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To make sure that you are not missing out on our favourite photos on Instagram we are showcasing our most popular photos as “liked” on Instagram.

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Silhouettes on Chairlifts, La Rosiere Ski Resort, French Alps

It is fair to say that we are very engaged with our social media channels. We love sharing some of our favourite photos on Facebook and Twitter. We love chatting to our followers and it is always the best place to ask us questions (hint hint).

And while Instagram has been fun, we haven’t really been too focused on it until recently. Now I will admit that we do share some of our DSLR photos on there, but I don’t think that is a crime! I LOVE it because it is a photo sharing platform. An outlet for our travel adventures and creativity to be showcased.

We are also aware that not all of you follow us on social media (why not? Use those links above :)) and even less of you follow us on Instagram.

So to make sure that none of you are missing out on our favourite photos on Instagram we decided to steal acquire an idea from our fantastic photography friends, Laurence and Vera over at FindingTheUniverse.com. Every month or so we are going to do a round up of our most popular photos as “liked” on Instagram. Hopefully this series will allow us to share a whole range of photos from our travels around the world.

Amsterdam Canals

Strolling the canals in Amsterdam

Crayfish dinner in Whangamata

Crayfish BBQ for lunch in Whangamata, New Zealand

Free diving in Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Free diving along the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Hiking Wentworth Falls Valley

Hiking to Wentworth Falls in New Zealand

Jetstreams over the French Alps

Jetstreams over the French Alps

Local Church in Villard Dessus, Seez, France

Local Church in Villard Dessus, Seez.

Silhouettes on Chairlifts, La Rosiere Ski Resort, French Alps

Silhouettes on the chairlifts, La Rosiere Ski Resort.

Sunset in the French Alps, La Rosiere

Sunset in the French Alps.

Sunset over Bourg St Maurice, French Alps

Another sunset over Bourg St Maurice, France.

White Christmas in La Rosiere, France

White Christmas in La Rosiere, France. 

White out on La Rosiere Ski Resort

White out on the chairlifts, La Rosiere, France.

Would love to hear if you enjoyed the photos. And more importantly, if you want daily photo-goodness rather than a monthly favourite photos on Instagram post, then make sure you follow us now on Instagram!

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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36 Comments

  1. Emma

    February 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Ah la France J’adore! 🙂

    Superb photos Guys!

  2. Larissa

    February 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    So I’m guessing you spent some time in France? 😉 Great shots!

  3. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Nice shots and (conveniently) all in one place. Thoughtful AND inspiring.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Thanks Karen. We hope to make it a monthly (or so) series 😉

  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    February 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Beautiful photos. We haven’t embraced Instagram yet, but based on your photos….maybe we should!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      You guys should definitely be uploading your wildlife shots. But it is another social media channel to keep up to date… So many of them now haha.

  5. memographer

    February 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I love Instagram for its “squareness” 🙂 Every time I take a photo I feel like I have my old Polaroid camera in hands 🙂

    Great photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      When we get home (someday) I plan to print out a bunch of our Instagram shots on small square canvases. I reckon it would like awesome!

  6. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    February 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    That wee little church is so cute!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Not a religious man myself but would have loved to go to a service there. Would be very cool!

  7. Bethaney

    February 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Beautiful pics. They’re all so different. I’d never have guessed they were Instagram snaps!

    I have a crappy phone but as soon as I upgrade I’m going to jump on Instagram.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      We only just got into Instagram in the last few months. Our phone is about 2/3 years old now too so would love a new one with a better camera! Just can’t justify the costs… Oh well.

  8. Kristy

    February 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I love the photo so much that I followed you guys at instagram! I can’t wait for your next travel picture to share it there.

  9. Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home

    February 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I love the picture with the crayfish 🙂

  10. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    February 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I told myself I’d stop relying on my phone for photos, but I can’t help loving instagram and pudding camera! And nothing like mentioning I’m not following to get me on that task!!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Hmmm pudding camera? Didn’t know about it so had to do a quick google 😀 Thanks for the heads up, now I am even more distracted haha.

