Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide for Globetrotting Walking Enthusiasts

Wondering what to get the hiker in your clan? Here’s a list of gifts sure to please.

Waterproof. Coldproof. Shockproof. Dustproof. This adventure camera with built-in GPS is made to capture outstanding images in any element. With its 4X optical zoom, new Shake Reduction system, high resolution sensor, full HD video and anti-glare LCD that displays the time, altitude, and barometric pressure, this action cam is as trail tough as you are. Clip it to your pack and never worry about missing a shot again. Retail price: $250.

This innovative bandana is a life saver in hot climates. Using polymer crystals, when the tie is soaked in water for 30-45 minutes the crystals expand to a cooling gel and will stay that way for several days. Wrap around your neck and feel the evaporative cooling action, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Crystals will re-hydrate for years. Retail price: $11.

Is there a techie on your list? You can’t go wrong with this free app which uses the built-in GPS of your mobile device (Android, iPhone, and Blackberry compatible) to track your hiking details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled. Retail price: Free.

A beautiful and inspirational read that will leave you itching to hit the trail. With first-hand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance hikes, ranging from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking treks, the book includes natural and cultural history, personal anecdotes, and practical tips with color photographs and maps. Retail price: $26.

Don't let winter weather keep you indoors. The Yaktrax Walk uses steel coils to gain greater stability while walking on snow or ice. A rubber harness expands to fit over any boot or shoe size and its spikeless design makes it easy to stay on the move even when it's nasty outside. Retail price: $20.

Wind-blocking, moisture-shedding and water-resistant, this cozy jacket packs down into a pocket, weighs next to nothing and performs well worn by itself or as a mid-layer. This season they’ve improved the fit with more shaping through the torso and waist, and added a soft, wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage for chin comfort when zipped up. Plus, there’s Patagonia’s commitment to environmental responsibility and ironclad guarantee. Available for men and women and as a pullover. Retail price: $199 (jacket); $149 (pullover).

These ultra lightweight trekking poles collapse into three 14-inch segments, making them compact and easy to break down and strap onto your pack or in your luggage. The pair weighs only one pound, two ounces, so if you’re a carry-on only traveler, you won’t have to worry about checking in overweight. Plus, they include carbide trekking tips, plus rubber tips and snow baskets, making them a great all-season, multi-sport pole. Retail price: $170.

These mid-calf merino wool socks are naturally odor-resistant and breathable. With medium cushioning in the sole, support at the Achilles and instep, a touch of Lycra and an anti-blister toe seam they provide comfort and support even for the longest days on the trail. Retail price:  $30.

This trail-to-town travel staple is built to keep you comfortable and looking sharp. Built-in UPF 50 and Omni-Wick EVAP technology mean you’ll stay dry and protected in a wide range of climates. A zip closed security pocket keeps your valuables close and roll-up sleeves easily converts it from long to short. Available for men and women. Retail price: $70.

Über comfortable, lightweight, and quick-dry, these durable hiking pants are made with a stretch nylon/spandex fabric with plenty of give. An adjustable waistband system keeps the pant secure, while a ventilated inseam gusset and mesh pocketing cools you down when things get heated. Zip-off legs let you convert between pant and short to adapt to the terrain while hiking, bouldering, or climbing. Retail price: $85

If there’s one thing that will ruin a good hike, it’s a festering blister. Compeed Blister Gel Plasters provide immediate relief with cushioned gel protection that repels water, dirt and bacteria and can stay firmly in place for up to 3 days. Retail price: $5 (pack).

Give your favorite adventurer a Wayfarers walking vacation to a place they've always dreamed of visiting. Have a handwritten, personalized gift voucher, unique booking code and Wayfarers brochure sent with your message. Or, have the voucher sent direct to you, so you can give it in person. Order by phone at 1-800-249-4620 in the US and Canada; 01242 620 871 in the UK, Europe & South Africa; and 02 928 4222 in Australia/New Zealand; or email The Wayfarers.

[Photography courtesy product manufacturers.]

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My favorite Walk: Patagonia by Walk Leader Alan Pinkney

Think of silence, lost highways, frontiers, glaciers, condors, ranches,
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, gauchos and guanacos. Add the Andes, mountain forests, pristine lakes, rivers and you have remote Patagonia.

This is a vast region, which knows no borders, spreading its wilderness across Argentina and Chile. Our party of pioneering Wayfarers saw the best of Argentine Patagonia on The Wayfarers inaugural Walk in South America, which can only be described as the ultimate walking tour.

