How to Start A Journey of Self Discovery

Imagine going away into the mountains that will take all of us far away from the places where we are now. Imagine packing your bags. Imagine meeting new people and hugging those old friends from your past trips. Imagine stopping for a tea at a local dhaba and asking about the life of the shopkeeper and maybe share a smoke over with trippers.

The triggers for these flashbacks are sometimes the photos that are displayed as the background on my laptop. Often it is also the thoughts that float freely when hiking, that bring back these memorable moments. Many images and thoughts come to mind. So many that I can almost make a medley of it. There were -

💚 I rented a camper van in New Zealand and toured the islands on our own.

💙 Chartered a boat with a crew in Vietnam for a few days.

🧡 I got a berth on a train with fold down beds to go into the Arctic in Sweden and stayed at an Ice Hotel (everything in the room, including the furniture, was made or sculpted from Ice).

💛 In Costa Rica my accommodation was built up in a tree in a tropical forest with screen walls to watch the wild life. I could hear the monkeys at night so close we thought they would crawl into bed with me.

❤️ I stayed in a tent at a very fancy camp site on the Serengeti in Tanzania with a hot water shower in out tent and with wild elephants and giraffes wondering near the site.

💜 the nice extended family in Ladakh, who spontaneously took stranded trekking tourists along with us to the next town. I'll never forget how I took this ride over the hill in the back of a van on the freshly bottled blood of a slaughtered sheep.

💗 the young impetuous car driver in Puri, whom we have to stop several times as he zoomed past at the speed of light to get to Chilka Lake. At the end of the frenzied ride with marginal overtaking maneuvers, we arrived happy and healthy at the lake. We invited him to a joint fish meal on the beach.

💜 the helpful and open-minded shop assistant in Nagpur, who showed us the hidden winery of the place despite the opening hours of her shop and introduced us to the wine growers - although again the winery had just closed. We got our little private tasting anyway.

💛 the discovery of a concept in Denmark about the hygge, a way of life-based on enjoying the small things.

Traveling has always been more than moving to me. We always think that relations, things and people make us happy but what I discovered is that the feeling of having them make us happy. Being happy is what we always want and I have my happiness in traveling. Seeing places, meeting people everything that counts in for you is traveling.

You don't really have to go seven seas to travel but just step up of your zone and you'll know there's no way you want to stop. Like everyone else I used to feel that these travel movies can never happen in reality. You can't have that much money or even if you have money these actors makes it look all beautiful but one day I kept them aside and I discovered my kind of beautiful!

May these movies might not be happening with you but you will always find your way to a film in which you are the hero. We keep racing all our lives to reach somewhere and yet stay in the same place. Why not reach places and just stay, stay for while to live and gather the breath that you have been missing all these years. Why do we need a vacation?

Why not live our life like it were a vacation and nurture and love each moment of it immensely and even if we die tomorrow we won't have any regrets of not doing what we always wanted to do! Living is the only thing we ask for so why not just live! In our life time we spend so much on so many futile things but when it comes to travelling everyone is broke and you know me too.

But once you decide things to happen, things eventually fall in place you have money or you make it accordingly to the amount that you have. It's not just one step outside of your room that you take rather one step outside of the limits that you have set for yourselves.

The thread that you tied with the mortals and you know what it's not bad to have limits or being tied but knowing that you would return to the loved ones with more love in you is important.

So, as you are here reading things planing for your next trip give yourself a high five cause you're going to have a great time buddy.

Imagine sitting around a campfire with your new friends and maybe with a drink in hand, far away from phones. Imagine going out on a walk in the midnight and just because its pretty to look up, sit down and look at the stars. And once you are back, Imagine walking towards your favourite adda, smiling at strangers. Imagine catching up with friends living nearby to tell the stories of your past trip.

Just imagine.

A Memorable Trip to Ladakh

And there was this special encounter in the distant Ladakh, to which I often like to think back. It was an adventure that I left without knowing what to expect, a solo trip that ends up being a group trip. I entered Ladakh alone, and as I added towns, kilometers, and anecdotes, I started becoming a world traveler, with around 5 travelers from all over the world.

I walk on the frozen layer through spectacular rocky gorges flanked by mountains of almost 6000 meters and we will see some of the most remote villages of this corner of the Himalayas.

Discovering the pleasure and privilege of sharing, I end up distributing the little that the traveler has. Yours is mine and mine is yours, from the mosquito repellent, sunscreen, cutlery, toilet paper, pillow, and in the absence of individual rooms - a bed for 3; a jeep for 5 and the crumbs of some cookies after long hours on the jeep.

It was April, and the Indian summer was slowly announcing. The days were already pleasantly warm, but at night it was still bitterly cold with temperatures around freezing. Ice still floated on parts of the lake, where we occasionally spot a few birds in the distance. And in those weeks when the landscapes and people were changing, the shallow bonds became deeper, in which the Indus has gone from being a river of common flow and width to being the broadest river that I have crossed.

We know that a river crossing awaits us today. One of the tributaries to the lake must be overcome. There is no other possibility. However, there is no bridge. We know about the upcoming adventure, especially in times of snow melt in the mountains.

Walking deeper is just as little an option. The high mountains are not far. And, there may be leopards there. I'm torn by the thought of them. On the one hand, I would like to meet one in the wild. In the other hand, I also have due respect for a possible unexpected meeting. We enter a monastery and see how the monks live; in addition to knowing other aspects of the society that often go unnoticed.

It's lunchtime. We have been on the road again for a few hours now. The idea of having a lunch break makes us consult together when a small boat approaches us. It is a local native who has come to see us from afar. The river carries a lot of water and is very difficult to cross at the moment. So he offers to take us by boat. We look at each other for a moment, feel unity and jump into the boat, beaming with joy.

We arrive at his village, and a few greet us. Are we hungry? They were just about to have lunch. This time we do not have to look at each other and accept the invitation immediately. What an honest and spontaneous hospitality!
They have cooked some fresh fish from the lake, with potatoes, onions, and other herbs.

We get bread and butter out of our backpacks. We enjoy the delicacies. Of course, a toast with a local beer could not be missed. In conversation, we learn that they are currently building a stable shelter for the hikers, so that more people come and get to know this beautiful area.

When asked about the loneliness out there, they answer that they love nature and they will like to be out here all the time. And what about the wild animals? I want to know. They exist, but they are more afraid of us than we are of them. They would not have seen one for a long time. They offer us to stay and spend the night at the village.

The fact that we speak some Tibetan makes this encounter easier, more harmonious, and more intense.
I love the Tibetan culture, and they are cultures that are very difficult to understand here, but you have to understand them very well when you live with this type of people. This, in the end, opens our mind, and we put ourselves in each one's place to be able to understand them.

The life of people here has been simple as for centuries, that we with globalization have been abandoning, becoming more hermetic, individualistic, materialistic, and undoubtedly more selfish.

I feel nature in capital letters on my skin as I share exciting times during the night around the bonfire. I love the world and traveling because of the feeling of freedom that it gives me. It is a way to open my head, to overcome my prejudices, to understand that there are many different ways of looking and living. It helps me to change the prism and also to know myself more.

It helps me run away from the routine and make each day count. Each day have one or more stories to tell. The next morning I crawl out of the tent. The villagers point a bit in the direction we came from yesterday and asks us if we want to see a leopard. I look at them questioningly and puzzled. They explain that fishermen have found a dead leopard cub on the shore.

It probably was attacked in the area by an older male. When the little animal lies in front of me, I see the bite marks near its head. I am a bit sad, knowing that this has happened in real nature and wilderness.

After the breakfast, we dismantle our tent, shoulder our backpacks and say goodbye to the villagers. Not without promising to once again return to this place. The farewell is difficult. The warmth of the villagers in this beautiful and intense, but also deserted, wilderness will not let us go for a long time.

Silently, we walk side by side, each one pausing in their thoughts and leaving the beautiful place behind, step by step - but remembering that, we take it home.

When I saw a group of children with some wood, bricks and bamboo canes create trucks, and spend time sharing an imaginary world, I could not help but wonder, what happened to our children. Have they lost the ability to imagine? Have they lost the innocence of being children, as adults have lost the ability to smile at strangers, even the neighbors?

I laughed sometimes for others, sometimes alone with me and sometimes with those wonderful strangers. And I find that strangers are friends and that the most beautiful thing about traveling is not just to know new places, nor to get drunk with beautiful landscapes, nor that the palate goes mad with a whole new repertoire of flavors, the real beauty of traveling is in people, and what they bring to the trip.

I can incorporate their different cultures, experiences, and the experiences of life into my own. So my soul vibrated between surprise, the joy of discovering new landscapes, new customs, new people, new feelings and bittersweet moments like the farewells to the new friends.

It is bitter because I fear they may be final, and sweet because they mean they are reflective of common stories, beautiful memories that will remain engraved in the heart for life.

This is not new for me. I have traveled the world a lot, and very intensely although never as much as on this occasion and I know that that is what really makes a trip exciting. It is clearly expressed by that phrase that says the real destiny is in the trip.

More Than Mountains in Nepal

It's early in the morning. Everything outside is still very quiet. On the horizon, the first dim light is visible. I quickly slip into my warm clothes and go outside. I want to welcome the new day above, in the small stupa with colorful prayer flags. It is a wonderfully clear morning and the mountains emerge slowly from the darkness.

I'm on a ridge about one and a half hours east of Kathmandu. The physical conditions constantly change, and the experiences go flying on the bumpy ride on the longest but most comfortable route from Kathmandu to Sindhuli. Now that I'm here, I feel my breath and listen to the birds. The prayer flags flutter in the wind. A reddish glow appears slowly on the horizon that bathes the mountaintop in a golden red light.

I watch this fascinating spectacle of nature. As the first rays come forth, I enjoy the warmth and feel connected with the mountains, humans and the universe. It is another one of those magical moments for which I love to be on the road. The Himalayan mountain range lies in front of me, almost close enough to touch. The mountains seem to float on the horizon with its snow-capped peaks.

I was there in the mountains. I get happy to be away from everyday life as the fresh air fills my thoughts and actions. Memories of the last few days pass through my mind of the ups and downs of the hiking trails, small mountain villages, and my cheerful Nepali companion.

