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10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in China

Beijing China
Beijing China

My first trip to China was in January 2010, and it was not the best time of the year to visit it. Like many people, when you think about China the first thing that comes into your mind is “the Great Wall”, but China has also a lot more to offer.

China is a country filled with unexpected surprises. To truly visit China you would need a lifetime, but here’s a list of what we loved and what we think are the 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in China.

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1- The great Wall of China

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Badaling great wall of china

“Nobody can be a true hero unless he has been on the Great Wall” of China. The magnificent Great Wall of China (known in Chinese as “Changcheng,” or the “Long Wall”) stretches more than 6,000 kilometers. It begins from the fortresses of Shanhaiguan in the east all the way to Jiayuguan in the west – passing through Hebei, Tientsin, Beijing. The best-preserved sections of the wall can be visited —Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, and Gansu.

Today, the most visited section of the wall is near Badaling Pass northwest of Beijing. It can easily be reached by public transport or organized tours. Other restored sections worth a visit include the section near Gubeikou, 130 kilometers from Beijing, and in Mutianyu, just 70 kilometers northeast of Beijing.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Beijing


2- See the Pandas in Chengdu

Panda of Chengdu
Pandas in Chengdu

No trip to China is complete without seeing the pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The research base, dedicated to only one animal “the panda. Not to mention that is easily the biggest contributing factor to giant pandas no longer being an endangered species.

In addition to its research and preservation efforts, the center also offers up-close looks at giant pandas and red pandas. The enclosures imitate the natural habitat of the giant panda. The visitors would be able to see the natural habits that they wouldn’t normally see at a zoo.

A morning visit gives you a good chance to see most of it. The pandas climbing bamboo trees, rolling around in the grass, and being goofballs. Visitors can also take a peek at the nursery, where the newborns and little ones sleep in incubators.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Chengdu

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3- Hangzhou’s Historic West Lake

Hangzhou's Historic West Lake
Hangzhou’s Historic West Lake

The Historic West Lake is an iconic, symbolic sight in Hangzhou and is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in China. Its beauty is the subject of many poems and paintings. Legends originating in West Lake add to it an aura of romance.

Here are the highlights and popular ways of visiting West Lake for your inspiration.

  • Chinese: 西湖 Xī Hú /shee hoo/ (xi is ‘west’; hu is ‘lake’)
  • Location: southwest of downtown Hangzhou, 180 km southwest of Shanghai
  • Area: 6.5 square kilometers (2½ square miles)
  • Highlights: The Ten Scenic Sites of West Lake, boat cruises, biking, scenic walks, Impression West Lake night show
  • Recommended length of visit: 1 day

Accommodation: Where to stay in Hangzhou


4- Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha

The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain.” As the Chinese saying. Started in AD 713 by a Buddhist monk and completed 90 years later, this important religious icon is carved entirely from a stone cliff-face and is the largest Buddha sculpture in the world (71-meter-tall).

Representing the Buddha Maitreya, the statue is even more dramatic given its location overlooking the river that it was designed to appease. The Leshan Giant Buddha is designated by the UNESCO World Heritage, it draws huge numbers of pilgrims from across the globe and it is one of China’s must-visit attractions.

The attraction is easily accessible from the city of Chengdu, and can also be reached by a fun ferry trip from the public docks in Leshan. In addition, the scenic park in which the Buddha is set is also worth exploring, so be sure to allocate sufficient time in your itinerary.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Leshan

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5- Bike the Old City Walls of Xi’an

Bike the Old City Walls of Xi’an
Bike the Old City Walls of Xi’an

Don’t just go to Xi’an for the Terracotta Warriors. In the end, you’ll find that one of the best experiences you can have in the western Chinese city is a simple bike ride atop the old city walls. The walls themselves are quite impressive but don’t forget to look down for a bird’s eye view of everyday city life.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Xi’an


6- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

When you first set eyes on Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province, it’s certainly not difficult to see how filmmaker James Cameron was able to draw inspiration from it.

Cameron’s box office hit, Avatar, could well have been set in this area of stunning natural beauty, its many unique pillar-like rock formations looking like some incredible alien landscape right out of a sci-fi movie. In fact, one of the tallest pillars, standing at an impressive 1,080-meters, has in fact been renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain”.

