My Summer Wish List for Quebec

In the winter of 2014, I visited Montreal for their Lumière and Nuit Blanche festivals. It was so lovely, and definitely made me fall in love with the city I hadn’t been to since I was a child [growing up in Vermont] — but it was so cold. Right then and there I decided I really needed to return when it’s warm!

The chance hasn’t manifested itself yet but with another summer approaching I keep thinking of Quebec and what it might be like to experience this Canadian province sans snow.

Caption: International des Feux Loto-Québec Photo Courtesy: ©TQ/R. Fogel

Caption: International des Feux Loto-Québec Photo Courtesy: ©TQ/R. Fogel

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Julie @ Drive on the Left - I love Montreal too, but have only been in the winter. You have had such fabulous adventures lately, it’s been fun to follow along. Can’t wait to see more about your Four Seasons travels soon!

Marie @ To Europe And Beyond - I would love it if you came to Montreal and did those bucket list things with me :-) The city is fabulous in the summer.

What’s Coming up on Aviators & a Camera

It’s been a VERY busy quarter of travel for me and while I’ve kept largely on top of my social media and photography work, it’s been difficult to carve out time for crafting the kind of posts I really want to share with you that adequately communicate the incredible adventures which have filled my days. And the WiFi hasn’t been strong enough to support image uploads.

But while I have a minute, I wanted to take some time to preview a few of the stories I have coming up here on Aviators and a Camera…


Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

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NEWS: Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card From American Express

Disclaimer: My boyfriend, Dante, and I are cardholders and I have a relationship with SPG that I will be talking about more in 2015 and 2016. This post was sponsored by the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card from American Express. However, all opinions about AMEX and Starwood are my own, as they always are when I refer to a brand or a partnership of any kind.

I’ve been a fan of Starwood for a long time, and you may remember if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, that I did a project with them in the Fall highlighting their Member Favorites properties in Italy. So when Starwood asked if I would participate in a program to promote their AMEX card, I didn’t have to think too long before I said yes. It’s a natural extension of true brand loyalty or a good decision to make if you’re a points chaser — as I tend to be. Loyalty, I have found, does in fact pay off when you’re a frequent traveler. But I digress…

Starwood seems to, in an industry that often doesn’t, genuinely care about their customers. Certainly, my personal experience has been that they’ve always cared about my business and my well being. (What has your experience been like? I’d genuinely like to know!)

So it is that I am looking forward to what happens as the Starwood and AMEX card benefits continue to stack up for current customers of both brands.


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Best hotel in Agra - This is lovely adventure in part of best Traveling from America. It’s truly beautiful trip to enjoying in Tourists. Thanks for sharing it best traveling experience on this way.

How to Be Successful on Instagram: The Basics

Continuing the series I started last month, How to Be Successful on Instagram, I want to start with a confession and then talk about the basics that anyone who uses the app more than casually should be trying to stick to.

How To Be Successful on Instagram: The Basics
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Anindya Mukherjee - Love your shots. I was reading your Blog and found you shoot in Samsung Galaxy. Are all these Instagram photos shot using Samsung Galaxy? Or have you used iPhone or any DSLR?

Kim-ohradiogirl - Very nice tips. Thanks for sharing and including the examples.

Rachel - This is so useful for me – thanks for sharing!

Pauline - Thank you for this post, Kirsten! I didn’t really know how many hashtags to use and what the etiquette surrounding that is, but now I know, and I think I can use them to their max potential.

Sue - All great tips. Hashtags and interaction do seem to be the two main areas to grow numbers

Kirsten Alana - Too funny!! And yet I’m also so glad to read that, Holly. Thank you :)

Holly - Funny thing about your long captions; when I first started following you on Instagram, I remember thinking “What is she doing? Aren’t captions that long exactly what they tell you not to do?” But I pretty quickly discovered that I love all the extra info you give!

How to Spend a Spring Weekend in Texas

Texas Tourism, the City of Austin, Fredericksburg and the Four Seasons Austin invited me down to Texas but as always with sponsored travel, all opinions are entirely my own.

I was looking forward to visiting Texas for the weekend during Spring wildflower season, but I was really happy to say yes when I found out that also on the trip would be my friend Christine of the fantastic blog, C’est Christine. I visited Texas a number of times during college in Arkansas, when a friend’s parents were so welcoming as to give us an open invitation down to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. But I’d never done more than drive by Austin. Yet every year, living in NYC, I hear about how amazing it is from all the people returning from SXSW. Another great resource for me before visiting, was the show Best Bars in America on Esquire Network. When they visited Austin, the episode was filled with fun, great stories, interesting locals and above all: great craft beer and artisan cocktails. I couldn’t wait to discover Austin for myself.

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Deborah - I spent about a week in Austin last year and had an unforgettable meal at La Condessa. So much to see – I want to go back!!