This was my first big self discovery trip. I always wanted to travel far away. My parents were less than thrilled with my travel plans. Therefore, this trip for me was not only a detachment from their protection but also the limitations of staying with parents. It was an important step in my independent life as for the first time I took my "own decision" and dared to realize my desires against objections from the outside.

The time in Nepal was really a journey into me. There were ups and downs, moments of enthusiasm and also silent and lonely moments. As I walked around with open eyes through the world, many things became apparent to me, where I learn more about what actually constitutes myself. Because I gradually learned how relative that may be what is considered "normal".

I had to find my way every new day as nature also took some "tests" on me. One of the most impressive moments I experienced on the trip, was when I caught a cold after washing my hair at 3,500 meters with ice-cold water. Then for the whole day, I sat in a heap at the table and my Nepali friend forced me hot soup after soup.

I had no idea how I would survive the next day's tour. But there was no turning back. At four o'clock in the morning the alarm went off - and after a short feel in my body, I suddenly knew that I can do this. I was still shaky, but after a few hundred meters, my body started to work. My abdomen felt like a slow machine that ran steadily forward. My body showed me exactly what my speed was.

I just listened to myself and went quite into my own rhythm. The climb went on but I was connected to myself that lifted me in the vastness of the mountains around. Up at 5,200 meters, I was overjoyed and extremely grateful for what my body has done for me. I was even one of the first to reach one of the cliffs. I never thought that I can mobilize such forces in me.

I eat very little. Moreover, I undertake hours of endurance until the pain in the limbs become almost unbearable. It was an incredible challenge! In addition, I controlled myself throughout the time of the trail to be consistently silent. I keep walking with a tent on my back through beautiful landscapes, streams, and forests, over mountains and past crystal clear lakes. Hiking through the remote mountains broadened my horizons and the way I looked at myself as I get fascinated by the majestic mountain scenery, Buddhist culture and friendly people.

I see poignant beautiful landscapes. Every second house in Nepal is like a temple and everywhere the belief of the people was palpable. These people were just so incredibly nice, that I cannot but be happy as people walk around with a smile on their face. It was the joy and attitude of the people which give me strength and courage to go on and on in a search for myself.

In the evening as I sit by the fire, I look in the vast starry sky as people talk about their experiences about how they live in a friendly way with wild animals before I lie down in my tent amidst the roar of the fox perhaps from afar. Here l learn not only a lot about nature but also a lot about me after an encounter with a wild yak that was certainly very close.

I made some wonderful friendships with local villagers and realize the grandeur and glitz of modern cities bound by time are all superficial. When I danced with locals full out, I get answers to my questions and best of all I almost answer it myself, because only I know in the end what is really good for me!

Through all the experiences I found more security and joy in myself. The impressive thing I felt was that as if I am in the home even though in a foreign country. I felt my heart was "here" and everything else was far away.

Somehow I "arrived" in this once alien world. I spent a week in an almost lonely cabin in the mountains and pure nature to find complete solitude and understand myself. I had enough time to think without distraction and I became slowly aware of what I really need in life to be happy.

Self-discovery Trip

This place is almost unreal with extreme colors of yellow, to orange to red, depending on the time of day and lighting conditions. This almost paradoxical contrast makes me speechless. I learn if it is not done today, then maybe tomorrow or the day after tomorrow - or next week. Getting upset does not help here. Things are not always so important in life, as I thought earlier. Much more important is to live in the present and enjoy the moment.

Equally impressive was when I got back home. I remember those faces again and again who make me forget my worries and problems at home. In this day and age, we often care too much about others than to ourselves. We forget who we are, what we really want out of life and what makes us really happy. The newfound fitness gives me the drive for my future!

This trip was like a door opening into a colorful, fascinating world to me. On this journey, I found true freedom because I lived for months only with the essentials. I played with my body to excel and grow not just once beyond me. It helped me get out of my comfort zone. I recognized that a lot of things in life are important but not as I thought before.

Life is an adventure, but the question is what you make of it! Up there, the world is still OK!

Birding Tour Through Qinghai in China

Are you an avid birder who is tired of going on a birding spree to only your countryside? If your answer is a yes, then I can give you a suggestion. How about packing your bags and going for a birding tour to some other country. There are numerous countries all across the globe that has amazing bird watching spots. But amongst all those countries, there is one that has managed to stand out and is claimed to be a birding paradise.

Qinghai Birding Tour

Wondering, which country am I talking about? Well, it is none other than China, the home of the biggest dam of the world. Yes, you read that right! Being a birder, I have visited each and every one of these provinces. But, if I had to choose one amongst the three, I would choose Qinghai. Why? It is because I found this place magical while traveling China.

The scenic beauty of the plateau region, its climate and of course, its bird species has seriously stolen my heart. That's why I am planning to travel to China once again. But, don't try to go alone for a birding spree in this region. Instead, book a Qinghai birding tour package because there will be someone to guide you throughout the journey.

To find an agency that provides this service, it will be the best if you browse the internet as you will come across numerous of them, that too without putting much effort. And before going for a birding tour in Qinghai Province, here are a few things that you must do. Take a look.

Whether you are going for a Qinghai birding tour, the first and foremost thing that you need to do is research about the Chinese towns. Some of the major things you need to research include the climatic condition of the region during the month you will be visiting. In case you find it difficult to research about this, simply ask the travel agency from whom you will be booking the package.

And if they cannot tell or inform you about the climate, it will be wise that you reject that company and move on to another one. Among the popular birding spots in Qinghai the best bird watching spots in this province are Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve, Longbaotan Reserve, Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve and Huzhubeishan Reserve. If the birding tour package that you are about to purchase doesn't include these hot birding spots, then refrain from booking it.

Not really aware of the endemic birds you will find in this region? You can get Black-necked Cranes, Black Stork, Lammergeier, White-Tailed Eagle and much more. Even though you will be having a guide who would stay with your throughout the trip yet, it will be better if you research a bit about the people living in this province so that you can get a fair idea whether the place is safe or not.

The good news is that this place is sparsely populated and the people living in these areas are absolutely harmless. So, you can undoubtedly visit this place. So, these were a few important things that you must do before you visit Qinghai for a bird watching trip. Why just Qinghai? Even if you are going for Yunnan or Sichuan birding tours, please research about the place thoroughly before you visit the place.

What is the best dish to order in Qinghai

Speaking of food, Chinese food can be described as broad and profound. There are local food and snack streets everywhere, and the food street that ca n’t be seen at a glance bears the local characteristics.

Barbecue is an irreplaceable food in many people's minds, especially in summer, there are people drinking beer and sitting on the road to eat barbecue. The scene looks so lively.

Hairy eggs are usually sold on the street, boiled hairy eggs, baked hairy eggs, fried hairy eggs, a variety of eating methods. Hairy eggs are also known as Wang eggs, chicken eggs, hairy eggs, etc. Hairy eggs are chicks whose eggs are affected by improper temperature, humidity, or certain pathogens during hatching, which causes the development of the chicken embryo to stop and die in the eggshell. Many foreigners cannot accept this kind of eating.

Stinky tofu is a traditional Chinese food, especially Changsha stinky tofu is the most famous. It smells stinky and smells delicious is its main feature. There are considerable differences in the production methods and consumption methods of stinky tofu in different places. There are different types in the north and south.

Stinky tofu is also called stinky dry in the south. Although its name is tacky, but it is rudimentary in the outside, beautiful in the ordinary, and has a long history. It is a traditional Chinese snack with unique characteristics. The production materials include soybean, tempeh, and soda ash.

Fried cicada pupa or grilled cicada pupa Everyone knows that this kind of food has rich protein and tastes delicious, and it often appears in barbecue restaurants. Not to mention that foreigners look disgusted and scared. Many children and women in China are afraid to eat this kind of food that looks scary and disgusting.

Eating rice, is a true traditional art. First of all, you must have a bowl (porcelain or clay is what they commonly use in China) filled with rice and a pair of chopsticks. There are many different types of rice you could have in your bowl: plain white, jasmine white, brown, riceberry (purple rice), and black rice. Don’t forget fried rice! Not to mention, the variety of side dishes that you can have with your rice.

It is also improper to add salt and butter or other such condiments to your rice. Chinese people usually do not do this. That is because the scent of rice is already pleasing and must be enjoyed by itself or with soy sauce (made from fermented soybeans, not the type you get in Maggi).

You may find on the menu stir-fried string beans with minced pork. But it’s not actually stir fried. Most restaurants deep fry the string beans naked, then stir in a minced pork sauce made with pork and chili flakes to give it a little kick. The dish is very common, yet it’s not something you can cook at home because the frying part.

Steamed whole fish with ginger and onion, is another common dish. It’s hard to cook at home due do the requirements of a large steam vessel. Although you can definitely substitute the steamer with your oven. The dish has a very high requirement on fresh fish. It’s the reason why you often see live fish swimming in the tank in many Chinese restaurants.

Perch is often used for this dish, but it works just as well with Rock fish or other white fish. The fatty bluefishes are often avoided for this dish due to high fishy taste. Stir fried luffa, is seasonal. The young luffa is very sweet in taste. You’ll find the dish in a great varieties.

Stir fried pea shoots, is very common, but low end restaurants often cannot source the best ingredients. So what you end up with is very tough shoots that is hard to chew.

There are lots of ways to cook fish in China. And steaming is commonly considered as the most authentic way, because you only put the scallion and ginger slice, light soy sauce in, steam shortly, without heavy cooking, to keep the original flavor of the fish as possible. It also means you can only make this dish with 100% fresh fish.

In inland regions, people usually use freshwater fish to cook it because those are fish they can buy living from the tanks of morning markets or supermarkets. It’s also a gorgeous and expensive cuisine in high-end restaurants. n a typical Chinese restaurant, a small plate is placed in front of each person.

People freely spit out bones, nut shells, fruit seeds etc onto them. Waiters frequently replace them with clean plates. Most steamed freshwater fish have far too many bones to remove by chopsticks. This is a typical Chinese cuisine which is designed to use your mouth and achieve your food.

