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Reflection on 2017 and What’s to Come in 2018

First, Happy New Year! Although I’ve been MIA for a solid minute, I’m hoping to be back for a while. I wanted to start back this year with a little reflection on 2017 and sharing some goals and changes to the blog for 2018.

#1. If you had to describe your 2017 in three words, what would they be?

They would be: Exciting, Adventurous, challenging

#2. What, or who, are you most thankful for?

My friends for supporting me through the ups and downs that I’ve faced the past few months.

#3. What new things did you discover about yourself?

I learned a lot of things, but the main would be, when I put my mind to something, I’ll achieve it.

#4. What single achievement are you most proud of?

I’ve achieved a lot this year, but honestly, the thing I’m most proud of is my volunteering twice a week with Reading Partners and helping my RP become a better and stronger reader.

#5. What was the best news you received?

That I got accepted into the University I’m attending, which was my first choice #ReignCane!

#6. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2017?

Panama City, Panama. Hands down an amazing country with amazing food and people.

#7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

I’m going to say friendliness. Starting college requires you to go out of your way and be friendly to people since everyone’s trying to make friends.

#8. Which new skills did you learn?

I learned how to ask for help.

#9. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2017?

The only thing stopping you from doing something is you.

#10. What advice would you give your early 2017 self if you could?

Be excited about opportunities, and enjoy the adventure along the way.

Getting Excited About 2018

Despite the fact that any day of the year you can set a goal to achieve, January 1st seems to be the day we all choose to do so. I have three main goals this year. I’ve already been working on these goals whether I’ve actually started working on them, or I’ve just been planning the steps needed to achieve it. Here are the three goals I’m hoping to achieve or start the journey to achieve in 2018.

#1: Do well in college

I’m not going to lie. College is hard. There’s a transitional period that nobody tells you about. Which is that it takes you about half of your first semester to learn how to study in college because mid-terms and finals in high school are comparable to that of quizzes in college. So my goal is to keep my head above water this year, and the next couple of years ahead of me.

#2: Run a sub-2hr half marathon

I ran my first half-marathon this year. It was an amazing experience, and I did it with relatively little training. Don’t worry, that sentence makes me cringe too. At the time of which would’ve been time to train for it, I was on a D1 collegiate rowing team. Due to rowing being an endurance sport that requires a lot of strength, I was able to pull off a decent finish for my first half-marathon. With the races I’ve signed up for this year including 2 half marathons, I’m going to truly train for them.

#3: The Next Phase for RunningSoleGirl

It’s crazy to think I started RunningSoleGirl as a freshman in high school, and I want to continue on with it as a freshman in college. RunningSoleGirl has always focused on empowering women when it comes to health and fitness, and my mission is to continue that. However, I want to change it up a bit, but this has to do with my other two goals to begin working on in 2018. I plan on posting my training logs as well as tips to survive college. The usual health and fitness posts will continue on, but there will be some variety now. This makes it easier for me to continue posting on here, and I hope you lovelies support it.

Here’s to the journey that 2018 will bring us on!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Mental Health: Using Your Experiences To Help Others

Every year almost 1 in 5 (around 42.5 million) American adults suffer from some sort of mental health issue; including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This is a scarily large figure but doesn’t include a large number of cases. Especially of mental health issues within teenagers and younger children. This large figure means that, although there are a lot of people suffering from mental health issues; there are also a lot of people that are suffering or have suffered; who want to use their experiences with mental health to help others.

If you have suffered from a mental health issue; you will be able to better understand the person whom you are trying to help. You can also share your own experiences, so they don’t feel alone. Many people do this; I’ve listed a few different ways in which you too can take your experience to help others. Of course, none of these options are a replacement of professional help; they are simply others forms of support and forms that often help a person to realize that something may be wrong and that they may need professional help. There is importance with mental health using your experience to help others.

Mentoring

If you are still of school or college age, then mentoring might be a good option for you. It allows you to engage with people the same age or a little bit younger than you and provide support and guidance. Most people, when they first realize that something may be wrong do one of two things; they either search for their symptoms online or talk to a friend.

