Planning a trip
Lars and I think that planning a trip is as much fun as the trip itself. Nevertheless, we take it quite seriously and spend a lot of time to the choice of the itinerary and of the hotel(s).
For the itinerary, we usually rely on 2 sources:
In general, we find Reiseplanung easier in use and more precise, but it doesn’t hurt to check their data with your GPS. By the way, don’t be put off by the fact that the site is in German; it is possible to change the language into e.g. English.
After having planned our route, it is time to start booking hotels. Here we use only one source, which is booking.com. During the six years we have been traveling together, we found it to be very reliable. Maybe there are cheaper options, but Lars and I have become so used to it.
Another pleasant part: reading travel guides. There used to be a time when we bought books, but since we travel to different destinations during one trip, those books tend to be very heavy. So, two years ago, I bought myself a Kindle and haven’t regretted it. We usually rely on the big boys:
After my beloved Canon EOS70D was stolen in Germany in December 2015, I bought a Nikon D7100. To be honest, it was difficult to get used to another brand! But now I am really happy with it. So currently I have
- Nikon D7100
- Tamron 18 – 200 mm lens
- Neewer variable ND filter and UV filter
… and of course, a tripod!
Lars is the video man. In September 2014, we purchased a Rollei Bullit 5s, the German version of the GoPro Hero 3. It took us some time to get used to this new piece of equipment, but in the meantime we have added a lot of videos to our YouTube channel. In December 2015, we bought a GoPro Hero 4 Silver as well.
When it comes to editing software, we rely on Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14, Topaz Labs, Aurora HDR and Nik software.
Our main insurance company is a Belgian one, called Ethias. Not only do we have a car and travel insurance with them, all our electronics and camera equipment are covered by separate insurances as well. Yes, it is expensive, but we now know from experience that it costs a lot more money to replace stolen goods.
I already mentioned my Kindle, but there is more:
- iPad (especially for the many apps like currency converters, offline maps and travel guides).
- iPod (which we connect to our car radio).
- Android smartphone for our Instagram account.
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