How to Make a Travel Photo Book!

I’ve always wanted to make a travel photo book, but never knew how or if I’d have the time. But, with over 2,000 travel photos on my Instagram, I start to forget about all the epic things I’ve done! Between the time it takes to load, the size of the screen, and the average attention span of 0.5 seconds, it’s no wonder that some of our best photos get forgotten.

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That’s why I decided to finally make a coffee table travel photo book with all of my favorite travel photos and adventures! It was really easy to do using a company called MixBook, that offers pre-made book layouts or the option to make your own! It even allows you to easily import your photos from Instagram or anywhere else on your computer!

I almost cried when I saw the finished product, and all of my images and travels come to life on paper! MixBook isn’t just an amazing way to save and showcase your memories in person, but also would make for a truly meaningful gift for your favorite traveler!

It’s super easy to put together too, just follow my instructions below!

1. Choose the Travel Photos Book Optionturn photos into book mixbook

First you’ll need to set up a free account on Mixbook.com, then hover over the Photo Books tab to see the theme options. For the sake of this post, I’ll instruct you to select Travel Photo Books, but feel free to browse around the other options!

2. Select Your Template or Blank Book

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There are some really nice pre-made layouts for the travel photo books that you can use, or you can start from a blank project and create your own! I decided to start from scratch, so I’ll show you how to do that next!

If you choose to use a template, you’ll still use the next steps for uploading your photos, but you don’t have to worry about the formatting!

3. Explore the MixBook Platform

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Your travel photo book project will open up in a new window that’s MixBook‘s own platform studio! Your project will be in the middle along with the page navigation, and above it will be your tools for adding text, changing the theme, and adding/deleting pages.

At the top left you’ll find the tools to add photos, select layouts and backgrounds, and even add stickers!

4. Upload Your Travel Photos

turn photos into book mixbook

The number one thing that made MixBook automatically better than any other travel photo book making company was that I could automatically upload from Instagram. I didn’t have to go digging through my thousands of computer files, or re-edit, I just simply selected my favorite ones from my IG feed!

You also have the option of uploading from Facebook, Google Drive, and even straight from your phone! Technology for the win!

5. Start Adding Photos and Designing!

turn photos into book mixbook

Once your photos are loaded, all you need to do is fill the pages! If you’re using a template, these layouts will already be chosen for you. If you’re doing it on your own, you’ll want to choose the layout first (depending on amount of photos you want on each page), then a background, then add the photo(s).

You can also click the “Add Text” box to write on the pages. If you can’t see the text over the photos, go to the “Stickers” tab and select the square shape to use as a background.

TIP: Depending on the size of your travel photo book, the font will be way bigger in the book than it is on the screen! You can see what I mean in the next photo!

5. Preview, Save, and Send!

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As soon as you preview and save your travel photo book, all you have to do is press send and it’ll be in your hands in no time! Mine only took a couple days to produce, and I selected next day shipping to get it to me faster! (Yes, I was that excited).

Now I can’t wait to make even more, and who knows, maybe I’ll even publish my book!

 

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with MixBook, however all awesome adventures, cool photo book, and words are my own.

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Explore Bali: Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

There are many amazing waterfalls in Bali (especially in Northern Bali). Lately, I decided to hop on my scooter and check out the most beautiful Bali waterfalls.  I knew Banyumala Twin Waterfall looked amazing, but I was absolutely impressed when I got there! It was breathtaking! I didn’t expect it to be this huge, and yet, you should be adding the Twin Waterfalls to your Bali itinerary!

 

Where is Banyumala Twin Waterfall?

 

Bali Waterfall Gopro

 

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are located in the North of Bali in Munduk area. You can find the popular Bali waterfalls heading north of the famous Danau Buyan Lake. It takes about two hours driving from Canggu to get there.

 

When is the best time to visit Banyumala Twin Waterfalls?

 

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

 

We arrived at Banyumala Twin Waterfall just before lunchtime. It wasn’t that busy, but if you want to enjoy the waterfall to yourself, going earlier would be recommended. Of course, going during the dry season is a better option as it can be tricky to access waterfalls during the rainy season.

Visiting Banyumala Waterfall Bali

 

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

 

Banyumala Waterfall is now on the top of my list, followed closely by Nungnung Waterfall as well as Sekumpul Waterfall.

When we arrived, we had the option to park our scooter straight away or to go further and use the second parking lot, which we did. You can find a small restaurant on site as well as a restroom.

