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Hey guys - I'm curious how I should map out my trip using a large world map. I was thinking about picking up some string and pins to connect the destinations, along with stickies to post notes next to each pin.
Does anyone still do this? Are there better solutions?
It's also pretty cool being able to see it on your wall, reminding you of what you're saving for.
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I've been doing a lot of research on how the major camera companies have been launching compact cameras with DSLR quality, but out of all the reviews, I still can't pick with one to buy. I had almost decided to get Sony nex 3, until I read reviews that images are very soft, which makes it basically useless to me as that's the main reason why I want to change my current point and shoot.
Here is basically what I am looking for:
- I still want a compact camera similar to a point and shoot because of how easy it is to carry around (though of course I know it won't have a retractable lens.)
- I still want to 95 per cent of the time shoot in smart auto, again because this is more convenient.
- Even though I know that some of these cameras have interchangeable lenses, I'll just have one small one on and stick to it.
- I want something where I can visibly see the diff...
Just like to check if anyone knows the bus schedules from Tehran to Kashan. In the Lonely Planet it only says that buses go from Terminal-e Jonub to Kashan. Departures frequent. But when does the first and when does the last bus or savari go to Kashan?
Photos taken in RAW setting have to be converted before they can be seen , they can be converted into various formats including common JPEG. Experimenting with the conversion program supplied with my camera I have found that when converted into uncompressed form which results in a picture file size of 37mb that there seems to be little noticeable difference to the eye when compared to the same pic in about 5 mb JPEG. Its seems all the extra bits don't always add much to the noticeable quality.
Hello dear fellow travellers,
After 5.5 years travelling/working around the world, I'm starting to have a bit of a quarter-life crisis and am seeking the opinions of people who have lived a similar life style or experienced such feelings.
Basically my problem is that at the ripe old age of 28 I am starting to fear that I'll never be able to get rid of the itchy feet syndrome and feel this could be counter-productive to my future happiness.
I left the UK at the end of 2007, spent almost 2 years travelling through Asia, ran out of money so then worked as a dishwasher in a hotel in Switzerland for 16 months and with the money I saved travelled through the Americas for 11months. As per usual ran out of money and headed to Australia on the WHV to save once more.
I've sort of landed on my feet here having found a job (Albeit in hospitality, which I am neither passionate about n... more »
India for us was a constant barrage of information, colour and differing cultures – with the unbelievably ancient rubbing elbows with the very modern. Always fascinating.
Outside Jodhpur we were fortunate to visit a tiny commune of people – Dinesh called them ‘travellers’ in that they did not stay in any place very long – maybe a few weeks. Their protection from the elements was a few ratty tarps strung between poles or a very large tree with low branches. A very hard life. I wasn’t keen on walking into someone’s home uninvited no matter how open it appeared to the world – however, by now Dinesh was aware that I was fascinated with varying cultures and very willing to join in as best I could ….. so he walked onto the compound and explained my interest to the matriarch. We were again facing another dialect as she didn’t speak Hindi nor Urdu. Her face and chest were tatto... more »
I'm considering doing a PADI course out of Cairns, and will need to rent a prescription mask since I'm incredibly nearsighted! Problem is, my eyes are pretty different (one is -8.25, the other -6, if that makes sense). I'm just wondering what size to rent to balance them out - I don't want to get a headache, but I'd also like to see reasonably well. Everything I've found online either assumes your prescription is similar for both eyes, or that you will be buying a mask that you can customize. Help!
I have saved just over £7,000 and have started planning a rough travel route.
I have always wanted to go to Japan since I was little and after looking at a world map I have thought this basic plan up:
UK - Japan - South Korea - Shanghai - down coast dropping into Vietnam - overland Bangkok - Thai Islands - Indonesia - Auz - New Zealand - UK
I'm just wondering if this is too ambitious based on my budget. I am going to see STA about a RTW Ticket soon. A flight out to Japan is around £380 (with a horrible 10hr wait in Sri Lanka, but its cheap!!).
I decided on Japan as entry point as the route will follow an arc down, and by and large I should be able to do most of the travelling via land/boat to minimise additional flights.
But yeah any feedback would be great, realise theres probably HUGE issues/obvious obstacles I have overlooked! more »
I am planning on going to Australia in October on a Holiday Working Visa.
I have heard that October is the best time to visit Nepal, and I have always wanted to go. If I do go I was planning on going on a trek and explore a little bit before heading to Australia.
But this will be about a extra $1200+ with trekking, plane ticket etc.
My question is if I should go to Nepal before Australia or should I save money and do a separate trip in the future?
I would also love to know what a good length of time is to spend in Nepal :)
Thank you very much!
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I'm off to Iceland for a month soonish. I LOVE taking photos while travelling - it's a major part of the experience for me. But I also like to travel relatively light too.
My normal travel kit is a canon 400d (now a 650d) and an 18-200mm lens and circular polariser. This gives me a really handy range of focal lengths for all sorts of travel photography. No tripod.
This time I'm thinking about taking a 6d. But what lens to take? To get an equivalent focal length range in one lens is going to be mighty heavy (and probably expensive but I'm happy to stretch for something that fits my requirements well).
I anticipate lots of landscape shots but also some wildlife (puffins!), architecture, building interiors, the odd portrait, street scapes .....the usual travel milieu.
Output will be mostly viewing on screen, but I may eventually wish to make a photo book or turn... more »
I was looking to have an authentic experience with food in Barcelona and I was put in touch with EatWith by a friend. EatWith gives me the option of dining in with the locals in their own home. I felt completely safe during the whole thing and looking at the other meals, the food seems to range from all types of budgets, flavors, and environments. I enjoyed fresh homemade ravioli and pasta. Most delicious thing I have ever tasted. Anyone else try anything like this?
So, I have decided to make a big step and do what I have been wanting to do for a while now. Tired of my job and in need of something exciting. I am planning to get English teaching certificate and go abroad and teach for a few months in different places. I would like to be able to go away end of this year, so I guess I have enough time to prepare. Or, is end of this year too ambitious?
Does anyone have advice on how to start about this? I researched Celta to be the best certificate to get and in London where I live, there are plethora of places where one can get it. Any suggestions on which schools?
Secondly, I decided to start saving some money for initial two months before I actually get a job and salary? How much I need to save I guess depends on where I will be. Any advice on location - where is best to go in terms of getting the teaching job? I would love to visit SE A... more »
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