Times are changing and people nowadays put emphasis on saving time and money when they want to take a good picture. At the same time, people are also getting more educated on using a camera and they know what it takes to snap a great photo. The following are the top 7 travel photo trends in 2019.

Using Smartphone instead of DSLR to Take Photos

Most tourists don’t use point and shoot camera to take photos nowadays. One of the reasons is that they don’t know how to adjust complicated settings like shutter speed. They much prefer using a smartphone to take pictures because the smartphone camera is already adjusted to the optimal setting. All you need to do is to frame the scene you want to take a photo of in your phone screen and press the hit button.


After taking the photos on your smartphone, you can have them transferred to your computer and organized using software like Movavi Photo Manager. You can add tags to your photos to sort them, for example, putting Belgium travel photos under the tag Belgium. It also allows you to make simple edits, for example, using resolution presets for resizing the photo, rotate left/right, and color adjustment.

The Balance of Lighting in Photo

Many tourists now understand the importance of their photos to have balanced lighting. Key parts in the scenery must be highlighted while other less important parts can be covered in shadow. They know that the photos have different look if they take the photos in different light conditions. For example, photos that appear bright are shot in the golden hour when the sun is hot. On the other hand, photos with some shadowy parts are shot when the sun is not that bright and hot.

Sharing Photos on Social Media Sites

There is an increasing number of tourists posting their travel photos on social media sites. Skilled tourist photographers like to share their travel photos to get recognition and get their work published in magazines. Others that are less skilled like to share their travel photos to contribute some information on the places they have visited.

Adding Humor to Your Travel Photo

Humor is becoming an important trend in travel photography. Many people like to act playful, for example, doing a funny thing that is related to the travel venue they are taking photo of. Humor travel photos are usually taken by younger travelers who don’t take things seriously.

Including the Locals in Your Photo

Multilocalism is a popular trend in travel photos. It shows people of the foreign places that you have met, for example, a photo of the locals performing their daily routine or you can pose a selfie with a local. Sharing the photo online allows you to show how enriching your travel experience has been.

Highlighting the Cuisines in Your Trip

A lot of tourists also like to take food photography when they are traveling. You can take a photo of the food that you enjoy at the restaurant. It can also spice you saw a seller selling in the marketplace or a variety of local cuisine sold by the local stalls. If you take a photo of restaurant cuisine, you can put a caption on the photo to state the ingredients and cuisine origin.

Taking Photos of Streets

Street photography is another trend in travel photography. It can be a photo of strangers walking down the street or an empty alley in the city. The street doesn’t have to be in a busy city and can be any place as long as the shot is natural. Usually, it is a public street and capture with a basic camera.

Source: technobng.com




The Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on 10 March 2019, be sure to make your booking NOW at Mariner Guesthouse to avoid disappointment!
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History of Cape Town Cycle Tour

It all began with a leisurely breakfast in 1977. The breakfastees – engineer Bill Mylrea and architect John Stegmann – can even remember what the breakfast cost: a princely R1. The subject was cycling, cycling safety for the small number of recreational cyclists who travelled the roads of the Western Cape, and mobility for the masses.

What Cape Town needed as it expanded apace, more than anything else, was a network of safe and efficient cycle paths that would keep riders safe and allow commuters to get to and from work swiftly and in one piece. After many years of submitting, pleading, begging and cajoling, these efforts were getting nowhere, mainly thanks to government’s lack of will, and partly because of lack of kickbacks. Not even a 3 000-signature petition could persuade the Department of Transport to just look into the possibilities. It became clear that the established cyclists needed to revolt. And so they did. Mylrea and Stegmann created The Big Ride In.