This is one of the lesser-known places to visit in China. In addition to its many natural wonders, which can best be explored as part of an organized tour, the park boasts a number of new man-made attractions.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Zhangjiajie

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7- The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, Beijing

The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, Beijing

China’s largest and most important building is the Forbidden City. In fact, it covers 720,000 square meters and protected by a 10-meter-high wall with watchtowers. The monument is situated in the very heart of Beijing and is a must-see when visiting the country.

The construction started during the Yuan Dynasty between 1271-1368, while the complex seen today was built between 1406 to 1420. This massive complex consists of areas set aside for ceremonial and administrative purposes, as well as a private residence used by the emperor.

An other important attractions in the vicinity of the Imperial Palace include the famous Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven, one of the country’s most important religious sites, which dates back to the 15th century.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Beijing


8- Ride a Camel Across Dunhuang Dunes

Ride a Camel Across Dunhuang Dunes

One of the lesser-traveled areas of western China is certainly not to be missed. While for most people China does not include camels in the desert. However, the “City of Sands” holds a firm place in China’s history as a stop on the ancient Silk Road.

Dunhuang is a city in Gansu Province near the border of Xinjiang. It is a city surrounded by desert, and it is known for its sand dunes, camel rides, and the Mogao Caves where you can see some ancient artwork and carvings.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Dunhuang

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9- Take a Gondola Through One of China’s Ancient Water Towns

Take a Gondola Through One of China's Ancient Water Towns

Venice has its canals and gondola rides, but China’s canals are much bigger and probably much older. You can see preserved canals with old buildings and bridges in several cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou. This is precisely what you will experience by visiting Zhouzhuang in Shanghai or or any of Shanghai’s historic water towns.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Shanghai


10- See Mount Everest and the Tibetan Interior for Yourself

See Mount Everest and the Tibetan Interior for Yourself

If you decide to go to Tibet, you really should venture well outside Lhasa. A trip to see Mount Everest or another part of the Tibetan interior will bless you with awesome scenery and a sense of natural vastness and serenity that can only be found in the remotest parts of the planet.

But remember that you’ll need to arrange a group tour with a government-approved agency according to the recent guidelines.

Accommodation: Where to stay in Lhassa

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How to prepare for your first backpacking experience.

Backpacking for beginners is a great adventure. These are some tips I learned throughout the years that will help you if you are a backpacking newbie:

First Backpacking experience: You finally decided to buy a backpack and travel around the world. However, you have no clue where to get started or what to expect. Don’t worry, I have been through this as well. Get ready as I am going to share with you a few tips that I wish I knew when I began traveling. Being an old school backpacker, I did not have a smartphone to guide me or help me to book a hotel before getting to a new place. Was it bad? I don’t think so, but to be honest, it is much easier nowadays, especially if you are traveling with children. I have been using “Hostelworld” and “Agoda” for many years and I highly recommend you to give it a goal too.


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Pick the right backpack

The bigger, the better!

Wrong!

The bigger your backpack, the more you will pack!

Promised!

You are probably going to laugh at me for this photo. As a matter of fact, I had no idea what I was doing. First of all, picking the right travel backpack is very important. too big, and you will fill it up with things that you never use and too small, and you will end up sticking and attaching the extra stuff on the outside and will regret not buying a bigger one from the beginning. Buy a cheap one, and it will suddenly break it in the middle of nowhere, pick the wrong material, and your stuff will be soaked in the rain.

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Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

How to choose a backpack that is right for you?

Even tho your backpack is not 100% waterproof ( Unless you are going on some long multi-day hike), make sure your bag is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get soaking wet (most travel backpacks come with rain proof cover that you can put over them in case of a severe downpour

Accommodation

Accommodation blog post. Finding a place to stay is not always easy and it will also depend on your budget. Backpackers will looking for the cheapest accommodation possible and will not mind sleeping in a dorm with another 10 people. In fact, if you are traveling with your loved one, you probably will be looking for something a bit more cozy and romantic. On the other hand, if you are traveling with children, you are going to need accommodation that is more spacious and maybe with a swimming pool.

