Travel Con Austin Texas an Epic Success For The Travel Industry

Travel Con 2018 in Austin Texas was amazing. I spent last week surrounded by incredible people with the same goals. To travel the world and make money doing it.

I was one of the speakers at this conference and nothing makes me happier than teaching people about what I am so passionate about. Photography.

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Travel Con was incredible and a massive success. I connected with so many people, and it was great to see and hang out with old friends.

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My class went really well, we packed over 100 people in the classroom.  It was great for teaching other people about photography and my editing process. If you want to see all the fantastic speakers and classes here, you go: TravelCon2018

The keynotes were not only inspiring but extremely informational.  For anyone from beginners to pros, this conference was inspirational, uplifting and of course, a great place to meet like-minded people.

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If you are in the travel industry or want to be part of it, Travel Con is the place to be. It will be in Boston next year, and it is going to be EPIC. Check www.TravelCon.org

A massive THANK YOU to everyone that attended, from the organizers to the speakers to all the attendees.

A special thanks to Anthony Johnson Photography for taking these photos and connecting with me. You are an incredible photographer, and of course, I love the hustle. Go check him out. His IG is @anthonyj_photo

Thanks again to everyone in my life for all the support in this incredible journey. Love you guys!

 

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I really enjoy teaching photography. Having thought local and international workshops for the past 5 years, I have a new found passion for teaching.  If you are interested in learning more about photography check out my courses where I dive deep into photography and share all my secrets. You can find my classes here and my Lightroom Presets. (If you attended the conference use code TravelCon18 and get 30% off)

Good Karma

Good Karma

One of the coolest things about photography is meeting all this wonderful people. I met this girl while I was out on the streets shooting some night photography, she was standing in the corner holding the sign up.

I went up to her and asked her what she was doing, she told me that she was traveling across the United States and this was the best way for her to make any kind of money. She says that people would get a laugh out of her sign and will usually give her a couple of bucks. She told me she’s been doing that the entire way from San Francisco to Miami. I asked her if I could take her picture and she smiled and said of course and this is what I got.

She said she was going to stay in Miami for a couple days before heading back to San Francisco. I wonder if she ever made it back…

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Enchantment of the Sea

Enchantment of the Sea

I shot these pictures a couple days ago, and the wind was insane. I should not of been flying. This is the windiest I have ever flown before. I certainly put the DJI Phantom 3 to the test. The winds were 20 MPH and going against the wind ate up all my battery cutting the flight time in half.

I took a chance and put the drone in the air and did mainly video, but I did sneak in some pictures. I always find it difficult to focus on both, video and pictures. I have come to the conclusion that I need to pick one or the other when I’m out there, if not I do not do a good job on the photos or the video.

Here are the best pics from that day.

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15 Rules of Flying Etiquette

15 Rules of Flying Etiquette

15 Rules of Flying Etiquette.

If you fly as often as I do then you will know exactly what I am talking about. This is all out of personal experience and happens to me in just about every flight. In fact I’m typing this in a plane do to some inspiring people in here. This is all common sense but some people lack that and they lack that in numbers.

I will start form the beginning of the flight and end at the baggage claim. Safe travels everyone. Read on.

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1.When you enter the plane and have a massive back pack on, (for some reason you need your entire bedroom for a weekend trip in your back pack) do not turn on the aisle, every time you do that you hit someone in the face (someone sitting in an aisle seat) with your 60 pound bag, if you need to put your other 100 pond carry on on top take, your back pack off first, place it on your seat then continue to put your 2nd home on the compartment above your seat.

2. That brings me to #2. I know you are the only person in the planet that matters, but unfortunately for you we all paid to be in this plane and we all have the right to store our bags, so place the carry on bags wheels first on the overhead compartment to make more room for everyone else’s bag, don’t be an asshole and take a whole compartment by your self then close it. WTF is that? Douchebag

3. If you are that jerk off that puts your knees on the seat in front of you, be happy you haven’t done this to me, I will get up and embarrass you in front of the entire plane. I mean come on, every time you move the guy in front of you can feel it, yes even if you are extra careful, how old are you 6 that you cant keep your body parts to your self? This goes for the the ones that use my arm rests as foot rests, don’t put your feet near me.

