resources

Planning a round-the-world trip takes a lot of time, effort, patience (or not, because we're really not so strong in this area), tools, and inspiration. Below is our ever-evolving list of resources. We hope it's helpful to you in whatever plans you're making, and if you know of anything you prefer that's not listed here, please let us know! This roundup contains affiliate links - 50% of any profits from them will be donated to Charity:Water.

spreadsheets - airtable

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flight deals, etc.

Rome2Rio, Cleverlayover (http://www.cleverlayover.com/), Skiplagged (https://skiplagged.com/), Hotel Hustle (https://wandr.me/hotel-tools/hotel-hustle/), Tripcombi, FlightConnections.com - http://www.flightconnections.com/. 

Google Maps, Google Earth, My Maps

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saving inspiration - pinterest

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Other tools + reference resources

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website

Squarespace
Host - Hostmonster
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Newsletter - Mailchimp

 

Design and Photo editing software

Adobe Creative Cloud - Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

 

Photo Gear 

Camera + Accessories

Canon 5D Mark IV - The Canon 5D series has been my go to camera for years and is the most versatile camera in the Canon lineup in my opinion. I have also owned the Mark II and III. They are super durable and reliable and has met my needs more often than not and has been everywhere around the world with me. I have dropped these cameras and sweat all over them and they keep on working. I have used them for product photography, studio portraits, on location editorials, and even small video projects.  It is not often I need something faster or with more megapixels. If I do I just rent when I need something beefer, which is not often.

Canon 24 - 105mm f4 L Series II with Image Stabilizer - I have been a huge fan of this lens for years because of the versatility. I know it is not as sharp or fast as the 24 - 70mm f2.8 but it has not yet let me down. If you no how to use Adobe Photoshop and you are not afraid to use a higher ISO sometimes than this lens is perfect. Never once has any one complained about how sharp my images are or the quality of the shot.

Canon 40mm f2.8 pancake lens - Perfect for when I want to be a little more low profile. This is a quality lens for such a low price. It is definitely not as sharp as others but it is perfect for some on the go travel photography.

4 batteries (2 Canon and 2 Wasabi) - I have been using Wasabi batteries for years and never once had a problem with them. They are a quarter of the price of Canon batteries and last just as long.

Canon charger

B+W Schneider HTC Polarizer - This is where quality is definitely important. Schneider makes premium filters. A polarizer is crucial for landscape photos. They help to deepen the color saturation, reduces reflections such as on water surfaces or windows to give the viewer a peak under the surface and improves contrast. This is great to cut down on some of the post work in Photoshop.  You don't want to put a cheap filter on your camera because that will just degrade your lens. Cheap filters can cause focusing issues and a weird haze or unwanted lens flare.

B+W Schneider ND-Vario 1-5 stop - These are great for shooting long exposure shots on a bright and sunny day. If you want that soft blurry look in a river, ocean waves or a waterfall this filter will help to slowdown your shutter speed and create that effect.

Sirui Tripod ET-2004 - I chose this tripod because of how compact and light weight it is. It is super fast to use and very versatile. I wish I didn't need a tripod since they take up so much room but they are crucial for quality travel photography.

StarTech memory card reader - I have not had this very long but so far I'm very happy with how fast and reliable it has been. It has 3 slots for CF, SD and MicroSD.

 

Go Pro + accessories

GoPro Hero 5 Black - This is my first true action camera and I have been very impressed by it so far. I had the Sony FDR x3000 for a very short time and I was not as impressed by the quality and lack of support for this camera so I returned it and purchased the GoPro.

GoPro Karma Grip - This was a very tough purchase for me. There are so many options out there and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I chose this over the others after reading and watching so many reviews (So many!!!). After all the research it appears to be the most reliable to me. I have used it several times and it always works and maintains the horizon line. A 2hr battery life does kind of suck while on the road however I came up with a solution for that. I use the Anker Power Core 13000 to keep it charged while on the go. So far so good.

ASC Pro Selfie Stick - This is a super strong and durable selfie stick. My favorite thing to do with it is use it fully extended in combination with the Karma Grip out on the end. I can create a similar look and feel to using a jib arm crane to create those smooth high to low panning shots. 

Polar Pro Venture Filters - 3 Pack - It comes with a polarizer, graduated ND and a 3 stop ND. The 3 stop ND is great to use with the GoPro on a sunny day to slow down the shutter speed and help to give the GoPro a more cinema look and feel. I'm not super happy with the durability and build quality but they will do for now. 

3 Batteries (1 GoPro and 2 Wasabi) - I'm super happy with the Wasabi batteries. They cost much less than the GoPro batteries and have been just as reliable.

Wasabi 3 bay battery charger - It is great having a 3 bay charger for these batteries.

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