Shanghai crab, despite the facts they are from freshwater, have countless bones which costs you a great effort to remove by mouth, and, their tiny eyes occasionally make contact with you too.

27 BEST Places to Visit in Greece During Winter

If you think Greece is just a summer destination, here is another aspect of this beautiful country. Greece has a lot more to propose than a summer cliche and Christmas time is best time to travel Greece and discover that it is also the perfect winter holiday destination.

Surprise your friends and try something new during the spectacular festivals. Actually, Greece has it all and you can organize any type of winter break you wish. If skiing is a must for you, did you know that more than 25 very good ski-resorts are waiting for you? Their assets? There are much cheaper than the overcrowded ski-resorts you will find in France or Italy, all have breathtaking views, some of them to the Aegean sea.

Did you know that there are more than 6000 islands in Greece? Green olive groves, crystal clear water, small villages and bustling cities, Greece is a wonderful mixture of 6000 fabulous islands and historic cities on the mainland, each with its unique personality. Only 227 of them are inhabited, but even that number may seem a lot when you'll find the holiday island.

Today we highlight the authentic island gems in Greece. Therefore, we have chosen destinations that we think you will love - whether you want to hike through the green hills of Alonissos, have the beach to yourself in the morning hours in Karpathos or eating tzatziki and feel the pulse of the city on a lively tavern in the Big City Thessaloniki. In today's guide tells us what makes the island so special.

Hellas is our favorite. Here you will find a sea of islands to choose from. Samos, Crete and Rhodes islands, you should opt for a high standard of your all-inclusive vacation, this is the best of the Mediterranean. Whether you want a beach to yourself in the morning, stroll among the fragrant olive trees and a pink sunsets in the background to the evening tzatziki - Greece will always have an island that suits you.

It is also in the smaller islands as you often find the small, family-run hotels that offer extraordinary charm and warmth.

Places to Visit in Greece

Here are the reasons to go to Greece and the best places to visit in Greece.

1. Crete

Is the world's oldest faith in Crete? In the ancient palace of Knossos you can see the 2,500-year-old throne. The throne is made of alabaster and is surrounded by less impressive plaster benches.

Crete is the largest Greek island and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean. Full of legend and mythology is the land of the Minotaur, the land of Zeus and its beauty is incomparable. Halfway between Asia, Africa and Europe is the cradle of European civilization. The people of Crete will tell you that it is cold, but you will always find it to be above 15 degrees in winter, it will be quite pleasant.

And there is so much to see on the island that you would never be able to discover in the summer because of the heat and the tourists! You will be in the cradle of Ancient Greece, so you will get sick of seeing museums, temples and ruins, which you can combine with hiking or cycling routes through the beautiful and green hills of the island.

The blue of its waters contrasts with the white of its mountains. The sun is the best of its claims but the possibilities that the island offers the traveler are endless. It is home to the amazing beaches starting from the one just a few km near the Chania Airport where you might land.The tiny little cover of Seitan Limania is a great spot to chill out and relax in that stunning Aegean Sea, where you can enjoy moments of privacy.

If you want a large beach, that has room for everybody, well, you can spend a day or two in one of the largest bays in all of Europe, Mirambello Bay. Take a drive around the whole region, pop into the Sea of Crete for a little dip and head to the town of Agios Nikolaos for a bite to eat.

A couple of years back Elafonisi was a hidden spot. At this point the mystery is certainly not a mystery any longer. This spot pulls in huge amounts of travelers consistently. Today, the flawless sandy beach is the target for everyone and young adventurers as the place offers an unmatched view of the sunset. Go in the high season and you'll find this once unfilled shoreline, bounded by a sandbar and an natural island, swarming with tourists.

Not too far from Akrotiri is the Holy Trinity Monastery that’s amazing to visit when you’re looking for a break from all that beach life. Make sure you head inside the monastery itself, it has some of the very best gilded interiors you’ll find on the island.

If you want to go deeply in history and explore the Ancient one, well what better than “Knossos Palace “which is the biggest Bronze Age site across all of the island and is often referred to as Europe’s oldest city. Look out for the stunning frescoes and amazing Throne Room situated there.

Well , according to mythology, Zeus himself was born in Crete. The Dikteon Cave in south-central Crete, is known as the birthplace of “The Greatest of all Mythology Gods”. He must have had a good reason to choose this Island. After all he was almighty and could have chosen any spot on earth. Just kidding !

Crete is also birthplace to one of the greatest painters of all times El Greco. His “art name” says it all. Right?

Our Crete tip: Head to the town of Loutro on the south side of the island, with whitewashed houses, blue doors and crystal clear waters. One can also have great luxury accommodation in the small fishing town of Elounda.

2. Heraklion

You can find around 10 archaeological sites in Crete, the most famous being Knossos in Heraklion, the capital. You can visit the Venetian fortress that is preserved in perfect condition and protects the entrance to the port, the medieval Agia Ekaterini Church, which displays a large collection of icons, the archaeological museum in Eleftheria Square.

You can visit the center of the city that houses pottery, miniatures, jewels and frescoes of the Minoan culture, the Historical Museum, to the west of the port, where you can admire the view of Mount Sinai.

3. Rethimno

The province of Rethymnon, situated between the area of Chania and Heraklion, is bathed, to the north by the Cretan sea and to the south by the Libyan sea. The small town of Rethymno keeps much of its Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman past on the one hand through its small Venetian port and on the other hand visiting the multitude of small Byzantine churches there.

And of course, do not stop tasting the Greek food. For something it is said that Cretan cuisine is the kitchen of the gods. You can taste the virgin olive oil and the Cretan wine of Manoliopulo and Kissamos, in Xamoudochori, Omalos and Sfakia, enjoy the local liquor Tsikoudia, taste the aromatic honey and traditional Xirotigana breads from Sirili or walk through the picturesque chapels and stop to rest in the cool Dere.

4. Chania

Chania occupies the western end of Crete and is the second largest city of Crete. At the western end, next to one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete are the extraordinary ruins of ancient Phalasarna. It is safe behind the strong Hellenistic walls and has a protected harbor that transformed it into one of the largest naval forces and a city of corsairs of Crete.

You can make the excursion to the beginning of the Samaria gorge. You will reach the picturesque village of Omalos and visit the lake Agia, Alikianos and from there you can explore the beginning of the Samaria gorge. Moreover, the charming city of Chania is an idyllic place for a historical sojourn in the old town with kids.

5. Dodecanese

Karpathos or Carpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese. It is located between the island of Crete and Rhodes in the southwestern part of the Aegean Sea. You will find white beaches in uncontaminated landscapes, quiet and silent rocky coves, beaches equipped for lovers of relaxation and comfort dedicated to windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports.

The island that invites you to the Greek everyday life is known for its beautiful beaches and mountain village of Olympos, where time has stood still since the 900s. The island has many small churches perched on cliffs above a glittering sea.

Olympos is one of the most beautiful villages in Greece, a place where folklore and popular traditions manifest themselves in all its authenticity. Walking through the streets of this small town, among women dressed in traditional clothes, is a trip through time, in a past that is still alive and pulsating. Even today in Olympos one speaks a unique language in Greece that derives from the ancient Doric dialect.

From Olympos, taking a paved road that descends towards the northeast coast, you reach Diafani, another town that has been able to preserve folklore and local traditions. From the dock of Pigadia sail several boats take tourists to the beaches of the east coast and the village of Diafani. Another recommended excursion is to the island of Saria, which is a handful of nautical miles from Karpathos.

Pigadia, also called the city of Karpathos, is the capital and the main port of the island. Today it is the most popular tourist center of Karpathos, full of hotels, apartments, taverns and commercial activities. It is worth a visit to the Archaeological Museum. In its three rooms are exhibited from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Nearby is the Eparchiou, a palace built by the Italians during the occupation of the island and used as administrative headquarters. In the Bay of Vrontis, of which Pigadia occupies the extreme south, there are three wide beaches. In the Afoti you can admire the remains of the Basilica of Agia Fotini, built on the remains of a Greek temple.

You may be disappointed by what little remains of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Potideon or Poseidon, but from the hill overlooking the harbor you can admire and take beautiful panoramic pictures of the city. From a distance, Menetes looks like a pretty pastel painting. Its colorful houses, typical of the Dodecanese architecture, cling to the northern slope of Mount Profitis Ilias.

Arcesine (Arkaseia) is a small town on the southwest coast of the island. You can visit the Archaeological Museum with findings found in the area, in particular the remains of the church of Agia Anastasia and the Acropolis of Arkesia, one of the ancient cities of the Tetrapolis of Karpathos.

In the area of Lefkos, another small and picturesque town in the interior, is the Old Cisterns, a system of galleries and rooms used for the collection and conservation of water. Archaeologists are convinced that it is only a small part of the treasures still buried in this region of Karpathos.

Aperi is one of the largest and richest villages of Karpathos. Its position hidden among the hills, at an altitude of 320 m, at the foot of the high mountains, made it choose as the capital of the island in 1700. Mesochori is located on the mountainous slopes of Karpathos, immersed in the cultivated countryside with olive groves, vineyards and fruit trees.

Kastelorizo is the eastern most island of Greece, famous for it’s incredible blue grotto. Karpathos is rugged and wild. Some of these villages like Olymbos still have people wearing traditional clothing.

6. Santorini

You can't picture Greece without the iconic white buildings with blue domes along a rocky cliffside, looking down on the blue waters. If you want that particular experience, then you're probably thinking about Santorini in Greece. It's one of the best places to travel to in Europe if you're thinking of a romantic getaway because the views themselves inspire romance.

If you’re planning ahead to hit up the Greek Isles this summer, be sure to include some hiking, such as the beautiful walks in Santorini. Also known as Thera, Santorín and Thira, Santorini is the destination of thousands of travelers who seek the spectacular views and the atmosphere of its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Santorini is a name of Italian origin given by the Venetian merchants to Thera, the Greek name of this island steeped in history.