We tasted the best beef, the freshest trout and the renowned Malbec wine. Some of us walked, some rode horseback, whichever mode of travel, we were surrounded by the Spring flora, fauna and birdlife of this ecologically protected sanctuary where sheep have the right of way!

*Last chance to book for our Patagonia Walk in February, visit the website for more details 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Our New Zealand Walk Leader: 'The Legend'

'John Knox is an intelligent, caring and kind individual with a great sense of humor and a depth of knowledge about New Zealand culture, geography, flora and fauna. He is one of the best guides we have ever had on any guided trip.' 'John was exceptional - totally committed to providing the perfect walking experience. He is full of great information, is easy-going and calm and very good-natured.' 'I had heard of the "legend" of John Knox and it is all true!'

That's what Wayfarers say about John, our Walk Leader in New Zealand. But who is the man behind the 'legend'?

John has been leading our Walks for over ten years. Before this, he worked extensively in Australian National Parks and eco resorts before returning to New Zealand in 1995 to form his own eco-tourism company.

John has a passion for the New Zealand outdoors and its distinctive flora and fauna. He enjoys nothing more than sharing the beauty and unique qualities of his country with Wayfarers' groups and he possesses a wealth of knowledge about natural history and the geological formation of the landscape.

In his spare time, John is actively involved in river conservation work for the Styx Living Laboratory, which he chairs. Music is his other great interest and he loves playing his guitar or violin.

John aims to show you New Zealand's true spirit of place and the warm welcome offered by its people.

See our website for more details of the New Zealand Walk and special rate booking offer.

Our Patagonia Guides: Fantastic cook and mountain expert

We are lucky to have two great guides working with us in Patagonia. Claudio Portal is our Walk Leader while Diego de Angelis is our local guide in El Chalten.

Claudio is a native of Argentina, but he has lived in many countries including England, Greece, France and his family's native Italy. Not surprisingly, he has travelled extensively and speaks many languages. A highly experienced guide, Claudio has led trips in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He's also an expert chef and has a great love of food and wine. His party piece is cooking his own excellent handmade pasta for your delectation.

Diego is also an experienced guide and mountaineer who owns his own expedition company based in El Chalten. As a local guide for The Wayfarers, Diego brings a unique understanding of the mountains we see on our walks and a high level of expertise on the remoter trails of the Park.

Claudio and Diego know and love Patagonia from the inside out. Their knowledge and warmth illuminates the whole trip and ensures that your memories of this remote and beautiful place will be filled with camaraderie and good fellowship.

Here's some feedback from a couple of Wayfarers who walked with them in Patagonia earlier this year:

'Claudio is excellent and one of the best guides/leaders I have ever walked with.'

'I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It is a trip of a lifetime.'

See the website for more details of our Patagonia Walk and special deal booking rate.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Travel Tech: 10 Digital Tools For Easier Trip Planning

By Ellen Barone

If you google “travel” you’ll get an overwhelming list of more than 2.6 billion search results. Is it any wonder online vacation planning can feel like a daunting task?

We all know about mega travel sites like TripAdvisor, Travelocity, HomeAway, Orbitz and a gaggle of other helpful incumbents including Expedia, Kayak and LonelyPlanet.

But here are 10 lesser known, simple, smart, and innovative travel planning tools you might not know about. And yes, you may use a few of these already — but there's probably at least one you don't.
  1. Airbnb - Home sharing for globetrotters

    When I posted a shout-out across my social networks for favorite travel resources, Airbnb, the vacation rental site, was the clear winner.

    When I asked why, one seasoned globetrotter replied, “Great places, unique stays, and I rent my own place out a LOT on Airbnb which pays for my travel. In fact, at this very moment I am in Ecuador, and I have someone staying in my place that rented through Airbnb!”

    A poster child for the new “sharing economy”, Airbnb’s revolutionary simplicity, smart technology, and efficient design has made it easy for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations across the globe. Airbnb currently lists hosts in 192 countries.

    Free apps for iOS or Android devices.
  2. Adioso - A flight search engine that thinks like you do.

    I’d never heard of this site until a month ago when a Facebook friend suggested I might like it. Now it’s a favorite. Why? Not only does it yields incredible cost-cutting results, but it allows me to search in a manner that makes sense to me. Unlike most flight search engines that require you to enter departure and return dates and airport codes before you can even begin your search, Adioso allows you to search with as little information as you want. If you search for something like, “London to Greece in March for 7 to 10 days,” or “San Francisco to anywhere tomorrow,” the results will provide you with suggested itineraries and prices. Better yet, it enables you to follow prices and alerts you when prices go under a set amount. Love this site.

