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Josh Hewitt

Avid traveler and photographer who loves to see new places, meet new people, and experience new things. There is so much this world can teach us, we just need to explore!

Our Visit to a Maasai Village in Tanzania

One of the neatest and most educational experiences we had when traveling in Tanzania last year was a visit to a Maasai village.  They have such a unique and amazing culture and it was really cool to be able to visit with them and learn more about their way of life.

We took a 4 day safari thru Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  Along our many drives we would see the Maasai villages and the young boys out herding their cattle.  It was fascinating to see how they lived from a far, but we wanted to know more about their culture and way of life.

The Art of Travel Photography – Tips for Photographing National Parks

In this article I am going to give you some tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years that will help you make sure your next photography trip to a national park is a success.  Some of these tips I have learned from my own experience, some I have picked up from others along the way.  I have found all of these tips to be incredibly useful in my 10+ years of photographing national parks.  I hope some of these tips will be helpful to you as well.

Banff National Park Visitor’s Guide

I believe that the Banff, Alberta area is one of the single most beautiful areas in all of North America, and I am not the only one.  There is so much raw beauty stuffed into this one area of the Canadian Rockies that it is almost impossible to appreciate unless you see the area yourself.  From its beautiful and majestic mountains and glaciers to its pristine and crystal clear lakes, the Banff area has it all.

The Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland

One of the more amazing castles that we got to see in Ireland was the Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.  The castle itself has seen better days, as you can see by the pictures, but the location where the castle was built is absolutely breathtaking.  Talk about your prime real-estate.

Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls Visitor Guide

The Great Lakes region doesn’t get the notoriety for beauty that the American West or the Atlantic and Pacific coastal regions do, but there are some incredibly beautiful areas in the Great Lakes region.

A few of my absolute favorite areas in the Great Lakes region are Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Parks in Minnesota.  Both state parks are located near the coast of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, and both state parks are absolutely gorgeous.  Even better, they are both in very close proximity to one another, so it is very easy to see them both in one trip.

The Art of Travel Photography – Predicting Amazing Sunrises and Sunsets

You can learn to predict how amazing or dramatic a sunrise or sunset will be, and I am going to show you how.  With some practice, you should be able to determine just how colorful and dramatic a sunrise or sunset will be, or won’t be, just by looking at some simple weather factors. So take good notes and be prepared to WOW your family and friends with your ability to predict sunrise and sunset awesomeness!

The Top 10 Apps That Every Travel Enthusiast Should Have

If you are like me, you are always on the lookout for the latest-and-greatest new app that will make traveling easier.  I think it’s only human nature to want to make things as easy and accessible as possible, and phone apps are very good at doing both.  We have put together a list of some of the phone apps that we frequently use for travel, as well as a few that we are very excited to try out.

Part 2: Machu Picchu and Galapagos Planning

In this article, I am going to discuss the logistics of our trip.  By answering the “how” and “how long” questions in our travel planning process, we will be able to start filling in our transportation and accommodation needs for the trip.  However, before we can start shopping for flights and hotels, we need to know how long we are going to be staying and what our itinerary is going to look like.

Great Golf Getaways – Erin Hills

Erin Hills Golf Course (host of last year’s U.S. Open) is a beautiful, but extremely challenging, course that is a gem deserving of the buzz its receiving in the golf world. Situated 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, the 7,812-yard, par-72 track lies in the small town of Erin, Wisconsin.  The course’s dramatic landscape takes advantage of the natural slops of the land, which makes for exciting but tricky lies and stances.  It boasts a course rating of 77.9 and a slope of 145. During the 117th U.S. Open, the course played 7,693 yards.  The course was easily among the most challenging courses I have ever played.