As we all know, Googling symptoms is never a good idea, as it always says somewhere down the line that you’re dying of some rare disease that you don’t even find in your country. Talking to a friend, however, that is helpful. Friends are there to provide you emotional support, so are often the first people you tell about a mental health issue, even before family. However, some people may feel as though they don’t have a friend they can truly trust, and confide in, which is why peer-to-peer mentoring is such a good idea – It provides you with a confidant, who you can trust to listen to you and try to help you if they can.

Blogging

Blogging can assist you in helping others on a much wider scale than one to one mentoring. Depending on your experiences, you can write about a range of topics from self-help and techniques on coping with stress, to any medication you may be taking. Many people with mental health issues feel completely alone, but simply sharing your experiences can change that, and help them have a much more positive view of themselves. Blogging allows you the option to remain anonymous, and with plenty of useful tools and websites online, setting up a blog nowadays is relatively easy, so there’s absolutely no reason why this couldn’t be an option for you.

Vlogging

In the past few years watching your favorite channels on YouTube seems to be more popular than watching your favorite channels on an actual television. If you wanted to aim your support and guidance at younger adults and teenagers, vlogging is a brilliant idea. There are many wonderful YouTube channels based solely on mental health; which have videos based on the suggested topics of blog posts from above. Many of the bigger YouTubers, such as Zoella and JackGap, also use their channels as a platform to talk about their own experiences with their mental health. This allows young people with mental health issues to feel more ‘normal’; by knowing that their favorite YouTube star also suffers from the same things as they do. There are many helpful guides online that explain to you how to set up a YouTube channel, which can make the whole process a lot easier – All you need now is a camera.

Become A Therapist

A therapist is a mental health professional, who assists their patients in reducing their symptoms of mental illness, by improving their emotional and cognitive skills, and teaching them how to cope with various challenges from everyday life. Granted, this isn’t the easiest way to share your experiences concerning mental health. It certainly takes a lot of dedication, but if it’s what you want to do, then it is definitely possible. By taking an online psychology degree, you can study and get the qualifications you need to commence in higher education, while still having the time to hold down a full-time job.

Join A Therapy Group

If you don’t want to become a therapist yourself, joining a therapy group is another great way to share your experiences with mental health. Not only will it help you, as you can share you problems, hear others advice, and hear other people’s own experiences, but you can also help out other in the group in the same way. This is a lot like mentoring, except it’s not on a one to one basis; which in the long run might be better for some people. It provides you with a group of people who understand you, rather than just one; which could provide you with a sense of belonging.

All of these are great ways of using your own experiences with mental health to help others. Many of them could also help you improve your own mental health at the same time; as they provide an audience to which you can let out any feelings and emotions. However, you must always remember that, although you may want to help people, and although you may have in-depth experience of your own mental health problems unless you do train to become a therapist, you are not a professional. You can certainly provide advice and support. However, you need to know when to let a person know they need to speak to a professional.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Hot For Health? Turn Your Humble Hobby Into A Killer Career

When you’re passionate about health, you can often find that it takes over a huge part of your life – but in a good way. If you find yourself practicing good levels of health with your diet and exercise as well as your mental health and a healthy lifestyle overall, you may find that the next step left for you is to consider injecting health into your career. Because when you’re passionate about a subject like health, it often means that you know enough about it to make it into a killer career. If that sounds like something you’d love, here are five health and fitness careers you might like to consider to help turn your hobby into a killer career.

Yoga Teacher

Perhaps you’re an avid yogi, and you find yourself practicing every single day. Well, why not think about becoming a yoga teacher yourself? It may sound a little mad at first, but if you really love yoga, why not ditch your current career and walk down the path of becoming a yoga teacher instead? If you’re far along in your yoga journey, taking your training into teaching could be the natural next steps for you anyway, and you’ll finally have a career that you care about.

Nutritional Therapist

Or maybe you’re more into nutrition? When you’re really passionate about eating well and utilizing the benefits of nutrition in food, you could become a nutritional therapist. Then, not only will you be able to enhance your own knowledge and ensure that you know all there is to know about nutrition and the body, but you can also use your knowledge to help those that may be in need of your nutritional therapy services the most.

