My latest obsession and everything a travel camera should be. Crisp photos, HD video, lightweight, and (necessary for me) dustproof, weatherproof, and freezeproof with a swivel touchscreen. I can use it on the beach! In the rain! In Canada! You should never have to sacrifice for your travel photos.
I bought this lens bundled with the camera and it’s perfect for landscapes, indoor shooting, closeups, and food if I can ever learn how to do that. It, too, is fully Ashley-proof. It comes with a lens hood and pouch, and you can switch from manual to auto-focus quickly on the lens itself.
When you need a little bit more of a zoom, this is the perfect lightweight solution. Don’t let it’s inexpensive price tag fool you–this lens produces super sharp, high-quality pictures and it’s lightning fast. Perfect for capturing wildlife and other moving subjects.
This is the latest addition to my photography arsenal. I got it specifically for events like Oktoberfest and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival where my hands are always full and I don’t want to haul around a camera that doesn’t fit in my pocket. The pictures come out great and I LOVE the 30x zoom in this affordable point-and-shoot!
This very generous Christmas gift from my parents is so perfect for the adventurous traveler. It’s got an LCD touchscreen and is officially my go-to underwater camera. It takes fantastic video and photos and I’ve used it ice canyoning, tobogganing, snorkeling, and even for closeups in my beehive.
I have a handful of GoPro mounts for various activities and points of view. The head strap is perfect for those activities when you need your hands and want a little more control over what you see–mountain climbing, rappelling, snowboarding, etc.
I use the Chesty primarily for flying trapeze and it’s great for those activities when you want a more stable, centralized view–biking, kayaking, etc. It’s fully adjustable, comfortable, and increases your cleavage two cups sizes.
My go-to snorkeling GoPro accessory. It helps stabilize your shots while being crashed into by turtles and tossed around by waves. It has a wrist strap and floats so, idiot proof.
I LOVE this tripod. You can call it the un-tripod. It’s uber-flexible and you can turn almost anything into a tripod. Even better, it weighs practically nothing and packs up nicely for travel. It comes in different versions for different sized cameras.
A MUST for snorkeling or scuba diving are these red GoPro filters. The red neutralizes the blues and greens you find underwater giving you a more realistic picture. (See the stark contrast in this post.) They offer different shades of red depending on how deep you’re going. Darker for deeper, lighter for shallow.
After years of using crappy free online programs, I finally upgraded to Adobe Lightroom–the Holy Grail of photo editing. It’s far simpler to use than Photoshop and lacks none of the possibility. (See an example edited photo in this post). You can preset filters to make editing your photos a snap.
The Photography geniuses behind the travel blog Beers & Beans bring us their e-book on how to use your DSLR (the real way). It breaks down every aspect of your camera in simple terms, offers quality examples, interesting facts, and only costs $9.99. It’s the perfect beginner’s companion.
All travelers have their preference and mine just happens to be Fodor’s. Everything you need to know about your new destination is found in these books–photos, historical information, cultural clues, dining and accommodation recommendations, and insider information. I have a habit of reading these cover-to-cover.
I’ve recently fallen deep in love with Booking.com. It’s heavy on photos, a breeze to use, and gives you the total price upfront (all fees, taxes, etc.) so there aren’t any surprises later on and you don’t feel like you’re being screwed.
When I want to read actual travelers’ reviews on hotels, tours, activities, sights, or restaurants I always head to TripAdvisor. I also love checking out travelers’ photos of hotel properties to get first-hand, authentic views.
For domestic US flights, my first stop is always JetBlue. JetBlue offers great prices and destinations, the most legroom, and DirecTV on every seat. For international flights, it’s CheapOair. They finds the lowest prices and hidden flight combinations you can’t even find on individual airlines’ sites.
I. Love. CityPASS. CityPASS offers discount booklets to the top visitor attractions in such cities as New York City, Dallas, Toronto, San Francisco, and more. With an average savings of 45% you can save HUGE on sites you’re already going to visit.
As a “quick-traveler” I swear by renting cars. It’s the best and most efficient way to get around without sacrificing any of your precious vacation time. Train schedules and public transportation are unreliable and travel often takes twice as long. Flights can be pricey and you’re never in control. E-Z Rent-a-Car is my go-to for their affordability and super friendly customer service.
When traveling on a time-budget, you don’t have time for crappy footwear. I always make sure I have comfortable, excursion-appropriate shoes for my trips and Zappos is THE BEST. They have errthang (shoes, backpacks, clothing, travel gear) and with free shipping and free returns, it’s a risk-free no-brainer!
