Vacation Ideas & Travel Tips

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured millions of vacation photos all around the globe and knows our customers have the best travel tips to share. Explore their personal recommendations for favourite restaurants, attractions, experiences, hidden gems and ideas for travel inspiration and start planning your next getaway, road trip or bucket list holiday!


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Seattle

What are the best places to eat and drink in Seattle?

How can you just pick one restaurant in Seattle. First of all, you can't get a bad cup of coffee. We like to start the day at Macrina Bakery or Top Pot Doughnuts downtown to fuel up for the day. Our favorite lunch is Salumi in Pioneer Square for the most delicious and unique cured meat sandwiches. For dinner, we head to Ivar's Fish Bar down by Elliott Bay, when the sun goes down, you get an amazing sunset view with the Olympic Mountains.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Seattle?

The Klondike Gold Rush museum in Pioneer Square is free. They have exhibits for adults and kids that give you a first hand experience of what it would have been like to leave Seattle on a prospecting trip!

Visited Seattle in July

Photo Shoot Location: Olympic Sculpture Park

Kelly in Seattle for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

I think going to Leonard’s Bakery is a must. The Portuguese donuts were nothing like I have ever had. Dukes Restaurant is a great experience to dine on the beach. The wait is a bit but worth it.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

You can’t go to Honolulu without seeing Pearl Harbor. We took our 13 year old and it will be something he will talk about and remember forever. We also hiked Diamond head and the view from the top is worth the sweat getting there.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Just to be patient and slow down and to see the island through the eyes of a child. We came here 20 years ago(2001) for our honeymoon and it’s so much better experiencing it with your kids.

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Lacie's Travel Tips for New Orleans

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to New Orleans?

If going to any of the museums or aquariums, be sure to reserve a ticket in advance. Day of tickets at the window are very limited.

Visited New Orleans in July

Photo Shoot Location: Faubourg Marigny

Karla in New Orleans for Flytographer


Annie's Travel Tips for New Orleans

What are the best places to eat and drink in New Orleans?

Breakfast at Toast was fantastic! Get there early :)

What are the best things to do in New Orleans?

The original Cafe du Monde is a must visit along with a walk (and photos) in Jackson Square!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to New Orleans?

For those with young children, definitely plan a stop at the Louisiana Children’s Museum for hands-on learning activities and so much fun!

Visited New Orleans in July

Photo Shoot Location: The French Quarter

Karla in New Orleans for Flytographer


September Ashley's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Our favorite restaurant was Lahaina Fish Co. The food was delicious, servers were really nice, and the best part was the view! We loved that it was on the water, and the view was amazing no matter where you sit.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Nothing beat the Haleakala Sunrise tour we went on. Although it is such an early start (2am to be exact), it is totally worth it when you experience the sunrise from the top of Haleakala. The other beautiful thing is, that at the top, there’s no light pollution. When you first arrive, it’s pitch black, but when you look up, every single star in the sky is lit up. That, in combination with the sunrise, was truly an experience we’ll never forget.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Maui?

I’d say start researching things you want to do early, and book them way in advance. We’re thankful we did because we heard a lot of excursions/restaurants were booking 2-3 months out. Other than that, just enjoy the time together on the beautiful island, relax, and go with the flow!

Visited Maui in July

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Marie in Maui for Flytographer


Eran's Travel Tips for Victoria

What are the best places to eat and drink in Victoria?

10 Acres was fabulous! Fresh, locally grown food, unique flavours and amazingly personable staff!

What are the best things to do in Victoria?

A Taste of Victoria walking tour was a huge highlight. We also loved the Bug Zoo and Beadworks shop where our whole family created our own jewelry!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Victoria?

Beadworks! Stop in here to make your own wearable creations. The staff were so amazing and helpful and everyone in our family - kids, mom, dad, grandma - all thoroughly enjoyed making a souvenir piece of jewelry to take home!

Visited Victoria in July

Photo Shoot Location: Fisherman's Wharf

Stephanie in Victoria for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Duke’s Waikiki, Tropics Bar & Grill

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Surf lessons, Waimea Falls, Chief’s Luau, Pearl Harbor

Visited Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Miami

What are the best places to eat and drink in Miami?

My favorite restaurant was the licking great food and people

What are the best things to do in Miami?

We loved the millionaire boat tour and the Bayside market

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Miami?

No

Visited Miami in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Yohskarla in Miami for Flytographer


Lara's Travel Tips for Cape Cod

What are the best places to eat and drink in Cape Cod?

