Photo Courtesy of Tracy Foster
Tracy Foster epitomizes who we love to follow in the travel industry. She’s a get-out-there kind of lady, traveling at every opportunity with her husband and taking exquisite photos alongside her fine travel bags, called ONA. In 2010, Tracy launched ONA, a luxury brand of multipurpose camera bags that don’t resemble your typical camera bags. With her beautiful outlook on life, food and travel, I knew that she was Our Type of Traveler. Follow Tracy Foster and ONA on Instagram.
When did you fall in love with travel and photography?
It’s kind of hard to pinpoint, but I do remember becoming really excited about traveling after taking a trip to Tulum, Mexico, with my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) back in 2002. I was a junior in college, and he was a senior. I distinctly remember enjoying the balmy weather and gorgeous coastline, but I was especially taken by the Mayan ruins. Having mostly traveled within the US, I was pretty amazed to get a glimpse into an ancient civilization. I think that trip really inspired both of us to want to do more traveling abroad.
I’d always had a thing for photography and remember playing with cameras and taking photos even as a small child. But it was when I received my first DSLR in 2007 that I really got “into it” and found myself signing up for photography classes and taking my camera with me just about everywhere.
The scene may look familiar. Natalia Zakharova, wearing a fabulous dress, has a hand outstretched behind her toward photographer and partner Murad Osmann — but this time, she’s leading him down the aisle. The couple who became Instagram-famous with their hashtag campaign #FollowMeTo, which captured their travels with serious wanderlust- and aww-inducing photographs, tied the knot over the weekend at the Zhavoronki Event Hall in Moscow, Russia. In just 2 years, the couple’s hand-holding photographs have gained more than 2 million followers, as well as fans all over the world.
Where will the couple who have been everywhere (and we mean everywhere) together go on their honeymoon? We have a few suggestions. As we wait with bated breath, scroll through 10 of our all-time favorite destination shots.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Photo by Nan Zhong / Moment Open / Getty Images
Once in a blue moon (or orangey florescent sun?), the forces of nature and man come together for an amazingly beautiful and perplexing occurrence. We’re not talking about that time you walked into a rainstorm only to have it clear up as soon as you stepped outside — although that would be pretty cool. No, we’re talking about something along the lines of a full moon shining through your window so perfectly that it illuminates the whole room, or the northern lights lighting up the sky like the Fourth of July. READ MORE
As the weather warms up, you’re probably just dying to post some humble-braggy photos of your toes in the sand or that bikini bod you’ve been working on all winter. Luckily, pro photographer and TravelChannel.com host Lizzy “Snaps” Sullivan recently visited the Bahamas and shared some of her tips for taking “like-worthy” beach shots!
Here are some of her suggestions:
1. When shooting underwater, don’t bother with expensive waterproof housing. You can get amazing photos with a basic underwater point-and-shoot if you know how to use it!
Photo by iStockphoto.com/Lelepado
Beach Week is back and it’s bigger than ever! Here are 3 ways you can get into the action.
1) Visit TravelChannel.com: From Sunday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Check out our Best Beach Award winners (and vote for your favorite!), go behind the scenes of SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, watch exclusive Marianela’s Best Beaches video and more.
2) Tune-In Starting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c: This year we’re celebrating on-air with a 4-day programming event hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, stacked with all-new premieres and sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming to help melt away those winter blues and inspire your next getaway.
3) Share Your Best Beach Photos! That’s right, when you find yourself needing a mental break from all of this winter weather, start combing through your Facebook and Instagram feeds and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured!
More Beach Week 2015:
101 Sand n’ Surf Hot Spots
Which Beach Are You? Quiz
Win $100,000 Trip to Hawaii
Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.
“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE
To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.
NYC Skyline by Lizzy Snaps
These days, everyone thinks they’re an accomplished photographer, but believe it or not, there’s more to travel photography than cropping a photo into a square and slapping an Instagram filter on it. We caught up with professional photographer Lizzy Sullivan, aka “Lizzy Snaps” and followed her around New York City in an all-new web series, You Get the Picture, as she climbed lampposts, crawled on the sidewalk and chased down interesting subjects — all in the name of capturing awesome New York City photos. Watch as she demonstrates how to Capture Sidewalk Stories, Photograph Urban Food, Take Nightlife Photos and Add Life to Landmark Photos.
Here are her tips on shooting city skyline photos:
Check out (just a small sample!) of the amazing photos she took while we were filming, and then head over to our all-new web series, You Get the Picture to learn how she captured them!
Photo Courtesy of Chris Burkard
I was up late trying to beat a bad case of insomnia when I saw Carson Daly’s interview with pro photographer Chris Burkard, who apparently has a knack for traveling to the most remote corners of the Earth to capture his travels, nature and usually, surfers in action.
Based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Chris is a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributes regularly to various international publications and brands like Patagonia. The self-taught photographer and artist has worked on 3 book projects: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth, The California Project and Plight of the Torpedo People.
I was inspired and amazed by Chris’ work and thought it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the lens of so many awe-inspiring photos.
Photography by Aaron Goodwin
There’s no better time than summer — the air is warm, the sun is shining and vacations are tempting you to explore America. Get out and experience your hometown again — like Adam Richman explores Brooklyn — or stop by Sam, Andrew and Bert’s favorite beaches for a barbecue. While you’re on your great All-American vacation, don’t forget your camera to snap the perfect shot.
If you’re not confident that you have the skills to take The Perfect Shot, join Ghost Adventures’ Aaron Goodwin on this new video web series to learn the craft behind taking the perfect photo. Aaron travels around Las Vegas with professional photographers to learn how to use different cameras, from the professional dSLR to the consumer point-and-shoot to the ubiquitous smartphone. READ MORE