tips for traveling light

@upthehillart I just got my mug from Society6 and I am so happy! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to purchase more things! I want to just slowly replace every mug, pillow, etc in my house with drarry art pieces! 😍


Lightroom Before and After - Details in the Dark

I want to highlight (pun I know) what details are retained in the shadows of an image when shooting towards the sun in RAW on a DSLR.

Using Lightroom I used a few graduated filters to recover the dark space of the original image to bring it out to how the scene would have looked, in terms of light distribution, without making it look like I have used any sort of ugly HDR techniques.

To make the clouds look more ethereal and heavenly, so to speak, I again used a graduated filter or two, set to negative clarity while slightly increasing the contrast so as not to wash the sky out.

I hope you find this useful for when a photograph looks to dark to use, try using graduated filters. Remember to shoot in RAW so you retain as much detail and information in the image.

NB: there are many other edits going on in this photograph, I just wanted to explain how to bring out the shadows.

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5 tips to living on the road

1. Travel light - less is more on the road.  Everything I own has a place in my van. If there isn’t a place, it gets given away or sold.

2. Get AAA if your traveling in the states - it’s  saved my ass plenty times.

3. Find ways to make money while you travel, whether its playing music in a square, selling jewelry or things you make, or working on a farm come harvest season. I am always looking for ways to make an extra buck. It can turn a month road trip into a six month life changing journey.

4. Get rid of the cooler - unless it’s for beer. Buying ice every other day can get pricey and there are plenty of things you can eat that don’t need to be refrigerated. I eat very well and even healthier than I did when I wasn’t traveling, and I have never used a cooler. Oh, and stop buying those chips and candy bars at the gas station every time you fill up. It adds up quick!

5. Don’t pay for campgrounds. If you can stealth camp in a van or car you are wasting your money by paying for a campsite. It’s a sure way to blow all your savings within the first month. To this day, I have never paid for a site unless its a National Park - even then I’m paying for a cheap back country pass. You can find plenty of places to park for the night, the side of a quite road, trail heads, logging roads, BLM land. Get creative depending on where you are.


An old hoe travel light money saving tip from my ex sugar sis. Whenever you are staying in a hotel with your SD, before you leave raid the bathroom of all the toiletries and save them. I have a whole bunch saved from times with my ex SD. When you are doing solo travel to more remote areas, instead of packing heavy soaps and body washes, grab from your collection and stuff your suitcase. This way you won’t worry as much exceeding the 50 pound weight limit, especially if you’re a heavy packer like me.
Put your heavy shoes in your purse or carry on. If you have room, fit some clothes in your carry on. I plan on bringing some rum home and will probably do some heavy shopping so I need every inch of space I can get.

This story is a gift for Miss que-sera-sera88​ for her Birthday since she requested a smutacular story! Thank you to dianaflynn22​ for letting me repurpose your banner and serving beta duty once again. 

Summary: Peeta wakes up from a sweet dream to an even better reality. (Daddy Peeta & Momma Katniss)


A Little Piece of Heaven

“Peeta….Peeta my love…,” Her husky tone entered his brain gently, rolling right into his dream. He was at the sea in District 4, the warm ocean water lapping at his toes like an old friend welcoming him. He wiggled his toes into the in the squishy wet sand and let out a relaxed sigh as two lithe arms wrapped around him from behind. Her soft breasts pressed against his bare back and he could feel himself grow hard as her hands played with the hairs that trailed down his abdomen. For the first time in what felt like months he felt at peace.

He tried not to remember the first time they visited District 4, the memories of the families faces too painful. The Victory tour was now just one long blur from misery to misery. But the second time they visited District 4, it was on the request of Annie and Jo, so how could they say no even if they didn’t want to leave their home. They didn’t know what to expect but what they found was a little piece of heaven, a cottage by the sea with a salty fresh breezes, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, and friends who welcomed them with open arms. Although District 12 would always be the home they would return to, Annie’s home would be the paradise they could visit when life got too tough to handle.

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cheeralways22-deactivated201506  asked:

I'm new to Wicca. So far I've only done one spell and I read tarot. I really want to practice witch craft but I'm in a place right now where I can't really invest in a lot of stuff for it. All of my books are in my home country, as well as what little stuff I have for witch craft (I didn't want to lose anything while here) so I don't feel like I can really practice it. Do you have any advice for starting out with not a lot of stuff or knowledge for spells?

Hello! thank you for coming here, hope I can help :)

Tips for travelling witches who don’t have a lot of material:

- teapot lights: they are very small, cheap and can come in any color you want.Or you can also just have a white one.

- if color is important, you can knot a little ribbon or strand of color around the candle

- don’t have the material to do spells? use your tarot cards and their meaning to channel the energy of your spell. No need of additional material like that and you’ll get a deeper connection with your cards.

- create your ownline book of shadows: use your tumblr or even better, a google drive folder to organize your book of shadows. you can put there documents you find interesting, write your own spells or have an excel file for your herbs section for example. Like the book you had home, but on a computer.

