My go-to camera, which was an upgrade from my previous Canon Rebel T2i. The body is more professional feeling than those in the Rebel series, and it’s a great mid-range option. I’m always impressed whenever I go to review photos after a day of shooting.
This rarely leaves my bag so I know I’ll always have a camera ready on hand. It’s small, it has interchangeable lenses, and it takes some pretty powerful images. I love that the screen flips upward 180 degrees making it perfect for taking selfies and vlogging.
I mainly use this camera when water is involved as it’s waterproof up to 30 feet and it takes better photos than a GoPro. When I can’t be bothered with a tripod I also use this camera at night because it has great low-light settings.
GoPros are perfect for anyone on the go and they seemingly have a never-ending list of uses (and accessories). I personally use mine mainly when I’m snorkeling or kayaking, but I’ve also found it useful for certain festivals and animal encounters.
A must-have for any photographer, I’m obsessed with my camera remote. Not only is it perfect for taking photos when you want to be in them, it’s also how I shoot any time lapses and deal with avoiding tripod shake in delicate situations.
I’m the worst when it comes to pulling off photos and reformatting memory cards. I’m constantly switching out cards only to find they’re already full, thus missing the shot. So now I stick to carrying multiple 32GB SD cards giving me plenty of space.
Yes, I own a selfie stick, but mine also doubles as a normal tripod and triples as a boom mic stand! This is the lightest tripod I’ve ever owned and it fits easily inside my purse making it super convenient to carry around. It also has a cellphone attachment.
I love CS6 and use a variety of the programs in my work. I’ll open my RAW photos in Bridge and continue to edit them manually in Photoshop. I do most of my graphic work with InDesign and edit my videos with Premiere. I can’t recommend Adobe enough.
ITA Software’s Matrix is a flight search engine that will find you the cheapest flights available. Although you cannot book directly from their website, you can then search for the flight you want directly on the airline’s website. Whenever I’m ready to actually book, I tend to use Orbitz. They’re, again, usually cheaper than their competitors and even offer price drop protection. They also have a multiple city option, which comes in handy for long-term travel.
Agoda has become my favorite site by far for hotel booking. Their prices are often lower than other sites I check, and you also build up rewards points really fast. I also love their search system– it makes finding the perfect hotel for me really simple. If I’m staying in a hostel, the only site I ever book through is HostelBookers. They have a wide variety of listings across the world and they’re reliable. I have yet to ever have an issue booking through them.
When I’m planning my trips, I tend to check out TripAdvisor. It’s a great resource for getting an idea of the best places to go, best places to stay or best things to do in any city. 200 million people can’t be wrong, right? For printed travel guides, I’m obsessed with Lonely Planet because their guides are useful and packed full of colorful images. After getting a good feel for a particular country, I typically continue my research online with travel blogs.
I’ve always been a fan of Viator’s tours. Led by locals, you’re actually given real insight to the culture and history behind the places you’re visiting. Plus they have great day tours for locations that otherwise may be difficult to reach on your own. If you’re looking to join a group trip, Intrepid Travel is the best. This is a great option for countries where you may be intimidated to visit alone or you want to meet other travelers.
Once you go Mac, you never go back– or something like that. Now that I’m a converted Mac user I actually get frustrated whenever I have to use a computer with Windows. For photo and design, there’s a reason Macs are industry standard.
Chris Richardson is the genius behind RTW Labs and tech guru to the stars (of the travel blogging world, that is). He helped me smoothly transition to my new site after rebranding and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of other projects for him in the future.
To be honest, I have six external hard drives now, some filled with exactly the same files. After having previous externals burn out for no reason and a few fall to their death, I’ve found you can never have enough backups of your most important material.
Before I was a travel blogger, I did commissioned design work under the name Sweet Mochi Studios. Since then, I’ve poured lots of blood, sweat, and (many, many) tears into designing this website. If you like the look of my blog, I can help design yours too!
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When I decided to start self-hosting with WordPress, I chose Bluehost. Now, two years later I’m still with them. They walk me through all of my issues and make everything simple for those who aren’t the most tech savvy. My only regret was not switching sooner!
Like many bloggers, the first theme I ever bought was Canvas by WooThemes. Unfortunately, I felt like I outgrew that theme and have since switched to Sahifa, which I purchased through Theme Forest. They have more themes than anyone, all competitively priced!
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