  3. Skyscanner - A no-middlemen search engine for the cheapest flights, hotels, holidays and car hire.

    Although it’s been online for more than a decade and is a popular choice among Europeans and Asian travelers, Skyscanner still flies under the radar of many North Americans. Those in the know, however, swear by its fast, flexible search results for the cheapest flights, hotels, vacation packages, train journeys, and car rentals. What I like best about Skyscanner is that once you’re ready to book, you are connected to the website of the travel provider or a travel agent of your choice to make the final booking directly. No middlemen is a real advantage when the unexpected happens.

    Free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Windows 8.

  4. Tripit - A perennial favorite that gets better with age.

    I’ve been using the free version of Tripit, an itinerary management service, for travel organization, since 2008. I love the ease it provides of forwarding confirmation emails to my account, for example, and automatically creating trip itineraries that I can access any time online or on my mobile. In addition, I can sync upcoming trips with my calendar feeds and social sites to help family, friends, and co-workers keep track of my plans. I recently upgraded to the pro version ($49USD/year) to take advantage of convenient new extras like a preferred seat feature, real-time mobile alerts for flight delays, cancellations and gate changes, a frequent traveler points tracker, and VIP privileges. I love it when a perennial favorite gets better with age.

    Free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.

  5. Smart Traveler - The official State Department app for U.S. travelers.
    This app, put out by the U.S. State Department, is a handy tool for easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and, my favorite feature, entry/exit requirements including any necessary medical vaccinations.

    Hint: For a bit of fun, shake your iPhone to learn about a random country.

    Information comes from content that is also posted to and

  6. Spinlister - Rent a bike from a local.

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I love the concept: “connecting awesome people with great bikes from around the world.” With Spinlister you can rent a bike from people in the U.S. and more than 40 countries.

    When you need a ride, just type in where you'd like to ride and Spinlister gives you the best bike rental options for that location. If you'd like to list your bike, snap a few pictures, register and start sharing. Pretty cool.

    Free mobile apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

  7. Pack for a Purpose - Bring along needed supplies.

    Next time you head off for a vacation in the developing world, leave some room in your luggage to bring along a few supplies for those in need. I first discovered Pack for a Purpose when an eco-tourism outfitter I traveled with recommended it to their guests. But anyone can participate. On its website, Pack for a Purpose provides current information, direct from the source, for community projects in need of specific items such as school and healthcare supplies. Just select your destination, pick a project, and choose the items to bring, then drop them off at a participating lodging.

  8. AFAR - Experiential travel guides created by travelers and local experts.

    The first thing you’ll notice on this site is the gorgeous photography. But AFAR is much more than a pretty face. Featuring 25,000+ unique travel experiences around the world, you’ll find local hot spots and lodgings, tips on where to eat and drink, travel articles, Q&A forums, and insider recommendations from other travelers and local experts. Register for free via your Facebook account or e-mail address and join an interactive community of well-informed globetrotters. Participants can post questions, share photos, and bring their expertise to the conversation. It’s pretty awesome.

    The AFAR platform also includes its award-winning AFAR magazine; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences.

    Free mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

  9. Foodspotting - Find and share great dishes.

    A visual search site for great food, Foodspotting is where tech-savvy foodies go to find and share great food. Browse the photos and find what you’re craving and see what foodspotters, friends and experts love in your location. Or, make recommendations by snapping a photo and tagging the location anywhere you find interesting dishes. I love this site for unearthing new foodie finds at home and on the road. Try it. It’s addictive. It’s visual. And it’s social. Just like good food.

    Free mobile app for iPhone and Android.
  10. DogVacay - Board your dog in a real home while you’re away.

    Any dog owner knows the anguish of trying to find a safe, loving and affordable pet care solution when they go away. Enter DogVacay, a website that helps dog lovers find pet care in real homes with vetted and insured hosts ready to treat your dog like a member of their family. Simply browse hosts in your area, schedule and book online. Reservations include complimentary insurance, 24/7 customer support, daily photo updates, and a 100% money back guarantee.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Czech Republic - The Cinderella of Europe

Apparently the Czechs aren’t keen on the name Czech Republic and you can see why but so far no one can think of anything better. It doesn’t do justice to this beautiful country which has finally made it - a bit late - to the ball. But here it is, ancient country reborn, on the other side of Communism. It is a magical country and destination for The Wayfarers’ European Walking Vacations.
The Vienna to Prague Walk is the discovery of two stunning European capitals, and more importantly, the unspoilt Czech Republic regions of Bohemia and Moravia in between.
Vienna and Prague are two undisputed beauties, of course. By the end of the Walk, you will have your favourite but you may find that it’s the less often visited landscape in between that steals your heart.