Summer can be a little too hot for some people, but it all depends of what climates you are used too/prefer. So fall or winter might be a better time, plus there will be less tourists. The beaches are nice, but the water is a bit cool. Santorini is not a cheap destination, but it depends where you stay. There's a hotel for every budget, and there are plenty of rooms to let. It is well worth your money and you can make your holiday there as cheap or expensive as you want. There is soo much to see and do.

Santorini is one the most beautiful Greek Island in Europe and is a standout amongst the most romantic spots for honeymoon couples. It is known for white washed houses and blue-white domes all over the city. Many of the bollywood songs have been shot here.

Santorini is the two-sided, mysterious bay, island of calm and blue waters and ancient volcano that boils the night of partying, where everything is possible. Travel through the hidden places of a piece of land that has marked the destiny of Europe and the Mediterranean. You can also visit Anafi, Ios, Amorgos, Naxos or Paros and Mycenae or nearby Turkey.

The island was the immersed cone of a volcano of the same type as the Krakatoa and its explosion destroyed the entire center of the island, making its current orography form a kind Half-moon cut over the flooded caldera. The Cretan civilization and the Minoan, in the Greek peninsula, entered a time of decay because of the tsunami. In any case, you will have no problem choosing the best Santorini hotels.

Kamari Beach, located on Santorini's east coast, is a popular place to pull ashore and enjoy the Aegean sun.

Santorini is a spectacular stopover for dozens of holiday tourist cruises and hundreds of sailboats that lie in their small coves.

Ideal anniversary or wedding gift, many couples visit the island after meeting or getting married for honeymoon. The Santorini Wine Route has its white wines and the famous Vinsanto, one of the most traditional wines in the world. Akrotiri is the main one and has been reopened recently, but there are others such as Vlihada, Arhea Thira, Pyrgos, Profitis Elias and Thermi.

Santorini is known for its printed landscape like incredible views which are canvassed in standard Cycladic homes which flicker white under the hot Greek sun and offset brilliantly with the dull blue seas and heavenly places. One of the best places to visit in Santorini is the Firá which is capital city of Santorini. It is outstanding and one of the scenic locations to visit. This place is famous for there unique architecture as the houses here are in pearl white color and cubic in shape which looks different.

Walking around the island enables you to see all the phenomenal sights here. The place is surrounded by a volcanic crater from where you can see without a doubt the most amazing points of view in all of Greece.

Folegandros is called the Santorini without the crowds. It’s an incredible island with it’s own incredible scenery but pretty unknown.

There is no denying that Santorini really is a beautiful island. It is beautiful mainly because it is a volcanic island in the midst of the azure-colored Aegean Sea, covered in magnificent cliffsides lined with whitewashed buildings that almost seem to gleam in the summer sun.

All of the Cycladic Islands are extraordinarily beautiful and Santorini is really no more beautiful than the others. Nonetheless, because Santorini has such an established reputation as a tourist hotspot, it seems to steal most of the attention.

Part of the reason why Santorini is so famous for its beauty is because there are so many beautiful pictures of Santorini all over the internet that have been taken by visitors and by tourist agencies trying to attract visitors. Indeed, it seems like virtually anytime you see stunning pictures of a Greek island in a travel brochure or advertisement, those pictures were taken on Santorini.

The thing is, there is an obvious case of survivor bias here. Quite simply, people are only likely to share the pictures of the island that look beautiful. Tourist agencies aren’t going to publish pictures of the island that don’t look extraordinary and, while ordinary residents and visitors may share pictures of the island that are less visually appealing, those less visually-appealing photos are not going to get nearly as much attention as the more evocative ones.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a dreary day on Santorini; you just don’t see very many pictures of the island when the weather is overcast and grim, because people don’t tend to share those pictures as often and, when they do share those pictures, they don’t tend to get as much attention as the ones of the island on bright, sunny days. This feeds into a popular misconception that it is always sunny on Santorini.

Santorini actually does sometimes get snow in the winter. The glorious photos you see in travel brochures and advertisements, then, are not entirely representative of how the island normally looks. Now, a lot of people visit Greece during the summer, but if you’re looking to have a calm holiday with milder temperatures and sunny weather, then this is the best time to visit Santorini!

There are 2 main islands, Oia and Fira, where you can stay. If you want a quainter, smaller island, then Oia is the place for you, but if you want a more bustling island, Fira is the perfect place! Several (actually most) hotels having a plunge pool with their villas and the island is full of beautiful little shops and some stunning sea facing restaurants!

Meanwhile, while Santorini gets millions tourists from all over the world each year, other Cycladic islands, such as Milos, Serifos, Naxos, and Delos, which are actually equally as beautiful as Santorini, generally attract far less tourism. Indeed, there are about 220 Cycladic Islands, but yet only two of them — Santorini and Mykonos attract the vast majority of the tourists.

7. Thera

Thera is, at the same time, the Greek island that has served the fabulists to imagine myths like that of Atlantis. Names such as White Beach are names that should not be forgotten.

8. Oia

One of the most recommended is the route from Imerovigli to Oia. Go on a small cruise on a schooner by the Caldera leaving Thirasia, Palea Kameni or Nea Kameni, or diving in the sea thanks to the rental of diving equipment. Armeni village has a seabed accessible only with diving goggles and is ideal for snorkeling. Names such as Baxedes are names that should not be forgotten.

9. Nafplion

If the archeological sites are in your interests, then the Peloponnese will cover you completely (you need to rent a car). Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Ancient Messina, Vasses, are some of the most beautiful places. However, the Peloponnese will not leave you complaining about anything. Wonderful seas, castles, traditional villages, verdant mountains, rivers and good people will make your story unforgettable.

Nafplion, one of the most beautiful cities of the area of Argolis (in the Eastern Peloponnese) and one of the most romantic cities of all Greece. According to mythology, the city was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus Anymone. The history of the city goes back to the prehistoric era in which soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.

The city declined during Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine era. The Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark on the city and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions over the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings fascinate visitors with their unique architecture and beauty.

In the heart of the city is two Turkish mosques, the first now works as a cinema/theater, while the second was the seat of the first Greek Parliament, the Archaeological Museum with important artifacts from the prehistoric and Mycenaean era. Akronafplia is the historic rock at the foot of the Palamidi hill.

10. Delphi

Arachova, a picturesque cosmopolitan village clung to the mountain. Arachova is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations and popular with Athenians to spend a weekend during the winter months. At any time of the year is the right time for a trip to Arachova. In winter, you can ski in the ski center, while the forest paths, trails and unique natural landscapes make mountain biking and hiking very exciting in all weather conditions.

Very close to Arachova is its prized archaeological site, Delphi, the mythical archaeological site dedicated to Apollo that can be visited from Arachova to Kalambaka. It is about 180 kilometers northwest of Athens and is another of the traveling destinations par excellence of the Hellenic territory. It is a small town on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, and next to the Gulf of Corinth, with a great history behind it.

For many centuries Delphi represented the spiritual and religious center of ancient Greece, which the Greek mythology identified as the center of the world and the the navel of the earth and which was the famous Oracle of Delphi. According to Greek mythology, Zeus released two eagles from the ends of the universe so that, wherever they crossed their flight, they showed the center of the world.

It was during the 8th and 7th centuries BC when its sanctuary began to take shape with the construction of the first temples dedicated to the cult of Apollo and Athena. The tour of the site begins with Kastalia Krini, the source where Pythia, the high priestess, her subordinates and others washed before consulting the oracle.

After admiring the beautiful surroundings, the archaeological museum, the second most visited museum in the country, has a relief that represents the history of the Sanctuary of Delphi and the famous oracle.

There are places like Mount Parnassos, Kalavrita in the Peloponnese mountains, Karpenisi in the Pindus Mountains, Mount Olympos, Mount Pelion. Enjoy about 200 kilometers of slopes for all levels. In my opinion, Mount Parnassos has another great asset. There is located the Parnassos ski resort, the largest in Greece.

Where can you ski in the morning, have lunch along the shore, visit an archaeological site in the afternoon, party in a trendy bar in the evening and sleep in a boutique hotel in a picturesque village all in the same day? The answer is Mount Parnassos.

Its stunning views to the Gulf of Corinth and to the Gulf of Euboea make it one of the most spectacular mountains in Greece and it is very close to Delphi. Mount Parnassos has many attractive points. It is located near Athens (about 2 hour drive) and therefore, easily reachable. It ranks among the highest mountains in Greece with an altitude of 2260 meters.

Its steep narrow cobblestone streets, its grey stone houses with their red tile roof, its dozens of steps leading to spectacular views, but also its trendy bars, its traditional restaurants, and its boutique hotels make it the place to be for an exciting after-ski or even non-ski life!

The Parnassos Ski Center, located on the peaks of Kelaria (1750 m), Fterolakas (1950 m) and Gerondovrachos, operates from December until the beginning of May. It is probably the biggest and best-organized ski-resort in the country with nineteen runs, named after Greek Gods like Hermes or Aphrodite.

With a total of 36km, there are seven ski routes, ten trails and three mini beginner runs, two cafe-chalets and a restaurant, ski and snowboard schools, stores for ski and snowboard equipment rental and a playground for children. Who could ask for more to fully enjoy a ski holiday in the country of Gods!

Here some other ski resorts are Tymfristos in the Karpenissi area, Helmos in the town of Kalavryta, Mainalos in Vytina, Peloponnese, Vasilitsa in Grevena and Kaimaktsalan in Edessa. Lovers of great landscapes and natural corners will be able to enjoy a place of interest for tourists like Cave Spileo Limnon, and a landscape environment like Lake Tsivlou.

Naupactus or Naupactus as the English say, or Nafpaktia as the Greeks say is a locality in Greece that lies on the periphery of Aetolia-Acarnania. The strategic location of Naupacto at the entrance to the Gulf of Corinth, formerly known as the Gulf of Lepanto, has given the town a special historical significance and made it for a long time an important shipyard that served generations and generations of Greeks, as well as like all the foreign dominators he has had in his history.

Already in the myths of Heracles it is mentioned that this demigod built in Naupacto a fleet to undertake the invasion of the Peloponnese. Later, for example, during the Peloponnesian War it was a very disputed port between Athenians and Spartans and the scene of the Battle of Naupact.