Held under the auspices of the newly formed Western Province Pedal Power Association (now called PPA) in 1977, it set out to demonstrate that, actually, a lot of people rode bikes. And so they did, with hundreds riding into the Cape Town CBD, to the City Hall, the Grand Parade, Adderley Street and the Foreshore. Included in their number was the mayor, John Tyers. And it was impressive, to all but the relevant authority, which still saw no future for bike paths. From this hugely unsuccessful success was born the Peninsula Marathon – a gruelling event that would, according to the experts at the WPPPA ‘require at least two months’ preparation’. They even went as far as recommending: ‘Unless you are able to spend R300–R500 on a super machine, your best bet is a ten-speed tourer (with drop handlebars, if you like) for around R100 new, or R50–R75 second-hand.’ The Peninsula Marathon never saw the light of day, as an event. In late 1978 legendary Cape Town mountain biker and potter Steve Shapiro harangued the marketing folk at The Argus (where he was working at the time) to get involved.

It was to be a mass-participation event open to all who wanted to enter. That second bit was important: this was a trying time for forward-thinking sports administrators, and actually for forward-thinking humans. From the outset, the organising committee wanted the Cycle Tour to be an official, sanctioned event, but no matter how much the Department of Sport loved the idea and wanted a part of it, their proviso that it only be open to white participants remained a stumbling block, to the degree that Mylrea was forced to write the department’s representative an extremely polite letter in the build-up to the event, telling him that this was a non-segregated event. This was brave stuff in the late 1970s, when BJ Vorster and PW Botha were ruling the roost. But the spirit of cycling, and its inclusivity, prevailed, and on 28 October 1978 over 500 cyclists left the start line outside the Castle in Strand Street.

The route we know and love today almost didn’t happen, on a number of levels. Initially, a number of options were looked at – northwards to Melkbos and back; out to Paarl for a 250–300km return trip; at one point it was even going to be a two-dayer – before the founding fathers settled on a start as close to the City Hall as they dared, before heading south along the newly built Blue Route freeway and on down to Simon’s Town. From there, the initial plan was to head into the Cape Point Nature Reserve, turn around at the farthest point, and for the riders to return whence they came.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, if the thought of 35,000 riders negotiating that narrow reserve road in two directions is too scary), the managers of the park, SANParks in today’s parlance, threw their toys out of the cot, and rather than kowtow to yet another quasi-government department, the organisers decided to bypass the entrance to the reserve and head through Misty Cliffs, over Slangkop and then Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie, before finishing at the lamp-post opposite what is now The Bay Hotel (it was called the Rotunda in 1978), where a pair of tables welcomed finishers.

The plan was to start with a bang – the SADF was persuaded to ‘fire’ a cannon from one of the Castle ramparts; in reality, they agreed to put a thunderflash in what looked like a cannon. At 07:00, precisely nothing happened, as those entrusted with our national safety failed completely to ignite the glorified firework, housed in a cannonesque steel pipe that was also packed with flour to simulate smoke. After some muttering, a second attempt was made, with disastrous effect as the entire contraption blew up. Thankfully nobody was hurt, and the first batch of riders – the non-registered – got under way.

From its infancy, the Cycle Tour set standards in world cycling, and world sport. This was to be the first time that the average Joes would race the same course at the same time as the officially sanctioned racing cyclists. The world and national governing bodies were, and still are, dead set against this happening, for any number of nonsensical reasons, but the organisers were determined to have a celebration of cycling for all cyclists, so the split-group arrangement was instituted to great effect. The event would separate the two well into the 1990s, and the federations are still, regularly, threating ‘their’ riders with dire consequences if they ride this unsanctioned monster, 41 years later. Thankfully, sense prevails each time, unmentionables are unknotted and the biggest timed bike race in the world marches on.

Here are some training tips:

100 KM Training Programme

Here is a simple 100km training programme, whether you want to better your personal best or out sprint your buddies, here’s how to prepare for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

On Sunday 11 March 2018, some 35 000 cyclists of all ages, shapes and fitness levels will line up for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. The Cycle Tour is affectionately known as ‘the world’s biggest fun ride,’ but make no mistake about it, physically it’s still a very genuine challenge and whether you have aspirations of joining the exclusive sub-three-hour club or just want to beat the guy in the Garfield suit, here are some top tips to get you through those 109-kilometres around the Cape Peninsula.

