Photography: How To Take Self Portraits

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Today’s blog is going to be about a topic that a lot of people has been asking me for the last week. How to take pictures if you are by yourself? Well, I have a few tips that may help all of you out there with the same problem.

  1. Camera. I would like to point out that you don’t need a professional camera in order to take great pictures. It hasn’t been until recently that I have got a compact camera (Sony Alpha 5000) which makes it way easier, but it is not a must.

    Sony Alpha 5000 Trick: You can also use this trick with different cameras but I am now just talking about the one that I have. When you have a Sony camera, you can download an app called memories in which you can sync your phone and send pictures through Wi-Fi. Another really helpful trick about the camera is that you can use the remote option. If you click to the menu of the camera and click apps, you have the option of controlling the camera from the app on your phone. If you sync it, you can see from your camera, what the camera lens sees, which makes it way easier to see and control what the picture you want to take will actually look like!

  2. Angles. Taking pictures can be tricky, without the proper light, background or angles… sometimes it can be hard to get the picture you want. That is why is important to know your angles. It may sound stupid, but you can not imagine how many times I have spent in front of a mirror trying to see what poses and angles look good and which ones do not. Know what poses make your body and face look gorgeous and flattering and just work with it.

  3. Timer. Either you are working with a professional camera, a compact camera or your phone, self-timer is going to be your best friend. Always make sure that your camera is properly placed and focused, click the timer and run into place. Do not worry if the picture does not look perfect on the first try, if it is the first time you are taking the pictures by yourself it is really normal to struggle, but once you get it, it is way easier. It takes practice, like everything in life!

  4. Tripod. If you are really into photography or you just really want to invest and buy a tripod go ahead, but if not, I got ya. Anything around you can be easily used as a tripod. You just need it to be stable and you are good to go! I usually use furniture if I am indoors and whatever I can find if I am outdoors. One of the pictures down below was also taken with a rock as a tripod, and I have to admit, I love how it turned out.

Here are a few examples of pictures that I have taken by myself. 

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Afford to travel

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Today I am writing about something that I get asked a lot, how do you afford to travel being a student? Well… people expect answers like “oh, it is actually really hard, I work 4 jobs to afford my flights and accommodations…” FALSE.
I would like to start off by saying that yes, I am a student, so that’s why I don’t do super long trips and most of them are in Europe (which is cheaper than if I went to other places), I am in the middle of my semester so I can’t just go away for a month to Bali and then come back, that is simply not possible for me.

  • Where does my money come from? 

Not surprising, I work. I’ve been working since I was 16 (I’m 19 now) so it’s no surprise to me to realize that if you want to do something, you can’t always depend on your parents, they are not a money machine, they work hard for their money, not so you can just spoil yourself.
If you can’t work because you feel you can get all stressed out mixing uni and a job, you can always get an internship. Internships are a great way to get experience on the field you want to focus on when you graduate, and also, a lot of them pay you (not a lot) enough for your stuff aka traveling in my case.

  • Goal board

I have a little board in my room where I write down which places I want to visit and an approximate price of the whole trip. Once I know that, it’s saving time. I love Starbucks, but let’s be real, 5€ per drink… it really makes a difference when instead of spending 5€ every day or week, you drink coffee at home.
Going out? Don’t spend that much per ticket and drinks.

OMG ARE YOU SAYING WE CAN’T GO OUT? No

There are some clubs that if you get in before a certain time, you get in for free. Drinks? Drink at home, friends’ house… DO NOT SPEND 50€ on drinks… that’s not smart.

  • Be smart

Most of you are probably like me, students that want to see and explore our beautiful world, so don’t aim for the best. What do I mean by that? Accommodation wise, stay in hostels and Airbnb instead of hotels, restaurant wise, go to local restaurants were prices may be a little bit cheaper than more touristy places. Be wise with your money, don’t spend it on stupid things.

These are my main money sources and tips on how I afford to travel. What do you do to save up your money for your adventures?


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P.S I’m trying to start to make my titles a little bit more fancy and with pictures? Like or nah?

How to eat Vegetarian/Vegan while traveling?

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So today I am writing about how to travel when you are a vegetarian or a vegan! I am neither of those myself, although I eat a lot of vegan food and I have reduced meat a lot in my diet. A lot of people think that if you have strict diet requirements, you can’t travel or you have it super hard. Reality is, if you know what to do, it is really not that hard. Obviously it also depends on the destinations you travel too, but I can assure you that 90% of the times, you will be able to eat as you please.

