Exploring Portugal’s Porto and the Enchanting Douro Valley: A Wine and Culture Odyssey

2019 Portugal group at lunch at Quinta do Tedo in Douro Valley, Portugal by Ralph Velasco

Portugal, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and world-class wines, beckons travelers to explore its enchanting cities and picturesque wine regions. Porto and the Douro Valley, in the northern part of the country, are jewels in Portugal’s crown, offering a perfect blend of cultural immersion and wine appreciation. Let’s uncover the best things to […]

Unlock the Magic: 10 Tips for Capturing Stunning Travel Videos on Your Smartphone

Little boy with big camera at Royal Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Ralph Velasco

In today’s digital age, our smartphones have become indispensable tools for capturing and sharing our travel adventures. Whether you’re exploring exotic landscapes or immersing yourself in local culture, your smartphone can help you create compelling videos that capture the essence of your journey.  Here are 10 essential tips to help you unlock the magic of […]

Exploring Spain’s Basque Country and La Rioja: A Culinary and Cultural Delight

When it comes to Spain, most travelers think of iconic destinations like Barcelona, Madrid, or the beaches of the Costa del Sol. But if you’re seeking a different kind of Spanish experience, one that’s rich in culinary delights, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes, look no further than the Basque Country and La Rioja region. These […]

11 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Around the World

It’s that time of the year again, when the world transforms into a kaleidoscope of festive celebrations, each brimming with its own unique charm and traditions. As we swap our everyday routines for the magic of the holiday season, I invite you to join me on a virtual sleigh ride across the globe. From the […]

Best Tips for Traveling to Cold Climates, Such as Lapland and Antarctica

Traveling to cold climates offers a magical experience, but it can also mean bracing for extremely cold temperatures. Staying warm is vital for both comfort and safety. Here are some tips to ensure you stay toasty while enjoying Lapland’s Northern Lights and/or Antarctica’s Southern Ocean: Layer Up: If you know me at all then you […]

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 […]

Capture the Same Scene at Different Times of Day V2.0

Chouara tannery on diagonal in Fés, Morocco by Ralph Velasco

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture a series of images showing the before, during and after of an iconic location in Fès, Morocco. In my most recent blog post I talked about the importance of capturing the same scene, but at different times of day, or over the course of a week if you’re in […]

Capture the Same Scene at Different Times of Day

Gorgeous Clouds Over Malecon - Havana, Cuba by Ralph Velasco

In this post I discuss the importance of capturing the same same, but at different times of day, with any camera. As a travel photographer and tour organizer I’m extremely lucky in that I get paid to travel the world to photograph and have simply amazing experiences.  And I often have the luxury of returning […]

Where in the World is Stepantsminda?

Gergeti Trinity Church in afternoon mist in Kazbegi, Georgia by Ralph Velasco

Stepantsminda, formerly known as Kazbegi, can be found way north, in a lesser-visited region of the Republic of Georgia, just shy of the Russian border. I’m often asked what my favorite country or place to visit is.  This is, of course, an extremely difficult question to answer and one I gingerly try to sidestep when […]