Hill repeats

“Include a session with four to six hills between one kilometre and three kilometres long once a week into your training regime,” says cycling Coach Barry Austin, who’s mentored the likes of John-Lee Augustyn, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes to pro-stardom. “Ride at the maximum effort you can maintain up the hill without seeing the sun disappear under the mushroom cloud caused by your exploding legs,” he says. You know that effort level just before the wheezy breathing. Complete rest between each hill interval.

Slacker (the guy who still has last year’s Cycle Tour number sticker on his bike): do this sometime, somewhere before the race, just to check your bike is working.

Newbie (first Cape Town Cycle Tour): Once a week.

Social rider (looking to finish in a time of between four and five hours): Once a week.

Sub 3 racing snake (serious cyclist with at least 6 weeks of base miles in the legs and on a periodised training programme): Once a week.

Long steady rides

Also called ‘endurance miles’ or LSD’s (long slow distance). “Choose undulating terrain and ride at a pace that you can hold a conversation,” says Austin, explaining that you should only have to compose yourself every few mins by taking a deeper breath. Slowly build up the hours over the next 12 weeks toward race day.

Slacker Recommended to do a few times if at least to only test your backside ‘fitness’ and catch some rays.

Newbie Build up to a 3-4 hour ride at least once a month.

Social rider 3-4 hour rides once a week.

Sub 3 racing snake 3-4 hour rides twice a week.

Make sure to reward yourself with an easier week every three to four weeks by doing up to 60% less than the normal training weeks.


Fuel your body in training and in racing. There is no use building a V8 engine and fueling it with air.

Pyramid Intervals

Austin says these are also known as ‘I hate you, but love what you do for me’ intervals. Here’s how:

  • Warm up for 30 minutes at a moderate pace.
  • Ride flat-out for 1 minute. 
  • Recover at an easy pace for 1 minute
  • Ride flat-out for 2 minutes. 
  • Recover at an easy pace for 2 minutes
  • Ride flat-out for 3 minutes. 
  • Recover at an easy pace for 3 minutes
  • Ride flat-out for 4 minutes. 
  • Recover at an easy pace for 4 minutes
  • Ride flat-out for 5 minutes. 
  • Recover at an easy pace for 5 minutes
  • Repeat back down from 4 to 1 and then recover at an easy pace for 15-30 minutes.

Slacker Avoid. Period. It hurts.

Newbie Avoid like the plague until you really feel up to it or feel you are progressing fast.

Social You can take a stab at it if you feel the need to hate yourself a bit, but only if already well into a proper training regime.

Sub 3 racing snake Include once a week in the last few weeks before the big one.

Essential skills

“Learn to ride in a group,” says Austin. “You can save between up to 30% energy by riding effectively in a group.”  According to Austin, that equates to shaving some between 15 and 30 minutes off of your Cape Town Cycle Tour time.  “Without becoming any fitter,” he says. He recommends focusing on the upper body and head of the rider in front of you, and to avoid staring at their back wheel. The best way to learn to do this is join local club rides or to enter smaller races in the lead up to the event.

Just remember, if you are going to hide in the bunch and not take turns pulling on the front, it’s not cool to sprint over the finish line. Besides – it’s the fun ride champs, right?

Source credit: www.capetowncycletour.com

Images: Pixabay

It comes as no surprise that Cape Town was voted as the greatest city on Earth in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018, making this the sixth year in a row that the Mother City has claimed the top spot.

The Telegraph Travel Awards performs an annual survey to find out Telegraph Travel readers’ favorite cities.

Over 45 000 readers responded to the survey and Cape Town was placed at number one, above popular cities such as New York and Tokyo.

