TRAVEL + CAMERA
We have been travelling for the past 4 years, and we can honestly say we’ve learned the value of finding travel resources. This includes everything from packing essentials, to finding the apps to use on the road, the camera gear we travel with, and utilizing third party sites to find the best flight and accommodation deals!
We use these resources on the daily, and would not recommend anything that we have not tried and tested ourselves, that has actually saved us money or we have found really useful.
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PACKING + CAMERA ESSENTIALS
Samsonite Rewind soft suitcase - 113L
We love to combine travelling with this soft case together with the Antler hard case. Perfect size and fits in rental cars easily!
Antler Juno Hardcase
We started using Antler luggage when our JEEP hardcases packed up. We love our Antler case, we use one hard case and one soft Samsonite case, both have lots of pockets and sections which we also use in conjunction with our packing cubes (packing cube info below)
Kapten and Son - Helsinki "all black" backpack
We both have two of their backpacks each as we love them so much!
James loves this backpack (all black) with the Wndrd packing cube that fits perfectly
Kapten & Son - Umea "all black"
I (Alex) use the Umea all black backpack which fits our vlogging camera, water bottle and laptop easily.
Kapten & Son - Lohja "Rust red"
I (Alex) also have the small Lohja in rust red backpack which is perfect for an evening out as well as a day trip on our travels.
Airplane neck pillows
We both have our memory foam pillows and they are so comfortable!
Great for any kind of travel, train, car, bus and air!
We were never, ever a packing cube fan and did not buy into them until we were given 2 free ones from DJI event. We then started using them for smaller things like bikinis and underwear, and now we are both totally sold on them for everything. We use them for clothes, and are so good for keeping tech items together, and easy repacking from place to place. These cheap and cheerful ones from Amazon, they are serious value for money!
Reusable water bottle
We’re big on using a reusable water bottles whenever we are able to, we have tried a few different ones and think the Frank Green options
are the best we have found. They come in lots of different sizing including smaller coffee sized ones, we have the bigger water
ones for days out and they’re great.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 Camera
We love the Panasonic Lumix GH5, it's amazing for both photo and video
and can use Olympus lenses with the Panasonic body.
Olympus Lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO Lens
Olympus Lens 12-100MM F4 IS PRO Black
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
We love the DJI Mavic Pro, it has obstacle avoidance and the photo quality is fantastic. We opted for the Combo kit which gives you everything you need as a starter kit (batteries, remote, etc) We purchased ours back in 2017 but since then DJI have released further models, so this will be at a good price.
DJI Mavic Pro 2
There is the upgraded version now that DJI have released called the DJI Mavic 2 Pro which has some additional features.
GoPro Hero 8 (Underwater photo + Video)
You can't go wrong with the Go Pro Hero 8 for underwater shots.
We started years ago with our Go Pro 4, and have since owned the Go Pro 5, 6, 7, and now 8! Always guaranteed to capture those underwater moments for both photo and video.
DJI Osmo Pocket
The Osmo pocket is a handy piece of equipment that we recently purchased and has been great for both cinematic and vlogging photo and video. It is tiny is in size and is DJI's most compact 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, it fits easily into your pocket and so very convenient for travel!
Wandrd Camera Cube
We love the Wandrd Camera cube, lots of compartments, and also has velcro that you can move about to change the inside shapes. There is also outside zips for things like SD cards etc, they perfectly fit with the Aarhus Kapten backpack too (see above)
Canon M50 Camera for Vlogging
This is our go to vlogging camera, it's more lightweight than the Panasonic GH5 which can be pretty heavy to hold for longer periods of filming, we have found the Canon M50 to keep great focus with movement, it's compact and sleek and we are still able to change lenses. We swapped the standard lense for the XX for a wider angle view.
Manfrotto Be Free Tripod
We are currently using the Manfrotto Be Free tripod which has an easy clasp to use and is sturdy.
As a beginner we used a standard and cheaper tripod such as this Manfrotto tripod, it is ideal for travel and comes with a carry case. Just be sure to check the payload and ensure it can carry the weight of your camera.
Joby Gorillapod - Canon M50 tripod
This is the tripod we use for our vlogging camera (Canon M50), so that we don't have to try and hold the camera the whole time. It can wrap around
objects for a different point of view and is the best $60 we have spent!
Panasonic Lumix S5 Camera
ACCOMMODATION + FLIGHTS
We book the majority of our hotels through booking.com site, it’s the easiest to use and has really useful reviews. Once you use it a number of times, you also building discounts, as an example, every time we now book with booking.com we also get 10-15% off our entire stay as we have booked with them so many times!
You can find hotel details here using this link if you would like to browse what’s available.
We sometimes use Agoda if we are travelling through Asia and can’t find anything on Booking.com.
Airbnb is our go to if we would somewhere with a kitchen as well, we find it really useful and a money saver to have a kitchen as we tend to save money by cooking, rather than eating out all of the time. Use our link for $76 off your first stay!
This is similar to airbnb and has other options if you are struggling to find anything through airbnb.
We use trusted housesitters sometimes, it has been going since 2010 and connects home and pet owners with pet sitters who will go and look after their home and pets for free, in exchange for a place to stay. This can sometimes be a short stay like a few days, to a longer term stay, sometimes for months!
We are obsessed with skyscanner! We use this EVERY SINGLE TIME we search for flights. There are other sites such as Momondo, and kayak, but we have always found skyscanner to give the best and cheapest options. We love the 'inspire me' function which allows you to type in 'Everywhere' if you would like to see the cheapest flights to any Country.
CAMPERVAN + CAMPING
This site offers a relocation holiday which is the most affordable way to see Australia, New Zealand and USA and Canada. Some of the major campervan and car rental companies need help to relocate their vehicles from different cities around the Country each day. You can see a whole list of available campervans and cars then need moving and book them for the duration allowed. It usually costs $1 per day! We did this from South Australia to Western Australia and had the most incredible road trip.
One of the most useful and helpful tools we have ever used when road tripping around New Zealand. We relied on this app every day to tell us where the closest petrol station was, where we can pick up groceries, best camping spots, which ones are paid and which are free. It has a whole load of other services as well like where to fill up water, points of interest etc.
Camplify has done really well in Australia, and is now starting up in the UK. It connects people who would like to hire a campervan, caravan, motorhome or trailer with current owners. It is kind of like an airbnb but for RV and motorhomes.