Essential Items to Protect Your Camera

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Everyone wants to avoid their camera breaking, if you don’t then you clearly don’t value your camera a lot! They are expensive pieces of equipment that we often form special bonds with, learning the ins and outs of the machine, attaching us to it. We want to avoid any damage so that we don’t have to get upset and spend a lot of money on a new one. Damage is unavoidable on a camera, but thankfully there are a few things you can buy to help reduce it.

 

Filters

Filters are like an attachment for your camera that sit neatly just in front of your lens. In actual fact they clip onto the side of your lens and provide protection and a better shot. Lens filters will always be able to protect your lens from dust and thumbs prints as they cover it completely, but are a “one use” form of protection against anything else. Lens filters are designed to break but not shatter when something hard hits it, meaning that it saves your real lens from getting broken as the shape of the filter stays the same. But due to the filter still breaking, it means that you cannot use it again. You can buy these here and are an excellent way to ensure that your camera lens stays safe! It also enhances your shots too, as if you needed another reason to get one.

 

Water Covers

Firstly, if you’re not going to be around water with your camera then don’t bother! It’s designed specifically for water protection, and if you’re not going to be around it then there is no point in owning one, however a lot of photographers do go to the water to take photos so listen up! These simple covers strap to your lens casing and then unfurl around the rest of your camera. People often don’t realize that water damage comes from water being exposed to the camera body itself as opposed to the lens, majority of the electrical parts are in the camera and lenses are replaceable, so by covering up your camera any kind of splash that come your way will be nullified! Check out FujiUser for some good advice on which one to get, the all vary in sizes and thickness so you must get one that suits your purpose otherwise you’ll be hindered by it!

 

Lens Hoods

Lens hoods are similar to filters in the sense that they clip onto your lens, but the similarities end there. Lens hoods offer protection from harsh angles, like straight down or up onto your lens. They give your lens a hood to prevent anything from bumping into it and possibly causing damage. They also provide a little bit of shade for your lens too which is always helpful! You can buy them from companies like Canon, just be careful when deciding which size because if it’s too big, just like the water cover, it will hinder you instead of help.

Getting all of these things is highly recommended if you’re going to be doing any kind of work that would be putting your camera in danger. If your camera breaks, not only will you have to buy a new one but you’ll have to stop the job you’re doing which is bad for business. If you’re looking for some different examples of photos taken with different lenses, go here and have a look!

The Wild West: Australia’s Biggest And Best State

The Wild West: Australia’s Biggest And Best State

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For most travellers, Australia tops the bucket list. Adventures Down Under are synonymous with road trips up Australia’s beautiful east coast, centered around stops at the big five: Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, and Melbourne. It’s almost like a rite of passage – that, or they stick to what they know because they think the rest of this incredible country is nothing but orange rock, desert, and wild animals. What many travellers don’t realize is that Western Australia is the largest state in terms of geography and the richest in terms of things to do and things to see.

So, it’s only fitting that I highly recommend a trip to Western Australia. After all, there is so much to do on this side of the country that at least one of the following will make it into your top ten travel moments:

 

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  1. Pull on some goggles, a pair of fins and start breathing through a snorkel to explore the Ningaloo Reef in all of its glory. Chances are, you’ll swim with a few incredible whale sharks, while a tour of humpback whales is now being trialed too.
  2. Gorge on the banquet of staggering gorges in the north of Western Australia. The best of the best in our eyes are Geikie Gorge and Emma Gorge, both of which you can explore from kayaks. Of course, if this isn’t your thing, a good old hike is easy to do too.

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  1. Save some money by heading to the cheapest car hire company in Perth and then drive ninety minutes north to what is called The Pinnacles of Cervantes. Here you will set your eyes on one of the most breathtaking and alien-looking landscapes you will have ever seen. To get the most of this experience, we suggest you go on a clear night when the stars are out.
  2. The world heritage site of Purnululu National Park, which is a sea of some of the most astounding natural rock formations. You’ll see a ton of orange and black beehive domes that will have you wondering just how amazing nature is.

