The Planet D



Adventure Travel blog for couples featuring advice, tips, inspiration and photos for couples seeking vacation destinations around the world.

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    How to Improve your Photography with Filters
    on The Planet D on Jan. 27, 2015, 10 a.m.

    When I started getting serious about my landscape photography, one of the first accessories I wanted to add to my kit was a set of ND Filters that would allow me to get the best image in camera that I could. This is always something I have been striving for. The more I can achieve in camera the less time I have to spend on post production. My current Formatt-Hitech filters allow me to accomplish this. But it wasn't ...

    33 Reasons you will want to Visit New Zealand right now
    on The Planet D on Jan. 26, 2015, 2:12 p.m.

    New Zealand is probably one of the most photogenic country's on earth. There's a reason Peter Jackson came back again and again to film his epic trilogies, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in his home country. It does feel like you are passing through the set of a movie when traveling the country. Each corner you turn changes into a completely different scene. From jagged glacial mountains to long sandy beaches, New Zealand is a feast ...

    Hospital Hassles and the Road to Recovery
    on The Planet D on Jan. 23, 2015, 2:45 p.m.

    It's been awhile since we gave people an update on Dave's two fractured vertebrae. The last update was his open letter to my travel family. We both received so much support from everyone it was overwhelming. It has been two months of highs and lows and here is a little recap of what we've been up to. Read: An Open Letter to my Travel Family, a thank you from Dave Dave spent 18 days in hospital and ...

    8 Tips on how you can effectively manage your time online
    on The Planet D on Jan. 22, 2015, 3:08 p.m.

    Weren't we supposed to have more time in life with the invention of computers and technology? People have visions of four-hour work weeks and spending more time with family, but it seems impossible as demands grow. I don't know about you, but as technology progresses we're wondering where our days go? We like to think of ourselves as a very organized people. We're focused, we make lists and we stick to a schedule. Unfortunately we have ...

    A Game of Thrones Tour of Northern Ireland
    on The Planet D on Jan. 20, 2015, 2:25 p.m.

    The wildly popular Game of Thrones is taking over where Lord of the Rings left off. It was once a huge draw for visitors to tour New Zealand in search of LOR filming locations but in today's world it's all about Westeros.  Filmed on location in such destinations as Croatia and Iceland, the Game of Thrones is TV's most ambitious project in years and it's also the show that has more people talking about it around ...

    Explore the Elements Photo Contest: Show us your Best to Win Big!
    on The Planet D on Jan. 19, 2015, 11 a.m.

    As a travel photographer I spend a lot of time looking at travel photos as well as taking them. I am constantly learning from other photographers, honing my skills, and always striving to reach that next level. Over the past few months I have been sidelined at home because I broke my back in Peru earlier this year. This has given me a chance to go through photos from past travels that have never really gotten the proper attention. As ...

    Video of the Week: Microlight Flight in South Africa
    on The Planet D on Jan. 16, 2015, 10 a.m.

    You haven't had an adventure until you've tried a microlight flight. We took our first microlight flight outside of Durban, South Africa. The Ballito Mircrolight School took us way up in the air to explore the coastline. Flying over old sugar cane fields, the golden beaches of Ballito. The area is just 20 minutes from Durban on the East Coast of South Africa and it is spectacular. A microlight aircraft is a tiny vehicle that feels no bigger ...

    The Top Travel Trends and Hot Destinations of 2015
    on The Planet D on Jan. 15, 2015, 1:43 p.m.

    It's the start of a brand new year and time to reveal the top travel destinations for 2015. As the snow drifts higher in our driveways and we fight the icy roads and cold weather, it's the perfect time to daydream about faraway places. It's a big world out there and choosing the right destination can be overwhelming. AMEX Canada surveyed more than 200 of their travel counsellors in Canada, U.S and Mexico on the top ...

    Hong Kong Day Trip: The Tian Tan Buddha to Tai O Village
    on The Planet D on Jan. 14, 2015, 10 a.m.

    When we think of Hong Kong, the images that come to mind are skyscrapers, people, and air pollution. So you can imagine our surprise when we explored outside the downtown core to discover that there is a lot of green on the islands. When it comes to the air pollution, the people of Hong Kong blame China. When the wind blows in the wrong direction, all the smog from the mainland drifts across to Hong Kong and this upsets them ...

    U.S. National Parks in Photos: From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon
    on The Planet D on Jan. 12, 2015, 10 a.m.

    The United States has beautiful National Parks. There are 59 protected areas around the country, and some of the most dramatic parks can be found in the Southwest corner of the country. A road trip around Los Angeles from Yosemite to the The Grand Canyon will take you through some of the most remarkable landscapes you'll ever see. What is so captivating about this area is how varied it is. From the unique rock formations of Zion National Park ...