The way down was pretty easy.  You can expect to be surrounded by nature, so enjoy! The way up isn’t too bad either if I compare to other waterfalls (and their stair situations), this one was one of the easiest!

 

 

How long does it take to go down: 10-15 minutes

How long does it take to go up: 15-20 minutes depending on how fit you are!

Entrance fee: IDR 15,000 + 3,000 for the parking

 

While you’re around Munduk, you should check out Munduk Waterfall.

Tips for Driving a Scooter in Bali

 

We got there on our scooter. I’ve been exploring Bali by scooter for a while now, and here are a few tips when driving around Bali:

  • Use headphones to follow the indications on Google Maps.  This way, you won’t have to stop every 3 minutes to look at the map.
  • Make sure you have good sunglasses.  The sun rays can be rough in Bali. Also, it’s normal to hit bugs or to deal with a lot of dush while driving in Bali, so having sunglasses can be super handy!
  • You might want to grab a mask.
  • Make sure your body is sunshine ready. Put on lots of sunblocks, otherwise, you might turn into a krab.

If you don’t drive a scooter…

If you aren’t confident enough to drive a scooter, you could hire a driver for the day. You can normally find a driver in Facebook groups or using apps such as Grab or GoJek (or you could also ask the staff at your accommodation). If you want to see many waterfalls in one day, you could also book a waterfall tour!

There are a few options, but they aren’t around Munduk I’m afraid:

 

Munduk Bali Accommodation

 

If you’re staying in Munduk, here are a few options for different budgets including some of the best Munduk hotels.

Budget Hostel: One Homestay and Warung  / Dong Paloh Hostel 

Mid-range Hotel: Lesong Hotel and Restaurant / Swar Bali Lodge / Atres Villa

Luxury hotel: Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa / Sanak Retreat Bali / Gunung Paradis Retreat

 

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Suggested Itinerary East Coast Australia

The well renowned East Coast of Australia has so much to offer. It is no surprise that it is one of the world’s best travel destinations. The legendary East Coast of Australia is every backpacker’s heaven with endless stunning coastlines, surfing, skydiving, and city exploring. A tour of the East Coast is undoubtedly a lengthy journey and offers an overwhelming amount to see, which is why it’s important to have a clear, narrowed down East Coast of Australia itinerary to make the most of your once in a lifetime trip.

This East Coast Australia 2 week Itinerary includes all the must-see spots in the East Coast of Australia for the adventurous backpackers to even the more chilled-out travelers.

 

When is the best time to visit Australia’s East Coast?

 

Sydney Coastal Walk

 

Summer runs from December until February, winter runs from June through until August. With the East Coast of Australia being so vast, the weather you might experience entirely depends on the area you’re visiting.

 

The Highlights of the East Coast, Australia

 

Melbourne: The most southern city on the East Coast is the vibrant, hipster city of Melbourne. It is a cultural center with cool street scenes and trendy hangouts; Melbourne has to be one of the most colorful and artistic cities in Australia.

Sydney: Few cities are as captivating than the Capital of New South Wales, Sydney. Surrounded by the roaring Pacific Ocean and hundreds of stunning beaches. It has one of the world’s most beautiful harbors, the world famous Sydney Opera House and year-round sunshine. Read more about the Romantic Sydney Options.

Blue Mountains: One of the most breathtaking natural attractions on the East Coast, the scenic Blue Mountains are easily accessible, only 2 hours drive from Sydney. They offer beautiful views of waterfalls, the Three Sisters, mysterious caves and you can even explore the fascinating aboriginal culture, which surrounds the Blue Mountains.

Port Macquarie: You will never be lost for something to do in Port Macquarie with great beaches, brilliant weather plenty of cutesy seaside cafes and restaurants. The area is surrounded by rainforest, where you can enjoy trekking, coastal walks and even enjoy some dolphin and whale watching.

Coffs Harbour: Here you can experience the subtropical climate, pristine clean, quiet beaches of Coffs Harbour and the exotic rainforest. Coffs Harbour is a popular spot for coastal skydiving, for travelers seeking the ultimate thrill.  

Byron Bay: The hippie surf town is backpackers paradise with its chilled out vibe, cliff top sunset walks, quaint weekend markets, and fun water activities makes Byron Bay the ultimate place to lay back and enjoy the beach town.

Gold Coast: With picture-perfect beaches and breathtaking skyscrapers, Gold Coast is famous for Surfers Paradise and the chic area of Broadbeach where international surfers gather to ride the waves.

