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Petra uses a Canon EOS 650D, or Rebel T4i (if you’re in the States). I absolutely love this camera, it fits perfectly in my hand and takes great photos. It’s my first DSLR and it’s great! I love the touch screen – makes life a lot easier compared to fiddling around with buttons. If you want to be more up to date (the 650D is a few years old now) the newer Canon Rebel T5i is the one you should go for.
I use the 15-85 mm lens as my primary lens, it’s got a great zoom range – it can capture landscapes beautifully and also gets up close and personal when I want it to.
This lens is my go-to lens when I’m being a sneaky people watcher, and photographing animals.
I haven’t used this lens much yet but it was too cheap to pass up when we were visiting Hong Kong. At just over $100, it’s a steal! It’s fantastic for portrait photos and close-up food shots.
Shaun uses the fantastic Sony NEX-6, which is a mirrorless camera – pretty much just a small DSLR with interchangeable lenses. He has the 16-50 mm and 55-210 mm lenses. The image quality is great and it’s so good to have a smaller camera for when we don’t want to carry the Canon around.
We use our GoPro for underwater photos and video, as well as more extreme sports like bungee jumping and whitewater rafting! It’s great to have a more rugged camera that we do extreme stuff with. As we found out while diving at the Poor Knights Islands, not having a screen on the back of the camera is a major disadvantage. Therefore, we recommend buying the GoPro Hero 4 Silver (which has a screen). We hope to upgrade at some point!
We have a number of SanDisk 16GB Memory Cards. Class 10 cards are the best because they’re fast and are great for HD video. We have the micro-SD cards for our Go Pro.
This laptop is amazing! It’s so thin and light and fast, and the brushed aluminium casing makes it pretty hard-wearing (and it looks good, too). It’s pricey for the hard drive space (ours has only 128GB) it has but you can get a portable hard drive to boost your GBs.
When on the road, it’s nice to have some music coming through a decent speaker. We were given the UE Boom as a gift and it’s amazing! It has such great sound, is water-resistant, operates via Bluetooth, and is (most importantly) compact.
Our most recent electronics purchase was the iPhone 6 (our old iPhone 4’s weren’t cutting it any more!). The 6 has been a great investment so far, with a great camera for instagramming and taking photos on the go, a super fast system that doesn’t crash like the old iPhone’s did, and it’s just so pretty…
Petra loves her Kindle Paperwhite which can hold thousands of books that are purchased from the Amazon Kindle Store. We download Lonely Planet guides onto the Kindle, and it’s way lighter than lugging around hundreds of pages! You also don’t look as conspicuous carrying a Kindle around compared with a ‘look at me I’m a traveller’ Lonely Planet guide!
We both have Macpac Pegasus 70L backpacks. The big packs are 55L, and the little backpack (which we don’t take with us as they are a bit small) are 15L. We’ve found them great so far – they’re really durable and are front-opening rather than top-opening. We highly recommend Macpac gear, it’s a New Zealand brand and it’s seriously hard-wearing – Shaun’s aunt is an epic traveller who has been using the same Macpac backpack for the past 20-odd years, and she travels pretty much constantly! And they guarantee their workmanship so you can take it back to them if it gets damaged and they will fix it free of charge!
Petra has a Osprey Packs Women’s Sirrus 36 Backpack as her carry-on, and Shaun has a Osprey Packs Stratos 36 Backpack. We recently purchased these packs (October 2015) and took them on their first day hike, and they were fantastic! Super comfortable to wear with lots of support, and the ventilation on the back kept us cool. Highly recommended!
We love using Airbnb – we’ve stayed with hosts in the US and Canada and hope to use it more this year. The concept is fantastic and it’s so much cheaper in big cities where hotels are super expensive! If you click on this link, you’ll get $25 off your first booking!
TBS is a travel blogger’s bible – the course is fantastic and really helped us make our blog into what it is today. The modules are informative and well-written, and there is a great support network through a secret Facebook group as well as forums where you can ask questions and get them answered by some of the biggest and best in the business. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you want to grow your blog!
Travel insurance is one of those gripes that you spend a lot of money on but hopefully never have to use. We really like World Nomads’ policies and inclusions – they’re the best in the business for backpackers. Unfortunately because of Shaun’s pre-existing back injury we can’t use them for our travel insurance, but if you don’t have any pre-existing health conditions we fully recommend using them! World Nomads comes highly recommended by bigwigs like Lonely Planet and Travelfish, as well as many, many bloggers.
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