Venice surprisingly dropped down to seventh place after having held a spot in the top three for six years in a row. Meanwhile, Seville, a small city in Spain, is slowly climbing the ranks, going from holding 13th place three years ago to holding fourth place in 2018.

Sydney, Florence and New York held their positions from last year’s awards.

From Table Mountain to wine farms to the penguins of Boulders beach, not to mention the laid-back Capetonian lifestyle, there are dozens of reasons tourists and locals flock to the Mother City’s shores.

Top 10 cities in the world as voted by the Telegraph Travel Readers (UK) 

1. Cape Town

2. Tokyo

3. Vancouver

4. Seville

5. Sydney

6. New York

7. Venice

8. Florence

9. Rome

10. San Francisco

The Telegraph/ Telegraph Travel Readers Awards

Here are several reasons why our beloved city was voted the greatest on Earth this year. 

1. The exquisite Winelands

2. Our ideal beaches, which make up the city’s unreal natural landscape.

3. Table Mountain, the landmark of Cape Town 

4. The African penguins who waddle along the beaches

5. Delicious eating out options such as La Colombe, which ranks as the sixth-best fine-dining restaurant in the world according to TripAdvisor

Source: www.capetownnet.com



Get up close and personal with the thriving ocean life of Simon’s Town as you glide over the water on a hydro bike with Cape Town’s first ever water-biking tour.

Cape Town Water Bikes offers guided as well as self-guided tours on hydro bikes from Simon’s Town, in which riders can ‘cycle’ to some of the most popular spots in the area, from Boulders beach to the Clan Stuart Shipwreck.

The hydro bikes are silent, meaning that there is a big chance of riders encountering an array of marine animals such as dolphins and seals.

Riders can safely explore the ocean without leaving a carbon footprint—the water bikes do not require fuel and do not emit harmful emissions.

The state-of-the-art hydro bikes are easy to use and no prior experience or skill is required to ride them. Unlike with conventional bicycles, you do not need to learn how to balance on a hydro bike to ride one.

Guided tours last two hours, departing form Simons Town pier from 8am and 11am seven days a week.

The tours are dependent on both weather and sea conditions, while walk-in rentals are available throughout the day. Due to changing weather patterns in the Mother City, it is advisable to bring a lightweight jacket with you on your adventure.

Come rain or shine, Cape Town Water Bikes is open for business.

“We do not let rain stop our adventures. We explore in rain and shine,” a statement on Cape Town Water Bikes’ official webpage reads.

Guided tours cost R590 per person and include a safety radio, buoyancy aid and bottled water.

Riders must meet the following requirements to use the water-bikes:

They must be age 13 and older. Children aged 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Riders must be a minimum height of 1.5 metres

The maximum weight allowed on the hydro bikes is 110kg.

Bookings for tours can be made here and customers are advised to contact the Cape Town Water Bikes office prior to their trip to ensure that weather conditions are suitable for the tour.

Source: www.capetownnet.com


More information about Hydro-biking:

What is a hydrobike?

Hydrobike is the worldwide premier water bike. The Hydrobike is the ultimate in human powered watercraft. With little effort you can cruise at 5 miles per hour. They can easily be ridden in even the windiest and waviest conditions. They are virtually impossible to tip over and they are GREAT for fishing.

What kind of clothing should I wear, will I get wet?

Any comfortable clothing, maybe a light jacket for cooler days. You will not get wet unless you choose to.

What time of day is best to Hydrobike?

Mornings are the calmest time on the water with little wind, while afternoons have more onshore winds making it harder to ride. If it is too windy, we may limit the rental area or cancel rentals altogether.

Unfortunately, weather conditions vary and it is sometimes impossible to predict how the weather will be until the day-of or the day before your rental reservation. Calling us directly will give you the most up to date information.

How stable is it?

Very stable, it will not tip over when the rider is standing or sitting on the side-decks. It’s also stable in high waves and swells.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes, the weight limit is 300 lbs.

Can children ride them?