Hostelworld

It has been among the internet since the 1999 and is one of the leading website that will help you finding the best hostel for your next destination. With over 18000 properties across 180 countries and 13 million customers review you can’t go wrong with them.

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Agoda

It’s based in Singapore and was created in 2005. Not to mention that It is the world’s largest online platform with over 2 million properties registered across 200 countries. In addition, the Agoda mobile App is available in 38 languages.

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Pick your destination


There are thousand of website where you could buy your ticket flight to your future destination, and if you do not be careful you may ending up paying twice the amount. If you want to save money while booking your flight follow these easy steps:

  • Avoid direct flight it will always be more expensive
  • Think outside the box. For example: If I was flying from France to Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia) I will be checking on how much does it cost from my neighbor countries. Sometimes it could be cheaper to book a small connection flight to Germany than if I was flying from Paris.
  • Book your flight ticket at night. There is less people online at 2 am than there is at 2 pm and for that reason prices can drop significantly.
  • Book early. Airline fares will keep rising the closer you get to departure. The best time to book is around 3 months in advance.

Lots of people will tell you to use famous website to book your destination and because they are famous they are also have more expensive fares. I always use “Jetradar” and I have never been disapointed with them. (Switch to English on the top right corner)

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What shall you bring with you?


Backpacking across South-East Asia is pretty popular among the backpacking community!

Why? It’s cheap, perfect for your tiny budget, ideal for partying and meeting friends along the way! You only have to add in a few bonuses such as food, a tropical climate, and breathtaking scenery to want to book your flight!

When it comes to packing your backpack for the trip of a lifetime, it can be a mission.  Especially if this is your first backpacking trip to Southeast Asia! I thought I’d help you guys prepare for your big trip by making an easy packing list including all the packing essentials.

What to take with you while backpacking ? In this post, you’ll find different sections that should cover all your Asia travel list essentials.

I already mentioned this. Back in the days, when I started traveling, I packed weeks before departure, and then my mum went through everything convincing me to leave at least half of the things I packed. Nowadays, I know what to pack for which destination but I had to learn it the hard way.


Here some tips that will make your travel more comfortable and easier:

Camping Sleeping Bag: A 3 seasons sleeping bag will probably be the best choice for you (designed for 10~20 Degrees Celsius). In fact, it will allow you to use it during summer and also during the chill night if you sleep in your tent.

Lightweight dry towel: Lightweight & Compact: The biggest towel around, packing down so small, take up almost no space in your bag, easy snap onto everything.

Packing Cubes: Do you love to travel? Are you tired of fumbling inside your luggage and unpacking everything to look for an item the same old way? Packing cubes may be the solution for you.

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Backpacking beginner? Pick an easy country to start with!

If you haven’t backpacked before, pick an easy country to start with. Malaysia is great for beginners and so is Australia. Both countries welcome thousands of backpackers every year and the infrastructure is great. Try one of them before going to India or China.
The culture shock is also not that bad like in other, more extreme countries!

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Don’t plan your whole trip!

Don’t do it! Never…

Imagine the following scene: You arrived somewhere and booked accommodation for two nights but you are having such a great time that you don’t want to leave. The problem: You’ve already booked flights and accommodation for the next two weeks and would lose all the money… So you will leave this place that you like so much and leave behind the people that you just met but get along so well and keep doing the things as you planned them from home, ticking off one thing after another on your bucket list!

Allow time for spontaneity. Less is more! It is better to have a few more intensive rather than many superficial moments!

You can always come back and do the rest you’ve missed on your next trip!



Traveling with your partner or a good friend

When you decide to travel, be 100 % sure that you are also going to be a couple when you travel. If you aren’t better postpone it or do it alone. There is nothing worse than getting into fights when traveling.

Same for friends, make sure you are really good friends and that you know what the other person wants… At home, you might see each other every day for a few hours each day, when you travel you will be together 24/7. Are you sure you can handle this?

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Which travel insurance is the right one?


Here comes the most expensive part of your budget but it is also one of the most important of all. Let me share with you what happen to friend while we were bike touring in Kazakhstan.

We stopped at Almaty for few days and we wanted to do a small hike on Shymbulak resort, I checked the weather and I told my friend that it will turn pretty bad in the afternoon and that we should postpone it. He insisted to go and I stayed at our friend’s place. Later on, around 5 pm I received a text from him saying that he was stuck in the mountain and that he had maybe few broken ribs.

