When I was approached by KOA about a glamping trip, I have to admit I was a little hesitant. You might laugh at me, but for some reason growing up I always thought KOA was for boy scouts? I don’t know how I got the idea in my head, but it always stuck with me. After learning more, we were pretty excited for our trip. We booked one of their airstream units because I’ve always wanted to go glamping in an airstream. They just seem like the perfect mix of past and future. Toyota set us up with a Highlander for our trip and it was the perfect size to fit all of our gear comfortably. Steve couldn’t get away from work, so my mom (our beloved Nana) came with us. Unpacking was a breeze and the kids settled in quickly.
I started making my travel light guides in September of 2012 and have since covered a lot of ground with them. I feel like I’ve shown quite a few different types of places, but I still get requests for new and different locations. It’s hard to keep track of requests when they are sprawled out across the internet, so I’m using this post to centralize them.
With the holiday coming up, I thought it would be nice to take a moment to go over some fun Fourth of July photography techniques. Fireworks are illegal where we live due to fire hazard, but they still host free fireworks shows in nearly every city. One time Steve thought it would be a good idea to go for a night hike above the valley (Silicon Valley) so we could view the fireworks from above, but we ended up getting lost and getting a parking ticket, haha. Another year we spent the Fourth in Denmark so we missed out on fireworks entirely. This year we’re headed to visit my family in another part of the state, so we might get to have some fun with sparklers. Today I’m sharing my best tips for how to photograph fireworks and other fun Fourth of July photo tricks. I’ve touched on long exposure photographs before in this post about how to capture motion, and photographing fireworks is very similar.
With Summer now in full swing, I’m aching for our next adventure. Between now and then we’re hanging out at home, enjoying all our area has to offer. Today I’m sharing with you my best tips for a successful staycation. What is a staycation? It’s a vacation you take locally, from the comfort of your own home. I would be lying if I said the thought of not having to deal with transit time and a toddler isn’t exciting. Below I’ve included some of my best tips to add a little wanderlust to your staycation.