Brisbane: The heart of Australia’s sunshine state, you can enjoy subtropical climate throughout the year. You can cruise along the river, explore the parklands, botanical gardens, museums and bars in Australia’s 3rd largest city.

Sunshine Coast: With 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, perfectly warm water, Sunshine Coast is the ideal place to unwind and kick back.

Noosa Heads: With beautiful natural coastal settings, here you can take part in trekking through Noosa National Park and enjoy the many upscale cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

Fraser Islands: The most beautiful, must see the island of Australia, Fraser Islands is complete paradise, the crystal clear waters and white sand will blow your mind. Lake Mckenzie is one spot you must experience for yourself!

Rockhampton: The inland heart of Country Queensland, Rockhampton is a unique place with Victorian architecture, fantastic for beef eating foodies for it being Australia’s beef capital and a great place to get a change from the coastal scenery.

Airlie Beach: Known to be the gateway to the Whitsundays Islands. You can chill out by Airlie Beach Lagoon, stroll along the Saturday morning farmers market and enjoy the many water-based activities on offer.

Mission Beach: A small sleepy town with amazing natural scenery, here you have the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest at your doorstep.

Cairns: Cairns is the biggest city in the North of Australia and it’s the perfect getaway to get to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s one of the most famous reefs in the entire world. A pleasant town, with plenty of spots to see and fun things to do from exploring dramatic Barron Falls to taking the Skyrail Train over the rainforest.

Palm Cove: A stylish, tropical town is known for its palm trees, which line the esplanade, making it a picture-perfect laid-back beachfront spot.

Port Douglas: A chic beach resort town where you can snorkel the pristine waters, discover the picturesque Daintree rainforest and gawk at the yachts of the rich and famous in Reef Marina.

Cape Tribulation: A secluded eco-tourism spot, here you can take part in jungle zip lining, dip in the ocean and crack open a beer in one of the plenty of backpacker bars and celebrate the completed road trip! The end of the road marks this place as the final stop of the East Coast road trip, beyond this point lays an unbeaten path and the distant Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal.

 

How to Travel Around Australia’s East Coast

 

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

 

By car: One of the most popular ways to travel East Coast of Australia is by driving. A road trip on the East Coast of Australia is one of the best ways to freely explore and experience the amazing Eastern coastline. You can either rent a car for your East Coast Australia road trip or you might want to save your Australian dollars in the long run and buy your own second-hand car.

By bus: One of the easier and more economical options is to get around Australia’s East Coast is by public bus. Greyhound Bus Australia is the most popular bus passes for backpackers with options for a hop on, hop off travel pass with all the main East Coast travel spots en route.

By flight: If you have limited time, flying is a quick and swift option to get around the East Coast of Australia. This may not be the cheapest option, but Kayak offers you a variety of different flight options up for comparison.

 

Options for Accommodation on the East Coast

 

There are various budget options for backpackers exploring the East Coast of Australia from fun and rowdy hostels to more remote and relaxed camping options.

 

Hostels East Coast Australia:

 

To fully experience backpacking Australia’s East Coast, hostels are the best and more fun option. You can use websites like HostelWorld or Booking.com to find the best hostels in the area you plan visiting on the East Coast. If traveling in a big group, Airbnb is another fantastic option with plenty of budget homes on offer.

 

Camping East Coast Australia:

 

Camping the East Coast of Australia can be incredibly fun! It is by far the cheaper option, just make sure to bring a trusty tent and sleeping bag with you so you can set up camp anywhere along your East Coast road trip.

 

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How to Travel Alone for the First Time (And How to Stay Safe Abroad)

Backpacking alone for the first time isn’t as scary as it sounds. Traveling alone around the world can actually be one of the best life experiences, and can be incredibly fun and freeing way to travel.

 

Why choose to travel alone?

 

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As much as traveling with your friends can be exciting and great fun, there are still many amazing reasons to backpack alone. When you travel alone you get to decide to do whatever you like! Being in your own company lets you do whatever you want, whenever you want with no one else deciding for you. What you plan to do each day is entirely up to you!  You can change your itinerary, destination, and plans at any given moment.

The freedom that comes with the traveling solo is incredible, you can truly hone in on the unique places, people and adventures that you really want to come into your travel experience. The high level of spontaneity gives you so much fun adventure; it is the epitome of living in the moment because you can be drawn to whatever intrinsically motivates you. It’s a lot of fun! When traveling In a group it’s a little harder to travel spontaneously on your own instincts, most of the time you will need to maintain the groups’ harmony and come to a “group consensus”. When rare opportunities present themselves, rather than getting the group’s consensus, you are able to go and do it there and then. You can’t feel any shame if you want to spend a few days sitting in a hammock reading a book or spending a week jungle trekking alone. The choice is all yours!

