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The Digital Detox Vacation: Is it Possible?

By Angie Zok
on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Yosemite_AngieZokA few years back, my husband and I took a very memorable trip to Lake Tahoe and then jaunted over to Yosemite to take in El Capitan and Half Dome. We both were in charge of our respective devices to properly capture the trip: He was in charge of our new video camera and I was in charge of the digital camera. The drive through Yosemite was breathtaking. As we wound through the mountain roads, we pulled off onto a scenic overlook and my husband set the video camera down as we strategically placed ourselves on top of the rock wall with the backdrop of mountains behind us. A kind stranger captured the moment with our digital camera, and off we went. About two hours later, much to our dismay, we realized the video camera was left sitting on the rock wall at the scenic overlook. We never got it back.

Luckily, we still had the digital camera. Fast forward to the next vacation about a year later. It was a cruise to Mexico and I was in charge of the digital camera that day. One of the excursions we had planned was a tour of the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Poised on the cliffs above the Caribbean, the scenic beauty was nothing less than spectacular. We toured the ruins most of the day and I captured the beauty and history with the camera. Then it was my turn… I accidentally left the digital camera in the restroom at the ruins. So I had to ask myself: Why was it that we both lost our respective electronic devices? Perhaps a subconscious need to be device free? Read entire post >


Great American Food Stories

By Nadja Koch
on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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The Brand USA team here at Miles is well versed in the production of all things international-travel related, but we recently flexed our creative (and culinary) muscles for a project we had not previously tackled – Brand USA’s Discover America “Great American Food Stories” culinary initiative.

Working closely with the team at Brand USA, Miles produced an exciting new edition of this culinary guide which “inspires the world to discover the destinations and tastes of our nation like never before.” The print edition of “Great American Food Stories” was published in six languages: North American English, International English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, and features regional profiles, chef highlights and, of course, a variety of quintessentially American recipes from across the nation. Click here to view the digital edition of “Great American Food Stories.” Read entire post >


Travel Photography: Capturing “The Moment”

By Steven Keith
on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Photo shoots sound so glamorous.

Maybe they are if you’re the model who gets to walk on set at the last minute, smile once or twice, then sit back and sip on a soy latte to await the next shot. But for those behind the scenes – especially on a travel shoot – it’s grueling, exhausting work. There’s a ton of prep leading up to the big day. Scouting locations to find the perfect scenes, selecting the people who will appear in your shots, gathering all props and clothes needed. Then once on location, there’s the unpacking and setting up of all those props, cameras, lights, ladders, cords and more.

That’s not all. Since most photographers want to capture that perfect, dramatic light you get only at sunrise, sunset and certain times throughout the day, you’re awake hours before dawn and on the go until well past dusk to make sure everything is ready when you need it. Problem is those precious, perfect moments are fleeting, so there’s also a lot of “hurry up and wait” for the light to be just right. Then you pack up late at night, drive to tomorrow’s location, catch too few hours of sleep – and do it all over again the next day.

Is all that hassle really worth it? You bet. Read entire post >

The Worst Part About Every Cross-Country Trip

By John Deleva
on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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It didn’t matter whether the destination was a new home in California, a family reunion in New York or a Fourth of July bash after 68 days on the road, the worst part of those three cross-country road trips—as well as 15 other across-the-USA adventures—was always the same: the end of the road.

Sure, it was nice to stop for a few days, but then, I was ready to roll again somewhere, anywhere. Reaching the Atlantic or the Pacific was never the reason to stop: time, money or work was always the culprit.

My first crossing, now 45 years in the rear view mirror, conjures up visions of smoke stacks (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Gary, Indiana), buffalo (the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone) and stretching my legs as far as possible under the car seat to “get to each new state before my brother.” Read entire post >


Happy Canada Day: There’s An App for That!

By Meredith Lamb
on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Tuesday, July 1, was Canada’s 147th birthday and celebratory events were held in communities large and small across the country. Due to the diversity of the country, there was no standard for celebration: there were picnics, parades, concerts, sports events, festivals and fireworks; they were held under the midnight sun in the arctic and on the lawn at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada’s capital.

Canada Day events were promoted by word of mouth, newspapers, television and radio in the past, but now social media has emerged to take over that role. To promote Canada Day, the government of Canada has a Twitter account, Facebook page, YouTube channel and Flickr account.

photoRevelers were also able to take Canada Day with them thanks to the Canada Day App. The app allows users to send a postcard, check in on Facebook and select a city to view their festivities schedule. Read entire post >

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