Pate's in Chatham was our favorite! Delicious seafood and fantastic service - it was a great place to celebrate an occasion but still had the Cape Cod vibe. They even had delicious mocktails that was served in a copper goblet!

What are the best things to do in Cape Cod?

Whale watching in Provincetown was the highlight of our trip! The whales got so close to our boat. It was such an amazing experience! We also loved all the ice cream shops all over the Cape! We tried a different place every day (sometimes two in one day!)

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Cape Cod?

If you decide to go to the beach, get there a little early (8:30-9am) that way you can get a spot that is a closer walk to the bathrooms! We loved Nauset Beach - it was large and clean and we even saw some deals! If you are going whale watching, call the company earlier in the day to see how rough the water is. Part of the reason we decided to go was because the water was not rough at all!

Visited Cape Cod in July

Photo Shoot Location: Chatham

Caroline in Cape Cod for Flytographer


Tamara's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Paia Fishmarket, Star Noodle, Leoda’s pies, Mala Tavern, Honu, Kiko’s

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Road to Hana, Sunrise on Haleakala

Visited Maui in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kapalua Ironwoods

Savannah in Maui for Flytographer


Andy's Travel Tips for Hana

What are the best places to eat and drink in Hana?

We only stayed in Hana one night and ate dinner at the Hana Ranch. The food was good but the service was extremely poor.

What are the best things to do in Hana?

Hamoa and Koki Beaches were so beautiful first thing in the morning. We had the entire beach to ourselves.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Hana?

Highly recommend an overnight stay in Hana so you're not crunched to see everything in one day. Getting to the Pipiwai Trail early on the second day was so worth it to avoid the crowds. A must-have for the Road to Hana is the "Shaka Guide" app. It provides a fun narrative using your phone GPS of 139 locations of interest and Maui history lessons along with wonderful music to fill some of the gaps. The narrative lets you know what stopping locations are coming up, whether the stop is worth the time and provides tips on where to park and how to see the waterfall or coastal viewpoint. And best of all, phone service was not required to use the app as we had "No Service" most of the road.

Visited Hana in July

Photo Shoot Location: Hana Beaches Loop

Kevin in Hana for Flytographer


Lauren's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

My favorite experience in Charleston was having high tea at Camellia's at the Hotel Bennett. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was like nothing I have ever experienced.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Shopping on King Street, having a best friend photoshoot on rainbow row, eating at the Tempest, going to the Co-op in Sullivan's Island for Frosé and sitting on the beach and strolling through city market.

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Pack light weight sundresses/clothing if travelling to Charleston in the summer. Have a day where you just wander around and explore.

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Erica's Travel Tips for Los Angeles

What are the best places to eat and drink in Los Angeles?

Rose in Venice has the most unique menu and it's ever-evolving!

What are the best things to do in Los Angeles?

Take a drive up the PCH and enjoy a hike in Malibu. The ocean views from the mountains are absolutely breathtaking.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Los Angeles?

We love to find house rentals that are within walking distance of good food and shopping. It alleviates the stress of driving around LA and trying to find parking when you can just walk to dinner. And make reservations ahead of time because there are so many good eats around town!

Visited Los Angeles in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Anna in Los Angeles for Flytographer


Melanie's Travel Tips for Playa del Carmen

What are the best things to do in Playa del Carmen?

Cenote Maya gives you the opportunity for rappelling into the gorgeous cenote to enjoy the refreshing water. Coupled with a trip to explore at Ek Balam to climb El Torre is an absolute must (even preferred over Chichen Itza)!

Visited Playa del Carmen in July

Photo Shoot Location: Downtown Playa del Carmen

Claudia in Playa del Carmen for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Nashville

What are the best places to eat and drink in Nashville?

Husk was our favorite restaurant in Nashville. It was delicious and we love the farm to table experience. Staff were very pleasant and friendly.

What are the best things to do in Nashville?

Grand Ole Opry backstage tour, Belle Meade were our favorites.

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Nashville?

We loved The Graduate hotel and White Limonzen for dinner and drinks!

Visited Nashville in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Brooke in Nashville for Flytographer


lynne's Travel Tips for Palm Springs

What are the best places to eat and drink in Palm Springs?

Mario's Italian

What are the best things to do in Palm Springs?

Escape room

Visited Palm Springs in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Daniel in Palm Springs for Flytographer


Anya's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We really loved Lineage at The Shops at Wailea. The food and cocktails are delicious and portions are served family-style.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

The Road to Hana is a must-see for anyone traveling to Maui, with gorgeous waterfalls, red and black sand beaches, and a really meaningful reminder to enjoy the journey rather than just trying to get to a destination.