Fitness Instructor

When it’s more of a general passion for fitness that you have, you may want to get into fitness as a career. If you’re passionate and you know a lot about different training techniques, or you’re willing to learn, you could become a fitness instructor. Then, you could take your training and knowledge to provide professional and specialist services in your particular field, whether that’s strength training or weight loss.

Health Counselor

Or maybe you want to be able to take your passion to more of an executive level. When you want to help others with your passion, you should consider health counseling as a career. Whether you look into mental health counselor masters programs or start from scratch at the bachelor’s level, you will be able to train in a field that allows you to make a difference. Covering everything from eating disorders to depression, you will be able to use your passion to improve people’s lives.

Registered Nurse

Finally, if you want to take things to a completely new level, you may also want to think about training to become a nurse. If your passion for health is more on the caring level, you may want to become a registered nurse and train within a particular specialism. If you’re able to commit the years to do your training and you’re interested in nursing as a career, you will find that this job role will allow you to pursue your passion and prove very rewarding too.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Your Image Always Precedes You…

It’s an amazing thing when a hobby becomes a job, as it’s something you’ve spent a long time working for, and now you get paid to do it. You can feel like you’ve hit the jackpot, but there comes the point where doing something that you love actually does feel more like a job rather than a passion. With something like running a blogging business, or any business for matter, there’s not just the fun of indulging in your passions, it’s about meeting deadlines, working long hours on things you may not necessarily care about, and the stress of making sure that employees are paid on time as well as other essential parts of the trade. Is there a way to strike a balance and keep a professional image while also making it enjoyable?

Keep On Learning

If you find that the fun of the job has been replaced by endless number crunching and boring admin in work, then it’s time to start expanding on what it is you do. It’s always important when it comes to expanding a business to research into new and exciting areas to keep yourself ahead of the pack. And as a business like this should be an extension of your passions it gives you the perfect opportunity to do research into something that you care about and see if you can implement it as a new department of your company.

Make The Most Of Resources To Bulk Up Your Image

Regardless of the size of your business, your image is always what precedes you, and there are little tricks of the trade to help push that right image out to potential clients or sponsors. If you’re running a business out of your own home, you could make the most of a virtual PO box which benefits you by not having to put your residential home address on correspondence as it doesn’t look as good as an office or a suite number in a desirable business location. You could also use virtual assistants to answer the telephone, again adding another layer of professionalism to your small company.

Delegate Duties

While this business is your baby, there will come a time when there is so much work to do that you won’t be able to physically complete it all yourself, which is when you will have difficulty in communicating with other staff members how to do certain tasks. It is better now to get over this while the business is still in its relatively early days. It can be hard to attribute tasks to certain people at the start because this is something you’ve grown all by yourself, and you won’t want to let it go. But if you can get over this quickly then you are teaching yourself the importance of relinquishing control over certain aspects, and it’s also giving you some breathing space which is integral to the work/life balance.

Maintaining a sense of professionalism is difficult when you are working out of your home, and it’s just you, but there will be a time when the business will expand so much that you need to have these important factors in place, so it’s best to learn them now.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

How To Raise Awareness For Your Cause

If you want to do more to help raise awareness for causes and charities that you believe in, then it isn’t as complicated as you may have thought, although, there isn’t just one best strategy out there to do so. There are tons of ways, and what might work for you, may not for other individuals, so it’s important to figure out what you’re passionate about doing, because as long as there is passion – people will want to help. Here’s some way to help raise awareness for your cause.

The best thing that helps charities are donations. The more donations they get – the more that can be invested to help the people that need it, and make the organization even bigger. In order to bring awareness to your cause, it helps to have a budget. That way you can figure out what you need and how much it will cost you. Now you can start looking at the several ways to bringing awareness to whatever you believe in.

Events

Set a World Record

Try thinking of a world record that is in some way in relation to your cause. Then invite all of your supporters to come and take part in the challenge, or just watch and enjoy a fun day out. You may even get press coverage – which is ideal!

Educational Events

If you have a certain skill or talent that you are able to teach others, whether that be something creative like art or music, or even motivational speaking – share your knowledge with others, and once you have their attention, engage in conversation about why you are really doing this today.

Fundraising Events

Things like auctioning at an art exhibition, or sporting event are great for these; especially because they tend to be quite ‘fancy,’ so a lot of people will be dressed up looking expensive, and if they’re in a good enough mood, they’ll be feeling generous too.

