Tech Bits for Travel Bloggers
Blogging is undoubtedly one of the most popular activities among travelers – from documenting your journey, to reading up on other people’s hints and tips, it’s a growing community. However, if you want to be deemed a successful travel blogger and one that’s followed by a large group of people, then you need to have the right kit.
You can’t get away with a shoddy website and blurry photos: the bar has been raised time and time again, and now people are displaying photos and videos with incredible clarity and composition. Websites are professionally designed, and the copy is witty and engaging. To give yourself the edge, you need technology that meets the mark, and helps you stand out from the crowd.
1. Photo and Video Editing Software
The standard of traveling videos and photos is soaring. People expect output of a professional quality, and if yours are obviously amateurish, you won’t get much of a look in. Luckily, you don’t need to be an editing whizz to do well. There’s plenty of easy to use software on the market that can give you a professional feel, without taking hours to learn and set up.
2. Light, Powerful Devices
If you’re going traveling, you don’t want to be carrying heavy devices in your bag. Choose devices that are light, but still powerful. These are more expensive than heavier or weaker options, but well worth investing in. Likewise, choosing something like a Go-Pro can be better than taking a digital camera, as you can get better shots from a smaller device.
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3. A Safe ‘back up plan’
Now, take this in both senses of the word. You need to plan how you’ll back up your data, and a plan of what you’ll do if you somehow lose everything. Online cloud-based platforms are the best way to back up your files if you’re traveling – you don’t want the extra weight of carrying an external hard drive.
Traveling isn’t great for technology. Bags get dropped, laptops get squashed, tech gets wet. All of this can result in hard drives that fail easily, or get broken in transit. If this happens, you could lose everything – all of your typed documents and all of your photos and videos. If you haven’t managed to back this up, then you need to get in touch with data retrieval specialists, who can help you recover everything.
4. A Dongle or Router
While most hostels and hotels will have fairly good internet connections, you don’t want to be too reliant on this. If you can sort out a dongle or mobile router to take with you, you’ll be able to guarantee yourself a strong, secure connection. Plus, you’ll be able to while away the time waiting at bus stops and in airports by blogging and uploading your pictures and videos.
5. Portable Charging Packs
A portable charging pack can make any traveler’s life a hundred times easier. You can forget about running out of charge on long coach journeys or while you’re in the middle of nowhere – these packs can give you a few days of extra battery charge. They can be quite big and bulky, but the smaller ones aren’t worth bringing with you. The robust types are best, as they’re likely to get crashed around a bit.
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