The experience of traveling alone is one of the biggest lessons life can teach you, not only does it make you more independent, help you develop your own initiative, but you will make awesome new friends on the way.

 

How to Choose your Destinations

 

Solo_female_traveler

 

There are countless top destinations that are easy and rewarding for first-time solo travelers. When choosing a destination to travel alone to always consider safety, local culture and crime rates, ease of meeting new people and the easiness of getting around the destination.

For first-time solo travelers take into consideration the type of activities and things to do in the destination, understand the crime rate, availability to tourist information centers and if there are already a high number of tourist visiting. Here are a few options considered safe for solo travelers.

Asia

Bali, Indonesia / Hong Kong / Chiang Mai, Thailand  / Kyoto, Japan

Australasia

New Zealand / Australia

Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands / Reykjavik, Iceland / Barcelona, Spain / Edinburgh, Scotland / Berlin, Germany / Dublin, Ireland

Americas

Montreal, Canada / New York, U.S / Costa Rica / Guatemala

 

How to Travel Alone Safely

 

Solo_female_traveler

 

When traveling alone, you have to stay cautious and be aware of your surroundings, just as you would anywhere in the world and in your home country. Crime can occur anywhere, but to make sure you are not an obvious victim by following basic safety principles.

Keep in contact with friends and family. Always share your daily whereabouts with close ones. Staying connected keeps your loved one’s mind at rest and in case anything was to happen, they can track you down and know how to send help. CloseCircle is a personalized safety and security service allowing the users to check in to see your live location at any time, keeping them updated with your current whereabouts. With a handy in-app panic button, in case you are feeling in danger. The App sends through instant notifications in case a natural disaster or dangerous event occurs in your area, providing you and your close ones with immediate safety advice during any emergencies. The CloseCircle App also provides 24/7 immediate advice, messaging, safety tips are all included in the memberships, helping you and your close ones stay safe, without worrying when traveling alone. Membership plans are all tailor-made to your needs. Per person, prices start at $259.00 for 12 months of 24/7 services, which may sound a bit pricey but this could be your essential tool for keeping you and your loved ones mind at rest.  That being said, the CloseCircle App helps you go further because you can travel to remote destinations and still be safe and connected. I’ve been trying the app which is quite easy to use (bonus: it’s beautifully designed) and I’m happily recommending it.

Here are a few good reasons to use CloseCircle:

  • The service includes free evacuation should members come into any physical danger.
  • The 24/7 service is manned by security experts AND there is an SOS panic button in the app that once swiped, notifies the ops center, and security experts will instantly get in touch.
  • Membership plans are all tailor-made to your needs.

A few years ago, I was traveling on my own in Europe. At some point, I ended up going to Turkey. My trip was cut short since I was in the middle of a nightmare. Some dodgy people were following me, were contacting my hostel to get information about me and they started reaching out to people I knew on Facebook. After a few alarming messages, I left Turkey and there I was on my way back to Canada. I was a bit torned between changing countries or going back home, but I wasn’t feeling safe and I wasn’t in the mood for taking risks.  If I have had an app such as the CloseCircle, I would have happily taken the risk and simply change country.

Having the option of staying connected and having a panic button makes me feel safer out there.  Knowing that if something wrong happens, I’ll always have an option to get some help makes me feel less nervous about going futher or going to destinations where I could feel less safe.  Also, my dear Dad might be able to sleep better from now on!

 

Don’t walk alone late at night. If you are caught late at night always try and find a group of people to walk with or order a trustworthy online taxi.

 

Stay decently covered. When alone abroad, stay well covered and decent and always respect the local culture and dress appropriately.

 

Be wary of who you trust. Stay cautious of who you meet, sometimes solo travelers can be an easy target to infamous local scams, therefore you should always be wary of who you trust.

 

ALWAYS listen to your gut instinct!

 

How to Travel Alone and Not Be Lonely

 

Kolhapur, India | Incredible India

 

It’s entirely normal to worry about being lonely during your solo travel trip. There will be times when you miss home, comfort and experience some level of loneliness along the trip. However It should absolutely not scare you away from going, it can happen, and it’s okay to feel lonely.