11. Agios Nikolaos

A quiet city in the center of Greece, hidden deep in the Gulf of Corinth, on the coast of Krisaikos Bay, Galaxidi is protected from the wind by the reassuring presence of the mountains that surround it. A short distance from Athens, Galaxidi lends itself to a short, pleasant and quiet holiday, as well as excursions in the surrounding area.

Start with a walk through the first port, the Agora, up the lanes of the traditional city. In the sacred temple of Agios Nikolaos, admire the two bell towers, the imposing dome and the masterpiece of an emblematic wooden frame, while in the temple of Agia Paraskevi.

Moving north to northwest climb down the mountain and move a bit to the north to Loutraki. The town is famous for its hot springs and boasts a hot water waterfall and open-air pool. The area is also famous for its cherries. April when the cherry trees are in blossom and early June (when children can pick cherries from the trees) are the best seasons.

Moving south move into what is most probably the largest orchard of peach and apricot trees in Europe, the plain of Veria.

12. Ionian Islands

Another incredible island with incredible landscapes and coastlines. It’s also famous for it’s sea cave melisani. Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands and the second largest in the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea off Albania. It is the second largest island of the Ionian group after Kefalonia. If you travel to Corfu in winter, it is best to bring a coat or thick jacket, a raincoat or umbrella, lip protection and shoes with non-slip soles.

The Greeks know her as Kerkyra and her name is related to the Greek legend that when the god Poseidon fell in love with Korkyra. He abducted her and took her to the island, baptizing her with her name. The island is mountainous and in the northern center rises Mount Pantocrator, the highest mountain in Corfu.

The island is rich in history as it participated in conflicts between Athens and Sparta and was under the control of Venetians, Ottomans, French and English. It was the latter who left Corfu its architectural heritage which can be seen in its monuments and buildings. The island was the target of battles and conquests which led to the construction of the fortresses that surround Corfu, making it the only fortified city in Greece.

Kythira is one of the most isolated islands in Greece where the tourism industry is still in development; what makes it an ideal destination if you are looking for peace and tranquility. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea, Cythera is characterized by an idyllic landscape of wild nature and natural waterfalls.

A morning dip in the cold, clear waters of the Fonissas waterfall in Milopotamos will leave you feeling as good as new and will fill you with energy to explore. If cold water is not your thing, on the other side of the island you can find dreamy beaches to relax and relieve stress. The most famous are Lagkadia (awarded the blue flag for its waters), Kalami and Palaiopi.

13. Corfu

Corfu is characterized by its exuberant vegetation and beautiful beaches bathed by the Ionian Sea giving it the nickname of Emerald Island. Corfu was the first island to open its doors to tourism offering important sites such as the Basilica of Paleopolis, one of the most important Byzantine monuments, as well as the church of Agios Spyridonas which is one of the best known on the island.

Spianada is a French-style square cataloged as one of the largest in Greece where you can see Liston, a building built during the French occupation which houses the best known restaurants in Greece and cafes. In this square you can also visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, known as Palaia Anaktora, dating from the time of the British occupation.

Corfu has narrow streets, squares, shopping streets, Venetian fortresses and museums such as the Archaeological Museum and the Asian Art Museum, among others. For these historical attractions, Corfu was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Only 218 km from Athens you can find an exotic paradise known almost exclusively by locals. Lichadonisia is located next to Evia, the second largest Greek island, only three and a half hours drive from Athens. Lichadonisia is composed of a group of uninhabited islands of volcanic origin, making it an even more exotic and exclusive destination.

To get there you must take a boat in the port of Kammena Vourla, which will take you to the beaches full of sun beds and umbrellas. Some call them the Maldives, Seychelles, Bahamas of Greece for its transparent colors and, although it is not so easy to arrive, the effort is worth it. On the way see seals and if the time allows dolphins. After spending the day on the beach, return to Kamena Vourla.

14. Meteora

The monasteries in Meteora with its colossal rocks and monasteries seem to be suspended in the air over the Meteora valley, in the region of Thessaly. Meteora is a set of sandstone boulders formed under the sea 30 million years ago. These fascinating sculptures formed throughout history were discovered when the sea level dropped. The nearest towns where you can stay are Kastraki and Kalabaka.

And then, I could not miss Game of Thrones. Once again, after Northern Ireland and Girona, we saw a location of the famous series. Meteora appears in the landscape that Tyrion Lannister sees from his cell in the prison in the Eagles Nest, in the first season. Actually, it is a digital reproduction of Meteora's landscape, since they were not allowed to record there.

Declared a world heritage site, Meteora is the biggest rock formation. The exceptional site pulls in travelers like a magnet. With more than 2 million guests a year, Meteora remains one of the most visited places in Greece. The clifftop old monasteries are the most eye-catching thing of fascination in this spot.

Crafted by the best craftsmen in the history the Orthodox cloisters of Meteora are intended to blow your mind. Visit to Greece is not complete without seeing Meteora.

15. Thessaloniki

Greece's second largest city was named one of the world's top ten party cities according to Lonely Planet. The city is a cool mixture of bazaars, upscale shopping, the historic White Tower and hip restaurants. By car you can reach the beaches with the label "Blue Flag".

Uranópolis is the nearest city and port to the monasteries of the monastic republic of Mount Athos. The easiest way to get to the Sacred Mountain is to travel to Thessaloniki. At first glance Uranópolis looks like a typical Greek Mediterranean spa with traditional taverns, sandy beaches and many water sports.

In the Dionysiou monastery, on the west coast, the few visitors arrive with little luggage and spend the night in a small room, equipped with the most elementary. From Uranópolis there are several ferries and boats to Dafni, which is the port of the Sacred Mountain. In high season (Easter and summer) it is advisable to book in advance and marvel at the many monasteries before spending some time exploring Chalkidiki in Macedonia.

Chalkidiki definitely is a place one should have in their wish list. Also known as Chalkidikis, it is famous for its urbane and luxurious resorts, beaches, restaurants, bars and shops along with the natural landscape surrounding you. It’s been divided into three smaller peninsulas with each having different things to offer.

Kassandra, though it’s a little busy, it offers some amazing resorts, restaurants and something for all! Sithonia, as compared to others, is more secluded and famous for beaches and camping. Athos hosts a large monastic community which has to remain unchanged from hundreds of years.

Edessa is located about 100 km from Thessaloniki, in the Pella prefecture of Macedonia, north of Greece. Maybe you have not heard much about the Greek waterfalls but they exist. One knows more about the Greek islands or the Greek ruins but there are also waterfalls if you know where to look. Among the most impressive are the Edessa Waterfalls. Actually more than a single waterfall is a series of waterfalls, it seems seven.

The fall is 70 meters in total so they are undoubtedly the main attraction in Edessa, beyond the ancient ruins that are located nearby. It is the waters of the Edessaios River that run through here even in the hot Greek summers. There are trails and ladders that allow you to cross the different highs. There are observation platforms and unless there is a lot of flow or it has rained all the trails and bridges are open.

In the lower part are the so-called Twin Falls, in the upper part there is a green garden with mini waterfalls everywhere and paths surrounded by flowers, and you also have the main fall, Karanos.

Lemnos is famous for having the only small desert in Greece, and for it’s archaeological sites and history dated all the way to 13.000 years ago. Also Lemnos has it’s own weird natural formations. Thassos is a very green and lush island in the northern parts of Greece. It’s mostly known to Greeks who vacation there. It’s also known for it’s incredible white marbles that where used in Ancient period for sculptures and architecture till this day and thus there are like almost any place in Greece also historical sites like the Agora.

Tucked just across the Aliakmon river, overlooking the fertile plain is the first capital of Macedonia Aigai. The archaeological site includes the palace where Philip and Alexander used to reside and most notably the theater where Philip was assassinated. A must for schoolchildren because history here is experienced not learned. You literally walk in the ancient kings' footsteps. But the real treasure is Philip's and Alexander's (son of Alexander the Great's) tombs. In an underground museum that reconstructs the original tumulus that covered the tombs, the wealth and culture of the Macedonians is displayed. You get to see Philip's armor and also Philip and Alexander's portraits made by people who had actually seen them in person.

16. Naxos

Tired of Crete and Rhodes? Naxos is one of the two largest Cycladic islands with a beautiful interior for people to explore. Naxos is the largest of all the Cycladic Islands. It is located closer to the southeastern end of the Cyclades group. It’s famous for it’s potatoes and one of it’s symbols are the Portara (temple) in front of Naxos Town. Naxos has a hilly nature and is the largest and greenest island in the Cyclades archipelago. The many sand flats that have plenty of room for all makes the island a paradise for swimmers for the family.

No matter how long your stay in Naxos lasts, you'll want to stay forever. On the greenest island of the Cyclades you can get the perfect balance between an adventure and relaxation holiday. The capital of the island is a small coastal town with a vibrant atmosphere and great places to visit in Greece, including archaeological sites.

Naxos is known in Greece for its cheeses, potatoes (yes, they are incredible) and the Kitron, a local lemon liqueur perfect to finish a good banquet. This island is bigger than many of the others and is lucky to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is best to rent a car and travel the coast looking for the most beautiful and hidden golden sand beaches of Greece.

Naxos is also a perfect place for lovers of water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing or even for a horse ride. But, if you are one of those who want to enjoy the sea from the depths, then book a diving expedition and watch the planes killed during the Second World War and that were left there submerged.

Serifos, is located a bit further north than Milos. Serifos is where many Athenians choose to go on vacation. Now let’s talk about Delos, which is located northwest of Naxos, right next to Mykonos. Delos has tons and tons of ancient ruins. Indeed, the archaeological excavations that have been conducted on Delos are among the most extensive in all of Greece. If you like ancient history, Delos may be the right island for you to visit.

17. Ithaca

Visit the island to which Ulysses tried to return for almost 20 years. When you see the emerald color of the water and beaches so beautiful that they seem to lie, you will understand why Homer decided to turn Ithaca into a mythical and symbolic place. Its charming capital, Vathí, is full of small shops and restaurants of excellent quality.

If you prefer something more modern, visit the beach of Schinos. Here is the famous Villa Schinos, which has hosted celebrities such as Madonna, The Beach Boys and the cast of Mamma Mia. Ithaca is a paradise for diving lovers. If you are lucky you may find the Mediterranean monk seals resting on the rocks.