It was getting dark and we had no idea where he actually was & we started to freak out for him. When we arrive at Shymbulak resort we could see a flashlight signal on the top of the mountain, the rescue team spotted him and it took around 7 hours to bring him down.

If he did not have insurance his trip would have come to an end and he would have spent lots of money on the rescue procedure.

Worldnomad insurance is one of the best travel companies out there, especially if you plan a backpacking trip for a long period of time. it is recommended it by thousand of bloggers on the internet and it by far more affordable than other travel agency online.


Jetlag – Why am I so tired?

Sometimes I’m still shocked about Jetlag myself when I’m tired for days and don’t feel like doing anything except crawling back into bed… Get ready for this, and know that it isn’t a disease and that its normal that you feel this way when you travel across a few time zones.

I know people that went to the hospital looking for treatment because they had no idea what jetlag is 🙂


Go to the right airport!

Might sound easy, but many big cities have more than one airport. Often there is an international airport and an airport for LCC’s (Low Cost Carriers).

In Bangkok for instance all AirAsia flights fly from Don Mueang and not from the main airport Suvarnabhumi.

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The best drones 2021 for aerial video and photography.

The best drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They’re now used widely by both amateur and professional photographers because they can reach areas and shoot from angles that regular cameras can’t. They allow aerial photography and videography of landscapes, buildings, and events that previously required the use of a helicopter, a small plane or a crane.

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

The best drones 2021 have significantly evolved greatly since the first ready-to-fly model ten years ago – and a decade later, drones are now everywhere. Almost every drone has a camera supported by a powered gimbal, which stabilizes the vibration from the propellers. Sensor size is still an issue for photographers, but there are few options depending on your needs. Below we have selected for you 10 awesome drones that you may consider purchasing on your next destination or simply for your own pleasure…

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01. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The all-round best drone for photography

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 905g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • Very portable
  • Optical Zoom
  • Great software features
  • Expensive
  • No 60fps for 4K

DJI’s Mavic Pro changed what was possible with the best camera drones back in 2016, making it possible to fold and carry a decent-quality lens without being overly heavy or bulky. It could capture 4K (at a maximum of 24fps) and introduced a handy fold-out controller that seemed to have more in common with a PlayStation than bulky radio controllers from their hobby era…


02. Autel EVO II

With 8K video, this might be more than you need!

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs

Weight: 1174g | Wing span (unfolded): 397×397mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 8K @ 25fps | Camera resolution: 48MP | Battery life: 40 minutes | Max Range: 9km / 5.5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44mph

  • 8K video quality
  • 48 megapixel camera
  • Omnidirectional sensors
  • 8K shooting is limited to 25fps

Like the Mavic 2, one of the best cameras drones 2021, Autel’s second EVO is offered with different camera choices, in theory at least (supply has been erratic in its early months, but then 2020 hasn’t been an easy year). Both are built around a heavy, rugged-looking (but average feeling) orange airframe which eschews a sleek consumer-friendly design for simple practicality. It’s a bit chunkier than the Mavics, but it can fly for longer and is bigger unfolded).


03. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

A brilliant camera in a quality package

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 907g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • 1-inch sensor
  • Reliable airframe
  • Great software features
  • Expensive
  • No 60fps for 4K

2020 saw the arrival of the Mavic Air 2 with a host of improvements to the Mavic line which make the Mavic 2 Pro more of a speciality aircraft than before, but whichever way you look at it the stills and, in lower light, the video remain unbeaten (without spending a good amount more and throwing portability out of the window).


04. PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard

Best waterproof drone and best A.I. camera drone

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Specs:

Weight: 860g / 1.9lb | Dimensions (egg): 178 x 102 x 102mm | Dimensions (drone mode): 427mm diagonal | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (dry mode) | Max Range: 6 km / 3.7mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph

  • Waterproof & water landing mode
  • Audio-sync recording option
  • Camcorder mode a nice option to have
  • No record button in camcorder mode
  • Small image sensor

PowerVision is certainly an inventive company – as its awards shelf will testament – and it has been making underwater drones as long as flying ones, so the PowerEgg X shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but it did. Their original PowerEgg was a stunning product, yet rather than revising it, PowerVision opted to go back to the drawing board. They created an altogether new egg which could be used as a drone, a hand-held or tripod-mounted camcorder making use of the gimbal for stability and A.I. for subject tracking, and – in the optional ‘Wizard’ kit – a beach-ready drone which can land on water or fly in the rain.