Woodland walking - on the way to Slavonice

 Imagine walking through meadows fringed with wildflowers in the most intense colours: cobalt blue of the cornflower and the intense pink of a tiny flower called Virgin’s Tears. Your trail may take you through cool forests of tall, silent pines or through vineyards or up hills peaked by ruined castles overlooking a lake. The Communists were keen on lakes and ironically, so is the European Union. For many of us, it’s a rare treat to see landscapes unspoilt by ugly architecture, wind turbines or passing traffic.

                                                                                 Wild cornflowers
From the countryside you step into the beautifully preserved Renaissance and Baroque towns with ornate, colourful homes set around a colonnaded square. The facades of the houses deliver the same aesthetic hit as a display of macaroons in a Parisian patisserie, with colours ranging from rose pink to lemon yellow and pea green. There are also the striking “Sgraffiato” facades with scenes of daring-do and everyday life sketched in white on black. Some private houses still have Renaissance paintings in their interiors.
Mikulov  town square showing typical sgraffiato facade

You’ll notice it’s often the sounds, especially of bells in the early morning that alert you to your ‘away-ness’. In the Czech Republic, the churches’ simple yellow exterior is topped with a classic onion dome, or something a little more elaborate – such as the fabulously decorated tower at Mikulov.
Jindřichův Hradec, Mikulov, Telč and Slavonice are all gems: each with their own unique charm. It’s virtually impossible to pick your favourite. Anyway, why bother, just love them all. And your list will probably be useless when you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Český Krumlov.
With a bit of luck, the sun will be shining on the broad River Vltava as it snakes through the ancient heart of Český Krumlov’s winding Medieval streets. The huge castle is the finest example of many beautifully preserved examples you can visit. Communism has been surprisingly kind to these national treasures which are intact and reveal the enormous wealth and importance of the noble families in Czech Kingdom. Take the opportunity to book a ticket to see the 18th century Baroque theatre, in a perfect time warp, complete with costumes, original wooden seating, several tableaux of scenery, props and libretti.
Walking round this town, after the others, you might be asking yourself whether all this beauty is getting a bit much. Prague is just around the corner – consider yourself in training.

Český Krumlov and the River Vltava

So, back in the 13th century, the Czech states of Moravia and Bohemia were in full cultural flow, whilst their neighbour, Austria was still a land of grass and cattle. Our Czech Walk Leader Jana imparts this information with evident satisfaction. Everywhere you see the stamp of the noble families of Habsburgs and Liechtensteins vying with each other to build the most elaborate, ornate castles and palaces. The Liechtenstein family had not one but some 20 castles in the region, all confiscated in 1945 (when the Czech government refused to recognise Liechtenstein’s neutrality in WWI). Holed up in Vaduz, in the principality of Liechtenstein, the family remain keen to get back home. So far, it’s a ‘no’. After all the annexing and invading, the Czech government has decided that no foreigner may own land in the Czech Republic. The benefit is to us tourists who can enjoy visit their palaces, including the extraordinary neo-Gothic summer residence at Lednice with its perfectly preserved conservatory, and range of follies.
Many people still associate the Czech Republic with Communism more than Baroque beauty. It does haunt the Czech Republic in some ugly bunker-type buildings but perhaps more noticeably in the national character and people’s stories. Our Czech Walk Leader tells us that Czechs rarely greet and smile at each other or strangers because ‘life has been very hard.’ That’s not to say they are morose, not at all.
It’s hard for us to imagine what it would be like, knowing you could be shot for tuning your radio into a foreign station. The homes have TV aerials now but within this generation, people were in the fields, trying to pick up a signal from the outside world. On one pathside you can see a metal cross, marking the spot where just one brave soul died attempting to escape into Austria.
Metal cross memorial to Communist escapee

Some of the region’s most beautiful towns and villages, such as Slavonice were abandoned in a No Man’s Land, behind the Iron Curtain. Slavonice, (pronounced Slavoneetza) has the air of being woken up, and has a particular poignancy. It’s just one of several border towns and villages deserted until the 1990s but now happily being reclaimed.
From Český Krumlov, you head for Prague where the Walk ends. And what a finish! Your first view of Prague’s skyline tells you here is a city completely free of skyscrapers, modern towers and giant shopping malls. It’s a modern city without the modern architecture. It’s perhaps not as well signed as Vienna, so you might get lost but why not? Like Vienna, Prague has a great tram system, so you can nip about and explore or just sit in one of the wonderful cafes and perhaps dream about you’ll go on your next travel adventure.