As you can imagine, there are spots all over the world that feel like home to me. Since they’re always hard to leave, I like to take a little piece of them with me. It’s for this reason that I’m obsessed with my collection of Lat & Lo coordinates jewelry! Bracelets, necklaces, rings, and all 100% custom made. Use my code: WANDERLUSTY for 10% off your entire purchase!
What took me so long to start using packing cubes?? In my opinion, the ONLY way to travel. Pack your shirts in one, your pants in another, etc. and they all fit nicely in your suitcase. No more clothing tornadoes or losing items in your bag.
One of my packing musts that everyone takes a second look at. It’s a hard case for packing the bras you don’t want getting bent out of shape. It holds TONS of bras and even has a storage pocket for… underwear? Bikinis? Hidden chocolate bars? Whatever you want!
The easiest to forget and hardest to find travel accessory. Different countries require different types of electrical outlet adapters and you will NEED these to charge your electronics, fix your hair, or, gentlemen, shave your face.
As seen in this popular post–CustomizedGirl.com (guys, you can use it too) is my go-to site for creating kickass, customized apparel. They have the largest selection of designs, colors, and styles I’ve seen anywhere.
My second MacBook Pro (read this post to find out what happened to the first one) and the only laptop I will ever use. It’s reliable, capable, portable, and a blogger’s best friend. It’s fast and smoothly operates allllll of the programs I require of it.
The second most important blogging tool is a backup system to your MacBook. Don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made–backup your hard drive constantly. I can’t stress this enough. This Toshiba slim is so teeny–it’s easily portable and perfect for travel.
Computers are hard, y’all and SiteGround has been my blogging guardian angel. They do everything for me, even all the heavy lifting. Their support is the best customer service of ANY COMPANY I’ve ever used, online or elsewhere. MWL would be nothing without these helpful geniuses.
When choosing business cards I prefer high quality and unique design–so I go Moo. Moo.com offers some of the best business cards I’ve ever seen. The stock paper they use is thick and I loooove my square design.
I’ve raved about TBS a gazillion times and I’m doing it again. If you want to start a travel blog or upgrade your existing one, a TBS membership is for you. They teach you errthing you need to know about travel blogging as a business, turning a profit, and the secret Facebook group is worth the membership price alone.
One of TBS’s side projects is Blogger to Bylines, a group focused on turning travel bloggers into freelance travel writers. I began making money as a freelancer immediately after joining this group. Again, the secret Facebook group and camaraderie is priceless.
The third TBS group I’m a member of–geared towards making the most out of your partnerships with brands and tourism boards written by the amazing Amanda Williams. Working with brands is one of my favorite aspects as a blogger and something I’m working to perfect.
Pinfinite Growth is the program I’ve used (and continue to use daily) to grow my blog’s traffic. By utilizing the methods in this program, Pinterest has quickly become my #1 source of quality traffic. Besides traffic, Pinfinite Growth has helped me narrow focus, increase revenue, build my brand, and target my ideal audience. Click on the link to learn everything you could possibly want to know about this awesome program.
Travel guru Rick Steves writes on why it’s important to travel internationally in order to better our world and better understand it (and each other). It illustrates how thoughtful travel can help shape your political perspectives and broaden your views.
A cheat-sheet to Europe’s most popular travel destinations–Rick Steves leads you around Europe to great values for food and lodging, gives advice on transportation and sight-seeing, and tells you what’s worth your money and what’s not. (Plus, Gimmelwald is on the cover!)
The Alchemist is a must-read for any traveler. Full of magic and travel-related wisdom, this book is a never boring, page-turning modern classic. This 25th anniversary edition includes a brand new forward by author Paulo Coelho.
Timothy Ferriss is a genius. The concepts he writes about in this book are simple yet life-changing. Why isn’t everyone doing this?!! Halfway through this book I decided to quit my job and never waste another minute of my life.
All about how to dress for Oktoberfest — what to wear, how to wear it, where to buy it, and the trick to two extra cup-sizes!
From someone who hates packing posts–an article on what to pack for a trip to London and Paris in the winter… FOR REAL PEOPLE. Not runway models; not Pinterest fashionistas.
I chose three super unique gifts this year for travelers who may not get to travel as often as they’d like.
The books I read before my latest trip to Germany and the ones I think you should too. History, humor, art, mad kings, thievery!
A full review of the CityPASS that can be applied to all cities, not just Dallas. What is it? How does it work? Is it worth it? Let me work it..
One of my most popular posts to date — everything you should pack for a trip to Belize (and all the crap you should leave behind).
My 2015 choice gifts for travelers that never go out of style. There’s definitely some ideas in here that you’ve never seen before.
Get the most out of your upcoming Italy trips by first reading these books. I’ve covered everything art, history, and mystery.
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