 in 1 Eye Bright creme helps me look well rested, while moisturizing my skin. Instead of having to use multiple products, all I have to do is throw my Lashem creme into my toiletry kit and I'm good to go.

*This post was sponsored by BrandBacker, but all opinions are my own*

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kayaking Down the Weeki Wachee River

A few weeks ago I spent a few days in Tampa. While there, we decided to take a short trip up to Spring Hill to spend the day kayaking the Weeki Wachee River (which actually means "winding river"). One of the girls I was with had two kayaks so all we had to do was find a place to launch them. 

After a little bit of research, we found a place called Paddling Adventures, which is located in the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. For a small fee of $10, you can launch your own kayak or paddle board and catch a shuttle back to the launch site with the company. If you just want to launch the kayak, it only costs $6 -- Some people choose to just paddle halfway and then turn back around and avoid the need for shuttle at the end.
We took off down the 5. 5 miles of crystal clear river, which should take you three hours without stopping, around 11 AM. The beginning of the river runs through the state park, so you can't get out of your boat to swim. After about a half a mile, the river exits the park and you're permitted to get out and take a dip. 
Throughout the 5.5 miles are rope swings and places to jump from trees. I'm not usually someone who looks to do these things, but I figured I'd face my fears and I swung from a rope swing and then jumped from 20 feet up in the air into the gorgeous blue water.

Perhaps the best part of the day was when we were coming close to the end and spotted a family of manatees. It was incredible to swim right up next to them. 

I really do suggest spending the day doing this. We stopped several times, and kayaking the whole river probably took us about 4 and a half hours. We enjoyed our day, got a good workout kayaking and got to see gorgeous wildlife while spending the day in nature.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Links I Love 15

I am absolutely in LOVE with this suitcase.. It's not practical for me, but its just so pretty. 

It's been so hot everywhere, so make sure you're staying protected form the sun with this little kit.

I've been browsing travel themed Instagram accounts lately and found a new favorite!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Top 5 Things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina

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Wilmington was on the top of my list of places to stop in on our way down to Florida based solely on the fact that my favorite tv show ever was filmed there... If you're thinking I'm talking about One Tree Hill, then you are absolutely correct. I just had to see where all of my favorite fictional characters grew up, so my Mom and I set off on the ultimate self- guided, One Tree Hill tour of Wilmington. 

Little did I know I'd fall in love with this cute coastal town. Here are five things to do in Wilmington, NC.

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1. Dine in one of the waterfront restaurants
We ate lunch at the Riverboat Landing Restaurant and 
sat in one of those little balconies overlooking the water. It was so pretty and the 
food was delicious. We shared the hummus plate and chicken salad 
sandwich while sipping on some fresh Arnold Palmers. 

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2. Take a stroll down the Riverwalk
The Riverwalk is gorgeous. It's got the charm of a little southern town and the
 fact that its right on the river makes it the perfect spot to just sit on a bench
 and take it all in. (Plus the burning boat scenes (and many others) 
from One Tree Hill were filmed over here...)

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3. Visit the USS North Carolina Battleship
Take a step into history while visiting the famous WWII battleship. 
The USS North Carolina acts as a memorial to the 10,000 North Carolinians 
who died during World War II. Learn about some 
of these men while you visit the ship.

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4. Visit fan-favorite locations from TV shows like 
One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek
Wilmington has been called the Hollywood of the East by many people. 
It has been the longtime sets for many popular tv shows. Just by driving through this
 city you can point out the locations you've seen on your television.
 Plus, some websites will give you addresses for popular filming 
sites (OTH, Dawson's Creek).

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5. Head to the Beach.
Wrightsville Beach is just down the road from Wilmington.
 So take a drive over there and enjoy a relaxing day near the crystal blue waters.

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