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Could it be that we’re finally able to venture into the wider world again? After two years of lockdowns – and false starts aplenty – travel restrictions are easing the world over, enabling us to explore – and shoot – far-flung exotic locations. Travel pro Steve Davey reckons there’s never been a better time to hone your skills before the tourist hordes are back…  

This issue’s apprentice heads to the studio of midwife-turned-mother-and-baby photographer Tianna J-Williams to capture enchanting portraits of expectant mums in a maternity masterclass.

In our interview, we speak with New Zealander Chris McLennan, who tells how he ventured from the South Island to become one of the world’s foremost commercial travel and adventure photographers.

In our Gear section, we review and rate the astonishing Z 28-75mm f/2.8, put eight super-telephoto zooms through their paces in our Big Test, and try five polarizing filters for super-saturated landscapes.

This issue’s projects include mastering Exposure Delay mode, capturing action convincingly, using a levelling base for perfect panos, and speeding self-portraits. Plus we’re giving away the superb Color Projects 5, absolutely free, to instantly transform your shots!

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8 Google Travel Tips You Should Try Today

With summer vacations coming soon, travel season will be in full swing and more people will be planning their trips. If that’s you and you’re planning to drive or fly to your destination, use Google Maps and Google Flights for help.

Here’s why: Google Flights can help you track prices for any dates you plan on flying out. And if you’re heading to a new mall out of town, Google Maps can help you figure out how to steer clear of crowds. If you’re going on a spring break vacation trip and don’t know the airport well, Google Maps can easily help you find some food or coffee there. And if you’re driving separately to your destination, you can use Google Maps to let your friends and family know your whereabouts.

Keep reading and we’ll tell you all the ways Google can help make your vacations go smoothly.

See how much a flight will cost for any date you plan to leave

On May 2, Google announced a new feature that will let you find the best deal on flights heading to your destination. Now you can start tracking prices to find deals for any date, and Google will send you an email if it detects lower than typical prices in the next three to six months.

Just head to Google Flights on your browser and type in your destination. If you don’t have a specific date in mind for traveling, select Any dates to find the best deal.

Navigate through airports, malls and transit stations

If you need to quickly find a store in a large mall, Google Maps is expanding its Directory tab for all airports, malls and transit stations. This can help when you’re running around the airport trying to find a place to eat or grabbing a last-minute souvenir before catching your flight. The tab will tell you a destination’s business hours and what floor it’s on. You can look through restaurants, stores, lounges and parking lots.

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Google Maps can tell you how busy a restaurant is.

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Browse Google Maps to see how busy a place is

Google added a new feature to its Google Maps’ busyness tool. Already you could search for a location, like a business, to see a chart that showed how crowded it is in real time. Now a new feature called Area Busyness lets you see when entire map areas are clogged with people. 

To use the new feature, you open the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone (or your computer’s browser) and move around the map to find a general area, say downtown, a riverwalk or a quaint nearby town. The busyness information will now automatically appear on the map, so you don’t need to specifically search for a place to see how crowded it is. Google Maps may say something like “Busy Area” and when you click for more details, it could say, for example, “As busy as it gets.”


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Track your trip itinerary in Google Maps 

Google Maps can chart your travels, but it can also quickly show you your flight, hotel, car rental and restaurant reservations, saving you the hassle of searching through your email for check-in times and confirmation numbers.

To see your upcoming reservations:

1. In Google Maps, tap Saved in the bottom menu row.

2. Tap Reservations. Here, you’ll see a list of upcoming reservations you’ve made that Maps has pulled from emails in Gmail.

3. Select an item to see more about the reservation, including date and location.

4. You can also search for “my reservations” in the Google Maps search box to see a list of what you’ve booked.

Make a restaurant reservation right in Google Maps

Planning a dinner night out with a large group can be a hassle, especially when you go at a busy hour. Google Maps can help you book a lunch or dinner reservation. Here’s how.

1. In Maps, tap the Restaurants button at the top of the map to see a list of places to eat.

2. Select a restaurant that looks good, and in the window that pops up, reserve a table or join a waitlist, if it gives you that option (not all do).

Remember you can use the busyness feature mentioned above to pick the least packed place. Also, note that some restaurants that are closed to dine-in may still allow delivery, curbside pickup or outdoor seating.

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Let friends and family know when you’ll arrive by sharing your location.

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Use Google Maps offline

Heading someplace remote where you may not have a mobile network connection? Google Maps can still give you directions when you’re offline.

1. Before you head out, search in Maps for the location where you’ll want directions.

2. In the location’s window, pull up the menu at the bottom. 

3. Scroll right through the tabs and tap Download, and then in the next window tap Download again. Maps will download a map to your phone for the area you selected.