18. Samos

Ikaria is an island that fascinates both foreigners and the Greeks themselves. Perhaps it is due to the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who refuse to incorporate the word stress into their vocabulary, or the fact that life here is based on enjoying the small details. Some even say that by following this lifestyle you can find the true meaning to it.

It is not surprising that Ikaria is one of the five blue zones of the world; the places where people live longer. A third of the island's inhabitants will be over 90 years, which is about 10 years older than the rest of the Western world. In addition to fewer physical and mental illnesses and remain physically active up to 90 years of age.

Whatever the reason, Ikaria represents a unique adventure that will surely change your outlook on life. The whole island is a succession of impressive landscapes, but here are the beaches that surpass reality. The best beaches to visit are Seychelles, Nas and Agios Georgios.

On the north coast of the island you can find white sand beaches and perfect waves for surfing. The most famous beach in this area is Mesakti, near the village of Evdilos. There are many accommodation options to choose from in the two largest towns on the island; Agios Kirykos (the capital) and Evdilos.

19. Paros

Everything you could want; whitewashed house, blue roof, crystal clear sea, cordial local people, the tavernas on the waterfront, feta cheese and of course fresh fish. Rent a scooter and explore the island. Perhaps a visit to the Butterfly Valley, where it is teeming with wildlife, red butterflies?

Samothrace is an island that will awaken your most intense feelings and that you must accept if you want to discover it in conditions. If you're looking for an environment and parties on the beach, then change your destination. Samothrace is a place for trekkers, explorers and those wanting to get away from the typical Aegean islands.

One of the hallmarks of Samothrace are the natural pools that form waterfalls between the rocks. These small lakes are pools of crystal clear water. If you dare to swim in these cold and refreshing waters, then visit the most famous: Gria Vathra and Fonia. Of course, we also have recommendations for beaches for those that are more salt water: Paxia Ammos, Kipos and Valtos.

Chora is a traditional village that rises on Mount Fengari at 300 meters altitude. Take a walk through its picturesque paths to travel back in time or have a coffee in the main square with extraordinary views of the Aegean Sea. Sanctuary of the great Gods is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Greece.

The ruins were excavated in 1863 by the French and it was here that one of the most famous pieces of the Louvre was found, the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

20. Zakynthos

The southernmost of the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, with golden beaches and azure waters. The island is perhaps best known for Navagio Beach, but there is much more to explore - snorkel at Keri Caves, watching for sea turtles at Laganas or look in the small shops in the town of Zakynthos.

21. Skopelos

If you have seen Mamma Mia movies, you remember perhaps that Donna take her daughter Sophie to the church of Agios Ioannis. The island has great beaches, green olive groves, and over 360 churches - one for each day of the year. Charming cobblestone streets, flower-decked houses and few tourists characterizes this lush island, which gives you a little bit of it untouched Greece. The island's National Park is ideal for hiking.

Greece is often associated with the colors white and blue. Especially in the island nation Cyclades (like Santorini, Paros and Mykonos) the white villages can be seen, with blue ceilings, doors and window sills. The reason is that in ancient Greece it was believed that the color blue acted as a shield against evil spirits.

22. Lesbos

Lesvos is known for it’s medieval villages, town and for a big place of birding. Here you can see hundreds of types of birds including flamingo’s.

23. Milos

Milos is famed for being a geological island and it’s incredible natural formations that would make you think you’re on the moon. It’s quite popular among Italians. The Sarakiniko Beach located at Milos is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Greece. The landscape of this beach is very impressive and an unforgettable experience.

The landscape formed by the volcanic rocks is colored entirely in natural bright white without any signs of vegetation. The stunning white rock formation and the hidden caves are a unique beauty of Sarakiniko Beach. Sarakiniko is also one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

24. Sifnos

Great island and great to do hiking through it’s fields.

25. Amorgos

Amorgos is gorgeous and tranquil and is famed for it’s monastery. It’s also like any Greek island unique and has breathtaking landscapes.

26. Rhodes

Begin your Greece holidays in Rhodes, the island with Greek charm. Or visit the Old Town of Rhodes - the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe.

27. Athens

Athens is named one of the destinations where you can get the best value for money in 2020, according to Lonely Planet. It noted that many things are free, and that the city itself is a wonderful outdoor museum - powerful memories of antiquity live side by side with modern city life.

Before Rome became the center of the ancient world, no city was more important than Athens. Monuments from the glory days of the Greek capital remain, most notably 2500 year old landmarks of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. One of the world’s oldest cities understandably has some stunning museums too. But be aware that the recent Greek recession has hit the area hard, so Athens isn’t quite the glittering tourist haunt that it once was.

Go to Athens if you enjoy ancient history, you like a museum, you’re not put off by unclean streets. Athens is the capital city of Greece. It is largest city of Greece and is named after Athena (its patron goddess). Monastiraki, literally, small monastery is an outdoor neighborhood and market in Athens, and one of the main commercial districts of the city.

The city is still dominated with 5th century BC landmarks including acropolis, a hill top topped with ancient buildings like Parthenon temple. If you go up to the Acropolis or another place that overlooks Athens, you'll understand the true scale of the city. Houses go as far as your eyes can see in every direction.

The area owes its name to the Monastiraki square, which in turn bears the name of the Byzantine church of Pantanassa, which is located inside the square. The main roads in this area are Pandrossou and Adrianou. The area is home to the flea market; there are clothes shops, souvenir shops and specialty shops, and it is an important tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for business.

In the square there is also the Tzistarakis mosque. Monastiraki metro station, located in the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.

Euboea is Greece’s second largest island and is 170+km long and quite unknown internationally. But it’s filled with lush nature, incredible beaches and many gems around. Certainly a great place. In the town of Chalkis in capital city of the island of Euboea, there is a narrow strait between the island and the mainland, known as the strait of Euripos.

A strong tidal current forms along the strait, whose direction and strength is dependent on the position of the moon. The mobile bridge can only then be opened to let ships pass by, when the waters calm during the change of direction. The phenomenon is due to the difference in level between the North Aegean Sea and the South Aegean Sea, caused by the movement of the Moon.

At New Moon and at Full Moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, the movement of the waters through Evripos’ Strait is regular with change of direction about every 6 hours.

Mikrolimano or Fanari or Akti Koumoundourou or Tourkolimano is amazing for fish or meat just next to the sea. The area has so many names and every each one refers to different eras. The prices are let’s say normal, not very expensive neither cheap and you can enjoy quality food and local recipes in a graphical place.

30 Best Tips to Improve Your Photography

Are you just a week away from boarding the flight to your next destination? Are you planning to explore a place that is not always frequented by the tourists? If yes, then you must know that you are in for some amazing experiences. Are you fond of Indian street food photography? There are amazingly photogenic regions all over the world.

Potentially beautiful photographs exist everywhere all around us. All it takes is a little imagination, a camera, a lens, and a tripod. One special aspect of photography is that you don’t necessarily have to capture a scene on film (or on memory card) exactly the way you see it in person. Cameras do not have to be copy machines.

Are you one of those still wondering how so many of of your peers manage to travel to exotic destinations, get sponsored stays in fabulous hotels and resorts and are all over your Instagram feed?

Using various techniques out in the field i.e. long exposure, depth of field, exaggeration of perspective, manipulation of light can help someone visually depict a particular scene in a way that no one has ever viewed that place before. Almost like creating an alternate reality, but doing so by using only what actually exists in reality…not by adding anything artificial.

That’s the true challenge for a landscape photographer: Using a camera and lens to create a visually unique and compelling scene, using only an otherwise seemingly non-photogenic place to do so.

In other words, one does not need to travel only to famous or rare landmarks to get a great photo. For example, anyone can take a beautiful picture of Machu Picchu with their cell phone, but will it be a picture others have seen a thousand times before? If you posted the photo on the internet, would it stand out from other pictures taken there, or would it blend in amongst the thousands of others?

It’s not WHERE you shoot, and quite often it isn’t WHAT you shoot…what matters is HOW you shoot it. Sometimes, if you look carefully enough, you can find something potentially photogenic right around the corner from your house.

The abundance of raw nature and all its wilderness will be waiting for you to come, visit and leave with a heart full of memories. So, when you are going on a trek to a beautiful place, don't you think of eternalizing the moments? If yes, then you must take a compact hiking camera for travellers with you.

In fact, if you are thinking of spending this vacation in a different way, going for a photography tour with your camera can be a good idea for you. Instead of visiting the places and then thinking of clicking pictures, plan to go for a photography tour, where your urge and interest regarding photography will take you to different places.

Some of our most exciting moments in life come out of travel experiences. This is when we become unhinged from our normal lives, take a break from the monotony of our workweek, and embark on a mysterious and unpredictable journey. These are the moments we want to remember, the moments in which we'll want to capture and keep forever. And below you will find some quick and handy tips for creating a memorable travel video for your next adventure.

But, when you are preparing for a trip, you must do everything in the right order. How can that be possible?

Tips to Enhance Your Photography

Here, we have put together a few points that will surely help you in planning the photography trip perfectly. Take a look.

1. Getting the Right Camera Gears

You must get the right kind of camera gears for your trip. Since you will be exploring the wilderness, it is necessary for you to get the best camera for travel and the right equipment so that every shot you take becomes glorious. Frankly, photography is not just about capturing a moment. It is telling a story through photo while bringing out a character.

It is possible only when the composition is flawless. And such flawless photography needs the help of a tripod, right travel lens, and proper flash. Research about the area you are visiting so that you get an idea about which gears will be perfect for you.

2. Don't forget the Camera Accessories

While you are going for the photography trip, you need to take a few accessories with you. Camera charger, batteries, memory card, hard drive and laptop, all of these are essential for your trip. Make sure that the memory card and the hard drive are clear of all files so that you can have enough space to create backup while on the go. Since you will have to click a lot of photos, a backup will be necessary so that you can sort the images later on.

3. Do Your Research

Getting some basic knowledge beforehand is never a bad idea. Technical skill and an eye for composition are of course components of great photography, but there’s a third, elusive ingredient to a heart-stopping image. That’s simply being in the right place at the right time (with the right equipment).

