Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ About Travel

The beauty of travel is that it is accessible to everyone in some form. If you do not have enough money, you can travel locally and find budget accommodation.

There are several ways to make most flights affordable, whether by being flexible, searching on new websites or just by planning. Know the best time to book a flight: two months in advance for domestic and four months for international flights.

Bring something warm to wear because, at times, the temperatures on the plane can drop. There have been a few instances when we had to wear a down jacket, hat and scarf during a flight!

You can bring earplugs and an eye mask to help reduce noise and light. A plane pillow will make your sleep more comfortable, and lavender essential oil can help you sleep better.

The food on the plane can be hard to digest, and having some ginger candies, digestive pills, or charcoal will help.

Most airlines do not give away free headphones, so bring a pair before you embark on your adventure.

Make sure your passport is not expired, and you have a valid visa. You might also want to look into getting travel insurance.

While you are flying, try to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeinated drinks and too much sugar, and get enough rest. We also take a homeopathic remedy called Jet Lag.

FAQ About Photography

We use Canon EOS R5, a mirrorless professional camera that takes fantastic photos! The downside is that the lenses for the camera are large and heavy during our hiking trips.

It depends. Travel photography includes capturing landscapes, portraits, street scenes, and architecture — subjects that require different gear to be appropriately framed.

For landscapes, a wide lens with a focal length of around 16 – 30mm works perfectly. To take sharp portraits, we use a prime 50mm lens. The 70 – 200mm lens offers a good zoom for taking wildlife photos. An excellent all-around lens is 24-70mm. With this lens, you can take photos of landscapes, portraits and close-ups.

We do not use filters very often. The circular polarizer helps to cut glare; it makes the colours appear more saturated, and a bright blue sky can take on a deeper hue. To create the milky waterfall effect, you will need an ND filter and a tripod.

Lighting

It is natural to want to shoot all day, all the time, and everywhere on vacation. However, the best images will likely occur in the early mornings and evenings as the sun is lower in the sky, thus providing a much softer light to photograph.

Places

The way that you shoot a place can make a huge difference. Don’t just arrive at a scene and take a shot from the area where you are standing. Instead, take a few minutes to walk around and see if you can find a better frame or composition.

Composition

Before you start snapping away because something looks amazing to the naked eye, ask yourself: what do I want to capture in the frame? What should or should not be included? Think about what you are trying to convey by that photo. 

Creativity

Try to experiment with your camera and be creative. Instead of shooting your subject straight on, why not take a photo from below, snap a close-up shot, or use a wide-angle lens to capture more? 

Having a tripod is not necessary, but it can also be one of your best accessories. It will allow you to get excellent shots in low light. You can also get creative with your images, for example, when taking a long exposure.

Tripod can be handy if you are travelling alone and there is no one else to take your photo as well if you would like to take a group photo. You do not need a massive tripod, especially if you want to travel light.

We use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and occasionally we use Photoshop. One of Lightroom’s most important features is image management. It excels at handling large amounts of photos, so you can get more work done more quickly.

Yes, we back up our photos in a few different ways. We store all our pictures on two external hard drives that we synchronize; otherwise, they take up too much space on our computer. We also back up our photos to cloud storage.

FAQ About Us

We are fortunate to live on a beautiful Vancouver Island in the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, BC. We regularly take the ferry to Vancouver and visit Whistler and the stunning Rocky Mountains.

We would love to live in Italy or Bali for an extended time. 

We have both been vegetarian for over 20 years. Our favourite cuisines are Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese and Thai. 

When we are not travelling, we mostly cook at home. Manoshri has a food & beauty blog called Myriad Flavours, where you can find many recipes that we make.

Galya was born in 1971, and Manoshri was born in 1978. You do the math!

We love running a few times a week. Occasionally, we practise yoga and the Five Tibetan Rites. Our hiking trips help us to stay in shape as well. We have to watch how much food we eat; otherwise, we can put on extra weight.

We own a small wholesale business. Galya also works in the construction business as a finishing carpenter.

Blogging and photo editing take a lot of time! Manoshri works on our website mainly in the evenings and on the weekends. 

Galya’s most significant accomplishment is running the longest foot race in the World three times, the 3100-mile Race. He is the fourth-fastest finisher, running the distance in 42 days, 17 hours, and 39 minutes. Galya also won one 24-hour race, four 48-hour races, and two 6-day races. 

Manoshri’s most significant accomplishment is running a 6-Day Race in Florida in 2016, where she finished first overall with 432 miles / 695 km—averaging 72 miles per day. She also participated in the 10-Day Race in New York twice, where she ran 609 miles / 980 km. 

Manoshri was born on a Taurus-Gemini cusp. She has the independence & curiosity of a Gemini and a love of beauty & practicality of a Taurus. The meeting of Earth (Taurus) and Air (Gemini) on the cusp of energy creates quite a dust storm of activities. That explains why Manoshri has so many interests and wants to do too many things.

Galya was born on a Cancer-Leo cusp. He has the intuition of a Cancer and the determination & creativity of a Leo.