  1. Be prepared and inform yourself. Some countries have different understanding on what a vegetarian or vegan is. In some asian counties, being vegetarian means you can eat chicken and fish, so make sure you know which city you are visiting, and its food costumes. captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-21-08-03
  2. Prepare it yourself. Most hostels and guest houses have kitchens, so if you are unsure that the destination you are visiting has enough vegan/vegetarian options COOK IT YOURSELF! (Obviously make sure that your hostel actually has a kitchen though…) You just have to make sure that you know where the grocery stores are and tadaaaa you can be a Masterchef. 🙂
  3. Choose the dishes wisely. I know in most restaurants you can customize your food aka “Oh sorry could I get this salad but without tomatoes?” BUT while choosing your food, make sure that you don’t come out as TOO PICKY. If you want to order a salad for example, do not go for the cheese and chicken salad and then start to ask the waiter to take the cheese, the chicken, the mayo… Get dishes that you can customize easily without getting the impression that you are basically a picky eater. Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset
  4. Plan. As a vegetarian or vegan, the chances are that you can’t eat wherever you want. Most restaurants, depending on the destination will probably not have vegan option or things that you can actually eat so make sure that you google some places before traveling so you kinda know where you can eat. captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-20-54-38
  5. Airplane food. Most food sold in airplanes are not vegetarian or vegan so pack your own food before traveling, and you can eat it after. Most airports let you board certain foods so make sure you are informed and know which ones you can actually bring with you!

So here are my tips on how to travel if you are vegetarian or vegan!


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How to decide what to pack

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So today I am writing about packing up for a trip. Every time I travel, I get asked the same question: How do you know what do you have to pack? I always struggle and end up overpacking.

Well, the answer is pretty simple, you have to know where you are going and what you are planning to do. I’ve summed up my tips in 5 different points that I think may be helpful for those who struggle with packing for a trip.

  • WEATHER. This is like my number 1 tip just because it’s too important to just forget about it! It may seem really obvious to some of you, but believe me when I tell you that some people is surprised when I tell them to look up the weather.
    Always check the weather to see if it may rain, be sunny, windy.. you never know, so make sure you are aware of the average temperatures and weather conditions of the place you visit. Sometimes you don0t need to do a lot of research to know the weather.For example, I am going to Belfast on Monday, you don’t have to be a genius to get to the conclusion that it will be cold and it will probably rain. This is obvious because of the destination, but other places may be really variable so make sure you know the weather before packing.

  • ACTIVITIES. That’s why I have said it’s important to know what you are going to do. If you go somewhere because you want to walk or hike, it’s obvious that you MUST NEVER wear heels, platforms, sandals… but if you are going to a city, and you know that you just walk like you normally do, then wear shoes that you know you’ll be comfy in.For example, I live in Barcelona, and I’ve spent all day in platforms, it doesn’t bother me, so again, if I go to Belfast on Monday, I know I can handle my platforms, so I could wear that if I wanted to.

  • MIX & MATCH. Well… I have this one really easy, because my closet is full of basics and same colored shirts, but! it doesn’t make it less important. Make sure you bring clothes with you that match between them. If you stay for a long period of time in a place, you can just mix and match your clothing  options and look like you are wearing a completely different outfit, when you have literally just changed your shirt, shoes and accessories. It may sound stupid, but it is SO helpful.

  • OPTIONS. Don’t bring just casual clothes, you never know if you’ll have an event or you will go out (unless you are actually just going to that place for that certain event, then just skip this step). Make sure you have different options, I have a couple of shirts that depends on what I am wearing with, they look casual or dressy. You just need o know which are those clothes and how you can make the most use out of them! 🙂

  • CHECK LIST. I always worry too much about my clothes and then I forget about the most obvious things like hairbrush, toothbrush… and then I have to spend money buying another one while I travel (I’m that smart…).

SO! Hopefully this post was helpful to those of you who need a little help with packing!

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6 Reasons To Travel Solo

1755af61fd5c60a5f39455001e9cdf9fHello beautiful people from the Internet!

I wanted to share my 6 reason to traveling solo with you today. As I have mentioned in previous posts, London is the first city I’ve traveled completely by myself. It was weird at first, but then I started to really REALLY like it.

I decided to travel to London by myself basically because anyone else was able to. Our schedules didn’t match, they didn’t have the money/didn’t want to spend money or they didn’t want to come… so! I decided to go there anyways.
If I have to be honest, I was quite nervous. You never know what you can encounter during your trip, so this was the only thing it was making me stress a bit.

I was in a nice area, so it wasn’t super dangerous or anything like that. The mobility through the city was super easy, and I had a tube stop two minutes away from my hostel, so it’s not like I was lost in the middle of nowhere for 4 days, or took me forever to get to the centre of London.

Now that I’ve introduced you my first solo experience I want to share my reasons (learnt everything in 4 days!) on why you should travel alone, ENJOY!

