This conversation is sponsored by Olmpus®. All thoughts are my own.
We travel a lot. Whether it is for a day, a week, and a few times a month, we love to be on the go. I used to think it was just me in the family that had the travel bug but my daughter keeps asking when we will leaving next because we haven’t been anywhere in a month. For the kids, taking trips have been part of their everyday lives for as long as they can remember. While some people find it stressful to take trips, we don’t. We have found some easy trip planning tips that make it a piece of cake.
I love taking longer trips, but road trips tend to me what we take more often. We can easily jump into the car and head out for a few days and it can almost always be fit into a schedule. That keeps us from being at home for too long. And for me, it doesn’t matter where we go, I just want to take pictures. I take pictures of everything, from the road signs, commercial buildings, and even people’s cars. So a trip to the store is enough for me to bring my camera. Although, I’d rather be at the beach, so let’s not get crazy.
Plan where you want to go: This should be the easiest part. Most people know the places they want to visit, and this is usually the starting point for people when they start to plan a trip. When thinking about where you are going, think about how long you are going to stay. For me, a lot of times, how long I have to go somewhere also tells me where I am going. At any given time, I have about 5 destinations ready to travel to, but picking which one depends on how long I have to go there. I also choose my travel by the best pictures I can get.
Book Your Accommodations and travel: Do this as soon as you get the idea of your travel dates. While you might luck out and get last minute travel deals, usually booking early saves you money. I always check travel deal sites before I book. I have saved as much as 73% off the regular cost by doing that. That is a whole lot more travel bucks in your pocket.
Plan your activities: While I don’t go nuts making plans, I do like to have a general idea what things I want to do once we get where we are going. I don’t like having anything set as in reservations if I can avoid it, but I like to make a basic plan of doing this thing on that day and that thing on this day. It keeps us from having to decide first thing in the morning and losing some of the day trying to figure it out. Oftentimes, I like to plan things by how I can get the best pictures, whether it is having happy kids who will be in good moods, or beautiful sunrises or sunsets. Knowing what we are going to try to do also helps me decide what I need. Do I need my long lens? Do I need to bring a tripod? Try to keep in mind the temperament of the people who you are traveling with. For example, if you have night owls, planning a morning sunrise trip, might lead to grumpy travel companions. Why not aim for sunset pictures instead. Also, consider the day. If it is going to be a very hot day, try to do strenuous activity in the morning so that you can beat the heat.
Packing: Another reason to know what you plan on doing is to make sure that you pack accordingly. I try to keep everyone from over packing. I have a tendency to do it too. There is a popular meme on Facebook that jokes about the way people pack. Because we want to make sure we are not caught without something we need, we tend to over pack. While an extra pair of shorts and a shirt is smart, or making sure you have a sweatshirt or pants even in summer, most of the time we pack enough for 3 weeks instead of a week.
Prepare: What is important for you to have ahead of time. For me, I need my camera charged and ready to go. I need my back up batteries and my carry bag. What do the kids need? Are their cameras charged? What about their electronics? Do they have snacks and games for the ride there?
Then go: Get to your destination and start having fun. Be sure to document it all. You will want to come back and look at the pictures later. Take lots of silly pictures besides the regular pose for the camera shot. I have a deal with my kids. You give me two good shots and then I’ll take two silly shots. When shooting the same scene that I might have taken 20 times, I love to change up the angle. Try shooting from the ground or from standing on a boulder. Turn the camera from horizontal to vertical.
As you can see, taking pictures is how I think of my destinations. I see beauty where others see nothing. So it is important to me to have a camera that I can use to get the sights that I see. While you can get pictures with phones and other cameras, to get the best pictures, you need to have a camera with the ability to get good shots. The Olympus® OM-D E-M5 Mark II has all the features you need for great shots. The lightweight and weatherproof body makes it easy to take on almost all of your adventures. The 16 megapixels Live MOS sensor and 40 Megapixel High RES mode means that the shots will be full of life and be clear even when you need to zoom in, instead of looking grainy. Plus it has a silent shutter, so you are not scaring any of the wild life away as you are snapping pictures. Or giving yourself away as you snap those embarrassing pictures of your family. Either one.
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