 

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  1. You can’t go to Western Australia and not visit its most famous landmark, Cable Beach. It is in a place called Broome and it is spectacular. Turquoise waters stretch out as far as you can sea, the white sand curving along the shoreline. Think you’ve seen beautiful sunsets before? Well, you’ve seen nothing yet.
  2. If mountain biking is your thing, then you have got to check out the Mundi Biddi trail that starts at Mundaring and continues for about a 1000km, finishing up at Albany. It is world famous amongst all those that adore pedal power and is celebrated as one of the best cycling trails in all of Aus.
  3. Forget Ayers Rock. If you want to see – and climb – a big rock then you need to make your way to the Gascoyne and tackle Mount Augustus. This is because it is two and a half times more massive than that puny Ayers Rock that everyone flocks to.

 

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  1. Finally, you have to visit Kalbarri. There is just so much to do here, whether it is exploring their bright red cliffs, fishing along this staggering coastline, or just kicking your sandals off and relaxing in the cozy town. Not to mention the brand new skywalk that has just opened its gates along the Murchison River.

How to Sleep Cheap When Travelling

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Accommodation can be one of the biggest costs when travelling, especially if you’re backpacking or going on a road trip without booking hotels ahead. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks that can keep you travelling on a shoestring. Here are just a few tips when finding somewhere to sleep.

 

Time your travels right

There are popular times throughout the year to visit certain places, which are often also the most expensive times. For example, if you’re visiting China during Chinese New Year, you can expect hotel prices to be much greater. Similarly, cities may have individual festivals throughout the year – visiting during these time could be more pricy. Christmas and the height of summer are almost always more expensive. October to November and March to May are often the quietest and cheapest times to travel and find accommodation.

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Avoid City Centres

Accommodation will also be more expensive in the centre of a city where all the attractions are. If you’re stopping off in a city, consider staying on the outskirts. You’ll have to get public transport into the centre which may add up costs depending on where you’re visiting. Some cities may also have shuttle services from campsites and popular hotels outside the city.

Staying on the outskirts in particularly worthwhile if you’re driving as parking will be very pricey in any city centre. The further out you go, the more likely you may be able to find free parking (supermarket car parks are worth keeping an eye out for).

 

Sharing is Sparing

You can save a lot of money from sharing a room. If you’re travelling with other people, you may be able to save money on double rooms. You may be able to get a single room and sneak in another guest with a sleeping bag. Hostels are a great place to stay if you’re travelling alone. You can save a lot by sharing a room with other travellers. Some hostels may have several bunks per room – you won’t get much privacy but it’s somewhere to rest your head and it’s a great place to make new friends and travel buddies along the way.

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Go Camping

If you’re not afraid to stay in a tent you can often save a lot of money by checking into a campsite as opposed to a hotel. Wild camping meanwhile is a free option that is ideal for hiking trips in warmer climates (not always so good in cold climates). You can take a sleeping bag or even try sleeping in a hammock. This rugged lifestyle isn’t suited to everyone and some may prefer to check into hostels and hotels.

 

Compare Costs Online

When reaching a new city, there’s nothing more soul-destroying than trudging from hostel to hostel late at night in search of a bed. Searching beforehand online can help you find hotels that aren’t fully booked as well as helping you to locate the cheapest rate. There are lots of hotel comparison sites – most of which allow you to book ahead on them. You should note that you’re not always guaranteed better prices from booking ahead online as sometimes you may also be paying a booking fee on top to pay for the listing.

Because you may not want to turn your data on in a foreign country, you’re best off searching online somewhere that has Wi-Fi. A good strategy is to search the night before using that accommodation’s Wi-Fi. This way, whenever you arrive at your next destination, you’ll know straight away where to go and not have to trudge around.

Paperback guides such as Lonely Planet are also useful for finding a cheap bed and can allow you to travel offline. These guides also provide reviews, which gives you some idea of the quality of the accommodation.

You may be able to save even more money by using a site such as Homestay, which allows you to stay with a local family in their home. This allows you to see how a local lives and you may be able to get a more rich sense of the culture. Families may be willing to transport you around locally, saving you money on transport, and may cook meals for you to. Their local knowledge may also allow you to see some sights in the area that aren’t in the travel books. The disadvantage of using this service is that you’ll need to book ahead as it’s unlikely a family will take you in at a last minute’s notice.