    Travel Video of the Week: A Good Day in Africa
    on The Planet D on Jan. 8, 2015, 3 p.m.

    See more videos from our time in South Africa: Riding an Ostrich Shark Diving Microlight Flight over Durban Wildlife South Africa What's the best thing about visiting South Africa? Seeing wildlife of course. Yes, we love adventure the and we have written about all the amazing things a person can do in South Africa, but there is something special about seeing wild life "just be" in their natural habitat. On safari you can quietly watch them live their lives ...

    16 Things you Must do in Budapest
    on The Planet D on Jan. 7, 2015, 2:57 p.m.

    Budapest is fast becoming a travel favourite for anyone visiting Europe. It truly is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities on the continent. Dave and I have been fortunate enough to visit Budapest on two separate occasions. Once in the winter and once in the summer. Both times of the year are beautiful. As a matter a fact, Budapest has a very popular Christmas market. In the months of November and December it's a thriving tourist destination ...

    Amazing Antarctica in photos
    on The Planet D on Jan. 5, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

    January is the perfect time of year to visit Antarctica. We started our expedition on January 30 and it turned out to be the most incredible time to visit the continent. Newly hatched penguins had now grown to adolescence. They developed the most curious nature by the time they had grown a bit. When we'd land on the shore after a good day of kayaking or exploring on the zodiacs, young penguins would waddle over to see what we ...

    The Ultimate Travel Quotes As Chosen by You
    on The Planet D on Jan. 1, 2015, 10 a.m.

    Every day on our Facebook page we post inspirational travel quotes. When Dave and I were searching for what we wanted to do with our lives a decade ago, we read a lot of books and magazines for inspiration. Oprah Winfrey's "O Magazine" was quite popular when it was first launched in 2000 and it was through her magazine that we discovered how powerful quotes can be. She used to offer little cards with her favourite quotes in the ...

    The Year in Pictures: A Photographic Journey through 2014
    on The Planet D on Dec. 26, 2014, 3:39 p.m.

    What a year! My passion is photography, and I have been lucky enough to travel the world photographing some of the most beautiful and unique places on earth. It was a thrill for me to win gold in “Best Photo Illustration of Travel” at this year’s Society of American Travel Writers, Lowell Thomas Awards. I never thought I’d have anyone recognize my photography in such a way and then it happened. And now, I want to share my ...

    Santa Flies Coach, and you can Help the Kids of St. Jude too
    on The Planet D on Dec. 24, 2014, 1:05 p.m.

    Did you know that simply by booking your next holiday through Expedia, you can help save a child's life by donating your travel points to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital? When booking your holiday travel with Expedia, you can donate your Expedia Rewards points to the kids being treated and to support their families in their time of need. Even Santa got in on the action this year and took a trip (flying in coach!) around the world ...

    2014, The most Rewarding and Overwhelming Year of our lives
    on The Planet D on Dec. 22, 2014, 1 p.m.

    I originally started writing this post with the intention of going through some of our greatest adventures of the year but then as I sat staring at my blank computer screen, I realized that 2014 was one extraordinary adventure from beginning to end. I marvelled at our schedule and sat in awe at our stamina. I'm not going to say that I intend to ever keep up this pace of travel again, but when looking back at the year ...

    An Open Letter to my Travel Family
    on The Planet D on Dec. 21, 2014, 2:13 p.m.

    Dear Travel Family, I am writing you this letter because I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. In the past 3 1/2 weeks I think I have had tears in my eyes more than any other time in my life. It has not been from  the pain (although at times unbearable) but from the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received from travel family. When I broke my back a little ...

    The thing about freedom and traveling
    on The Planet D on Dec. 19, 2014, 10 a.m.

    Freedom is a pretty ‘big’ term. It has been following me since I started thinking. First there were the little things: I wanted to decide on my own what to wear in the morning. I wanted to feel free and was looking forward to any excursion we had at school, I wanted to see and experience different things. Of course as a teenager different aspects came up: the freedom to decide when and where I was meeting my friends, but ...

    Dave Chats About his Broken Back and Travel on CBC Radio
    on The Planet D on Dec. 17, 2014, 1:33 p.m.

    Dave had been back in Canada for about three days when the people from CBC Radio Called. "We heard about your accident in Peru and wondered if you'd like to chat with host Wei Chen on Ontario Morning next week?" Dave was pumped full of painkillers and muscle relaxers and would pretty much agree to anything at that point. So a few days later he was sitting in his hospital room talking with Wei Chen of the CBC live ...

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