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Travel TIP Tuesday # 9: Wake Up Early To Avoid The Crowds
If you’re like most people, you’re overworked and sleep-deprived and it can be tempting to sleep in when you’re on vacation. Resist the urge! You get so much more bang for your buck when you wake up early to start your day.
You worked hard to afford your vacation. You’ll get the most value out of your trip if you wake up early to start your day. You’ll get to experience the local region in its most authentic form. The lighting is perfect for photo ops. And the best part – it’s less crowded and quieter.
Experience the Local Region in its Most Authentic Form
New Orleans, for all its uninhibited glory, is fascinating in the early morning hours. I remember in my younger days, visiting during the Jazz Festival. We’d stay out all night, often wandering our way back to our hotel in the early dawn. Crazy right? Who even does that 🙊?? The French Quarter at that hour may not be the most beautiful (nor the most pleasant olfactory experience), but it gives you a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes. It’s curious and even mysterious. Proprietors are washing down the sidewalks, unloading trucks, and getting ready to restart the day. I remember the shopkeepers being surprised when I smiled and said “good morning” to them, as if their relationship with tourists only existed during the midday and nighttime hours. The city never stops, and I loved feeling like I was in on a little secret being able to see this mostly unknown part of their workday. Technically, I didn’t actually “wake up early” on those trips, but the experience inspired me to appreciate those first rays of light. Not everything is beautiful or picture-perfect and seeing the city during its most vulnerable time opens your eyes to discover that which you wouldn’t have seen before.
The Lighting is Perfect for Photo Ops
Waking up early to start your day is a great time to take pictures! The sun is still making its debut, so the lighting isn’t bright or harsh. The early dawn offers just the right amount of light to capture your images without shadows or glares. Professional photographers use the “golden hour” rule to plan their photo shoots. The golden hour is the one hour before sunset and one after before sunrise. I used to think you always needed bright sunshine for the best pics, but after a recent beach getaway when it was overcast and gloomy, I discovered my images came out amazing! Late evening works as well, but mornings are best. Now I always make sure to get most of my photography done in the early morning hours.
Consider this first image of the famous Taj Mahal in India. It’s a beautiful shot, but the bright daylight casts shadows on the architecture and the crowds of people make it feel busy and chaotic.
Now check out this version of the Taj Mahal. The morning light leaves a dreamy glow with no shadows to obstruct the eye. Zero crowds allows you to immerse yourself in the moment and truly appreciate the architecture and beauty of this magnificent historical monument.
It’s Less Crowded and Quieter
The best part about waking up early when you’re on vacation is the lack of crowds. Since most people do love sleeping in, this is the best time to get some sight-seeing done. And since this is also the best time for photography, your images will be that much better with fewer crowds! There’s nothing worse than a picture of the Eiffel Tower with hundreds of people taking selfies in front of it. Wake up early, and you’ll get first dibs at the perfect photo op!
One bonus for waking up early: It’s safer! Criminals are not early-birds and are still sleeping off their nighttime activity. You’re less likely to get pick-pocketed or bothered in the early morning. That said, never let your guard down, but it’s just another reason why it’s great to wake up early to start your day when you’re on vacation!
Looking for more great Travel TIPS? Check out our past Travel TIPS below, and remember to bookmark this page to stay up to date on all things travel-related!
You can find our past Travel TIP Tuesdays here:
- Travel TIP Tuesday #1
- Travel TIP Tuesday #2
- Travel TIP Tuesday #3
- Travel TIP Tuesday #4
- Travel TIP Tuesday #5
- Travel TIP Tuesday #6
- Travel Tip Tuesday #7
- Travel TIP Tuesday #8
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