Other than a diamond-studded suitcase, professional camera equipment can be one of the most expensive things you take on your trip. And you don’t just risk losing money if your prized DSLR is damaged or stolen; you might lose weeks’ worth of memories. Follow these tips to ensure the safety of your photo gear.
If you decide to carry your equipment on the plane (a wise idea), snagging enough overhead compartment space may pose a challenge depending on the size of your gear. Booking a seat toward the back of plane will increase your chance of boarding first, giving you the pick of the litter.
When traveling in multiple countries, stay informed of each country’s public photography laws. For example, France recently passed a law making it illegal to photograph anyone in public without that person’s express consent.
If you plan on leaving your equipment at your hotel or hostel while sightseeing, invest in a quality suitcase lock to securely store your gear. Hard-shell suitcases work better, for obvious reasons.
Pricey cameras are prime targets for pickpockets and scam artists, so it’s important to keep your camera guarded at all times. Always wear the strap around your neck or across your body, never just on one shoulder. You may want to think about purchasing a metal neck strap, as pickpockets have been known to stealthily cut standard fabric straps using scissors or a knife. If you’re taking a break at a café, avoid hanging your camera or camera bag from the chair. Instead, keep it on your lap or on the table.
For one final precaution against a camera-hungry world, don’t forget to back-up your photos on a laptop, external hard drive or multiple high-capacity memory cards. Or just Instagram everything.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.