05. PowerVision PowerEgg X Explorer

Great A.I. camera drone (but without the waterproofing)

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Specs:

Weight: 860g / 1.9lb | Dimensions (egg): 178 x 102 x 102mm | Dimensions (drone mode): 427mm diagonal | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (dry mode) | Max Range: 6 km / 3.7mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph

  • Audio-sync recording option
  • Camcorder mode a nice option to have
  • No record button in camcorder mode
  • Lacks the waterproofing of its Wizard sibling
  • Small image sensor than Wizard

The Explorer is a stripped down version of the PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard – losing its magical waterproofing powers, but in the process saving you a chunk of money that may well be a sensible move if you are into fair weather flying. The specification is the same however when it comes to its flying skills. You still get the drone, controller, case, a single battery, camcorder grip & tripod mount – but you don’t get the extra battery, weatherproofing components or canvas bag that you get with the Wizard.


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06. DJI Mini 2

The best drone for the beginner

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Specs:

Weight: 249g | Dimensions (folded): 38×81×58mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K 30fps (1080P@60fps) | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (2250mAh) | Max Range: 10km / 6.2 miles | Max Speed: 57kph / 35mph

  • Very portable
  • Registration-free in USA, China and more
  • Easy-to-flyRaw photos
  • Limited tracking features

DJI defined compact quality camera drones as something which could appeal to and be understood by everyday consumers with the Mavic in 2016, but price and, more recently, weight limits kept some consumers away. Drones over 250g (or operating them) now require registration and a small fee in most countries. The Mavic Mini solved the weight issue in 2019, but the latest Mini 2 has taken that already miraculous design and souped it up so it can now attract more serious users too.


07. Parrot Anafi FPV

The foldable Anafi is the best drone for travel

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 310g | Dimensions (folded): 244×67×65mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 240×175×65mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 21MP | Battery life: 25 minutes (2700mAh) | Max Range: 4km / 2.5mi | Max Speed: 55kph / 35mph

  • Very portable
  • 4K @ 100Mbps with HDR
  • 180° vertical-turn gimbal and zoom
  • Only 2-axis control
  • Some features are in-app purchases

Parrot wasn’t really a contender in the high-end aerial video market until the Anafi arrived in mid-2018, but it was definitely worth the wait. Rather than push up prices and weight with sensors of questionable use (and the processing power to handle their data), Parrot leave the business of avoiding obstacles very much to the customer. In exchange, though, it’s managed to keep the portability and price manageable, helped by the fact a great hard-fabric zip case is included so you’ll be able to shoot just about anywhere.


08. DJI Mavic Air 2

If it’s a foldable drone you want in 2020, this is the best

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 570g | Dimensions (folded): 180×97×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 183×253×77mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K 60fps | Camera resolution: 48MP | Battery life: 34 minutes (3500mAh) | Max Range: 18.5km / 11.4mi | Max Speed: 68kph / 42mph

  • Portable
  • 4K shooting a 60fps
  • Object avoidance with course correction
  • No side or top sensors
  • App could be better

The new DJI Mavic Air 2 is a stunning technical achievement, an incredibly capable drone that – for most people – might look like the only flying camera they’d ever need. With front, downward and rear-facing distance sensors, the drone is capable of identifying obstacles and not just warning the pilot, but also plotting a course to avoid, say, a wall or a tree if needed.


09. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

This is the best drone for serious photographers and filmmakers

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 1375g | Dimensions: 350x350xmm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 25 minutes (5870mAh) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • Large image sensor
  • Design classic
  • Subject tracking
  • Size feels a little clunky

The Phantom was a revolutionary product, its earlier versions including the first drone to feature a gimbal-stabilized camera rather than requiring the user to supply their own. Its rugged body design means that while it’s no longer the obvious choice for beginners or consumers (for whom folding products offer at least the same practicality), there is a strong use-case for an occasional professional.