  11. Linda McCormick

    February 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Oh wow those crayfish!! Fresh seafood in New Zealand is just the best. Great idea 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Kiwi food is probably the one thing I miss the most after my family!

  12. Jennifer

    February 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    The Christmas one is my favorite of the bunch. Such a beautiful snowy scene! I really need to learn how to ski.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Told ya before that France is the place to do it 😉

  13. Micki

    February 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I’m with Jennifer – love the Christmas photo. It’s been a few months since we’ve been anywhere cold enough to snowboard, and I’m missing it a bit. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      It is pretty damn addicting 😉 We can’t go a year without going at least once!

  14. D.J. - The World of Deej

    February 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Great shots…love the one of the jet contrails over the mountains.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I love how they all converge together. So beautiful under a blue sky 🙂

  15. Turtle

    February 9, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Great idea (stolen or otherwise) and beautiful photos. I love the ski lift ones. Keep them coming, guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Cheers Turtle. There are plenty of good ideas out there for us to “borrow”.

  16. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    February 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I’m on Instagram, but I’m not active. When I have access to Wifi, I would follow you though. Love those pictures of the chair lifts!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Thanks Aleah 🙂 Hopefully see you following us soon so we can do the same!

  17. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    February 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Beautiful collection.

  18. Alexandra

    June 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Fun post idea! Might have to steal *ahem* borrow it 😉

  19. Tina

    July 10, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Those are awesome pictures. Love to share them on Pinterest.

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Minimize your environmental footprint when you travel

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The world is full of so many miracles of natures, sites with history, and distant locales with simply delicious food. It’s no surprise that many succumb to the travel bug. Yet an appreciation of the world also comes with the need to take care of our planet, which is why many people are focusing now on their eco-footprint when venturing afar. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to help make an impact.

Lottoland describes ways to travel more ecologically friendly by being mindful of your transportation mode, switching to alternative power, reducing waste and carbon footprints, and choosing reputable and green-friendly travel providers.

Sail the Ocean Like Greta

This option may be more in line with some of our recent lotto winners, but it’s absolutely worth a mention. Environmental activist Greta Thunberg chose to cross the Atlantic ocean in an emission-free catamaran instead of flying by plane or other high-emission travel. While there probably aren’t too many catamaran’s and captains available, it’s still a great idea to remember that travel and vacation by wind power are an eco-friendly option.

Replica Russian Viking boat

Go Electric for Roadtrips

Electric cars of old meant short trips, low power, and frequent plug-ins. But times have changed. Modern electric cars are packed with horsepower and have a lengthy battery life, making them fantastic cars for road trips. In fact, CNN notes that by 2040, more than half of new cars will be electric. Reduce your reliance on fossil fuels while you take in the scenery. Electric cars reduce noise pollution too.

Pack Light when Flying

If you must fly, reducing the weight you bring is a simple consideration that can help save in long-term greenhouse gas contributions. The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. In addition to helping cut down on air pollution, you’ll also eliminate the risk of excess baggage fees or getting your bag rerouted.

Another friendly flying tip is to book non-stop flights when possible. Take-offs and landings are where the most fuel is wasted, so choose your flight path wisely.

What to pack for the Camino de Santiago?

Bring Your Own

When it comes to food and drink, you need to be strategic. You can’t bring a bottle of water through airport security, but you can bring an empty, reusable bottle. Simply fill this at a drinking fountain after you pass through the scanners and avoid plastic bottle waste as well as bottled water company ethics. On the other side of security choose food served with compostable plates or cutlery if possible. If you’re unsure of the food options coming up, pack some items that provide their own packagings – like a banana, apple, or avocado.

When you do eat and drink out on vacation, try to eat and drink local. Local foods create a lower carbon imprint since they don’t need to be transported as far. In addition, there is less difficulty in getting these foods to market, so they will taste fresher and require fewer chemicals and additives. If you’re shopping at a farmers market or just for souvenirs, bring your own reusable bag with you on vacation.

