Updated: January 15th, 2019
Welcome to my Travel + Blogging Gear and Resources page! On this page I’ve compiled all of my favorite photography, travel, and blogging gear, plus all the resources I use to travel intelligently and blog successfully. I personally use (and swear by) everything on this page so if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Hit me up on social media, send me an email, or fill out the form on my contact page.
I will continue to update this page as I find cool new gear and resources so check back often.
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.
I got this one 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 generous gift from my parents is perfect for adventurous travelers. It’s got an LCD touchscreen and is officially my go-to for underwater. It takes fantastic video + photos and I’ve used it ice canyoning, tobogganing, snorkeling, and even for closeups in my beehives.
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.
The Chesty is great for those activities when you want a more stable, centralized view–biking, kayaking, and other activities when you want your hands in view. It’s fully adjustable, comfortable, and increases your cleavage two cups sizes. BONUS!
My go-to snorkeling GoPro accessory. It helps stabilize your shots while being crashed into by turtles and tossed around by waves. It has an adjustable wrist strap and the whole thing floats so, it’s pretty much 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 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.
After years of using free online programs, I finally upgraded to Adobe Lightroom for photo editing. It’s simpler to use than Photoshop but 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 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 perfect for beginners.
…because I’m always looking for something to safely clean my camera lens with and my Cheetos crumb-covered shirt just doesn’t cut it. The lens pen has a retractable brush on one end for removing sand, dust, and Cheetos crumbs, and the other end has a felt pad for removing smudges.
Your camera is nothing without an SD card (I’ve tried). I prefer the bigger SD cards that hold, no joke, 9,999+ pictures (according to my camera screen) but always, always, always have a backup (or two or three) on me. Ain’t nobody got time to run to Walgreens or its foreign equivalent.
I got mine on Etsy from a store called Shutter Totes because I wanted something that looked like a purse and not like a camera bag. The quality of these bags is HELLA GREAT and they’re super cushion-y inside with lots of dividers and pockets.
Think about upgrading your standard camera strap for something more stylish, more practical, and less itchy neck-sweat. I love my scarf-style camera strap but think I may start a collection because there are so many good ones out there. #animalprintfolife
I can’t tell you how invaluable this affordable little camera has been! For someone who is away from home quite often and for someone who leaves their pets there, this camera has been as absolute must-have. I can watch my house from my cell phone anywhere in the world, get motion detection alerts, keep watch 24 hours a day thanks to its night vision, and so much more.
I honestly can’t even remember how I traveled the world without packing cubes. They are the single easiest solution to staying organized on the road and keeping your sh*t and your life together. This is the exact set I have–the 5-pack, multi-size teal set. Do yourself a favor and join the rest of us packing cube nuts!
I’d be willing to bet travel power adapters are the #1 thing most often forgotten on trips. And it’s something you won’t realize until it’s too late (and much more expensive). Go ahead and grab a 6-pack (or maybe a 12-pack) of them now and keep them in your luggage. This is the European set but they’re available for all countries.
Many hotels have in-wall hair dryers nowadays but most don’t. Especially depending on where you’re traveling. I picked this one up to use on my trips to Mexico, South America, and Central America where in-room hair dryers aren’t the norm. Also, it’s perfect for hostels anywhere in the world and in France where I’m guessing everyone is just naturally stunning.
All travelers have their preferences and mine just happen to be Rough Guides and Fodor’s. Everything you need to know about your new destination is found in these books–photos, historical info, cultural clues, dining and hotel recommendations, and insider information. I have a habit of reading these cover-to-cover.
I’ve 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) so there aren’t any surprises later. And when booking through them, you don’t pay until your stay!
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.
My go-to search engine for air travel, both domestic and international, is always CheapOair. They find the lowest prices and hidden flight combinations you can’t even find on individual airlines’ websites. While we’re at it, I rent my cars from here too.
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.
Viator is the local tour-master. I used them for my day trip to Luxembourg but they’ve got tours all over the world. With them you can skip long attraction lines, ride in private transportation, and spend the day with knowledgeable tour guides. All for great prices! (For more on them, check out my Luxembourg post.)
Travel insurance can potentially be a great help (but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that)! It covers you while traveling abroad in terms of medical and emergency care, lost luggage, lost or stolen property, delayed or canceled flights, trip cancelation, and much, much more.
If you don’t know about Airbnb yet, it’s time to get with it! Airbnb offers travelers a way to stay for less – by renting the rooms/houses/apartments of locals. It’s a totally unique way to visit a new city. Want $40 off your first Airbnb stay? Click on this link to activate the discount!
My second MacBook Pro (read this post to find out what happened to the first one) and the only laptop I’ll ever use. It’s reliable, capable, portable, packable, and a blogger’s best friend. It’s fast and smoothly operates allllll of the programs I require it to. (So many.)
The 2nd most important blogging tool is a backup system. Don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made–backup your hard drive constantly. I can’t stress this enough. I use two: this Toshiba slim for photos, and this 2TB external hard drive for EVERYTHING else.
Computers are hard and SG is my blogging guardian angel. They do everything for me and their support is the best customer service of ANY COMPANY. MWL would be nothing without these 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, I love my square cards, and the design process is so simple.
I used to use iMovie for all my film-making needs… until I discovered there was something out there that’s so much easier, more fun, and user-friendly. Filmora by Wondershare has been infinitely useful for creating the short, simple, shareable videos for social media + blog posts.
PicMonkey is my go-to for quick, easy photo editing. It’s what I use to resize photos, do some light editing, and create pins and the featured images at the top of my posts. The free version is awesome but I can’t recommend upgrading enough! Such a blogging life saver.
This course is taught by Amanda Williams and covers everything you need to know for making friends in high places. It includes pitching, media kit creation, working on social campaigns, sponsored travel, and everything in between.
Keysearch has proven to be the easiest and fastest way to find best keywords for every blog post. It compares all the metrics you need to find the lowest competition and highest relevancy. I’m dubbing this: Blogging Purchase of the Year, 2017.
Fellow travel blogger Jessie on a Journey‘s course called Ditch the Daily Grind is a perfect first stop on the road to turning your blog into a profitable business. Even as someone who’s been blogging over 4 years, I still learn something new every time I turn to it! Let’s just say, this course is THOROUGH.
Jessie on a Journey also offers another course called Travel Blog Prosperity, the next step in dominating the blogging world and making a livable income. Think of this course as your 24/7 complete travel blogging coach. Click the link to see everything it offers! Again, she covers EVERYTHING.
Pinterest has single-handedly helped grow my web traffic but managing it is a pain and a real time-suck. Tailwind is and easy to use program that does it all for me, offers great analytics, and saves me about a million hours a month. Use this link to get a free month of Tailwind to see if you like it!
Mailchimp is the email marketing program I use to send out my monthly newsletters and new post alerts. It’s sooo easy to use (and pretty fun actually) even a monkey could do it. Seriously, I’m proof. Also, it’s free if you have less than 2,000 subscribers – so give it a try!