10. DJI Inspire 2

The camera drone to buy when the optics are your priority

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 4000g | Dimensions: 605 diagonal mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 5.2k @ 24fps | Camera resolution: 20.8MP | Battery life: 23-27 minutes (4280mAh dual battery) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 94kph / 58mph

  • Interchangeable lens system available
  • Solid build quality & backup systems
  • Capable of live 1080i broadcast
  • High purchase cost
  • Dual battery makes getting spares expensive
  • Props need to be locked into place

The Inspire 1 brought with it a jaw-dropping Klingon-inspired design that keeps the props comfortably out of most shots while allowing for a big, stable frame. The Inspire 2 cements that professional quality with a magnesium hull (careful where you grip it) and lots of dual redundancy for safer flight.


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How to choose a backpack that is right for you?

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The right travel backpack

Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. In a matter of fact, too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around, too small and you’ll never fit all the stuff that you need. In addition, you may end up buying a bigger one later on. If you buy a cheap one and it will suddenly break, Pick the wrong material and your stuff will be soaked in the rain.

There are so many backpacks out there that it can be very confusing knowing how to pick the right one. Of course, when I first started traveling, I wanted to buy the cheapest backpack possible as I did not have much budget and I did not know anything about backpacking either.

I tried a few of them and pick one within 10 minutes ( I hate shopping too !) My backpacked lasted me over 6 years, I carried it everywhere with me, and when I said everywhere I mean everywhere.

In fact, the only reason I bought a new backpack was that this one died ( R.I.P) The zip was not closing anymore and the seams started going apart as well.

Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

India 2008 ( I did not even carry it properly)

There are many travel backpacks out there – and even more places where you can purchase one. Consequently, in order to save you hours upon hours of research, I’m going to lay out all the good qualities a backpack should have.

Correspondingly, I will help you to pick the best backpack brands, and telling you where you can buy them. As a result, you will be able to save yourself hours of time and simply purchase one knowing it’s amazing and going to last forever.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

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1. Water-Resistant Material

Your backpack does not have to be 100% waterproof ( Unless you are going on some long multi-day hike). As far as I’m concerned, the right travel backpack is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get soaking wet.

(Most travel backpacks come with a rainproof cover that you can put over them in case of a severe downpour). Moreover, make sure the material won’t stay wet too long.

As the matter of fact, I always look for thick quality material but that is not too heavy either. ( #backpack #waterproof #hiking #camping ) You should be able to pour a cup of water over it without the insides getting wet.

For instance, I’m now living in Malaysia. As you may know, downpours or monsoons, it can get very nasty and because my backpack is made out of good material, I’ve never opened my bag to find wet clothes.

Water resistant backpack:

Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

2. Lockable Zippers

Make sure each compartment has two zippers on each side so you can lock them together. While am not really worried about people breaking into my bag and stealing my dirty and smelly clothes in a hostel, but I like locking up my bag when I am traveling. After watching TV series like ”Lockdown abroad” I’m always paranoid that someone is going to put something in my bag that do you not belong to me if you know what I mean.

When purchasing locks, make sure the package says they are TSA-friendly locks — these locks have a special release valve that allows the TSA to open the lock without breaking it so they can check your bag. They are not very expensive and you can purchase it Here if you d like.

During my last backpacking trip I bought a Pacsafe, which wraps a lockable metal mesh around your whole bag and can be tied to a large object. It means that not only is no one breaking into your stuff, no one is walking away with it either.

Pacsafe is a good form of protection for your bag, especially if you are going to be somewhere where your bag will be unattended for a long time.

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3. Backpack essentials

  • Multiple Compartments

The right travel backpack must to have multiple compartments. This way, you can break up your belongings into smaller sections so it’s easier to access and find the stuff you need. For example, my clothes are in the main compartment of my bag, my umbrella and flips-flops in the top, and my shoes in the separated side compartment (that way they don’t get everything dirty). It saves having to dig around your bag.

  • Padded Hip belt

Most of the weight you will be carrying around will be pushing down on your hips, so you’ll want a padded belt support it and make it more comfortable for you. The belt will help provide support and distribute the load more evenly on your back, causing less strain. Make sure that the hip belt is also be adjustable so you can tighten it for extra support.

