Backpacking in India

How to prepare your first Backpacking experience.

First Backpacking experience: You finally decided to buy a backpack and to 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 to get 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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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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How to prepare your first Backpacking experience. By Discover Evolution
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1- Pick the right backpack

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

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2- Book your flight ticket

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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3- 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 for Southeast Asia including all the packing essentials for Asia.

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

4- Travel insurance

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 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 to Shymbulak resort we could see a flash light signal on the top of the mountain, the rescue team spot him and it took around 7 hours to bring him down.

If he did not have insurance his trip would had come to an end and he would had have spent lots of money for 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.

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Best drones 2021

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…


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

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: 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)

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: 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.


06. DJI Mini 2

The best drone for the beginner

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: 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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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?

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 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.”

Susan Sontag

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. so during 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

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..
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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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5 Dope Action Camera you should not avoid.

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!). 


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.

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.



Which is the Best Laptop to work remotely?

In 2012, I went cycling around New Zealand for two months, I was on a tight budget, I ordered a cheap one online. It was very small (ideal for bikepackers) and also extremely slow to connect to the internet and software like Photoshop and Premiere pro kept crashing all the time. Let’s say it was a great tool to test my patience.

How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on

I remember the first time I went backpacking to Vietnam in 2004, I bought a 45L backpack and my goal was to carry as less as possible. I knew that Vietnam will be way cheaper than Europe and that it won't be a problem for me to find clothes anywhere. At that time, I did not own a laptop, I did not have a phone (smart phone did not even exist yet) nor drones and traveling light was quite easy. Nowadays, traveling and working remotely as also become a business for a lots of people, and packing your life into a carry-on could be harder than we think.

I remember the first time I went backpacking to Vietnam in 2004, I bought a 45L backpack and my goal was to carry as less as possible. I knew that Vietnam will be way cheaper than Europe and that it won’t be a problem for me to find clothes anywhere. At that time, I did not own a laptop, I did not have a phone (smart phone did not even exist yet) nor drones and traveling light was quite easy. Nowadays, traveling and working remotely as also become a business for a lots of people, and packing your life into a carry-on could be harder than we think.

HERE A FEW QUICK & DIRTY TRICKS TO MASTERING THE ART OF PACKING YOUR LIFE INTO A CARRY-ON.

1. USE COMPRESSION BAGS OR ZIPLOC BAGS.

If you find that you are still running out of room, consider using some Ziploc bags or compression bags to shrink your clothing. I have been using then while cycling touring and trust me the last thing that you want while bikepacking is to carry extra weight for noting. Simply roll  up to squeeze out the excess air. The bonus to packing Ziploc bags is you can also separate the dirty clothing from the clean as you wear them. (Sometimes) My Ziploc bags come in handy every trip.

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2. CHECK WITH YOUR TRAVEL PARTNER/WIFE

I am quite sure at 100% that your partner/wife may carry “a little bit more” stuff that you do & probably will end up asking you to take it with you. It happen to me all the time, but it could also be a way to organize your backpack better – For example: You can put both raining jacket on the top of one bag so when it rain you wont have to dig into two different carrier and it will be more accessible.

I am quite sure at 100% that your partner/wife may carry "a little bit more" stuff that you do & probably will end up asking you to take it with you. It happen to me all the time, but it could also be a way to organize your backpack better - For example: You can put both raining jacket on the top of one bag so when it rain you wont have to dig into two different carrier and it will be more accessible.
3. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS BEFORE YOU PACK.

It will always depend on what adventure you are going to or the length of your holiday trip. Example: For a 5 days trip in Thailand (from Malaysia), we will bring:

For meFor my wife
3 x T-shirt5 x tank
3 x Tank t-shirt6 x dress
1 x jean short1 x short
1 x Boarder short5 x bikini
1 x rain Jacket1 x rain jacket
1 x long sleeves1 x long sleeves
1 x cap1 x hat
1 x pair of flip flop1 x flip-flop
1 x sunglasses1 x sunglasses
1 x light weight beach towel8 x underwear
4 x bra
2 x pareos
1 x hippy pants
4. CHECK YOURSELF.

Think about what you’re actually going to use, and pack those things first. Then check yourself. Do you really need 10 pairs of jeans, 10 t-shirt, 2 pairs of shoes… Bring only the stuffs that you are going to use and think about the stuffs that you are going to buy during your holidays.

Think about what you’re actually going to use, and pack those things first. Then check yourself. Do you really need 10 pairs of jeans, 10 t-shirt, 2 pairs of shoes... Bring only the stuffs that you are going to use and think about the stuffs that you are going to buy during your holidays.
5. ROLL IT UP.

Something that I have learnt while backpacking is to roll up all your clothing including underwear and socks.  Rolling up your clothing saves space! Who cares about wrinkles while backpacking anyways.

6. WEAR YOUR BIGGEST CLOTHES ON THE AIRPLANE.

I have done this countless times, especially if you are traveling with low cost airlines that charges you tones of money for extra luggage. Wear your biggest/bulkiest clothes on the airplane.  This not only keeps you comfy during your flight but it frees up a ton of space in your luggage. Whenever I want to bring a sweater and a jacket I wear it on the plane instead of packing it. Wear your largest shoes on the plane and leave your flip-flop in the backpack.

7. TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES.

Take advantage of all those fun sized travel goods since you can only carry 3 oz liquids in your carry-on. Most hostels provide shampoo and conditioner so I tend to just pack 2 travel size toothpaste, toothbrush and an eco soap. Be sure to pack them in a clear bag like a ziploc for the security check to avoid them searching your bag.

8. PERSONNAL ITEMS

Personal items is basically your second carry-on but “smaller”. It’s the item that fits under the seat in front of you, and for me it will be my camera gear that will include:

GearPrice
Sony A6000$548
Sony Shotgun Zoom$73.75
Gorilla tripod$50.27
Gopro hero 9$399
Extra batteries$36.99
Laptop$929
Camera gear backpack$89.95

HERO9 Black 5K Video 20MP Streaming Camera

The GoPro Hero 9 Black has just been launched, along with a couple of significant upgrades over its predecessor: 5K video recording, a front-facing display, and a new HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilisation feature. And, as it turns out, we have some good news for our readers. The GoPro Hero 9 Black is now available! While the official GoPro site lists the new action camera as “out of stock”

9. NEVER TRUST THE WEATHER – NEVER!

If you are planning to travel in South-East Asia for example the weather can be very unpredictable and even tho your smart phone is telling you that it is not going to rain today, there is a high chance that it will. Always bring a long sleeve with you and a rain jacket and if you forgot to bring one, you can always purchase a poncho for less than two dollars at the 7/11 in Thailand.

10. PUT YOUR LOOSE ITEMS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CARRY-ON.

My wife always put her loose items such as underwear and socks toward the bottom of your carry-on. This way in case TSA opens up your suitcase he isn’t flashing that sexy thong you packed to the rest of the airport.

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