- use your jewelry or little common object like glasses and charm them! Courage, self confidence, protection, you can do pretty much everything you want

- you can build a very small altar, like in a small jewelry box, a shoe box or anything and decorate it simply.

- use the food you eat and the coffee/tea you drink for some kitchen magic!

- try some glamour magic too, with your make up, or use your shower for water element or self reflected spells and rituals

- as for your knowledge on spells and such, internet can be a great source of informations (and tumblr^^)

Good luck!

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10 useful tips that will help you packing for your Gap Year - HAVANA CLUB GAP YEAR

1. Find the right backpack.

Do the homework when picking the right backpack, ask travelers and people that really know about it, take the time to do some online research and be sure you get the right size, characteristics and capacity for your trip requirements. All backpacks are different, and are made for different type of trips and travelers, so find exactly the right one.
Your back will be very grateful for making the right decision.

2. Buy packing cubes

Packing cubes are the most efficient way of having you backpack organized all the time, with no effort. You only have to have different cubes for different things; for example, one cube for underwear and socks, another for t-shirts, one more for trousers and shorts, another for cables and chargers and an empty one for dirty clothes. Believe me, having an empty one for dirty clothes makes the difference, you’ll go to the coin laundry in a second.
I’m sure you’ll never lose anything if you follow this simple and economic tip.

3. Travel light.

Yes, I know; this is a phrase you often hear, but it is a powerful one, and you really have to pay attention to it. I have traveled with loads of things in the past, and that made me learn the hard way; I wanted to throw everything away. One kilometer with a heavy backpack it’s ok, two, no worries; but it starts becoming heavier and heavier, up to the point that you want to throw it away, and if it happens to be raining, it will be the worst day of your life.
So my recommendation is, pack and put everything in your backpack; then give it to a friend, tell that person to take out 1/3 of the things.
It’s not easy, because you will be thinking, oh, I’m going to need this, I’m going to need that; but while traveling you will only need friends and a smile.
My recommended maximum weight you should be carrying for one year is 10 kilograms. What? 10 kilograms. Believe me, it is possible.

4. Try not to pack white clothes

White stuff is a nightmare while traveling, because you will need to wash them separately from color clothes, and you don’t want to end up paying for washing twice. Everything you put in you backpack, should be washed in one go. Also whites need extra detergent, and stain removers, etc; nightmare.

5. Be fashion smart

Well, I don’t know anything about fashion, but basic colors and clothes are better when you are going to appear in pictures with the same clothes. With basic I mean plain colors, no one will note in the pictures that you were wearing the same t-shirt 6 months ago, but if you have a huge sign on it, people will remember for sure; and that’s ok if you don’t care, but I’m sure you will get tired of wearing the same things after one year.
Also, it’s important to have something a little bit more “elegant”, you never know when you will get refused from entering a place, or a special event, so thinking about every situation is something you should do. Now you know.

6. Don’t forget the adapters

Find out the different voltages and plugs in the countries you will be visiting or you could end up not being able to charge your camera or phone because you forgot to bring the adapter. You could end up with no pictures of that amazing day trip, when a monkey posed on your shoulder and your camera was out.

7. Bring First aid essentials

Painkillers, band aids, cold medicine and if you will be visiting tropical countries, bring hydrating powdered solution; it is very helpful when you got sick because of food or water; just mix the powder with clean water and keep hydrated.

8. Bring a quick dry and light towel

Normal towels get smelly because they don’t dry quick, and it can be annoying to take a shower with a damped and smelly towel, so smart people created this towel that it’s really light, in no time it will be completely dry and it will not stink. Magic!

9. Lock your backpack while traveling.

You never know where your bag goes, so it’s better to have the bag locked, so you know what you put inside. Also, an extra lock would be useful as most of the hostels have lockers to keep your stuff, but they never provide locks. Safety first!

10. Bring a day backpack

You will find it really useful as you will do day-tours that will require to pack water, food or even clothes for a day or two, and you wouldn’t want to bring your big bag. Find a small backpack with many compartments and just follow reviews to see which one offers the best features.

11. Shoes
Right, one whole paragraph to talk about shoes. It is really important to be aware that traveling requires a lot of walking, hiking, partying, running, and the list goes on. A bad pair of shoes can ruin the whole experience; they have to be comfortable, really comfortable. Then other features are important such as weather proof, resistant, etc.
But please pay attention and give it some time to pick the right shoes for your trip, you will thank me later. And because shoes are heavy and bulky you can’t have a pair for every occasion; one pair or two max is recommended.

This is just a few recommendations on packing for a Gap Year, I’ve collected during my time as a full time traveler, If you have more tips, please feel free to share! Cheers.

- Julián -

How Do I Pack to Be Fast and Light?

A Q&A with Steve House, by Joe Jackson

I can’t think of a better alpinist to answer this question than Steve House—guide, author, Patagonia ambassador, and founder of the Alpine Mentors Program.

I spoke with House in Chamonix, France to get his gear tips for traveling fast and light in an alpine environment. You don’t have to be a wannabe alpinist to benefit from his teachings—his advice will help you move fast and light in almost any outdoor setting.

See Steve’s advice at Outside Online