  • Front Loading

A front-loading backpack is allowed you to access to all your stuff from the front of you bag but also on the side of it. A top loading bag only allows you to access your stuff from a hole in the top and this makes things really difficult especially if you need to get something at the bottom of your backpack.

Always get a backpack that it “front loading” so you have easy access to all your gear.

Should you buy a Backpack or suitcase?

1. Backpack

The right travel backpack is so important because of how they are used in our everyday lives and because of this I decided to highlight some of the pros and cons of backpacks.

Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

Pros & Cons using a Backpack:

PROS

– They Make Your Items To Be Well Organized

– Frees Up Your Hands

– Safely Secure and Transport Your Belongings

1- They Are More Comfortable and are Better For Your Health

2 – They Can Be Carried Longer

3 – They Are Being Used As An Accessory

CONS

– They Can Make Your Back Sweaty

– Can Be Used To sneak Dangerous Items

– Could Be Expensive

– Not always waterproof

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2. Suitcase

There really is no one piece of luggage that will address all your needs. It’s just a matter of personal preference and what kind of traveler you are. Here’s a quick overview of the Pros & Cons of buying a hard suitcase to help you decide what is best for you.

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Pros & Cons of a suitcase:

PROS

Better protection for items inside luggage

– More effective in preventing theft

– Easier to clean and comes in many colors

– 100% waterproof

CONS

Items are not easily accessible without opening the entire bag

– Surface can be easily scratched or dented

– Cannot be expanded

– Risk of breaking a wheel and getting a hard time to carry it around

Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

Travel Backpacks: How Much Should a Backpack Cost?

Backpack / Suitcase prices depend a lot on size, fabric, & if you purchase a brand or not. Most backpacks cost between $69–200+ USD. The medium-sized store brands generally cost around $129 USD. Store brands are cheaper than big-name brands like North Face, Osprey, & Gregory.

These expensive backpacks tend to be large and have more bells and whistles, special padding, and material than you really need as a traveler.

Additionally, you’ll find that most travel backpacks are hiking backpacks, meant for camping and multi-day treks in the woods. Buying a backpack that was meant to be used in the Rockies instead of the streets of New Zealand doesn’t matter, though — backpacks are pretty interchangeable these days, and getting a backpack meant for the outdoors simply means you’ll have a stronger and more durable pack.

You should spend $100 to $250 for a backpack if you want to keep it for long time, high quality pack are always worth it 1.

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The best action camera 2021

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If you want the best action camera in 2021, you’re spoiled for choice. Most folk would simply go for the best GoPro. In addition, there are plenty of alternatives that are cheaper, smarter or offer better quality (but not all three, which is why GoPro is still at the top!). 

The best action camera 2021

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1- DJI Osmo Action

DJI is best known for producing some of the best drones around and also handheld gimbal camera stabilizers. However, it has turned its attention to the action camera market with the arrival of the Osmo Action. Surprisingly, It looks and feels like it has been made to be a direct competitor to the GoPro Hero7 Black, and does a really good job of giving the GoPro a run for its money. We particularly like the addition of a full-color front LCD display, which makes it one of the best action cams for selfie sequences or vlogging.

DJI is best known for producing some of the best drones around and also handheld gimbal camera stabilizers) – but has turned its attention to the action camera market with the arrival of the Osmo Action.

DJI’s entry in the action cam market brings a front-facing selfie screen

Weight: 134g | Waterproof: 11m | 4K video: up to 60fps | 1080: up to 240fps | 720: up to 240fps | Stills resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 1-2.25hrs

Front color LCD monitor is great for vlogging. Excellent image stabilization. Doesn’t have all the accessory options of the GoPro range – The app needs some work


2- The DJI Pocket 2

It is an odd thing, to describe this compact 4K video camera with the built-in motorized gimbal to someone. Inevitably they’ll come back with the fact that they could just use their mobile phone. Give the new DJI Pocket 2 Creator combo to someone for five minutes and they’ll be wanting one. Not to mention, that with the new model, DJI has done enough to differentiate between the features of the Pocket 2 and a Smartphone.

