Category: tips

Breakaways’ Top 5 Tips for great photos

Fill the screen. Try to fill the screen with the subject you are photographing. Avoid bright lights. Keep your subject out of direct, bright light. Keep it simple. A neutral or simple background helps to bring out your subject. Go to eye level. Approach your subject at eye level for the most powerful shot. Make it spontaneous. Have fun and enjoy the moment! And why not put these tips to…

Do I Need a Walking Pole for My Trip?

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked prior to embarking on an adventure is, “Do I need a walking pole?” We like to tell people simply, “Yes, if you enjoy walking with one.” But a lot depends on personal preference. Sometimes called a trekking pole or hiking staff, walking poles are, at their most basic level, a tool to provide support and increase balance while on the trail. They…

Plein Air Painters: Tips on Traveling

Plenty of travelers ask questions about details of overseas travel or of our particular trips—and we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ section. But we recently came across a question we don’t see too often, but we thought the answers were enlightening enough we thought we’d share just in case another traveler had a similar question. Here it is: I’d like to…

Buying a Helmet for Your Cycling Tour: 4 Tips

You don’t need much by way of special equipment when you go on a Breakaway Adventures tour. If it’s a walking trip, you’ll need a good pair of hiking boots. And if you’re going on a cycling tour, we’ll provide the bicycle, but we do recommend you bring a helmet—especially if you’ll be spending time in Spain, as helmets are legally required in that country. But in truth, even when…

Can I Use My Mobile Phone on My Trip Overseas?

While there are plenty of travelers who enjoy using a vacation as a chance to unplug and go offline for awhile, for many others, staying in touch is essential. Whether or not you can use your own mobile phone when you travel depends on a number of factors. It depends on what kind of phone you have, who your cellular carrier is, and where you’re planning to travel. Many cell…

How to Find the Right Shoe for Your Walking Adventure

A walking tour, whether independent or guided, is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the destination when you travel. You’ll meet people, get up close to the scenery, and you’ll also keep your blood moving enough to justify all the delicious foods you’ll want to sample while you’re abroad. Of course there’s one item that can make or break your walking trip, one thing that can make…

How to Train for Your Cycling Tour

Cycling is a wonderful way to get an up-close experience when you’re traveling abroad. You get close to the people and the places, and in many parts of the world, your bicycle can become a point of conversation with locals. In Europe in particular, many of our travelers tell us they engage in many pleasant conversations with people who think it’s terrific to see tourists seeing the countryside on bikes.…

Cell Phone Boarding Passes

Have you ever lost your boarding pass? Those days may be a thing of the past. According to an article on TravelMole.com Continental Airlines is experimenting with sending boarding passes to your cell phone. Then, when you arrive to check in, you simply present the boarding pass on the screen of your phone and board the plane – no paper needed! One less thing to worry about forgetting during travel...All…