What is your best travel tip for Maui?

Book reservations as early as possible but also leave some free time to do your own adventuring.

Visited Maui in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ali in Maui for Flytographer


Laura's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

We have so many, but an overall family favorite is Cool Cats Cafe! They have great food and service. We also love Kimos for delicious food and the views.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Turtle beach on Hana road was amazing - we love all of Maui and exploring!

Visited Maui in July

Photo Shoot Location: Lahaina Town (West Shore)

Tawni in Maui for Flytographer


Amanda's Travel Tips for Reykjavik

What are the best places to eat and drink in Reykjavik?

Apotek was absolutely phenomenal. The food was incredible, the atmosphere made you want to stay all night and the service was top-notch. I had one of the best meals of my life there and the dessert was next-level...best I ever had.

What are the best things to do in Reykjavik?

We loved just walking around the city, popping in and out of cafes and pubs. Ice cream from Eldur og Ís is a must-do. We went twice in one day! We used Reykjavik as our home base for our trip, so we weren't in the city a lot. Thankfully, though, we carved out a day-and-a-half to poke around and we are so happy we did. So, make sure you leave some time to explore this gorgeous city.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Reykjavik?

Research and select your dinner spots in advance and make reservations. Even though we visited shortly after Iceland opened up to vaccinated travelers, locals are still going out to enjoy the incredible restaurant scene and if there's someplace you REALLY want to try, make your reservation in advance...even if you have to take an early timeslot.

Visited Reykjavik in July

Photo Shoot Location: Reykjavik Harbour

Ernir in Reykjavik for Flytographer


Saira's Travel Tips for Dubai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Dubai?

Arabian cafe because it was air conditioned well, the ambiance was beautiful, and the food was decadent.

What are the best things to do in Dubai?

Old Dubai. I didn’t even know this hidden gem existed!

Visited Dubai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Old Dubai

Gabriela in Dubai for Flytographer


Roy's Travel Tips for New Orleans

What are the best places to eat and drink in New Orleans?

Mr B’s Bistro, Muriel’s

Visited New Orleans in July

Photo Shoot Location: The French Quarter

Karla in New Orleans for Flytographer


Merry's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

For the best shave ice, try Wishing Well in Hanalei. The Caffeine Monkey is incredible and definitely worth the wait in line.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved our helicopter tour of the island as a way to get oriented on the first day, and a boat tour of the Nepali Coast is a must.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Plan some relaxation time to hang out at a local beach. Be sure to pack plenty of reef-safe sunscreen and water.

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Pru in Kauai for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for Maui

What are the best places to eat and drink in Maui?

Honu in Lahaina. Excellent service, the chef personally told us about their ahi source and we had an ahi bruschetta that was incredible. The food is a close second to the service but both are incredible.

What are the best things to do in Maui?

Whale watch at Lahaina Harbor slip 17, Napili beach, walk the view to Airport Road in Kahana and get a Bad Ass coffee.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Maui?

Rent beach equipment from day one, get the good sunscreen, splurge on the good dinner but also find a local spot you can walk to. Snorkel at Napili for beginners and do your best to live aloha.

Visited Maui in July

Photo Shoot Location: Polo Beach (South Shore)

Wendy in Maui for Flytographer


Amy's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Fuel Cantina - delicious food and amazing outdoor space with live music

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Katherine's Travel Tips for Rome

What are the best places to eat and drink in Rome?

The food in Rome is insanely amazing! Try to go to the spots a little farther away from the main tourist attractions. Eat pizza for any meal of the day and always get gelato. Our favorite gelato spot was Flor Gelato in the Monti neighborhood near the Colosseum.

What are the best things to do in Rome?

Absolutely do a private golf cart tour when you first arrive in Rome! It's an amazing way to get the lay of the land, see a lot of different spots, and then decide where you want to spend more time. We were there in July so it was really hot and the golf cart was such a nice way to get around instead of a walking tour.

What is your best travel tip for Rome?

Check out my blog, theweekendfox.com for more tips! But also hit up the popular spots first thing in the morning and then as it gets hotter, head back to the hotel to relax and have an espresso! Then go back out as it cools down in the late afternoon. It's one of those cities where you can easily get burnt out from all of the site-seeing. If you add in scheduled relaxing during the day, you might actually get to see everything you want to see!

Visited Rome in July

Photo Shoot Location: The Roman Forum

Guido in Rome for Flytographer


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