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Shane Dallas (The Travel Camel)
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Inspiring You To Explore The Road Less Travelled
Inspiring You To Explore The Road Less Travelled

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Please join me as I lead a tour in August 2018 to experience the world's grandest wildlife spectacle - The Great Migration in Kenya!

This itinerary has been crafted to make this the most enjoyable safari experience possible, and this tour will provide you an experience of the highest quality.

www.thetravelcamel.com/tours/kenya/

#safari #wildlife #Mara
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One of the essential experiences when visiting the Giza Pyramids is to enjoy a camel ride to one of the many viewing points on the plateau.

This viewing point is some distance from the road, so no bus or standard road vehicle can take you to this sandy rise - one must walk across the bright sand, or journey by horse or camel. Regardless, the effort for this journey is amply rewarded.

The best time to experience this sight is in the morning, for not only is the weather cooler, but there are less people, and the lighting on the pyramids is superior.

#Giza #pyramid #camel
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The early part of the journey along the Panj river when heading east from Dushanbe has some wonderful scenery, but the mountains get ever more dramatic and bigger the further along the road your travel.

#Tajikistan #mountains #roadtrip
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A town in the Vanj District looks very small against the majestic mountains that surround it.

#Tajikistan #Vanj #roadtrip #mountains
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If you love the wildlife of Kenya, you will love this tour!
Please join me as I lead a tour in August 2018 to experience the world's grandest wildlife spectacle - The Great Migration in Kenya!

This itinerary has been crafted to make this the most enjoyable safari experience possible, and this tour will provide you an experience of the highest quality.

www.thetravelcamel.com/tours/kenya/

#safari #wildlife #Mara
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One of the most photographed sites in Saqqara is the Mastaba Tomb of Mereruka, due to the distinctive two metre statue of Meruruka, an important official to the Pharaoh Teti from the 6th dynasty (who ruled around 2340 BCE).

One thing I discovered with visiting all the ancient sites in Egypt is to arrive early. On this day, I was the first to visit this area, and when the heavy metal door was opened with some noise, I slowly strode into rooms that have stood for more than 4000 years.

With no-one else around, I was able to quietly enjoy the silence and solitude, and marvel at the high standard of work completed by artisans who lived so very long ago.

#Egypt #Saqqara
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This gorgeous Black Headed Heron arrived in our garden earlier this week. It was obviously searching for food as it quietly and carefully moved across the grass.

#Kenya #heron #bird
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Gather around the south side of the Giza Pyramids every evening and you will be treated to a Sound and Light Show.

With the use of coloured lights, video projection and green lasers, the 50 minute show provides an insight into Ancient Egypt, with the lead narrator being the Sphinx and other commentary coming from Pyramids themselves.

The show is in different languages, the first two shows of the evening are in Arabic and English, but other languages are provided on later shows.

#Egypt #Sphinx
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If visiting the Pyramids of Giza ensure you arrive early, just after the site is opened at either 07:00 or 08:00. This is before the crowds arrive and before the heat increases. It's also the best light to photograph.

Take a camel, horse or walk to the area south-south-west of the pyramids - close to the Pyramid of Menkaure and the three smaller "Pyramid of Queens". Here you have a perfect view of the entire plateau and surprisingly, it's an area that not too many people visit. When you get close you will see other people gathered at the viewing points in the area, so you cannot get lost.

Ensure you bring plenty of water too, for it is a very dry area to hike or ride and there are no vendors selling water nearby.

#Egypt #Giza #pyramid
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I love the creative process of deciding on and building Collections. After putting together a number of them over the past 2 years, there are some important lessons I've learnt.

Be Different
Number one is to try something different. Don't do what everyone else is doing, build a Collection that only you can build. For my travel photos, I post different locations to the usual tourist route and it is what I'm known for. Remember to not find your niche with your Collections, find your voice instead!

Choose A Narrow Theme
I've seen wonderful Collections of subway stations, doors and windows - it works beautifully. I tend to have mine a bit broader. For example, notice with the Egypt title, it says Lower Egypt - why? Because I know that any journey to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel) is going to give me many dozens of photos to post, and I don't want my Collections to get too large - which would certainly occur is I put all my Egypt photos into one Collection.

Cover Photo and Colours
Look at the photo with this post - notice how I try to match the dominant colour in the cover photo with the colour of the Collections. This occurs in 4 of the 6 Collections - especially with Somaliland and Iconic Monuments. Iran is different, as there are so many colours coming through the window there is no dominant one, so purple seemed to match with the Collection name of "Majesty". Also Lower Egypt - the colour reminded me of what it was like to be in the tombs, that neutral colour - but not dark and depressing - it felt more vibrant to me, so I chose a lighter tone.

Order your Images Carefully
I always try to avoid posting similar images together. For example, in the Sana'a Collection, I try to mix images of people, buildings and cityscapes - you won't find too many of each clumped together. Likewise, for Indonesia, the images come from 5 different area I've visited in the country, but it is rare to see more than 2 photos from the same area posted in a row.

#Collections101
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