Destinations with Altitude

Some of the most magical places to visit in the world are those that are perched atop mountains at high altitude. In fact, throughout history, high up on a mountain top is where many sacred and special things were meant to have happened through the ages. So it makes complete sense that there are many people living in these areas, as well as plenty of visitors to the areas. But where are some of the best mountains in the world to visit? Here are just a few of the most breathtaking vertical wonders and the cities and town that they have close by to them. Have you ever been to any of them?

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Mont Blanc, France

In the area of Chamonix in France, you will find the mountain of Mont Blanc. It is actually situated in the Alps, and is the highest mountain in the area, standing at over 4000 ft above sea level. It is also the tallest in Europe, west of some of Russia’s mountains anyway. The mountain itself is really popular for snowboarding, winter sports, and skiing. So if you’re looking for a ski chalet in France, then this area will be one of the best areas for skiing in France. There are several towns nearby, all stunning in their own way. Chamonix, as has already been mentioned, was the site of the first Winter Olympics. See, special things do happen on mountains!

 

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La Paz, Bolivia

This extraordinary city is one of a kind as it clings to the sides of a small and narrow canyon, with a range of gondolas and cable cars going up and down alongside it. There is a museum up on top of the mountain which is one of the most popular things to do (once you’ve got your breath back from being up over 3000 meters high). There is also a market selling lots of natural and herbal medicines, several of which are all meant to ward off any evil spirits. The town is one of a kind, and the mountain is so beautiful. So when are you going to be planning a trip?

 

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La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland

This city is a top of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland. And as such, it often gets missed by most tourists unless they are really looking for it. But being one of the highest peaks in Europe, it needs to be seen to be believed and experienced. The architecture of the buildings in the area is amazing, as well as a famous watchmaking museum (it is the home of the country’s watchmaking business after all). So there are a few things to see and do. There is also a lakeside town of Neuchatel not far away from La Chaux-De-Fonds. It has some great nightlife, cafes, and restaurants, and buildings so are certainly worth a look too.

 

Have you been to any mountains or high altitude towns that you just love and would add to this list? I’d love to hear from you!

Mountains, Migrations And Maji Maji In Kenya

What is it that makes a truly great vacation spot? For some people, it’s the chance to catch some rays on the beach. For others, it’s a world-class hotel with all the little extras you could wish for. But for many, it’s about finding a trip that you simply won’t be able to replicate elsewhere in the world. It’s finding the gems of the world, whether it’s the temples of Thailand or the Grand Canyon. If you want something that can’t be replicated, then perhaps the best place to visit is Kenya, and here’s why:

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The Mountains

There are two mountains in particular that dominate the skyline of Kenya. In the north, the plains stretch for miles, but the horizon is overshadowed by Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The second-biggest isn’t all that far off, either. Mt. Kenya attracts loads of visitors and not just because you can climb it if you’re daring enough. The Mt. Kenya national park surrounding is full of caves, waterfalls, and dirt trails that can take you from one wildly varying landscape to the next. Glaciers, mineral springs, slopes that take on an astral beauty just as the sunrise creates a sky of breathtaking hues. 

The Migrations

When you think of a trip to Africa, you obviously have to consider the wildlife that you simply can’t see anywhere else. Seeing a wild lion on the hunt doesn’t compare to seeing them in a zoo. Similarly, seeing a single wildebeest doesn’t compare to the annual drama that plays out on a Masai Mara safari. A natural event as old as the land itself, you can see thousands at them in certain points of the year, with over 1.5 million completing the journey annually. Even if you catch it a little late, you can see many of the migrating herd hanging out with the stragglers that live on the plain all year round.

The Maji Maji

If you’re visiting Kenya, you might want a little trip out of the wilds as well. Nairobi is a sprawling metropolis with a rich culture of its own. Uhuru Park is easily one of the most beautiful city parks in the world, but it’s well worth a trip to the village market to get all the buzz of the city. Just be vigilant with how much you spend as there are Maasai markets everywhere, with vendors who are quick to charge a fortune. But one of the best reasons to stick to the city is some of the food, including the delicious maji maji grilling of Roadhouse, where you can eat nyama choma, the unofficial national dish consisting of little more than some lovingly prepared meats, including ostrich, crocodile, and camel.

It’s an entirely different kind of life in Kenya. It’s a life where astounding natural beauty is rarely more than a day’s trip away, where wild beasts still rule many parts of the land, and where you can get some fine eats surrounded by friendly locals.