Contests

Like & Comment to Win

If you’d rather stick to the basics, then go with this method. Make a new post online that’s in relation to your cause, and tell everyone to like and comment for a chance to win. Then you can just pick a winner at random. Of course, you’ll have to come up with a prize. Try getting in touch with local businesses to see if they would sponsor a gift card or something of the sort.

Photography

The world is all about visual content nowadays – take Instagram for example, a social network full of photographic content – and people love it. So why not hold a contest to see who can capture the best moment. Choose a theme or an object to be photographed (that relates to your cause,) and then post and share your competition online, along with the closing date. Then the winners work gets to be featured on the next poster or brand logo, etc.

Videography

Similar to the photo idea, ask your followers to come up with a short video about your cause, and why people should want to help raise awareness about it. Choose a winner and then share that video for everyone to see; if it’s really good, you can use it as part of your campaign.

Branding

Social Media Awareness

Make sure you cover the different social media platforms by making pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and even Snapchat. The more people you engage with, the more interest and attention your cause will get.

Design The Merch

Consider investing some money into making merchandise. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, just keep it simple like the breast cancer awareness bracelets. They can then be given out at your events, or bought online which works as a donation, but people get something out of it too.

Be Consistent

If you want your cause to be recognized amongst all other charities out there; you will have to be consistent with your branding. This means once you have an idea for a logo (and you’re sure!) stick to that, as that will be how people identify you from others.

Get Your Cause Noticed

Now that you have all the different tricks of the trade; get thinking about what ideas suit you best, but try everything first. It’s always wise to have a variety of different things up your sleeve, so your audience doesn’t get bored. You don’t want to be predictable; you want to excite people and bring in positive attention and love from others out there. The more lives you can reach – the more lives you are helping.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Benefits Of Blogging: How And Why To Do It

Have you ever considered starting a blog? Maybe you changed your mind because of the time and hard work that goes into it. But what are the benefits, and how do you get them? Blogging can be such a rewarding job! – Here are the benefits of blogging, and why it can be so rewarding…

Attracting an Audience

Blogging is an amazing way to share your stories and experiences with everyone around the world (as long as they use the internet!) If you have your own business, blogging can be a great thing to do as a form of advertising too and meeting your goals.

People tend to like blogs because you’re sharing so much with people, without asking them for anything in return.

If your content is good, then it will pretty much sell itself, but in order to plant the seed, social media is a brilliant platform to get as much recognition as you deserve. Spread the word and ask your friends and family to share your posts. Every little helps.

Building a rapport

When you have a substantial amount of readers, the power you have tends to grow a lot more. Once you already have people interested in what you’re talking about, it will be a lot easier to sell a product or service that you are offering, because they know you already. That’s why building a rapport is key. Make everyone feel cared for and appreciated, just like how they make you feel.

Making money

There are many ways you can make money from your blog, but first, you need a big enough audience otherwise no one will know about you. This is why creating email list building funnels is so important. It will get you subscribers – but then you have to keep them and make sure they’re satisfied enough to stick with you for the long run.

You can make money by promoting other people’s products, selling your own things and even charging subscribers for unlimited access to your blogs.

Organize your mind and grow

When blogging, you will have to learn how to organize everything in your mind, so it’s understandable for your readers. It’s one thing to have all the ideas in your head, but a whole other thing to turn them into something with structure and importance.

If you have to write about a topic that you aren’t too familiar with – do the appropriate research. This isn’t something that you can blag; you have to give out the right information for your readers because they are trustingin you to do so.

Tell your story

One of the best things about being a blogger is the freedom that you have. If there is something that brings you so much joy – write about it as much as you like, and connect yourself with people that share the same interests. And the opposite too – if there is something that really bugs you – tell people about it. It may make a great, comical read, and you’ll be introduced to others that agree with you!

People appreciate honesty, as the media can fade between the truth and a ridiculous exaggeration at times, so just be you.

Your audience may even become future business partners and lifelong friends.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Earn Extra Income Whilst Keeping Fit

We all need to earn a bit more money and we all know that we should be keeping fit but the two things can get in the way of each other. When we are earning money, we are not keeping fit and when we exercising we are using up time that could be spent earning money! This is a problem when you have a busy job, if you are studying or if you have young kids to look after. The ideal solution is to join the two together and here are some ways in which you can do just that.

