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Travel Photography Tip #7: Have Fun With A GoPro

The GoPro has revolutionized the way we can capture our adventures at every angle and during every exciting moment. 

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In this installment in my series on travel photography, we’ll discuss the importance and awesomeness of the GoPro. I feel like I should mention that I have received nothing from GoPro and am only writing this on my sincere recommendation.

The GoPro has revolutionized the way we can capture our adventures at every angle and during every exciting moment. The camera shoots still photos and video with an interesting fisheye lens. They are waterproof and shock resistance so you can basically do any activity with these bad boys capturing every moment.

The best part is GoPros are very affordable, the batteries last a long time and you can take GoPros where normal cameras can’t go. You can shoot for hours on one battery life and memory card and these cameras can literally anywhere and under almost any circumstances.

The only caveat is the fisheye lens takes some getting used to. I advise some practice shoots before your big trip so you can get accustomed to the camera and lens.

Here are my tips for taking the best GoPro photos and video.

KEEP IT STEADY

These little cameras are super sensitive so make sure you keep them steady. Any movement can make the video seem shaky or images seem blurry. Remember this when you are taking video the most as movements can really affect the quality of the video. Of course with an action camera movement is going to happen, so try and make the movements smooth.

These things shoot incredible video and stills so practice makes perfect and getting used to the lens takes some time.

SHOOT FROM THE HIP

With this I mean, remember that this camera shoots with a fisheye lens, so you must account for this when lining up your shot. Try to shoot for a lower center and you will have the best composition possible. Luckily with digital photography, we can mess with the composition in post to correct little adjustments. If you are taking a selfie with a GoPro, remember to aim lower so you capture your whole body instead of just your face and a lot of sky.

TIME-LAPSE

Try out the time-lapse function of the camera to get the best selfies. Remember to switch the camera angle and your expression to get the best picks. You can trash the unwanted ones later, but the time lapse is a great tool. The camera shoots in bursts from 2 to 10 seconds in between shots.

GET THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES

Accessories make the GoPro so accessible and adventure ready. Make sure you get the right accessories for your trip. What are you going to be doing and where?

WATER

Grip Floatie: Get the floatie grip for snorkeling and scuba trips. This handle extender also acts as a float in case you drop your camera from excitement.

Surf Mount: Get the surf mount obviously if you plan on hitting the ocean waves. It clips to the nose of your board so you can get some awesome shots of you ripping up the waves.

Anti-fog: Get these inserts for your waterproof housing so your camera doesn’t fog up and become unusable.

ADVENTURE

Chest Mount: Get the chest mount for hands-free adventures. Your camera mounts directly to your chest so you can record first-person video form some awesome locations.

Selfie Stick: These convenient devices have gotten a bad rap, they are extremely useful and a must buy.

Sticky Mounts: These one time stickers can be mounted on anything and gives you the opportunity to get some interesting and exciting camera angles.

MAKE SURE THE LENS IS CLEAN

This is serious, these little cameras can get dirty easily and a small smudge on the lens or housing can ruin all your pictures. Carry a lens cleaner and constantly check your lens for the best pictures possible.

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Why You Should Always Learn The Language While Traveling

Here are some great reasons why learning a little bit of a language can go a long way when you’re traveling to a foreign country.

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When leaving the country a lot of people don’t usually bother to learn the language of the country they are about to visit. While it is true that you can get by pretty much anywhere just by speaking English, it is rude and a little presumptuous to not at least try. You don’t have to become fully fluent in any language before you visit their country, but if you just learn a few key phrases then you can at least appear to be trying and that will work wonders for you.

If you’re still not convinced, here are some great reasons why learning a little bit of a language can go a long way when you’re traveling to a foreign country.

YOU’LL MEET THE LOCALS

It is extremely hard to really meet someone if you don’t speak their language. Unless you’re an award-winning charades player, speaking the same language is the only way to connect with a stranger. Some locals will, of course, speak English, but then you’re limiting yourself to who you can meet and who you can hang out with based on who is able to communicate with you. When you speak the language, you will be able to communicate with anyone and you will be able to get a lot further than you would without the language.

Human connection is what makes life special, so if you enlarge the likelihood of your human connections then not only will your trip be more memorable, but you open up the opportunity for some unique and amazing experiences. Meeting locals is a must when you travel.

YOU MIGHT FALL IN LOVE

When you speak the native language, you open up the world of romance. Meeting a special someone is always fantastic when traveling abroad, or honestly, even when you’re at home. Don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience foreign romance by not knowing a few key phrases in a different language.

If you can string together a few compliments then maybe cupid will strike and you’ll be sucking face in no-time. This obviously isn’t a guarantee for romance, but if you don’t speak any of the native languages then it’s almost a guarantee for no romance. So why not help give yourself a chance?

THE FOOD IS BETTER

The food is better because you actually know what is in it. Instead of crossing your fingers every time you order a dish and hoping you didn’t just order pig anus stew, learn a little of the language and order with confidence. When you don’t know what you’re saying, you will probably just order the same dishes you know and play it very safe at restaurants.