Most children ages 10 and up are able to ride themselves, as long as they are able to reach the pedals.

How close can I get to wildlife?

Five boat lengths is best to avoid disturbing animals.  It is illegal to disturb, chase, touch or feed marine mammals who are protected by Federal Law and you may be fined if reported.

Source: www.montereybayhydrobikes.com

Photo credit: bramante-it.com

Summer is here and the festive season has kicked off on a high note!
Everyone is enjoying a relaxing day at the beach and your local life guard is at his/her post, keeping an eye on everyone’s safety!
A beach flag is blowing in the wind, but not everyone knows what they mean. Here is everything you need to know about beach flags:


Beach flags and warning signs: stay safe in the surf | Photo: Shutterstock

Everyone should learn how to stay safe in the surf, sand, and sun. The beach and the ocean hide many hazards. Discover the visual signs that can be spotted on your favorite beaches.

It’s not just the big waves. There are dangerous currents, lightning, harmful algae, sharks, jelly-fish, and man-o-war stings out there.

For example, rip currents account for 80 percent of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don’t know what to do. Remember to always swim near lifeguards.

That is why it is so important to know and look for warning signs or flags. Beach signals tell us precious information about the beach and the surf. There are multiple national and regional variations, but the majority of signs are universal.

The United States Lifesaving Association has compiled the most useful safety tips for beachgoers, and surfers too. They are:

1. Learn to swim;
2. Swim near a lifeguard;
3. Swim with a buddy;
4. Check with the lifeguards;
5. Use sunscreen and drink water;
6. Obey posted signs and flags;
7. Keep the beach and water clean;
8. Learn rip current safety;
9. Enter water feet first;
10. Wear a life jacket;

There are eight types of beach safety flags:

The Yellow Flag

Meaning: Medium Hazard
Moderate surf and/or currents are present. Weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water. For others, enhanced care and caution should be exercised.

Yellow Flag

The Red Flag

Meaning: High Hazard
Rough conditions such as strong surf and/or currents are present. All swimmers are discouraged from entering the water. Those entering the water should take great care.

Red Flag

The Red Over Red Flag

Meaning: Water is closed to public use

Red Over Red Flag

The Purple Flag

Meaning: Marine pests present
Jellyfish, stingrays, sea snakes or other marine life are present in the water, and can cause minor injuries. This flag is not intended to indicate the presence of sharks. In this latter case the red flag or double red flag may be hoisted.

Purple Flag

The Red Over Yellow Flag

Meaning: Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision
The area is protected by lifeguards. These flags may be used in pairs spaced apart to indicate a designated area or zone along a beach or waterfront that is most closely supervised or patrolled by qualified lifeguards, and where swimming and/or body surfing is permitted. These flags may be used singly to indicate that swimming is permitted in front of the area where the flag is flown and that the area is under the supervision of a qualified person.

Red Over Yellow Flag

The Quartered Flag

Meaning: Watercraft area
These flags may be used in pairs spaced apart to indicate a designated area or zone along a beach or waterfront that is used by those with surfboards and other non-powered watercraft.

Quartered Flag

The Black Ball Flag

Meaning: Watercraft use prohibited
Surfboards and other non-powered watercraft are prohibited.

Black Ball Flag

The Orange Windsock Flag

Meaning: Offshore winds present, inflatables should not be used
This cone-shaped device is used to indicate the direction of offshore winds and to show that it is unsafe for inflatable objects to be used in the water.

Orange Windsock Flag

You can also find other beach warning signals with different messages for specific beaches and coastal areas:

No Beach Access Beach Closed

Beach: Open, Attention and Closed No Swimming

Caution: High Surf Caution: Sharp Coral

Danger: Strong Currents Caution: Sudden Drop Off

Caution: Slippery Rocks Warning: Shark Sighted

Warning: Jelly Fish First Aid

No Lifeguard On Duty

Unsafe For Swimming


Source: www.surfertoday.com