Road Warrior Rescue Plan: Create a “Travel Book” and Keep Your Spirits High

In a “past life”, I traveled for business-a lot. I was in sales; do I need to say more? I was one of those exhausted people you pass in the airport security line, shifting from foot to foot in high heels that stopped being comfortable hours ago, wishing I were wearing jeans and a comfy shirt instead of a business suit.

After dragging home more dead than alive because of inevitable flight delays, lost baggage and other road hazards, I decided to take full responsibility for my mood. I might not be able to fix the weather, find my suitcase or fly the plane, but I was completely in charge of what went on inside my head.

I had always made sure that I carried a book; actually, enough books to last in case my plane was delayed. I loved mysteries or espionage stories that took me to a completely different world. Magazines were good, too-fun, informative and visually delicious. I tried walking, window-shopping and listening to music. It all helped take my mind off the worst parts of travel, but something was missing.

I realized that as much fun as the books and magazines were, they didn’t quite hit the spot because they didn’t speak to me in a way that nourished my soul. So I got a blank journal and grabbed some scissors, glue and other supplies and started to fiddle around with an idea that was just taking shape in my mind. What I came up with was so powerful, I’ve got to share it with you as an on-the-road sanity-saver and survival tool, because it changed my whole mindset when it came to business travel.

I realized that I was missing a book that validated and reinforced my personal perspective and encouraged my positive outlook toward my job and the people I worked with. I wanted to have a book that could lift me up, quiet me, encourage and inspire me.

I grabbed a blank journal, the kind you can find in stationery stores and gift shops. I chose something with an attractive and durable cover and lots of blank pages. You want something that feels good in your hand, and something that can stand some wear and tear in your suitcase.

I was already a rabid quote collector, so I started collecting more quotes. I looked for inspiring quotes, hopeful sayings, motivating comments that lifted me up. When you’re creating your own book, look for quotes that take the high road, positive ideas that you respond to. Find inspiring, motivating and encouraging words that remind you that you CAN do it. Seek out quotes that help you get unstuck and that remind you that low points and obstacles are only temporary. Whether the words come from an anonymous source or someone you respect, look for words of wisdom, something that makes you laugh, or advice for overcoming adversity.

I also started to look for pictures that spoke to me. That included snap shots, magazine photos, even photos I printed off the Internet. For me, a visual/photo/postcard/magazine cutout can be instant gratification, a getaway, an escape. It takes me out of the moment like a breath of fresh air or a walk around the block. Photos like that provide a positive distraction, a visual message that is as strong and compelling as a written one. In the books I created for myself, I tried to put together a visual and a quote that enhanced each other.

The books I created gave me personal energy and support after a long day on the road. Some of them lit a fire under me, while others stood by my side. I had somewhere to turn if I needed someone in my corner with unending hope, vision and energy. Or, if I needed motivation to face a tough situation, I knew where to look to find what I needed.

My travel book of quotes and pictures helped me remember that I was part of a larger place and a bigger picture. That helped to put my worries in perspective. It gave me the courage to take risks and go for what I wanted. I credit my travel books with helping me create a wider view and think out of the box. When I was feeling low, my travel books helped me forgive, try again, or get back up and start over. They kept me true to what I really valued, and spoke to me in my own language to help me through tough times.

Life on the road is tough, but you can create your own private oasis. If the idea of creating your own travel book appeals to you, why not give it a shot? Try it, and you might find yourself looking forward to your next business trip!

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 Review

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 incorporates loads of sophisticated features and is a technologically advanced compact digital camera for the new generation. Packed into an 18mm-thick frame, the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 camera enables you to create consistently stunning photos.

The gadget is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and freeze-proof. This means that you can also enjoy underwater photography as well as adventurous photography with the device. So now the adventure lovers can rejoice as Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 is equipped to cope with white water rafting as well as camel-riding.

