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This camera is the number one item we travel with (other than important documents, of course!).
Photography is a passion, and this camera makes it easy for us to capture memories of every destination we visit.
With automatic and manual settings and the option to use the pop-up flash or attach an external flash, the 70D is user-friendly for most any skill level.
Our backup/second camera is the Canon EOS 60D.
Great for general use. This lens stays on my camera about 80% of the time. It’s great for landscapes or portraits. Very, very versatile!
A wide-angle lens for the budget-minded. Great for selfies (!), landscapes, and interesting effects (so artsy!).
Great for low-light conditions and makes beautiful portraits, detail shots, and food images. We affectionately call this lens the “short fatty,” and short fatty is always in our camera bag!
The 320EX Flash is powerful enough to meet our needs, but available at a more budget-friendly price point.
While the pop-up flash on our 70D is powerful enough to combat sunlight, this external flash is perfect for indoor areas that are just too dark.
The 5 Million Dollar Home is a water-resistant camera bag, no bigger than a medium-sized purse. It holds one DSLR camera body with lens attached, two other lenses (or 2 accessories, like battery charger or external flash), and has pockets for lens wipes, extra camera cards, etc.
We’ve had this waterproof camera for years. It is small, sleek, sturdy, and works exactly like we need it to. We trust this camera for beach days, snorkeling, kayaking, or any situation where we don’t want to risk harming our DSLRs.
The Olympus TG-820 is waterproof up to 33 feet (10m) and shockproof up to 6.6 feet (2m), so this allows it to take the normal abuse that goes with swimming or snorkeling.
Note: There is a NEW version of this camera: Olympus TG-870 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera If we were to replace ours today, this is the camera we would go with.
This little action cam is great for travelers. Not only is it compact, which makes it light and easy to pack, but it will take photos and 4K videos (including time lapse) while being waterproof. This version has a screen on the back to preview/playback your photos and videos, and even edit, on the spot.
Need a ride? Hate taxis? Uber is a quick, cost-efficient way to get around town. Watch smartphones work their magic as you request a ride, see your Uber en route to you, and pay/tip all in the same app. Uber tells you the name of your driver, type/color of car, as well as license plate number so you always know when you’re getting in the correct car. We have had friendly, helpful drivers who load/unload luggage for us as well as make recommendations for their hometown.
The other big name in ride-share. We would recommend checking out both companies to see which one fits for you since they work essentially the same way. Sometimes, a Lyft is available when an Uber is not, or vice versa. In our experience, Lyft has been a tad more expensive, but not enough to stop us from using the service for its convenience, and this definitely may not always be the case.
Books for Travel Inspiration
1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth by Rough Guides
Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen
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