  • TRIP PLANNING. How many times have you had to depend on someone else to buy your plane tickets, book a hotel… I think we have all been there at some point of our lives. Let’s be real, traveling with friends or family can be fun
    , but you can’t deny that it can be also pretty stressful. You have to depend on everyone else to get their tickets, book the same hotel as you. If you don’t want confusions, one person is in charge of bu
    ying everything and then the rest pays them back (if they don’t “forget”), the list of things that can happen while planning a group trip is never ending. What happens when you travel by yourself?
    Well, things change A LOT. If you see an offer online, you can go ahead and book it. You choose the destination, the hostel/hotel, the area you want to stay in, your budget… We could say you have total control of everything, it is soooooo much easy.
  • CONFIDENCE. This experience it has made me have more confidence in myself. Why? Well, I’ve seen that I am capable of moving around a city I’m not familiar with by myself, with no help. I that made me realize that I do not need someone by my side telling me where to go or what to do. It feels really good to know that you can rely on yourself to do things you like and want to do! 🙂
  • BUDGET. Money is pretty important. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again. I am a student, I don’t make a lot of money, so I can’t just go spending the little I have on stupid things every single day. When you go with more people, maybe someone wants to go to an expensive place to eat, want to visit something and the tickets for that are crazy expensive (let’s admit it, usually touristy things are really expensive). If you travel solo, you decide what to do with your money. Is it worth it going to this expensive building? No? Then bye, let’s move on to another thing you are interested in. 
  • FRIENDS. Traveling solo & friends. Is that even possible? YES IT IS PEOPLE. In hostels, you’ll find A LOT of people that are just like you, solo. In there, most people are pretty friendly and social, so it’s really easy to make new friends. Don’t be scared to talk to people, probably they want to talk to you too and maybe they don’t know how to start a conversation.
  • ITINERARY & TIMING. Each person has different interests so when you travel as a group, you have to take into account every interest of every person, and try to visit and do what everybody wants. This can sometimes create arguments, misunderstandings and confusions. Does that happen when you travel alone? NOPE. Your interests are the only ones that matter. If you love museums, maybe you want to spend 4h in one, and then just want to walk by the churches without getting in, who knows right? 
  • SATISFACTION. Do you need to feel guilty if you want to sleep in? If you just want to sit down and chill in a park? If you want to stop and get some food? NO. Why? Because the only person that needs to feel happy is YOU. It may sound kind of selfish and self-centered, but you need to understand that your happiness is important, and that you can do whatever and whenever you want without feeling guilty because someone else wanted to wake up early and walk around the whole city or because they were not hungry so they did not want to waste time in a café if you could just visit other things.Processed with VSCO with se3 preset 

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TOP 5 Travel Essentials

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So last year (and probably thI travelled a lot, at least two flights a month, so let’s just say I have become a pro when it comes to my traveling essentials. I used to bring my Longchamp purse and just stuff it with the most random things, that I almost never used in the flight nor even my stay. After a while, I realized that it was not the most comfortable option to travel, so I switched to a backpack!

I thought it may be useful for people who as me, struggle to fit everything they need in just one place, so I would like to share what my essentials are!

  • Headphones & MacBook. Even if your flight is 1h or 24h the most likely thing to happen is that you get bored. One way to enjoy yourself, get distracted and relax is listening to music, watching movies, tv shows… Every time I travel I always double-check that I bring both: headphones & my MacBook with me, one time I forgot both of them and I don’t even know how I survived the 3h the flight lasted… that was hell.
  • Tiny little wallet. On my everyday life, I always bring my big badass wallet, in which I fit everything but money, it’s always full of cards I don’t use, receipts… so when I travel, I like to make sure that everything I’m bringing is going to be useful and not take up space. I bought mine at Accessorize while I was in Northern Ireland this summer. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
  • Portable charger. Every time  I travel, my phone battery dies so fast. I think it is because I listen to music during the flights, I scroll through all my social media over and over again while I wait to board, and also, I use my phone as my camera. Let’s be real, I can’t afford a nice camera. So I always have to make sure I have enough battery for the day!
  • Bottle of water & gum. Both of them so random, yet so necessary. I always get thirsty during flights but no, I’m not going to spend 5€ in a bottle of water. So I always try to bring one from home, an empty one, and then I fill it up once I’ve gone through security! Another thing I always like to bring are gums. I need to chew on things when I’m bored so yeah, it’s a great option PLUS, you get that minty breath.
  • Necessity bag (as I like to call it). This bag is the key to success, I bring pads, tampons, lip balm, tablets, dental care stuff, tissues… you never know when you or other people might need this so I always like to bring this mini bag with me JUST IN CASE.

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QUESTION OF THE BLOG: Which are your TOP 5 Travel essentials?


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