Now, as you use Google Maps for directions in the area you downloaded a map for, when you lose your cellular connection Maps will switch to the offline map to guide you. Note that because you’re offline, Maps won’t be able to offer real-time traffic info.

Find EV charging spots and gas stations wherever you are

If you’re taking your electric vehicle out for shopping, dinner or a vacation, Google Maps can help you find EV charging stations on your route, along with estimated wait times for a charging port. You can also filter your search by connector type — such as J1772, CCS (Combo 1 or 2) and Tesla — to see just the stations that are compatible with your EV. Note you can also search for gas stations by following these same directions. (Here’s how you can save money at the pump.)

1. In Maps, scroll through the tabs on the top of the screen and tap More.

2. Scroll down to the Services section and select Electric vehicle charging

3. Maps will display nearby charging stations and how many are available.

4. Tap a charging station on the map to have Maps add it as a stop on your trip.

You can also use this trick to search for other places along your route, like a coffee shop.

Share your location through Google Maps

Is anything more frustrating during a group activity than when the group gets split up and no one can find each other? Google Maps can help bring you all back together.

1. In Google Maps, tap your profile icon in the top right corner and tap Location sharing.

2. Tap Share location and select who you want to share your location with and for how long you want to share it.

3. Tap Share, and Google Maps will send your location to everyone you’ve selected.

4. If you want to see someone else’s location, tap that person’s icon at the top of the window and then tap Request.

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Passengers complain of ‘chaos’ at Manchester and Birmingham airports today | Travel News | Travel

Passengers at Manchester airport said they were facing a two-hour wait at security check-in. At Birmingham, queues were described as “ridiculous”.

At least 10 flights were delayed at Manchester while four had been delayed at Birmingham by 8am.

Fiona Miller tweeted: “Utterly ridiculous. Everyone will miss their flight.”

AmiA127v1 posted: “Chaos at Manchester airport this morning. Queue for security is outside in the drop off area.

“Then snaking inside before you are even near the gate for security.”

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Rajesh said: “Queueing since 4:30 this morning for getting through Manchester airport security.

“Manchester airport what a nightmare.”

Another passenger ‘Tim’ tweeted a photo of a lengthy queue outside and said: “What the hell?”

Ernesto Tripodi tweeted: “And the worst airport award goes to Stansted airport. Two and a half hours to go through passport control, terribly long queues and I wonder if this is safe at all other than unbearable.”


Birmingham Airport said the queues were due to staffing issues with almost half of its staff made redundant during Covid.

The airport has reportedly launched a recruitment drive and is aiming to recruit more security officers.

Manchester Airport has also launched a recruitment campaign to attract new staff to aid the airport.

Staffing issues have hit the UK travel industry widely with many facing huge problems ahead of the summer season.

Britons have also been urged to check their passports as today is the last day to make the ten-week deadline for renewal.

British tourists will need to get their applications in today if they want to make trips in the first week of school holidays.

Since Brexit, a British tourist must have three months left on their passport after the end date of their holiday in the EU.

It is illegal to travel without the correct documentation and experts fear as many as four million Britons could be affected.

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Horoscope Today: May 9, 2022 | Vogue India

See what the stars have in store for your sign.


Being with them is all kinds of magical, Sagittarius. Your time together feels like the kind of adventure you cannot always put into words. So, it’s easy to feel like you don’t know where they end and you begin. What the cards are warning you against is getting entangled in their emotions. Ask yourself how you can hold space for them to talk about their trauma without making it your sole mission to heal/fix them. We get it, Aries! It’s been a long and lonely road with one heartbreak after another. Should that stop from believing in the impossible or trusting that the love you desire and deserve is just around the corner? Open your heart *and* your mind, beautiful. Virgo, this week you want to say ‘yes’ more than you say ‘no’, especially if the opportunity to travel spontaneously arises. You never know who you might meet whilst exploring the unexplored. Something tells us a holiday romance is on the cards for you right now—the kind that promises to reignite your lust for life!

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Motorists urged to travel today to beat bank holiday queues

The AA has advised motorists to avoid travelling on Good Friday if possible, saying motorists would be better off leaving today or early on Saturday morning.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “All our polling suggests that Good Friday will be the busiest getaway day for Easter trips and staycations. If some drivers can leave on Thursday or early Saturday, they may miss some of the jams.”

The motoring organisation also estimated that, with higher fuel prices, a 500-mile round trip will see drivers paying £20 more at the pumps than they did last Easter.

Some 27.6 million car journeys are expected to take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, the motoring organisation has forecast.

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Horoscope Today: March 28, 2022 | Vogue India

See what the stars have in store for your sign.


