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In my travels around the world, I’ve gained a few “travel smarts” the hard way – usually by making mistakes. Getting sick, not having the right gear, displaying poor manners, wearing the wrong clothes all can ruin any photographic adventure.

So, you can learn from some of my mistakes, and realize that being prepared makes your venture more pleasant and more productive. These “travel smarts” have helped me to come back from a trip with a high percentage of good pictures from fairly exotic locations.

Get smart – and follow these tips while traveling. You’ll come back with great shots, and you’ll have more fun, too.

Be Flexible When Traveling
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