It is an odd thing, describe this compact 4K video camera with the built-in motorised gimbal to someone, and inevitably they'll come back with the fact that they could just use their mobile phone. Give the new DJI Pocket 2 Creator combo to someone for five minutes and they'll be wanting one. With the new model, DJI has done enough to really differentiate between the features of the Pocket 2 and a Smartphone when it comes to all-out usability and video quality.

Weight: 116g | 4K video: up to 60fps |  | Stills resolution: 34MP | Battery life: 140mn An upgraded 1/1.7 INCH SENSOR allows better image quality both during the day and night | Waterproof case available Here


3- Gopro 9

The ante just got upped. If you want the very best action camera in 2021 around it’s got to be GoPro’s latest flagship. Of course, it is not the first brand’s first action camera to feature a vlogging-style front-facing screen. Nevertheless, the appearance of a 5K resolution surely makes it the front-runner. 

Even if you’re not after 5K video. This new sensor allows you to get 14.7 MP grabs from 5K video, as well as take 20MP for photos. Additionally, It’s also got a larger 2.27-inch display than the GoPro Hero8 Black. Not to mention the super-smooth Hypersmooth 3.0 video stabilization, the timeWarp 3.0 for handheld time-lapses, and a travel case.

The ante just got upped. If you want the very best action camera around it’s got to be GoPro’s latest flagship. It’s true that the brand’s first action camera to feature a vlogging-style front-facing screen won’t be for everyone, but the appearance here also of 5K resolution surely makes it the front-runner.

The ultimate action camera – and now better value

Weight: 158g | Waterproof: 10m | 5K video: up to 30fps | 4K video: up to 60fps | 1080: up to 240fps | 720: up to 240fps | Stills resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 1-3hrs estimate. Front-facing screen 20MP photos  14.7 MP grabs from video Larger physical size than other GoPros 5K video takes up a lot of memory


 4- Sony RX0 Mark II

The Sony RX0 II is expensive but comes with features that make it definitely worth considering. First of all, you will be able to shoot short bursts of slo-mo video at up to 1,000fps. Secondly, the Sony RX0 Mark II is also capable of producing 4K UHD footage to an external recorder and, can record 4K internally.

The 1-inch sensor produces beautiful images, whether shooting stills or video, expands the camera’s low-light efficacy, and provides a gorgeous dynamic range. It’s an expensive proposition to be sure, but if you need gorgeous slow-motion footage then there’s nothing better and you’re looking for ultimate image quality above all else, this is one the best action cameras to get right now. The Sony RX0 II also gets a flip-action front-facing screen, which makes it much more effective as a premium-quality vlogging and content creation tool.

The Sony RX0 II is expensive but comes with features that make it definitely worth considering. Being able to shoot short bursts of slo-mo video at up to 1,000fps is one of them – you certainly can't do that with a GoPro.

The RX0 Mark II gets much needed internal 4K recording

Weight: 110g | Waterproof: 10m | 4K video: 30p | 1080: up to 1000fps | 720: up to 1000fps | Stills resolution: 15.3MP | Battery life: 60 mins. Large Exmor 1-inch sensor. Super-slow motion available. Front-facing selfie/vlogging screenVery expensive.


5- Garmin VIRB XE

Could you buy an action camera that only deals in Full HD resolution? The Garmin VIRB XE offers a compelling reason as to why you should. It’s waterproof to 50m without a case and can withstand temperatures as low as -10ºC, but this action camera isn’t just made of tough stuff. The Virb XE is also smart, with a suite of G-Metrix sensors that can measure GPS, compass direction, temperature and even speed, which adds an exciting layer of data to video. It can even get data from compatible ANT+ devices, such as heart rate devices and smartwatches. As a bonus, for those who think audio is just as important as video, a Bluetooth microphone can be attached to it.

Could you buy an action camera that only deals in Full HD resolution? The Garmin VIRB XE offers a compelling reason as to why you should.

Action Camera in 2021

Unbeatable waterproofing and a suite of sensors for data collection

Weight: 151g | Waterproof: 50m | 4K video: no | 1080: up to 60fps | 720: up to 120fps | Stills resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 2hrs. Waterproof to 50m Bluetooth audio options. Full HD only Expensive.



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