Exploring Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions: Hidden Gems for Mature Travelers

Discovering hidden gems can make your international travel experience truly memorable.  Here’s how Gen X and Baby Boomer travelers can uncover lesser-known attractions: Local Recommendations: Engage in conversations with locals (shopkeepers, taxi drivers, etc.) or ask your accommodations’ staff for recommendations beyond the popular tourist spots. Travel Forums, Vlogs, and Blogs: Explore online travel forums […]

Embracing Local Cuisine: A Culinary Guide for Seasoned Travelers

Chaya soup in Mérida, México by Ralph Velasco

Exploring local cuisine is an essential part of any travel experience. For Gen X and Baby Boomer travelers, embracing local flavors can be both exciting and rewarding. Here’s how to make the most of your culinary adventures: Research Dietary Norms: Before you depart, research the local dietary norms and etiquette. Understanding what’s considered polite or […]

Navigating International Airports with Ease for Gen X and Baby Boomer Travelers

Navigating International Airports with Ease for Gen X and Baby Boomer Travelers Traveling internationally can be exciting, but navigating unfamiliar airports can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for Gen X and Baby Boomer travelers. These days airports seem bigger than ever and it takes more time to get from one place to another, and […]

Staying Connected Abroad: Tech Tips for Mature Travelers

Staying connected while traveling internationally is crucial for safety and convenience. Here are some tech-savvy tips for Gen X and Baby Boomer travelers: SIM Cards and Local Plans: Instead of relying on expensive international roaming, consider purchasing a local SIM card or a prepaid plan upon arrival. This can provide you with affordable data and […]

Why I Love Hands

Closeup of Woman with Olives in Hands at Vineyard Kalkan, Turkey by Ralph Velasco

Peoples’ Hands Have Always Fascinated Me How about you? First I start with a wider shot to show the owner of these hands. Another unique opportunity. Recently, I had the unique opportunity to visit a local man on his very impressive farm in Üzümlü, a fairly nondescript village located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, […]

3 Additional Favorite Photos and the Stories Behind Them

Chouara Tannery on Diagonal in Fes, Morocco by Ralph Velasco

This post is part of an ongoing series where I’ll feature some of my favorite photos and the stories behind them. I’d like to continue the series I started in which I’m featuring images from an eBook I wrote called Essence of a Place: A Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any […]

Why Train Stations Can Be Great for Capturing Everyday Life

Man on Train with Food Tin at Delhi Train Station in India by Ralph Velasco

Capturing Everyday Life is Essential for Successful Travel Photography. Old Delhi Railway Station Delhi Junction, also know as Old Delhi Railway Station, is an ideal place to look for interesting images of people. There are traveling families, couples, single people, even resident monkeys who live in the rafters and who knows where else. The images in […]

How to Tell the Story of a Single Subject

Sadhu in Pashupati Nath with Cigarette in Hand - Kathmandu, Nepal by Ralph Velasco

Enjoy this post where I discuss how to tell the story of a single subject with your photography. Head-on view of sadhu, or holy man, in Pashupatinath, Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal The temple in Pashupatinath, situated just about 5 km outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is a sacred site for Hindus. Designated […]

How’s the Chacha in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia?

Ralph Velasco at TBS airport with I Love Georgia Sign in Georgian in Tbilisi, Georgia by Ralph Velasco

Enjoy this short video I made about a tradition called the “supra” and a local spirit called “chacha” in the gorgeous Republic of Georgia. What’s Your Favorite Place to Travel? I’m often asked what my favorite country or place to visit is.  This is, of course, an impossible question to answer and one I gingerly […]