Research properly before you set out for the trip. Get to know about the areas you are visiting so that you can get into the required mindset. It will not only tell you how to plan the trip but also, help you know what to expect in the course of your journey. Once you reach the place, you must communicate with the people around to know more about the place.

4. Finding the right agency

Get in touch with a reputed tour organizer who will perfectly coordinate the trip for you. Getting guidance from an experienced photographer is also necessary, especially if you are going for a photography trip for the first time. Make sure you find out such an agency before you set out for the trip.

5. Prepare for the trip

Know what kind of gear you are going to want to take with you. If you are going on a 3-4 week backpacking trip across Europe, you may not want to hull around a bunch of camera equipment. A convenient little GoPro or Handycam would help save your back, and create more room for other belongings.

But if you are weaving in and out of cities and hotels, then you could think about hauling around something a little bigger. Don’t forget about your phone camera. Almost all new phones come with advanced cameras, and the footage can be indistinguishable from the more expensive DSLRs.

6. Research Your Destination Beforehand

Be sure to research the popular sights and attractions beforehand. If you know you are going to be in a specific city, try to find some less frequented areas, or even talk to some locals and ask them about some very scenic parts of the town/countryside.

Sometimes, the most frequented spots aren’t the most picturesque. Do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Traveling is an adventure, and some of the best adventures are unpredictable. This, in turn, could produce some of your most awe-inducing footage.

7. Learn Video Techniques

Touched upon in our Videography Tips, a couple different approaches to holding the camera can make all the difference. Keeping the camera static could get a bit dull, so move it around a bit. Try panning the camera around an urban scene to get the full effect. Walk up a hill that leads to an amazing view, so as to surprise the viewer when you get to the top.

Get on the back of a moped and shoot some fast moving scenery. Or walk with your phone held up above you on a densely populated sidewalk. The possibilities are endless, and there isn't a wrong way to film, as long as you don't have your finger over lens!

8. Join a basic photography and videography course

Join a basic photography and videography courses to give a head start to your career. To attain technical specialization there are basic and advanced photography courses. Along with your regular classes these basic courses can be pursued or even avail a part time course. For higher level of qualifications you can apply to a photography institute of repute.

If your background is in computers then acquiring technical skills is expected to be considerably easy. Personally introducing your video can add a familiar element to it. Try getting yourself in front of the camera and setting the preface to your travel story. Bring in some of your family members or traveling cohorts.

You may feel a little uncomfortable, at first, but after a few takes it will become as natural as talking on the phone. Make it fun! Experiment with backdrops, write a silly script, or bring in the family pets. These skills help you to pose the right set of pictures, what your client looks upon. This would mean a concise view of the technical knowledge about your equipment, lighting or camera skills and even digital imaging skills.

Aperture is how large the opening is in the lens. There are mechanical blades that move to open and close the lens opening, thereby impacting the amount of light permitted to enter. However it also impacts the depth of field which can be used for artistic effect in photos and is often referred to as bokeh.

Shutter speed on the other hand is how long a duration the shutter curtains will allow light to pass and land on the sensor surface. Typical DSLRs today have curtains that move in horizontal manner, with the first moving across to open the pathway for light to travel and at a predetermined period of time the second curtain will begin travelling across to close the opening.

Modern DSLRs will range from times as short as perhaps 1/8000th of a second and as long as the photographer needs. Shutter speed can also be used for photographic impact with slow shutter speeds causing moving objects to blur or fast shutters speeds freezing the motion or movement.

Once you’ve mastered your shutter speed, you can achieve anything from crisp, freeze-frame sports photos to velvety, motion-filled waterfall shots. A fast shutter speed takes a quick shot, while a slow one keeps your shutter open longer, allowing in more light and movement.

Getting your shutter speed right takes practice – it’s the art of stillness or movement against the science of light. But when you’ve got it, you open yourself up to limitless creative possibilities.

9. Get a Mentor

In the starting phase it is better if you work with a seasoned photographer as you can gain valuable inputs from them. This is going to provide you with valuable insights on what a photographer can come up during their job. Business acumen and how to handle clients would be part of the on job training.

10. Attend Photography Workshops

In workshops you gain hands on experience. Even you can showcase your work on such place platforms as regular visitors would provide true feedback about your photos that can enhance your skills in a positive direction. Undertaking freelance work would also help. You get a sense of confidence when you are approaching other organizations or fellow photographers for work. Photography courses will take your career to a different level.

11. Our eyes like to look at muscle tension

Muscle tension make us look attractive and alive. In a photo, it looks like movement is about to happen. Our eyes are primed for movement. We were once hunters in the wild; the primitive part of our brains reacts to any hint of motion. This primitive part of our brains sees light, contrast and movement not even color, but always movement.

If we see action or anticipated action in a photo—contracting or stretching muscles, we feel that we are seeing some fleeting movement, captured by the camera.

When something catches your eye and calls out to you to create a photograph, your subconscious has already identified a story element. That’s why you have an interest in capturing whatever it is that you’re looking at. Step one is accomplished. Some story is there.

You want to communicate a message from your mind out to viewers of your photograph – that decision puts your photographic process into the loosely defined category of storytelling. Now it becomes a three-part process.

Step two, you must figure out what it is you’re trying to say with your photograph. That’s called developing the story. Thirdly, you must make the technical choices to transform the story into the photographic medium. That’s being a photographer and not simply a snap shooter. That’s something to keep in mind when you are photographing and want your photo to tell a story.

12. Energy is always attractive

Sculptures are called masterpieces when the sculptor has made the stone appear to have come alive, and is moving and breathing. Even more than a sculpture, your body can give us the suggestion of muscle tension, making you look fitter and healthier. This is true even if you are just sitting around: We only realize how much this group has been engaging their muscles when we see how they looked a moment before.

If your muscles are not engaged, your body looks static and floppy, and less appealing to the camera. Instead, hold yourself as though you have just moved into position. You’ve just paused, and you are about to start moving again.

13. Work your muscles a little harder for the camera

You may be sitting still right now, but your muscles are working to keep you upright: some of the 640 muscles in your body are working on this every moment of every day. Only in exceptional circumstances (maybe a wild New Year’s Eve?) do we get so relaxed that we just go floppy and fall over.

When a muscle contracts strongly, your body moves, but when it contracts slightly, you have tension without movement. Try for a level of relaxed engagement. You want to radiate energy but still look natural and comfortable.

14. Check where your body holds its tension

Muscle tension is appealing, but you want the tension to be in the right place. We all use our bodies to physically express our emotions. The set of our shoulders can express more than our face does. When you look at a photo of someone, you can see where tension is being held. Even when we don’t consciously notice the person’s clenched hands, hunched shoulders, uncomfortable neck or arched back, we feel them. We feel their discomfort.

Where do you hold your tension? Probably in your neck, shoulders or arms. You want to relax them, and transfer the tension to your core. Young models are taught to relax their shoulders, and tighten their abdominal muscles.

15. Step up your posture

Optimum posture just makes you look better.Your everyday posture probably doesn’t show your body to its full advantage. Reading about posture is probably making you straighten up right now. If the Queen of England walked into the room, your spine would become even straighter and you would grow slightly taller. You would be ‘on,’ and that’s the kind of muscle tone you want when you are being photographed.

Posture that feels slightly exaggerated to you is probably about right. It doesn’t look exaggerated. No one looking at your photo will notice that you are tensing your core or standing/sitting straighter; they will see a body that is aligned as it should be.

Look at any photos of models, and you will see it—in real life people don’t have this uniformly good posture. But we are so used to seeing it in photos, we don’t remark on it. Once you decide to take a particular photograph, take a moment before you shoot — and now take it from a different angle. Try low to the ground or with an object in between. This will help you practice and experiment with different ways to compose an image.

16. Relax your shoulders

Drop your shoulders and roll them back. Feel your shoulder blades move down and inward towards each other. This is important whether it’s a full-length photo or a portrait. Dropping your shoulders will lengthen your neck significantly. One of the things that we humans universally think of as beautiful is a long neck.

Try it now. Imagine an invisible string from the back of your neck, pulling your head up and back, and melting away any double chins and folds in your neck. That’s because dropped shoulders give more space for your chin, and let you lengthen your neck as much as possible.

17. Tense your Core

Tensing your abdominal automatically improves your posture. But keep breathing. You don’t want to strain the muscles in your neck or contort your expression. Models and celebrities don’t just automatically relax their shoulders and tighten in their core. Mentally, they stand at the prow of the Titanic. Think Prow of the Titanic Posture. Shoulders down and back, neck long, chest open, abdominal tensed, back slightly arched, muscles engaged.

18. Bird photography

Taking a quick break from work and going for a walk to a nearby park, or even shooting through the window from your home office could be a good way to capture some good bird shots. In wildlife photography or when shooting any fast-moving subjects, its important to prepare your camera settings in advance, that way you will rarely miss an opportunity to get that shot. To get good shots of birds, there a few things that are important. Birds are skittish and will fly away if they hear or see you moving.

They are also usually pretty small targets. This means you need to stay far away in most cases. This is more a function of the lens than the camera, but note that a crop sensor camera will always give you 1.5x the reach of a full frame camera given the same focal length lens.

Crop sensor cameras are also less expensive than full frame. The trade-off is that full frame cameras tend to get higher quality bird photos (sometimes to a high degree) with a better bokeh (background blur). Flying birds can be extremely fast moving targets, but even birds sitting still tend to jump around quickly.

You will need a camera that can grab focus nearly instantly, or you will miss most shots (you’ll miss a lot of shots even with fast autofocus, but your hope is you can get a few keepers from the bunch). Most newer mid-level cameras and up have very fast autofocus, and even entry level cameras are pretty quick these days.

Because birds move fast, you’ll want a camera that can take multiple shots quickly. The higher the frame rate, the more photos the camera will take per second as you simply hold down the shutter button, increasing your chance of getting a good pose from the bird. Pretty much any newer camera should have a sufficient frame rate, but 6–7 fps+ is fast enough.