While you can still definitely get some great food this way, you will not be able to branch out and try something you’ve never tried before which is very limiting. My favorite foods have been dishes I’ve never heard of before and then once I tried them I was sent into culinary bliss. Let your palate explore the area in which you travel by learning a bit of the language before you venture off.

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The Best Backpacks For Your Next Adventure

If you’ve got an adventure coming up that requires a reliable backpack, look no further than these six great options. 

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One of the most important elements of any traveling experience is also the most frequently overlooked… the backpack. It’s with us at all times and typically holds our most important items. But more often than not, most travelers just grab that same raggedy old backpack they’ve had since high school.

But there are so many options out there! And certain backpacks are better for certain experiences. So read through this list and make sure you have the right backpack for your next adventure!

THE JANSPORT RIGHT PACK

It’s safe to say just about everyone has had a Jansport backpack in their life. It is the most popular backpack in the world and honestly one of the most durable. This particular model is known as the “Right Pack.” It’s very affordable, has a large main compartment, a sleeve specifically for laptops, and plenty of room leftover in the two front pockets. If you need a reliable backpack and you’re working on a budget, this is the pack for you.

THE PATAGONIA ARBOR PACK

This is a great option if you want something reliable and durable, but still don’t want to lug around something huge and heavy. This pack is water-repellent, compact, and has a significantly padded compartment for laptops.

TOPO DESIGNS KLETTERSACK

This is one of the toughest packs out there. It’s built from leather and nylon and is great for long trips on foot or camping and hiking. Thanks to the extra straps it can easily carry a rolled up blanket or heavy jacket. It also has a very cool look so you can still look hip while wearing it in the city.

CHROME URBAN EX 18 BIKE PACK

As the name suggests, this pack is ideal for the avid biker. It’s waterproof so you don’t have to worry about precious cargo getting damaged. And despite being relatively compact, you could still fit a laptop, camera, and a sweater or jacket with ease. If keeping your things safe and dry is a major concern, get this pack!

JANSPORT DRIVER 8

Surprise! The most popular backpack brand in the world is making a second appearance on this list! And this backpack is a fantastic option for a carry-on bag as it operates as both a standard backpack and a rolling suitcase. So this backpack will give you exactly what you need from airport to the top of Mount Everest and back.

OSPREY AURA AG 65

If you’ve got a backpacking trip across Europe planned after college to find yourself, this is the only pack you should be looking at. Osprey has long been one of the most trusted models for long backpacking trips, and this one is especially nice as it’s designed to fit naturally to the contours of the human body. It also includes a rain cover that can protect your all-important stuff no matter what conditions you may find yourself in.

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How To Prepare For The Nightmare That Is Sitting In The Middle Seat

Try these simple tips the next time you have to endure a flight in the dreaded middle seat. 

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Traveling, and especially flights, are almost always stressful. Did I forget anything? Are all the appropriate batteries properly charged? Are my toiletries too big or in the wrong bag? Oh no, I’m already late, I’m going to miss my flight! These are thoughts that have gone through all of our heads.

So the last thing any of us ever want to deal with is having to sit in the dreaded middle seat on the airplane! It’s the worst. Always has been, always will be. But have no fear! There are still a lot of things you can do to prep for your flight so your time in the middle seat won’t be the nightmare it usually is. So buckle up and take notes!

PREPARE YOUR BODY

Even if you’re some kind of maniac that doesn’t mind sitting so tightly between two strangers, you still could have an uncomfortable flight if your body isn’t right. So make sure you prepare for your flight by avoiding high-social foods, avoiding alcohol and caffeine (as best you can), and getting in some light exercise before and after the flight. Even if it’s just taking a couple laps around the terminal, it can make all the difference in making sure you’re as comfortable as possible in that middle seat.

At while you’re at, don’t forget to focus on your breathing. Slow, calm breathing can be a lifesaver in any stressful or annoying situation. More specifically, try taking in a deep breath, hold it for 5-10 seconds, then let it all out. Trust me, it’ll help.

STORE EVERYTHING IN THE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT

Surprise, surprise… it’s gonna be cramped! You will have limited space to get comfortable in the middle seat. Hence the nightmare! That’s why you should make sure to pack light enough that all your carry-ons can fit in the overhead compartments. Having to stuff at your feet or hold one in your lap will only amplify your discomfort. All you really need is your phone/tablet, headphones, a book, and what we’re about to cover in the next paragraph.

BRING WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP

This is key. One of the easiest ways to overcome the discomfort of sitting in the middle seat is just to sleep through as much of the flight as you can! There are a lot of products out there that can help you, too. Noise-canceling headphones, earplugs, and of course a neck pillow (make sure you find the perfect one for you!). I know it sounds crazy… but sleeping can actually help you avoid the nightmare!

GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS!

OK, I know this is a stretch. The last thing a lot of us want to do is force a conversation with a stranger. And most of us don’t want a stranger to force a conversation with us! But sometimes, if approached properly, a little polite conversation can really help time… fly (sorry). So while you shouldn’t force it and should, of course, leave them alone if they’re not into it, there’s no harm in giving someone a polite smile and trying out a few icebreakers.

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