Nowadays, the world is our oyster. The sky is the limit to our fantasies, goals, aspirations and this also goes for travelling. We are lucky enough to live in a time and place where we can pretty much pack our carry-on and set off on a last minute around the world adventure in the blink of an eye, no questions asked.
Going to exotic places, tasting new foods, encountering new smells, people, cultures, streets.. All in the name of unleashing the so-called adventurer within us.
However, traveling to unknown destinations also has its potential concerns. As an avid travel photographer myself, I always used to worry about my equipment and travel gear getting stolen or lost – as I’d also say to this day, I’d rather have my passport stolen then gear/SD cards with cherished memories lost forever.
Below are some essential tips and tricks that help you, your mind and your camera gear safe on the road:
1# You bought a camera for a reason
This is one of my most fundamental tips that serves as a recurrent reminder when I’m contemplating whether or not to take my camera with me on specific occasions and solo adventures. First of all, you have to remind yourself that you bought a camera for a reason: to use it. If it’s always protected and hidden in your ultra padded shockproof case, it defeats the point of buying it in the first place.
2# Make it look used
If you’ve just got your first brand new DSLR and want to show it to the world, please don’t. Popular brands such as Nikon or Canon, can be attention grabbers, and I mean that in a negative way. I usually take some packing duct tape and cover the brand of the camera, put a bit here and there to make it look used as chances are, thieves would want to go for something newer that they could easily sell on. Who would want an old, barely operable one ( at least on the outside.. ).
3# Less is more
When travelling, the less luggage you have with you, the more enjoyable time you’ll have. This also goes with camera gear. Although you might carry half a dozen of lenses on your daily hike at home, it’s so much easier to juggle one or two lenses while trying to hold on for dear life in an over packed bus zigzagging its way through Thailand’s potholes. I normally carry my 50mm 1.4 lens and either a wide angle lens or an 18-70mm soon lens.
4# In front
Always carry your daily backpack in front of you. Pickpockets try to avoid confrontation 99% of the time therefore having your backpack directly in your line of vision will, in most cases make them feel uneasy and unwilling to risk.
5# Pair up with someone
Two is better than one. Even if you’re travelling on your own, try and pair up with one or two other solo wanderers. That way, when you want to take a photo of yourself, you don’t need to leave your camera unguarded on a tripod in the middle of crowd chaos central or ask a random stranger to take it for you. Plus, sharing your experience always makes the journey more entertaining and enriching rather then being on your own 🙂
Donna Tzaneva is a twenty-something year old globetrotter that was born in Bulgaria, grew up in Australia and now resides in Iceland. After finishing her BSc in Equine Studies, a severe horse-back riding injury made her take a step back from that career and take up photography. She hasn’t stopped ever since.