19. Portrait Photography

Getting up close and personal with a photographic subject can be intimidating for many photographers. This is why many people begin photographing landscapes and animals in nature to hone their skills. These photographic genres are challenging and require a specific set of skills, techniques and equipment.

But eventually you may find you wish to include people in your photography and not just as a small element in your images to provide a focal point. For some this can be difficult, but Canadian Geographic contributor Peter Power provides a few tips which may improve your comfort level and increase the odds of making memorable images of people.

Nothing to fear: To begin, keep in mind that there should be nothing about your photography of a person that gives them reason to fear the process. Be confident in this and project it. Many photographers are afraid of how people will react to them and your camera but if you can get beyond this hesitation the process becomes much simpler. A smile and friendly conversation are the way to begin.

Be considerate: Communicate your intent, show genuine interest in your subject, and address any concerns the person may have about your photography or the things you may capture. This consideration of the individual and a simple set of casual ground rules will give you more confidence to shoot away as you like and help put your subject at ease at the same time.

Get closer: You may be hesitant at first but don’t be afraid to get close. You need to be close to allow expression and detail to have impact especially when shooting with a wide-angle lens.

Shoot variety: That said, you should still aim to provide your viewers with image variety by mixing up the moments captured, focal lengths used, compositions and even techniques used. This is especially important if your images will be part of a largerstory.

Understand available light: As with every situation we photograph make sure you understand what light is available to you and adjust your position timing to make your images when the light is illuminating your subject’s face and eyes, or the detail you are trying to expose for.

Capture expression: Don’t be content with simply capturing your subject properly exposed in the best light. You must understand the narrative your images will tell, anticipate, and show patience while waiting for the best moments. A moment in this case may include action or body position but do not ignore the all-important expression on your subject’s face.

These expressions, although sometimes subtle, can instantly elevate the impact of your images. The keys to good portrait photography are lighting, composition, and direction. A great portrait starts with a good rapport with your subject. Your subject is collaborating with you to create the perfect shot.

Take your time and get to know them so you can trust each other to be open and see the process through. Portraiture is more about intuition than technical skill. It’s about capturing emotion and bringing your subject’s story to life.

Post production is also very important. The .CR2 file coming out of the camera is a rough draft, not a finished product. The digital darkroom is an integral part of photography. Getting and learning to use off-camera lighting is an essential skill for portrait photographers.

There are dozens of tutorials for learning to use off-camera lighting for portrait work online, and hundreds of books on the subject. Likewise, photographic composition is a subject that is well-covered and there are a plethora of resources to help you learn it. Learning how to direct your subjects is a soft (people) skill. Again, there are plenty of resources online and in print to help you learn.

20. The magical art of still life

From a collection of inanimate objects to latte art for your Instagram feed, still life is a fantastic training ground for budding photographers. It offers a great opportunity to experiment with light, colours, texture, materials and subjects in a controlled setting. Nailing a still life means building a strong composition that guides the viewer’s eyes through the image. It tells a story but is entirely about form and a pleasing arrangement of items.

21. Mouth-watering Food Photography

Great food photography takes careful planning. Have multiple options of each food item to shoot – not every apple looks good enough to eat, and ice creams melt fast. Make sure the background matches the food. And aim for a natural look with your styling – appetizing is better than picture-perfect.

22. Wildlife photography

If you want to improve your wildlife photography, photographing birds is a perfect way to practice. They are beautiful, small, fast-moving and provide lots of photographic opportunities. Know your camera settings and work off of automatic. If you don't feel comfortable in full manual mode, use a semi-automatic mode.

Shutter priority for action (birds or otherwise) will allow you to set your shutter speed (at least to 1/400 second depending on lens and camera body) and your camera will choose the aperture for proper exposure. With fast moving subjects, take as fast as a shutter speed without going too high with ISO. However, with the newer cameras now increase ISO to levels never thought possible.

Everyone has their preference and limit as to how high to go with ISO settings. Auto-ISO is also an option, especially if you want to practice photographing wildlife or motion without worrying about your exposure (other than shutter speed). Set a limit as to how high your ISO goes to, based on what you prefer (taking into consideration the higher ISO the more grain you get).

Tracks: It's much easier to find wildlife when you can see where they’ve been and which direction they are moving. Learn to identify different species by their tracks and determine if they are fresh or days old. Are these animals moving through or spending a lot of time in that one area? If there are lots of tracks, both new and old, then you may have found a consistent spot to see them in their home territory.

Listen for nature’s clues: When squirrels start sounding their alarm calls or other wildlife is suddenly on alert there is usually a reason for their behaviour. When small birds discover a predator, they start to emit alarm calls and fly at the threat to harass it and divert its attention. Keeping an eye out for this behaviour can help you locate owls, hawks, and different predators.

Research: Knowing the behaviour, life history, traits, and preferences of the wildlife you hope to find is so important — the more you know, the easier they will be to find. Know where they usually sleep, what trees they prefer to roost, their preferred prey, migration patterns and for mammals know their typical home territory (which will differ depending on the time of year and is different for males and females).

Don’t wait for “good” weather: Some of the best opportunities can happen in the worst weather or challenging low light. If it’s overcast, cold, windy or a bad snowstorm – don’t let it deter you! Be prepared for the weather and challenges.

Stay local: Take advantage of the situation this winter and explore new areas close to home. People in cities around the world have been reporting seeing more wildlife. Has it always been that way and we were just too busy to notice? Some experts believe there hasn’t been a dramatic increase in the amount of wildlife in any given area but perhaps a shift in the way wild animals use their territory.

23. Fall photography

The fall is one of the best times of year to go out and enjoy photography. It’s all about light, colour and mood! Remember, the leaves change colour almost every day, so a location that may not look so great, a week after can look stunning. The best time to shoot is early and late in the day as the sidelight brings interesting shades and textures.

Thin clouds create a soft light perfect for foliage colour and foggy days make also beautiful and dramatic scenes. Sometimes a detail on a frosty leaf or covered with morning dew droplets will create a very appealing photograph, also water reflections always look great during the fall. It can make a huge difference on how a photo will look if you shoot the same scene at a different time of day. This will help you appreciate and choose what is your preferred light based on your preferences.

24. Support Your Own Body weight

If you slump against the wall, or plop your weight on the furniture or on railings, it can distort your body shape. You want your muscles to keep holding up your weight. If your support vanished in thin air, you should still be in the same position. If you are propping your head up with your hands, rest your head very lightly. Not ‘oh, my head is tired and heavy,’ more ‘ooh, a fairy has just alighted on my hands.’

Go look in the mirror and try out photogenic posture. Stand with your natural posture. Then see what difference Titanic Posture makes. It may feel like you are making some sort of statement with your body, but, by being photographed, you can’t avoid making a statement with your body. It may as well be one of energy and confident posture.

Try to remember what Titanic Posture feels like. Go back to that feeling the next time you are photographed. You will see the transformation in your photos, though it will look natural to everyone else.

25. Dress Properly

Clothing is essential! If you are cold you won’t be able to enjoy photography. You need to dress in layers. The air trapped among the many thin, warm layers is an excellent insulator and you will be able to strip them off, one at a time if the temperature climbs.

26. Waterproof Camera Bag/Backpack

Protect your camera from the elements by carrying your equipment in a camera bag of backpack. When you take your camera out of the bag remember to close it. The outside fabric may be waterproof, but doesn’t help if snow and rain find their way inside.

27. Batteries

Batteries do not like cold, they will freeze and die. Lithium batteries last longer and they cope better in cold situations. Always carry at least two sets of spare batteries for each body and sometimes, in extremely cold conditions (- 50°C), keep them as close as possible to body.

28. Protect Your Gear

Humidity and condensation are your biggest enemies when shooting in cold climates. The electronics of your camera is extremely sensitive to humidity and if a camera fails this is usually the reason. If snowing or raining keep your camera dry by using a special raincoat or cover it with whatever is handy, a cloth, a towel or a plastic bag or better all together.

Remember that when you transit from cold environment to a warmer one condensation is forming on your equipment, exactly how it forms on your glasses when you are entering a warm room coming from outside.

When coming back home after a day shooting, before entering the door, remember to take out the batteries and the memory cards from your camera, close your bag and DO NOT open it for a while (two to three hours depending on how cold it was outside).

This will allow the camera to slowly warm without creating any condensation. You will still be able to start working at your images and re-charge your batteries as you have extracted them from the camera while still in the cold. Another trick is to place all your equipment in small zip lock plastic bags. The condensation will form around the plastic instead of your equipment. Wait until the camera is warm to open the plastic bag.

29. Exposure Compensation

The white snow can fool the camera meter especially on an overcast day. As the camera meter standard is mid tone you will probably end with an underexposed image resulting in your snow to be grey instead of white. Always check your histogram and manually adjust the camera’s exposure by compensating and over exposing to achieve the white. Be however careful not to “burn” your white.

And now that you know all about sub-zero photography, get ready and get out … the best news is that in winter time the sun is slow in the horizon, the sunrise and sunset last forever and the light is superb!

30. Improve your smartphone-ography

Here are few tips:

Light control: Tap the screen and slide the sun icon up or down to adjust the light. Use professional lighting whenever possible.

Night mode: When light is not available, newer iPhones offer Night Mode — which can capture some stunning night sky images if you have a tripod. From different objects, black and white or even night photography, there are always possibilities for a great shot.

Portrait Mode: Portrait Mode on iPhone blurs the background and puts your subject as the principal focus in the frame. You can even switch between different Portrait Mode settings, my personal favourite — for portraits — is High Key Mono.

Live photos: Similar to Photo Bursts, which capture a series of photos, Live Photos capture seconds before and after an image is taken. This allows you to select the best frame, or create a Boomerang from a photo. You can also use the Live Photo editor to convert images of fast-moving rivers to smooth, long exposure photographs.

Hands-free remote: Did you know you can use an Apple Watch as a remote control for any iPhone camera? It even allows you to preview the shot — from your wrist — and set timers.

Now, you must be confident enough after reading these tips, isn't it? If you want to learn more tips, check here: Travel Photography Tips.

So, don't wait any more. Board the plane and get ready to experience the best time of your life.