One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

How to Pick The Best Camera for Travel

One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

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One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

An Experience on the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

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One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

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Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

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Welcome back to our photo series depicting our epic Route 66 adventure. If you missed them, you’ll find the photos from the previous states here. In this post we’re heading through Oklahoma, home to everything from drive-in movie theatres to giant whales! Let’s get started.

Highlights of Route 66 Oklahoma – In Photos


Welcome back to our photo series depicting our epic Route 66 adventure. If you missed them, you’ll find the photos from the previous states here. In this post we’re heading through Oklahoma, home to everything from drive-in movie theatres to giant whales! Let’s get started.
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Hey folks! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll remember that some time ago I told you about Trover – the photo discovery app that helps you find awesome sights in the world around you.

As a quick reminder, Trover is both an app for your smartphone, and a website. In my opinion, the best part of Trover can be found in the app. Since your phone knows where you are, Trover can use that location information to show you all the cool stuff that is around you, sorted by distance..

This “cool stuff” could be anything from a funky restaurant through to a must-see sight – and the best part is that it’s all uploaded by users of the app. Which means you could be sharing all the fun stuff you know about in your neighbourhood with people visiting.

Win $1500 with Trover in their #WinterWonders contest!

Hey folks! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll remember that some time ago I told you about Trover – the photo discovery app that helps you find awesome sights in the world around you.

As a quick reminder, Trover is both an app for your smartphone, and a website. In my opinion, the best part of Trover can be found in the app. Since your phone knows where you are, Trover can use that location information to show you all the cool stuff that is around you, sorted by distance..

This “cool stuff” could be anything from a funky restaurant through to a must-see sight – and the best part is that it’s all uploaded by users of the app. Which means you could be sharing all the fun stuff you know about in your neighbourhood with people visiting.

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We had the pleasure of road tripping for five weeks around New Mexico in 2016. It’s an absolutely fantastic state, with incredible landscapes, mind-bogglingly tasty food and somehow, very few visitors (or inhabitants!). It is one of Jess’s favourite states; she lived here for a year and grew to absolutely love it and wanted to return and explore it together.

New Mexico might be the fifth largest state in the country, but it ranks near the bottom in terms of population. Which means a lot of beautiful wilderness to explore and, more perfectly, road trip through.

We’re going to be writing quite a bit about this state in the coming months because we definitely feel more people should be visiting – and not just for the annual balloon fiesta (although that is pretty cool).

8 Highlights of The New Mexico Space Trail

Very Large Array New Mexico_by_Laurence Norah-2

We had the pleasure of road tripping for five weeks around New Mexico in 2016. It’s an absolutely fantastic state, with incredible landscapes, mind-bogglingly tasty food and somehow, very few visitors (or inhabitants!). It is one of Jess’s favourite states; she lived here for a year and grew to absolutely love it and wanted to return and explore it together.

New Mexico might be the fifth largest state in the country, but it ranks near the bottom in terms of population. Which means a lot of beautiful wilderness to explore and, more perfectly, road trip through.

We’re going to be writing quite a bit about this state in the coming months because we definitely feel more people should be visiting – and not just for the annual balloon fiesta (although that is pretty cool).

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Statue of liberty close up walking tour new york_by_Laurence Norah

We’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit in the United States, and one of the questions that we’re always asked is – how much does it cost to travel in the USA? Particularly on the kind of trips we do, which tend to be self-drive road trips.

Well, today I’m going to see if I can help you figure that out, so you can budget for your own trip accordingly.

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In The USA?

Statue of liberty close up walking tour new york_by_Laurence Norah

We’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit in the United States, and one of the questions that we’re always asked is – how much does it cost to travel in the USA? Particularly on the kind of trips we do, which tend to be self-drive road trips.

Well, today I’m going to see if I can help you figure that out, so you can budget for your own trip accordingly.

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Jess Highclere Castle by Laurence Norah

One of the things I love about England is how well it does stately homes. These imposing constructions were generally built to house the aristocratic families of the country, and tend to be rather grand affairs with formal rooms, impressive architecture and, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of landscaped garden.

These homes, which are generally in the country, can also be referred to as Country Houses or Country Homes, and they are where the gentry would retire to when not hanging out in the cities taking part in the social scene. Clearly, a tough life, but someone had to do it.

During the 20th century though, and for various reasons, many of Britain’s aristocratic families ended up short on funds and so weren’t able to keep these homes maintained. One of the ways around this was to open them up to the public (or sell them to a public body), which means that today a great many of England’s finest homes and palaces are open for touring.

Some of these are still privately owned, whilst others have been given to national organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage for ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

10 of The Best Stately Homes to Visit in England

Jess Highclere Castle by Laurence Norah

One of the things I love about England is how well it does stately homes. These imposing constructions were generally built to house the aristocratic families of the country, and tend to be rather grand affairs with formal rooms, impressive architecture and, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of landscaped garden.

These homes, which are generally in the country, can also be referred to as Country Houses or Country Homes, and they are where the gentry would retire to when not hanging out in the cities taking part in the social scene. Clearly, a tough life, but someone had to do it.

During the 20th century though, and for various reasons, many of Britain’s aristocratic families ended up short on funds and so weren’t able to keep these homes maintained. One of the ways around this was to open them up to the public (or sell them to a public body), which means that today a great many of England’s finest homes and palaces are open for touring.

Some of these are still privately owned, whilst others have been given to national organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage for ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

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Sandia Peak Albuquerque_by_Laurence Norah

In the late summer of 2016 we decided to take a road trip around New Mexico for five weeks. Jess had lived in Albuquerque for a year, and we’d also passed through during our Route 66 adventure, but neither of us had really explored the state much, and we wanted to change that.

Obviously, we had to spend a few days exploring Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city - not least for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It turned out, there was a lot to do in Albuquerque, and most of it has nothing at all to do with Breaking Bad! Without further ado, here are:

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

Sandia Peak Albuquerque_by_Laurence Norah

In the late summer of 2016 we decided to take a road trip around New Mexico for five weeks. Jess had lived in Albuquerque for a year, and we’d also passed through during our Route 66 adventure, but neither of us had really explored the state much, and we wanted to change that.

Obviously, we had to spend a few days exploring Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city - not least for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It turned out, there was a lot to do in Albuquerque, and most of it has nothing at all to do with Breaking Bad! Without further ado, here are:

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

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Old Fort Point Loop hike jasper by Laurence Norah-21

Our recent visit to Canada was two-fold – first, we visited the city of Edmonton, ate lots of food and took in a number of sights, and came up with a guide for things to do in Edmonton. And that was all a lot of fun.

I have to admit though that the part of the trip I was most excited about was our trip to Jasper National Park for the annual Dark Sky Festival. This should be fairly obvious – as a passionate landscape photographer, heading to somewhere as famously picturesque as Jasper was definitely going to excite me!

Visiting Jasper for the Dark Sky Festival

Old Fort Point Loop hike jasper by Laurence Norah-21

Our recent visit to Canada was two-fold – first, we visited the city of Edmonton, ate lots of food and took in a number of sights, and came up with a guide for things to do in Edmonton. And that was all a lot of fun.

I have to admit though that the part of the trip I was most excited about was our trip to Jasper National Park for the annual Dark Sky Festival. This should be fairly obvious – as a passionate landscape photographer, heading to somewhere as famously picturesque as Jasper was definitely going to excite me!

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