Monday, February 3, 2020

Beginner's Guide to Hiking: 4 Tips for an Awesome Hike

One of the best ways to travel on a budget is by foot! Spring is just around the corner, and with more sunshine and less snow in the forecast getting outdoors is an easy and healthy way to lift your spirits and your mood!

Hiking is a prime pastime for Timothy Craig Fant, who is an avid outdoorsman and explorer at heart. Here are 4 tips he recommends that will help any beginner get well on their way to enjoying the great outdoors one step at a time:

2.) Only bring the essentials

Packing light is always the way to go. Overpacking will end up weighing you down and adding unnecessary bulk to your travels. Keep things light - water bottle, sunscreen, cellphone, map, and a whistle. It's always a great idea to bring a few safety essentials with you in case of emergency!

2.) Choose the right trail

If you're new to hiking, try sticking with a trail you're somewhat familiar with. If you're a complete newbie, choose a more open area instead of dense woods. Always begin in the morning and choose a marked trail when possible.

3.) Dress in layers

One thing to know about hiking is the temperature can change drastically through any trail from beginning to end. Depending on time of day, location, shade and difficulty of the trail, your temperature will rise and fall throughout the day. Dressing in lightweight layers allows you to stay comfortable and enjoy the experience!

4.) Travel with a hiking buddy

Not only is traveling with a friend fun, but it's also much safer. If you're unfamiliar with the area and are new to hiking in general, try going with a friend to put your mind at ease. Two minds are always better than one, and making memories with a friend is always a great idea!

Interested in more travel tips? Checkout Timothy Craig Fant's projects on Contently!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

How to Improve Your Brand with IG TV

Timothy Craig Fant defines himself as entrepreneur who is adventurous in nature, embarking on his tour of world travels years ago and using it to his advantage. 

One way creatives, adventurers and travelers like Timothy Craig Fant can share, network, and influence their audience is by using social platforms like Instagram.

Instagram is an incredible platform to establish and improve your brand, define and connect with your audience, and find inspiration while networking with other creatives and travelers.

Among Instagram's many features that allows freelance photographers to explore and share their content and art is through Instagram TV.

IG TV - What is it anyway? 

Instagram TV is much like Youtube, allowing users to create full length vertical videos to share with followers. Unlike a video post, IG TV does not cut videos short due to post formatting, allowing your to upload any length video longer than a minute. You do not however have the ability to stream live, much like the "Facebook Live" feature.

Use IG TV in 3 simple steps:

  1. Create your channel directly through your IG account 
  2. Upload or record a video 
  3. Choose or upload a cover photo and add a video description 

How to Improve Your Brand with IG TV: 

Using IG TV is a new feature that can engage users in a way that was not accessible previously. Uploading engaging insight through your uploads will give you a better sense of personality to your page - it allows users to really meet the person behind the brand!

The possibilities of IG TV are endless. You could upload a video series with a theme, show your creative process, share your travels or even do Q and A's!

IG TV also have these 2 fantastic features to gain traffic to your website if you sell online:

  • Ability to cross-post to Facebook
  • Ability to add multiple clickable links and direct to outside pages