Start a Personal Training Business

When you work as a personal trainer, you are teaching someone how to train effectively and you are training yourself at the same time. You can find out about potential salaries and training as a personal trainer at Origym. You can also access one-to-one training and on-going support as you launch your career. There is potential to work from anywhere in the world and from home! You can build a client list that fits around your other commitments and work as many hours as you want.

It is easy to set up a personal training business with very little financial outlay. All you need is some lycra and some training shoes which you also need to keep fit.

Hire Yourself Out as a Dog Walker

Walking dogs is a great way to keep fit. If you do not have a pup of your own there are plenty of dog owners that would love you to take theirs! You can even build a thriving business out of it once you have built up a solid base of clients. It is best to start with friends and family and build up a list of people who will give you positive testimonials. Then you could set yourself up a simple website or promote your services on social media.

The downside is that you have to go out in all weathers. You cannot decide not to walk the dog because it is raining. You need some basic knowledge of how to care for a dog and how to deal with minor emergencies (such as an injury) when you are out. You need to be responsible and reliable because looking after someone else’s pet is a big responsibility.

Start a Fitness Blog

Blogging a great way to earn some extra income. You can get some money from sponsored posts, advertising or by selling things. You can share your fitness journey so that others can read about it and become inspired. Once you have built up a loyal following, you will feel accountable to them. You won’t want to let them down and that will inspire you to keep going with your fitness plan.

It costs nothing to set up a simple blog and promote it on your social media channels. You could even branch out to into blogging about healthy recipes as you embrace a new healthy diet.

Making money and keeping fit can be a great combination!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Make More Money With These Smart Blogger Moves

If you’ve been blogging for a little while, you might be wondering how you can push forward to make more money from it. Not all bloggers are in a position to give up their day jobs. Many people who write on their own websites do so as a hobby. But if you think that now is the time to earn enough income from your writing passion for quitting your job, what is your plan of action?

Yes, it is possible to make money from writing. And yes, it is possible to make enough from it that you could quit the day job. It might all have started as a hobby, but now your blog has found its voice and its audience. Your website is receiving more traffic than ever, and you’re pushing out plenty of articles per week. Monetizing your work will be the biggest reward for your effort.

There are a few ways you can earn money from your own website or blog. Selling items here is easier than you think. You simply need to write relevant articles that naturally offer information or links to the things you want to sell. You could also invite donations to your pages, particularly if you write articles that provide help and advice. This can be done quickly and easily with a PayPal plugin on your WordPress site.

Why not collate all your articles into a helpful ebook? You can sell this on Amazon, or sell it directly from your blog site if you have a shopping cart facility. Mail order is also possible, but this can put people off buying from you. Limited access websites or content can also help you generate income. You might charge a nominal sum to give readers a password to allow them access to your most valuable content.

Now you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably picked up speed. You’ve overcome all those startup challenges, and you’re writing good quality articles more often. Why not write for other successful websites? Here is how you get paid to blog for other sites:

  • Focus on your niche – You know what you know, and you know it well. Stick to it as this is where your strengths lie.
  • Be prepared to write a proposal for any articles you’re thinking of submitting.
  • Always read what’s on the site you want to write for so you can be sure your work will appeal to their readership.

Promoting your own site can be done for free, but you might choose to invest a little money into some paid advertising. Whichever way you choose to do it, make sure the internet is your go-to provider. Your blog exists online and is open to the whole world. Limiting your resources to offline media and advertising is unlikely to reap many rewards. Once you have increased your traffic, you’ll be able to command a higher price for other advertisers. You may be able to achieve sponsorship or be asked to write product reviews. This too could lead to more income.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Swap Your Hobby Into A Job

For most people, blogging is a hobby. It’s an outlet. Somewhere that thoughts, ideas, and feelings can be shared without a filter. The best thing about a hobby is that it’s something you enjoy doing and makes you feel whole while you do it. But if you could turn that hobby into a money maker, would you do it? Whether you love to journal your world travels or talk about your new baby and how they are growing, a blog is a space for you to air all your opinions.