This isn’t a fantastical kind of love, Sagittarius. This is the real deal. The kind where you see each other’s flaws and choose to love each other despite their presence. There’s something magical about acceptance that allows us to let down our walls. Gemini, what you’re experiencing right now is a classic case of ‘life has other plans’. So, make love to the winds of change. Take a bold step in the direction you’re being guided to. Just think about where you will be in six months if you choose to befriend courage today. Aquarius, to say that modern relationships are complex would be an understatement. But, where do you think these complexities are arising from? Could lack of communication be the reason so many of us are getting it wrong? Today, no matter how vulnerable this makes you feel, open your heart. You’ll find freedom in speaking the truth about where you are and what you are seeking right now. 


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What It’s Like to Visit Los Cabos Today

The pandemic may have changed the way we travel, but during my most recent visit to Los Cabos, I found an experience that reflects a comfortable “new normal,” with safety-minded protocols that still allow for an enjoyable vacation.

I also learned some valuable insider travel tips about how to avoid long lines at the airport, thanks to a couple of savvy transfer drivers.


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For my latest trip, I arrived in Los Cabos on a delayed flight from Dallas/Fort Worth and was pleasantly surprised to breeze through immigration and customs with no lines whatsoever. It was only about 7 p.m., and I was shocked at how quickly I found myself outside the terminal.

My super-fast arrival processing at Los Cabos International Airport is not an uncommon experience, according to the driver who picked me up, for those travelers who follow his valuable Los Cabos travel tip: “Always try to arrive early in the morning or in the evening,” he advised. “There are hardly any lines at those times of day.”

On the Ground in Los Cabos

I was visiting Los Cabos to check out a newly branded hotel: Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa, a stylish property on the delightfully swimmable Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. My stay also gave me an opportunity to see how pandemic protocols have evolved around the region.

Infinity Pool in Los Cabos
Infinity Pool in Los Cabos (Photo via LatinFlyer.com)

Upon arrival at the hotel, the bellhop dutifully offered me hand sanitizer and took my temperature.

Following Baja California Sur’s statewide mandate, a mask or face covering must still be worn when interacting with others who are not members of your household in public or private spaces, except when eating, drinking, swimming or doing some other activities. As usual, I didn’t find the requirement constraining, since guests at a beach resort usually spend much of their time outdoors.

I found similar protocols in place off the hotel property; during breakfast at a beachfront restaurant called The Office, for example, we sat without masks but donned them when walking through the restaurant; staff wore masks at all times and they took our temperatures and offered hand gel when we arrived.

During a scenic yacht cruise, I found the experience to be as comfortable and hygiene-conscious as when I visited last year; crew wore masks and offered hand sanitizer as we boarded, but once we were sitting on deck and enjoying the beautiful Pacific coast breezes, we were able to take off our masks (I had to explain to a confused crewmember that I was keeping mine on to serve as an extra layer of sun protection, but that’s a separate story about how to travel with sensitive skin).

Cruise ship docked off a beach in Los Cabos
Cruise ship docked off a beach in Los Cabos (Photo via LatinFlyer.com)

Leaving Los Cabos

To comply with the U.S. testing requirements for my return flight, I made an appointment for an antigen test the day before my departure, at Corazon Cabo’s own testing facility. I received results within four hours via email (those who aren’t staying at a hotel with onsite testing can make use of any of a variety of labs around Los Cabos; there’s at least one right at the marina).

After uploading my lab results via the Delta Air Lines app, I received fast approval on the evening before my departure. (Interestingly, I was able to check in and get a boarding pass before submitting the test form, but I think that was a technical glitch.)

The following morning, I was surprised by a very nice touch on the part of the Corazon Cabo staff: the receptionist presented me with a printed copy of my test results when I checked out (it’s never a bad idea to have a hard copy, just in case).

On the way to the airport, I learned yet another valuable travel tip, from yet another driver. It happened after I commented about the long wait to pay at a highway toll booth. “It always takes longer to drive to the airport on Saturdays,” he said. “That’s the day when most timeshare travelers arrive and depart, so the airport is packed. You should always avoid traveling on Saturdays if you can.”

Upon entering terminal two, I saw that he was right about the crowds. Terminal 2 was, indeed, packed. But I was happy to find that there was very little wait for the automated check-in kiosk, and the security area was so well staffed that the line was constantly in motion and didn’t take long at all.

The biggest wait, I found, was in the departure area — specifically, at the food and beverage outlets. Los Cabos International Airport is in the midst of an impressive, $13 million expansion plan, so the terminal itself has plenty of space. But if you want to buy food on a Saturday, you should probably allow extra time.

I chose my lunch solely based on which vendor had the shortest line, waiting about 15 minutes for kung pao and orange chicken from Panda Express. Since the food court was so crowded, I shared a table with two friendly strangers. One woman, a former American Airlines employee and regular visitor to Los Cabos, confirmed that Saturdays are always the busiest days at the airport.

“So why do you travel on Saturday?” I asked.

“Because I have a timeshare,” she responded. “We don’t have much of a choice.”

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