Check Your Hotel’s Reputation

Many hotels now are embracing green measures. Check to see if your hotel meets architectural LEED standards, or otherwise uses upcycled or recycled building materials. Look to see if they are associated with any environmentally supportive organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, or any of the local and national sustainability initiatives in their area. Look for the simple things, like if the hotel embraces smart laundry – avoiding fresh daily towels or linens without reason. Do they use single-serve shampoos, or offer bulk dispensers to reduce plastic waste. Last, see if your hotel participates in additional carbon offset measures, and volunteer to support these initiatives if possible.

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa Edinburgh

Travelling is good for the soul, but it’s time to make your travel good for the planet too. Choose your method of transportation wisely, traveling by ground or sea if you can. If you are limited by time or terrain and choose to fly in the smartest way possible, by reducing weight and excess plastic packaging. Select non-stop flights and shop smartly while you are away. Stay at green-friendly hotels and review their impact during your bookings. Every step counts when concerning the health of our planet. Your small choices can lead to big results long-term if you keep these eco-tips in mind.

 

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The Often Overlooked Benefits of Rail Travel

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Adventure Travel Tourism is Taking Off

Out of all the modes of transportation, planes, trains, buses, ships, rail travel might be the winner for long distance trips.

Why? Well, for one thing, there’s the sights that one can see, then there is the ability of the individual to meet others and enjoy a whole different experience while also potentially contributing to a cleaner environment as well by maximizing for efficiency.

Yes, trains could offer one of the most immersive travel experiences that you could enjoy in your lifetime.

Rail travel is great for a couple of more reasons as well. Think about it, once you are on it, you are good to go.

Rail travel doesn’t really rush you from one location to the other like you are a part of a flock of sheep (looking at you, airplanes). Instead, it gives you ample time to kick back, relax and enjoy the extended time it takes to get you to your destination.

Due to that reason, tailor made train holidays have gained quite some traction among those who want to not only travel the world as much as they could, but actually explore all of what the planet has to offer in all its natural glory. You can’t argue with that approach either – I, for one know that when I travel with friends or family, my journey has to absolutely live by that motto.

Granted, rail travel might not be for the fast-moving business people that have to make it to important meetings in quick fashion, but it is definitely the right mode of transportation for those who have got some extra time on their hands either due to a vacation from work or a break from school – or just because they have taken a leaf out of Richard Burton’s book and decided to travel across the world as a way of life.

If you fall under any of those categories or are just an adventurous soul who wants to enjoy their time off of everyday chores, then rail travel might just be the experience that you are looking for.

Here are a few reasons why experiencing rail travel could give you a little – or a lot of – something that you would cherish for the rest of your life.

The Scenic Sights Are to Be Held With Awe

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Peyto Lake – Visiting the Canadian Rockies by Train

No matter how many flights you have caught within your lifetime, watching a sunset through a plane could never beat the same sight when it is witnessed through some luscious mountains on the ground (trust someone who has experienced it firsthand).

While this is mostly due to the extra time that you get to enjoy the sight while traveling by train, the “backdrop” aspect of the scenic locations is what makes it a thousand times more magnificent.

This added effect of natural sight staging is not only reserved to sunsets, but depending upon the route of your journey, could very well extend to you witnessing sparkling waters as your train jumps through bridges as well. You may find you are practically hugging the clouds as the train goes through highpoints of elevation; or you coming face to face with glaciers as the railroad moves inches away.

Simply put, by getting into a train for your journey, you sign yourself up for an adventure of exploration, something which a compactly packed airplane or a single-worldview cruise ship cannot offer.

The Food Provides an Unforgettable Gastronomic Experience

When you are traveling, and especially when you traveling abroad, having great food is one of the most pressing concerns that you may have in terms of adaptability to the new location.

While food travelers like the legendary Anthony Bourdain may have introduced an entire generation and more to come to the gastronomic offerings of different cultures, it still does not change the fact that your taste palette – and more dangerously, your stomach – might not be as adaptable to newer cooking techniques.

No matter how bland airplane food could be, you end up wolfing it down in fear of what you might be offered at landing, but that bland concoction of ingredients itself does not go very well with your system.

On the other hand, when you take a bespoke, well-designed journey through a train, you open doors to let yourself enjoy a wide variety of foods that could rival a Michelin-star restaurant (that is, at least by the opinion of those who travel frequently by trains).

