In the Hamilton Islands off Queensland in the northeast, temperatures currently fluctuate from 73 to 75 degrees.
This weekend, the weather welcomes a clan of eager Instagrammers for this year’s Ultimate Instameet: a social initiative that brings together top digital photographers from around Australia, the UK, and Asia. I’m tagging along to catch their photo tips, learn more about beach Instagramming, capture some epic sunset shots … and share the experience with you guys! On the feed, just look out for #return2paradise #hamiltonisland and #seeaustralia.
Attendees of the Ultimate Instameet were hand chosen through a beach photography competition. If you’d like to check out their feeds, here are their handles: @markseabury, @mattglastonbury, @bobby_j, @miaglastonbury, and @ido8all. Also attending will be a crew of Hamilton Island approved ambassadors, i.e. cool people you’d never imagine you’d be stranded with on an island — swim champion Michael Klim, Balinese Princese Lindy Klim, and designer Jeremy Somers of We are Handsome (to name a few).
I look forward to sharing the photo love with you. Hopefully I’ll catch you on the sands of Bondi Beach in Sydney or perhaps on a InstaWalk in New York City.
When I return from galavanting around the world, some people say I glow — even if, during that time, I didn’t work on my tan. That’s because travel releases feel-good chemicals like oxytocine, dopamine, and melatonin to name a few. When you escape to distant lands, you may find that you sleep better, eat better, and probably come home with 100 new Facebook friends. We could also go into the philosophy of “finding oneself while on the road,” but I think Eat, Pray, Love already covered that point.
Looking for a way to convince your boss to let you take that jaunt to the Riviera? Here are six articles that will get your travel senses tingling:
On a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne, we came across this incredible double rainbow and it extended all the way across the sky. It was my first double rainbow encounter and it reminded me of the famous double rainbow video, which inspired me to craft my own. Not going to lie, it definitely brought out the crazy in me. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Double rainbow all the way!! What does it even mean?
Just another quickie travel chat on KPAM 860 radio show Azumano Travel Show. I recently produced a segment on Newtown, Sydney: an alternative punk neighborhood. Can you define a hipster? I struggled with answering that question.
Who travels with a blow dryer? Not I! I am too afraid of blowing up my hand because I have mistaken wattage conversions in different countries. No hair dryer, no problem. Here’s my advice on how to keep your good looks even while on the road.
Now, India as we all know is the spice capital of the world, so everything lights up your senses like Macaulay Culkin blowtorching a Christmas tree. Between Chicken Vindaloo and Mushroom Manchurian, it was a tough choice, but here’s my top pick for the best meal I enjoyed in India. Hopefully I’ll get another month there, so I can continue chowing down.
For five winning iPhone photography mavens, images of holiday bliss just turned dreams of an island escape into reality.
Enter the Ultimate Instameet: a competition wherein talented UK and Australian Instagramers recently submitted their best beach shots for a chance to win a ticket to the Hamilton Islands Return2Paradise event May 17 – 19. The winners represent a diverse, albeit cozy, group of five, which includes an electrician, an insurance worker, and a student from Tasmania. The even better news is that I can’t wait to meet them IRL (in real life). I’ll be documenting their weekend journey for the Huffington Post and the Instagram community in New York. I am a strong believer that travel changes lives, and I’m excited to see how a trip to the Hamilton Islands changes theirs. Not to mention, getting snap happy and capturing a few epic selfies (Australian slang for android self portraits).
We’re back again with more audio updates live from the road. On this travel podcast, David and I discuss our experience at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India. For more tips and adventure notes, check out my recent article about the camel fair on the Huffington Post by clicking here.