4. If you are one of this people that takes your shoes off, remember this, nobody wants to smell your stinky feet, I know I know its a long flight and you want to be comfortable, guess what asshole, buy a private jet. Besides do you know how filthy this plane carpets are? Do you know what happens in a guys bathroom in front of a urinal? Yes its full of piss and guys step on it and guess what its all over that carpet. Keep your shoes on!

5. Ahh the food trey, remember that the food trey is attached to the seat in front of you, that being said, be courteous when you open it and close it. Don’t be a jerk and slam it open or close, the guy in front can feel it and its not pleasant.

6. This brings me to #6 if you have to go to the bathroom and often, there is nothing wrong with that (Im one of this guys) but please don’t grab my seat to get up and jerk it back , unless you are a 70 plus year old man or woman, you are full capable of getting up without disrupting everyone around you.

7. The aisle asshole. Yes I said it, if you like to walk back and forth in the aisle there is no reason for you to touch anyones seat, just walk, and don’t bother people by graving their seats using them as hand rails, some people are sleeping and some are working the last thing they need is a thump on their head just because some asshole cant sit still. There is no reason for you to touch anyones seat while standing unless there is horrible turbulence, in wish case you should not be walking around to begin with.

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8. The pig, I know I know you only get a drink and a napkin, why can you get more? I have news for you, you can in first class, that being said it shouldn’t be hard for you to keep track of your napkin right? So why does it always end up on the floor? Is this how you are at home? You just throw shit on the floor? The flight attendants often walk up and down the aisle with trash bags, put your trash in there. Don’t leave it on the floor or stuff it on the back of the seat. Have some manners, if you want to be a pig buy a private jet and destroy that.

9. Hey asshole I have news for you, nobody cares what you are listening to, watching, playing or looking at on your cellphone, iPad or laptop, so mute it or put some headphones on. Douchebag.

10.You might not like this one but it has to be said, if you are massive and over weight, thats ok, nobody is judging you but you need to buy 2 seats, why should I get squished and be uncomfortable just because you don’t fit in a normal seat? Its not fair to me and its not fair to you. You take up a seat an a half and unfortunately I get screwed with half a seat, and I paid full price??? Shouldn’t you pay for half my seat??? Think about it.

11. The parents, most parents are really good and kids are kids I get that but I did have a terrible experience once and I have to mention it. Do not change your kids dippers next to me, its extremely rude not only to me but everyone else. You think we like to smell baby shit? If you haven’t noticed the bathrooms are equipped with some incredible tables you can put down and clean your kid on. USE THEM!

12. The seat swapper, are you this guy? guess what if you ask me to swap seats Im gonna tell you to f-off, its a 2 hr flight and you can handle it. Unless you are offering a better seat I’m not giving up mine so you can sit next to your wife (or husband) for 2 hrs and I can sit in the middle of a 2 massive people, besides you need a break from her (or him) wasn’t this vacation long enough? Plan better next time.

13. The cougher, cover your mouth!!!

14. When the plane lands and the seatbelt light goes off, stay put, it exits by rows, you will eventually leave. Don’t be the asshole that tries to run down the aisle to get off first. A. you look like a complete asshole and B. You will only get 2 people ahead. If you want to get off first, buy a first class ticket or a private jet. Jerk!

15. You made it, well almost, if you need to get your bag at the carousel, don’t push people out of the way, or don’t pull carts up to the carrousel, we all want our bags and we are all going to get them, be polite about it. If someone needs to get front of you because their bags are coming, let them in.

Sometimes I wonder wtf is wrong with people, this is nothing but common sense and common curtesy, I’m convinced that if we all had a little bit more common courtesy this world would be a better place. Be kind and respectful to each other, traveling is hard enough as it is don’t make it harder on yourself and other people. We are all adults.

Did I miss any? Leave me a comment below as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Shot of the Day-Grand Central Station New York

Shot of the Day-Grand Central Station New York

The famous New York City Grand Central Station, this is actually a very photographed place, if you have ever been here then you know why. If you are ever in NYC take a cab to this place its really cool, not only to photograph but just to see. I was waiting for a flash mob but it never happened…Happy Saturday peeps. Let me know what you think…

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