For intriguing and Fun photo backdrops IKEA can provide an array of interesting and diverse backgrounds all while appearing to be in the comfort of your home, just make sure to photoshop out the price tags.
Coolest way to travel? Slide on your mirrored glasses and hop on a ferry. My personal favorite way to travel during the summer as not only to you get a breeze and avoid the summer heat but you can be creative and have pleanty of photo opportunities whilst you travel. You'll even get a free hair styling for that windblown look :)