Final Destination: Prague

by: Alicen Dines. Alicen manages Facebook and Twitter for The Wayfarers and loves travel (obviously), cake from anywhere in the world and silly jokes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

TRAVEL TECH: Tips and Tricks for Photographing with your iPhone

Do you love photographing, editing and sharing photos with your iPhone? Professional travel photographer Ellen Barone shares insider tips and tricks on how to turn your iPhoneography into compelling images and videos, highlighting her own in-the-field experiences and favorite camera apps.

by Ellen Barone
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Thanks to the convenience of smartphone cameras and the availability of inexpensive, intuitive and creative mobile apps, capturing and sharing intimate and artistic photographs has never been easier. Or more fun.
Fun, in fact, was what first hooked me on mobile photography and what continues to fuel my love affair with it. And while there’s no question that a DSLR is superior in quality and control and remains an essential professional tool, it is the iPhone that is changing the way I shoot, process, and share on a daily basis.

Here are seven easy tips and tricks for turning your cameraphone vacation snaps into pure visual artistry.


This street scene captured in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, Peru, illustrates the photographic Rule of Thirds.

TIP Whether you’re shooting with an iPhone or a Leica, it is important to be thoughtful of how you frame a scene. The difference between an image that is dull or delights is often a matter of balance. When composing a picture, for example, one way to achieve an appealing effect is to apply the Rule of Thirds, the practice of placing elements of interest along a tic-tac-toe grid, with the very strongest at the intersection of the lines.

TRICK Turning on the iPhone camera grid makes this easy. To enable it, launch the camera app from the home screen, tap on “options” at the top, swipe grid to “on”, and tap done to return to the camera screen. The grid will now appear on your iPhone screen whenever the camera app is launched, but will not appear in the final image.


Feet, of all the crazy subjects, have emerged as a common theme in my personal and professional work over the years. Feet in snorkel fins, feet in hiking boots, feet propped up in hammocks, and in this image, feet in a hotel swimming pool. Is it a great shot? No. Is it my unique point of view? Most definitely.

No one sees life exactly like you do. Obvious, right? Maybe not. We’re inundated with commercial imagery—on television, in magazines, and advertisements—that influences the way we perceive the world around us. It can be all too easy to distrust your own eye, or to measure the value of your images against a popular norm. It is the very originality of your life stories and experiences, however, that makes iPhoneography so powerful.

Feet, of all the crazy subjects, have emerged as a common theme in my personal and professional work over the years. Feet in snorkel fins, feet in hiking boots, feet propped up in hammocks, and in this image, feet in a hotel swimming pool. Is it a great shot? No. Is it my unique point of view? Most definitely.

TIP Develop the habit of noticing what attracts your eye—color, faces, nature, food, light or shapes—and then shoot it. Get creative. Try photographing the subject from an unexpected angle. Experiment with different lighting, use side light to highlight texture, for example, front light to deepen colors, or back light to create a silhouette. Discover and nurture your unique style by shooting purely for pleasure and creative expression.

TRICK Making great shots on the fly is just the tip of the iPhoneography iceberg. With a swipe here and a tap there you can adjust color, saturation, contrast and sharpness, resize and crop, add artsy filter effects, borders, captions and instantly share your photos direct to your social feeds using mobile photo apps like Camera+, Camera Awesome, Snapseed, Fotor, 100 Cameras in 1, Wood Camera, Photoshop Touch and Photo Fx. Or you can mail your images as real postcards using apps like HazelMail and Postagram. And if you want big, bold prints on canvas, wood, metal or framed, hanging on your wall in about a week, you can turn your phone pics into high quality art at Pixuru.


I created a ‘fake’ shallow depth of field in this Santa Fe, New Mexico, food shot using the Tilt-Shift filter in the Fotor-PES camera app.

