Monday, May 28, 2012

Holiday Photo Challenge

I originally wrote this post for Lauren @ Tippie Canoe to help blog sit for a day while she was on her holidays.  I really wanted to share it again, especially as many of you could be heading to London for the summer Olympics this year!

 I love challenges, quizzes and goals.  I guess I'm quite driven in that sense....but more than that, I never seem to take the easy route in my boyfriend who lives in a different country.  A lot of people can't understand why I can't just date someone in England.

(In Lyon!)

Well, I can't, because he is perfect for me and actually we make it work in our own way. One of the ways we do this is by making sure that when I visit we go to new places and have lots of fun.  I am here today to tell you about one of the activities that we have done together that was really entertaining.
(Taken in Darwin Australia)

Sometimes when you visit places you want to sit on your butt on a beach and chill out (see above).  Other times you want to get lost in the atmosphere and then there are those places where there are lots of 'must see' sights and not a lot of time to do so.  This is where the 'photo challenge' comes in. 

I made a fun photo challenge for my boyfriend (actually as part of his Christmas present) for Mannheim - which is where he was moving too.  I've never been there myself, but I only had to look at the tourist information site to recognise what the main sites were, what the fun activities were we could do together and some of the cultural settings. 

The challenge involves collecting points for snapping certain pictures.  I split mine into categories...some of which had some definite 'in jokes' involved.  One of which was that there was a challenge to take a 'sausage' related picture in each section.  Germans do love their wurst after all, and mine is no different! I also included lots of little romantic ones like 'take a picture of us holding hands in a boat'....or take a picture of us enjoying eating a bratwurst in the park...specific, hey?!

(I do own other clothes...this photo is from Germany! The sausage is a clue...)

The challenge can run for a couple of hours or all day if you want it to. I awarded 10 bonus points for each completed section.  I gave him 4 hours to get 40 points from a possible 72 with the promise of a meal of his choice or massage as a reward.  Needless to say...we now have lots of lovely pictures of Mannheim, a day full of memories and I am down a few euros for a meal. 
What I can share with you is the following photo challenge I made especially for you guys,  in case you visit London:

 (Just right click on the image and save!)
I wrote my challenge in a Word document and then laminated it.  This was to make it weather 'proof''. You will DEFINITELY need a plastic cover for the London Edition!
This challenge can be adapted so it's less of a 'date'. It could be a challenge between friends or even keep children occupied while you are travelling. I tested this out with a group of teenagers (I'm a teacher, if that makes that statement less weird) and we didn't lose one and kept their attention while walking around. 
So there we have it: a way to travel, take pictures, and compete at the same time.  Perfect!
I would love to hear your feedback on this idea (I doubt it's completely new, but I hadn't read about it anywhere before it popped into my head).  I'd also love it if you wanted to visit me on my Twitter here or even on Pinterest.

Please do get in contact. I really like having new people to talk to. And if you make one...I'd love to share it on my blog.

Big hugs,  thanks for reading - Rosie xxxx


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