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.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
With plastic product bans sweeping the country and American companies continuously finding ways to cut carbon emissions, new green initiatives in individual states seem to pop up every day. Based on data gathered by Zippia — a job-search site that also provides stats on the livability of certain cities — here is a current list of U.S. cities that have taken large steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …