When looking at photographs taken by friends and family, often times, the subject of their photos are too far away. You will notice that your photo, whether it be a portrait or of an object, will be better if you are a little closer. This is especially true of portrait shots. So, when in doubt take a few steps closer or zoom in.
Travel PhotoGraphy Tips #2
When taking photos of parties, indoor functions, or nighttime events, the natural, ambient light is washed away by the harsh light of a flash. The image that you pictured in your mind's eye is not the picture you end up taking when you use a flash. The subjects are unnaturally lit up while the background is darkened.
Travel PhotoGraphy Tips #3
Casual photographers find the process of carrying a heavy camera that often needs its own bag, and the time it takes to get the camera out and prep for the shot, somewhat of an inconvenience. If you are thinking about traveling, buy a compact or subcompact. It will be easier to carry, so you will have it with you more often, and will therefore take more photographs.
Travel PhotoGraphy Tips #4
Learning the basic functions of your camera is important. Learning to manipulate your camera's settings will give you more freedom and improve your photographs. At least learn how to turn your flash on and off, and adjust the sensitivity (ISO). Regarding ISO, just remember that the darker the setting, the higher the ISO setting should be. You don't need to go deep into your camera menus or settings to adjust this.