TIP Using a shallow depth of field is a good tool for creating dynamic images. Tilting the camera to an unusual angle also adds an intriguing perspective to the scene. Blurring the background content or framing the image to exclude unappealing background elements in a photograph helps to anchor the main subject.

TRICK  Apps like Tilt Shift Focus or the built-in Tilt-Shift filters in camera apps like Fotor-PES, enable you to apply a ‘fake’ shallow depth of field effect to your phone photos. With a just a few taps you can enhance or change the focus area of your pictures and quickly improve the visual effect and artistic quality of your mobile images.

I snapped this photograph of a friend’s teenaged daughter, Natasha, a budding fashion designer, just because I thought she looked beautiful and I wanted her to see what I saw. The unaltered image was fine. But the photographer in me wanted to tweak it a little, like I would do if I was processing a professional shoot. Using Facetune, I was able to make a slight crop, pop-up the brightness, and bring out more detail in the eyes, before hitting the send button and e-mailing the image to Natasha.

TIP Positioning yourself slightly above adult subjects is a marvelous way to keep chins up and create an image that flatters. For kids and pets, it’s often best to get down to their level. Most importantly, make sure you have your camera on and ready to shoot quickly to capture the moment.

TRICK Have you ever wished you could ‘airbrush’ pictures of you and your friends before sharing? With portrait apps like Facetune and Cymera you can remove wrinkles and skin blemishes, color over gray hair, whiten teeth, remove dark circles, enhance your eye color, and more. Because let’s face it, we can all use a little help now and then.

I was out exploring in Peru one afternoon with my friend, Ana Maria Meneses, a hiking guide who’d invited me along to help her scout some off-the-beaten-path Inca archaeological sites. When looking back at the iPhone images I’d made that day, this one seemed to capture the essence of exploration. Adding the definition of wanderlust to the image provided a fun way to share the experience and feeling with friends and family back home.

TIP When sharing photographs on social sites, adding text is another way to bring a creative element to an image. Whether it’s an inspirational quote, a joke, poem, recipe or personal insight, incorporating typography into your photographs is an eye-catching way to communicate your message.

TRICK For lovers of words and images, typography apps like Over and InstaQuote provide the best of both worlds. Each app offers intuitive controls for font styles, size and opacity options, and share features that let you post your masterpiece directly to your favorite networks or save it to your camera roll. With the Over app, you can even turn your photo into a printed postcard that will be shipped anywhere in the world.


Sample photo collages. Photography by Ellen Barone.

TIP Have you ever noticed how cool your images look as thumbnails in your iPhone’s camera roll? The collective visual impact can be more intriguing than the individual photographs. Group random images, organize by theme, create a sequence of action shots, tell a story, or make a collage of your favorite vacation memories, the possibilities are endless.

Collage maker applications like Fotor Photo Editor and Picture Frames make it easy to creatively assemble and share photo collections. With many templates to choose from, you can reveal more of some images and less of others, mix vertical images with horizontals, and add captions, borders and frames. Better still, both apps work on iPhone and iPad so you can shoot on the phone and edit on the tablet.

TIP  You can take a photograph of your husband unleashing his inner-child on a rope swing in Baja California, and it will capture the moment. Take a video and you share the full sensory experience — the swing out across the water, the cheering spectators, and the cringe-inducing smack of his belly-flop as he hits the water. Thanks to the advances in technology —advanced optics, gyroscope stabilization, autofocus, ultrafast chips—creating quality video vignettes on the fly is easier than ever before. But the rules of good video still apply. Ideally, you should keep your camera steady, avoid ambient noise (wind is especially troublesome) and be mindful of the story you want to tell.

TRICK  The real fun of video storytelling is the ability to capture and share instantaneously. Mobile apps like Vine, twitter’s video app that lets you shoot and share short (6 seconds or less) looping videos, and Instagram (you can now take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera), are simple tools that enhance creative expression. If shooting motion pictures doesn’t come naturally to you, a great way to learn and be inspired is to follow the twitter hashtag #instagramvideo or #6secondpostcard, a travel-specific hashtag introduced by San Francisco Chronicle travel editor Spud Hilton.

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From the lush islands of Britain to the shores of the New World, The Wayfarers continue to create new paths for the walking enthusiasts. The unique Walks that began in 1984 in England now span Europe, the United States and New Zealand with invigorating itineraries, new destinations and distinctive ways of experiencing the special culture of life in the country. New walks include Pentillie Castle, The Dolomites, Sicily: Agrigento, Marsale & the Isle of Mozia.