Most blogs are personal platforms for people to vent and share their lives, but nearly 40% of bloggers have turned their craft into their job. It’s not hard to swap your hobby for a full-time blogging job when you know how, and in this article, we’ll teach you how to go from blogging for fun part time to using an office address like this one https://www.hoxtonmix.com for all your professional needs while you market yourself. Social media and marketing companies are making a point now of using blogging as part of their marketing strategies. This then generates more opportunities for freelancers and contractors in their work and with these tips, you can make it happen for you.

Understand Your Niche

Look at the blog you run, and make an inventory of what you’re writing about. Work out how you’ve kept people clicking on your blog and take note about how you plan your own content. You can’t pitch yourself to a company without evidence of your own successes and if you have areas you need to improve on, tell the company about this, too.

Shine

Getting noticed and standing out is something that employers will be looking for in your blog. Your hobby may be writing but your blog is about so much more than that and getting people to read your writing is usually the biggest hurdle. With the number of blogs out there online, standing out is a struggle and you want to be a big fish in a big pond. If you haven’t already, start networking with other bloggers and swap posts to feature for each other. Getting noticed will get you attention from employers.

Contribute

If you contribute to other posts, their followers will notice you and follow you, therefore increasing traffic to your site. You want to show employers that you know how to write for your competition in a way that gets you noticed rather than them. Blogging is a huge community and your followers will grow as you contribute.

Once you have gained all the skills you can for your blogging, start applying for work. Your writing is your talent so make your cover letter passionate, exciting and shows off your skills. If you can’t find any full-time blogging positions, go for part time to get you started. You’re graduating a hobby into a profitable skill, and this will take some time. Make the time for your craft and it’ll pay off for you in the long term.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

A Blogger’s Guide To Taking More Professional Travel Shots

A big part of running a successful blog is learning how to take high-quality photos for your posts. While you could source your images online, it’s much better to take them yourself, so that you can ensure that your site really is unique. After all, the more unique your site and content, the more likely it is to stand out, and the more it stands out, the higher your chances of success. With that in mind, when it comes to capturing the most incredible travel photos to go with your blog posts, here’s what you need to know:

Capture the most interesting and intriguing locations

Yes, it’s tempting to take snaps of all the most well-known sights, but ask yourself is that what your readers want to see? The fact is that a photo of a sight or feature that they have seen time and time again isn’t going to excite and interest your readers because they’ve seen it a million times before. So what you want to do is find interesting and unique locations to shoot – you can find plenty of ideas online on sites like www.digitalcamcentral.com/best-waterfalls-nashville-tennessee/.

Search the location that you’re visiting, and you should be able to find the most unique and beautiful locations to capture photos of. Of course, if you’re visiting Paris it’s fine to take photos of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe, as long as you also get some more unique snaps. If you’re visiting New York, it’s perfectly fine to shoot the statue of liberty, but you also want to get some more unique shots.

Think about the angle

One way to ensure that any photo you take is unique is to think carefully about the angle that you shoot from. Don’t just take a boring, straight on photo, be a little more creative with the images that you are capturing. Try snapping photos at different distances, take some from further away and some close-up. Take photos from above, below, and the sides. Tip the camera to an angle and see what images you can create – you would be amazed at how different this can make your images look.

Shoot in the best light

Compared to your eyes, your camera is most probably terrible at creating clear images in various lights. When in bright sunlight you will be able to distinguish most features, whereas a camera will create shadows where the sun isn’t as bright. That’s why it’s so important to shoot your photos in the very best light. Otherwise, the quality and clarity won’t be there. You may find that there’s one time of day that it’s best to shoot at, such as midday when the sun is at its highest. Often, it’s just a case of trial and error, working out when the best time of day to shoot at is.

Focus on just one point

To give your images an edge, consider focusing on one area within them. You can change the settings on most cameras to only focus on close objects or far away objects, altering the look of the image. If you’re keen to create some unique shots to share on your blog in a travel post, playing around with the focus of your camera is a good idea. You would be amazed at the beautiful photos you can capture just by editing the focus setting of your camera.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Hopefully, the above tips and ideas will help you with taking more professional travel shots for your next travel blog post.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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