The DSC-TX5 comes with 10.2 mega pixel picture resolution and is an ideal travel companion. The high quality Carl Zeiss lens of the unit is certainly capable of capturing all scenes, from mountain scapes to Great Lakes, with its impressive wide-angle zoom range of 25-100mm. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSCTX5 is powered by Sony’s powerful BIONZ processor as well as the Exmore RCMOS Sensor and incorporates features such as optical steady shot image stabilisation. These features ensure that every snap is sharp as a pin and free from blur and all those other blights that bedevil photo albums.

The 3 inches wide multi-purpose LCD touch screen is simplicity itself, be it for focusing on your subject or going through your picture library. The Sony CybershotDSC-TX5 has loads of unexpected yet handy features, not least Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode, an Anti Motion Blurmode, and a Handheld Twilight mode which combines six successive low-light frames to produce a single image with incredibly little noise.

Budding film-makers will also be satisfied with the gadget, thanks to the function that enables you to create 720p high definition MP4 videos at a frame rate of 30 fps. Capture it all with the superb Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Compact Digital Camera.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 is a one stop solution for all your photographic needs. This amazing compact digital camera is fit for all categories of users including adventure travellers, budding photographers and occasional photographers.

The device is available with many attractive offers and can be purchased from any online or offline stores. The online electronic shops provide many lucrative deals to attract the customers. There are many deal comparison websites where buyers can compare latest digital camera deals available with Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5 from the comforts of their home. These comparison websites provide detailed information of the all the offers along with price comparison and help you to make an informed decision before making the final purchase.

Introduction to Travel Photography

If you’re a traveler and a photographer you’re blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime to capture moments in time from throughout the world and allow others to experience the world through your photography. Your adventures will become others dreams and inspiration. Often a particular photograph could make someone want to follow in your footsteps. Just one photograph could trigger the travel bug in someone and the next thing you know, you, the photographer, and enhancing people’s lives through the use of your camera.

Besides the impact travel photography has on others, it’s also very rewarding to the travel photographer. Chances are you would have had a camera on you anyways, so why not apply the creative principles of art photography to help enhance the pictures you take.

How to take the best travel photographs

There are two types of travel photography.

1) The “stand in front of that sweetie” brand and the “spontaneous and interesting” brand. Unfortunately most travel photography falls into the former category. We’ve all seen this type of photographer before, and regrettably most of us are guilty of it as well. We will try and capture the shot of something for no other purpose than to just prove we were there. The result is an often scripted, uncomfortable, predictable and visually boring picture. These types of pictures clog photo albums. Page one; the family in front of a water fountain. Page 2; the family in front of a monument. Page 3; the family in front of a sign that says something only funny to tourist. Congratulations, you’ve taken the same shots, in the same position as thousands and sometimes millions of other people. Let’s now turn our attention to the other brand of travel photography, the spontaneous and interesting brand.

2) with this type of photography you are still free to capture the tourist site and you are still allowed to include yourself in the picture. However, there will be a stark difference in both composition and character engagement. Let’s say for example that you and your family have gone on a kayaking for the day. Some people may line the kayaks up, gear up and stand in front of the kayaks, throw their thumbs in the air and “click”. The picture is taken. When you get home to look at your shot you realize that the picture didn’t capture the peacefulness of kayaking, the calming backdrop of mountains or the scared look on sisters face when she had to duck under a log. You’ve simply captured proof that you’ve been there and done that. A better idea would be to have someone on shore (because you probably don’t want a camera in a kayak unless you’re very skilled), and have them take pictures of the action while its happening. Even if you have to recreate events, it is still better than the scripted and visually boring alternative. Obviously capturing the moment spontaneously is best, but recreation finds itself in second place if that’s the only other option.

Likewise if you’re in Rome and you’d like to get a picture of your friend and the Coliseum all in one, try quickly pulling out your camera while they are looking at the size of the structure and snap a shot of the wonder and curiosity in their eyes. Often this takes some preplanning with however you’re with. You will need to tell them; “Look, when I take out the camera I don’t want you to stop what you’re doing and “say cheese”. Just keep doing what you’re doing because I’m trying to capture our unpredictable and beautiful life as it unfolds”. It may take a couple of times before they stop turning and looking your way, but once you get this down pat as a team, your pictures will turn out much better.