Thankfully, feeling lonely is something that you can overcome whilst you’re still traveling and isn’t something that should ruin your trip. Always remember you are not alone, there will be many opportunities where you can meet new companions. It is best to choose places and hostels where you can maximize your chances of meeting new places where most other solo travelers will be, such as the above places mentioned. Don’t forget, you are location independent, if there is somewhere you feel isn’t the best location for you can pack your bags and move hostel, it really is as simple as that. You can be as free and flexible as you want, without having to compromise for anybody!

 

How to Travel Alone as a Woman

 

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Photo by @aghil_menon

 

If you are a solo female traveler, you can have the time of your life being alone! You don’t need to rely on someone else while traveling to feel safe and secure, it is possible to feel empowered by yourself when traveling alone. Danger still exists surrounding women traveling alone. Even in today’s day and age, no matter where we are in the world, we all need to be aware of the importance of staying safe abroad. Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid being an obvious victim of crime by blending in with the locals and avoid anything that draws attention to yourself and conducts research on the best female-friendly places you can feel comfortable in.

 

Are you ready for your next trip? Here are a few great items that are brilliant to protect your valuables abroad!

 

Any tips you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Header photo credit: Henry Randell

 

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Explore Bali: Munduk Waterfall

The North of Bali is known to be beautiful! So far, North Bali is one of my favorite spots around the island. Munduk is a quiet and lush area where not many people dare to wander. It’s a shame really because the area is breathtaking. Known for its scenic roads including incredible lookouts, it’s also a great spot for a waterfall adventure.  There are many impressive waterfalls in Munduk. This time, let’s talk about Munduk Waterfall.

 

Where is Munduk Waterfall?

 

Munduk Lake Lookout Bali Indonesia

 

Munduk Waterfall is located in Munduk, Bali. It’s in the North of Bali. It took about 1h20 minutes from Canggu to get there. Getting around Bali is quite easy, but it always takes longer than expected! To get to the starting point of the waterfall, you should add Munduk Waterfall Parking to your GPS. We first put the start of the trekking point which was basically “nowhere”. We ended up having to drive an extra 15 minutes to get to the waterfall.

 

When is the best time to visit Munduk Bali Waterfall?

 

Munduk Waterfall Bali Indonesia

 

As always, I reckon the morning during the dry season is the best time to visit Munduk Waterfall.  Although, I was there in the afternoon and there were quite a few people there. Also, the sunlight was pretty intense which makes it harder for photographers.

 

Visiting Munduk Waterfall, Bali

 

Munduk Waterfall Bali Indonesia

 

The way down is super easy. It starts with a little dirt path and ends in stairs.  It was a short and easy “hike” down. Munduk Waterfall is very pretty. Although, Nungnung Waterfall is still at the top of my list of favorite waterfalls in Bali.

How long does it take to go down: 10 minutes

How long does it take to go up: 10 minutes depending on how fit you are!

Entrance fee: IDR 20,000

 

While, in Munduk, Bali, you should add these waterfalls on your itinerary:

 

 

Munduk, Bali | Things to Do

 

Monkey Bali | Twin Lake Munduk

 

There are a lot of things to do in Munduk.  Here’s a quick list of the most awesome Munduk things to do:

 

Tips for Driving a Scooter in Bali

 

We got there via scooter. I’ve been exploring Bali by scooter for a while now, and here are a few tips when driving around Bali:

  • Use headphones to follow the indications on Google Maps.  This way, you won’t have to stop every 3 minutes to look at the map.
  • Make sure you have good sunglasses.  The sun rays can be rough in Bali. Also, it’s normal to hit bugs or to deal with a lot of dush while driving in Bali, so having sunglasses can be super handy!
  • You might want to grab a mask.
  • Make sure your body is sunshine ready. Put on lots of sunblocks, otherwise, you might turn into a krab.

If you don’t drive a scooter…

If you aren’t confident enough to drive a scooter, you could hire a driver for the day. You can normally find a driver in Facebook groups or using apps such as Grab or GoJek (or you could also ask the staff at your accommodation). If you want to see many waterfalls in one day, you could also book a waterfalls tour!

There are a few options, but they aren’t around Munduk:

 

Munduk Bali Accommodation

 

If you’re staying in Munduk, here are a few options for different budgets including some of the best Munduk hotels.

Budget Hostel: One Homestay and Warung  / Dong Paloh Hostel 

Mid-range Hotel: Lesong Hotel and Restaurant / Swar Bali Lodge / Atres Villa

Luxury hotel: Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa / Sanak Retreat Bali / Gunung Paradis Retreat

 

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