The menu in extended-journey trains is designed in such a manner where you could try various dishes each day of your rail travel, and still end up with plenty of options that you could enjoy on your returning journey home.

This provides rail travel with some well-earned brownie points. It makes sense too – after all, if you have to live in the train for a few days, why not live your best life while doing so?

The Cabins, Seating, and Entertainment Offerings Could Rival a High End Hotel

And not a creepy hotel from American Horror Story that would give you the heebie-jeebies either, but something that could provide some serious competition to high end vacation destinations.

From well-decorated and comfortable sleeping cabins to one of a kind parlor seating, depending on the train you select for your travels, you could enjoy an array of comforting spaces that would make you feel like you are on a moving vacation.

The entertainment spaces in these trains also seem to offer the world to their passengers. The details that are present within is what really makes the trip.

Think about it, you can enjoy a cocktail in a more extravagant fashion when you see sip while looking upwards through the glass ceilings that let you have a clear view of the morning sky or starry night thousands of miles above. Being able to consume drinks at the well-stocked bar built within the train does not hurt the experience either.

Similarly, the parlor and other common entertainment areas in such trains could also provide you with customized entertainment options, where you could read a book while sitting by the panoramic windows or enjoy a movie through one of the screens within the train’s fixtures.

All in all, the entertainment options in these modern trains have the ability to transport you back to the glory of yesteryears without the added hassle of living without technology. Only those who have experienced this mode of travel could really resonate with these words – which is why, if you haven’t done so, then this would be the time to book your rail travel vacation.

Rail Travel Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Relaxation and Activity

Rail Travel is great because it incorporates technology and simplicity, one can find the perfect balance between rest and relaxation as well as the ability to be active.

So, if you are planning to take a vacation soon, make it one that is centered around rail travel. While you might not witness a murder on the Orient Express, you could still enjoy all the amenities which that train had to offer – actually, much more than that, minus the homicide.

 

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How To Run A Successful Online Business

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Running an online business can be an exhilarating experience. To be your boss and to have your own business is truly an empowering experience. Much goes into starting an online store and much that you need to take into consideration for your business to be successful.

The saying, if it were easy everybody, would do it is not only true but something that you should take into consideration when starting an online business. It will not be easy, but if you consider these facts, then you will be able to make fewer mistakes and be a bit more successful in your endeavors.

How To Run A Successful Online Business

# 1 – Invoicing

Be able to provide stellar invoices to your customers and clients (depending on what you are offering) is a great way to show that your business is legit and professional. Being able to create your invoice with an invoice template app will be sure to capture your tone and style of your business perfectly.

# 2 – Keep Your Web Design Simple

Having an amazing looking website can be alluring, but for people who are looking to purchase something or looking to get something forms your site, it would be a good idea for you to keep the design of your website simple and easy to navigate through.

# 3 – Respond To Visitors Promptly

Communication is crucial, and it would serve t be a good idea if you respond to your visitors as quickly and as soon as possible. The faster the response the ever relationship you will form with your customers. It is all about communication and communication is important for building a  relationship.

# 4 – Offer Your Visitors Discount and Free Gifts

It will be a good idea to provide your visitors with discounts and gifts if they are constantly purchasing from your website. Showing them that their service is highly appreciated and valued will not only keep them coming back, but it will also potentially have them tell their friends about your site. Word of mouth is a powerful tool in getting your business reputation out there.

#5 – Finding Your Work Space

While your customers may interact with your business in an online capacity, you still need a physical space to get work done. While a coffee shop or the library can end up being busy and distracting, setting up your own home office can provide an environment free of distraction. You’ll be spending many hours in your work space so a few things to consider are what kind of desk and chair would be most comfortable for you, would you prefer to work in a space with lots of light or a dimly lit room, and lastly if you have any physical products or documents how will you organize and store these items? Having a comfortable office space for your online business will help you put your nose to the grindstone.

Running An Online Business Can Be Easy

These are just a few things you should consider when trying to run a successful online business and there are many more. The most important thing you can do when starting an online business is engaging your customers and doing so in a friendly and professional manner.

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