Taking photos as a solo traveller

Who doesn’t love a good holiday photo album and sharing your favourite photo pic with your friends and family?

When you are a solo traveller being able to grab a photo isn’t always that straightforward.

Here are my favourite ways to take a photo as a solo traveller.

Ask someone

The old classic of simply saying to local or other tourists can you take a picture for me, you will normally find someone who will take the photo for you.

Top Tip: Have the camera set up already and explain the frame to them as well, but above all check the photo after! Make sure it is something you like and if not ask them to take it again and explain what it is you are after.

Use a Tripod

There are so many options now for lightweight travel tripods that fit into a bag easily taking up hardly any space, allowing you to snap pictures to your heart’s content.

I do recommend having a Bluetooth remote option as it can be easier than using a timer.

Making friends

When travelling solo you are bound to make other friends on the road so asking them to take a photo and doing the same for them is one of the simplest ways to get travel photos and the one I probably use the most.

Makeshift tripod

Use objects around you as a tripod

If you don’t own a tripod or don’t have room for one in your bag, place your camera against a wall, on some rocks or books anything to make your makeshift tripod is another great option when wanting to take a photo with no one around, plus you aren’t always going to have your tripod on you.


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Faye

Google map top tips for travellers

Google maps is defiantly one of my favourite travel maps and the one I have used the longest!

With access on most devices in some form, it is super handy when needing to get around in a foreign country and making sure that the local taxi service doesn’t take advantage of you as a tourist when getting from A to B.

Save places

My most likely favourite feature of this app is the fact that you can save places in different categories and add notes to them as well.

If I load up my google maps there are yellow star pins all over the world of places that have been recommended or I just want to go, with accommodation recommendation and companies for certain activities that people have used and suggest I use if decide to do the same activity too.

The great thing about saving places is that you will always have a list of suggestion for a certain place if you ever feel stuck and don’t know what to do on a certain day during your travels or ready for when you move on.

Take notes

I have already touched on this but being able to write down notes is handier than you think.

Example notes I have put are ‘Party hostel’ ‘Eat here on Tuesdays they have a good deal’ ‘Take the side path to get to this place, it is hidden away’.

Anything useful to you just write it down, you never know that handy bit of information that may come about when you are on the road.

Download maps offline

Imagine you arrive somewhere new in the evening it is dark you don’t have a SIM card for the country so no service and you can’t get one till the morning and want to know how to get to your hostel and how long it should take.

Well, this is where downloading your maps comes in, before you leave for any trip simply download the map for the area you will be staying in then no matter where you are you can view a map and know how to get around without any data.

Eco-routes

The newest feature of maps is one of my favourites and that is eco-routes.

This feature simply offers drivers the lowest carbon footprint route to take, meaning that you know you are taking the most sustainable way to get to where you want helping you be more of a sustainable traveller.


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Faye

Tips for packing carry-on

Carry on! Either a travellers joy or nightmare.

The idea of packing light and fitting everything for a month or more long travels into one bag small bag can seem like a dorting task.

Here are a few tips to help you pack all you need for your next adventure into a carry-on only bag.

Packing Cubes

Most travellers will mention these at some point and most live by them and there is a reason for that.

Packing cubes stop you from over packing, making things easier to organised and pack into your bag.

Lay things out

It sounds simple but writing down a list of all the thing you will need for that trip and then laying out all the clothes you want, then simply compare the lists.

Laying things out also mean that you can see what items of clothes go together and don’t, stopping you from bringing clothes that can’t be worn in multiple outfits.

Mix ‘n’ Match

This brings us on to the next tip and that is having tops and bottoms that can be paired with multiple items in your bag to create multiple outfits from fewer items.

This will mean you could bring more possibly but also cut out on the unimportant things that you are possibly taking.

Shoes!!

This is one of the bulkier items and so easy to overpack, depending on where you are going and what you will be doing will depend on the shoe type.

Most likely if you are going to a sunnier location will need a part of comfy sandals and a pair of closed-toed shoes that can be worn when hiking and for more adventurous activities possibly,

For colder weather, possibly bring a walking boot/trainer and a pair of more casual trainers that can be worn for multiple occasions.

Some people may decide to bring a pair of flip flops that are small and don’t take up room for showering so as not to go barefoot but this is very much a personal choice.

Toiletries!

When travelling hand luggage only you will have a limit on the volume of liquids, so rather than packing mini bottles of everything to then buy more when travelling, just buy larger bottles when you arrive at your destination, this will also help cut down the number of plastic bottles you use.

Another option and the one I use personally is to use bars, they last for months don’t use plastic, I have no liquid limits to worry about or spillages!

You can get shampoo, conditioner and body bars! This will save you space when packing but also money on buying several toilets.


Hopefully, these tips will help you when packing carry on for your next trip.

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Faye

What camera to get for travel?

With so many cameras out there is can be confusing to know what type to get and understand all the jargon that goes along with it.  

Now I may not be a professional photographer or a camera buying expert, however here are a few things that I look out for when buying a camera to go travelling with.  

For some context, I use the Canon M50 and below I will list the things I was looking for in a camera which brought me to my decision.  

But please remember to do your research and fact-checking when buying your own, because what you need in a camera could be very different to me.  

1. Camera Type  

I knew that I didn’t want a compact point and shot camera and that I didn’t want to use my phone camera either.  

For me, a DSLR was the right choice as I was able to change the lens to suit what I needed the camera for and that I also wanted to take my photography to the next level.  

2. Size

I didn’t want a camera that was too bulky as it would need to fit in my backpack and be compact.  

This narrowed down the look of the camera quite a lot but also brought me to mirrorless cameras which I had never heard of before, this required me to do a lot of research which I recommend you do the same as well.  

3. Camera make

For some people, this is important for others it isn’t. 

I chose canon but only because I know others that use them and I had used canon in the past so went with them.  

4. Price tag

This played a large part in the camera I chose I knew that a DSLR would be expensive but I also knew that the prices within this group can vary massively and is an important point to think about 

5. Lens Choices  

For me knowing that there was a range of lens available for if and when I decide to buy more. 

The mirrorless cameras for canon at the time didn’t have a lot of choices but they did have an adapter for the mirrorless to use the regular DSLR camera lens, I am sure other makes have done this also but knowing that for the camera I wanted this was an option is something that helped confirm my choice.  


Hope this has given me some things to think about when looking for a camera, but remember always do your research.  

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Enjoy navigating the globe  

Faye  

Day hiking essentials

Off on a days hike somewhere and want to avoid packing everything but the kitchen sink with no idea where to start? Well, I am here to help with my top 7 things that always go with me when I am off on a day hike.  

1. Backpack   

This may be seen obvious to some but taking a backpack is something I have seen many people do because they didn’t want to carry a bag with them but then brought none of the other essentials that they needed, so have a strong comfortable backpack that will easily fit everything that you need in is a must.  

2. Walking boots and socks!

I have put these 2 items together as they go hand in hand with each other both need it fit and be conformable for you no one else, yes go off peoples recommendations but it is not one fits all.  

Having a pair of strong, worn walking boots is important this can stop ankle based or more serious injuries as well as stop your feet from getting wet too if it rains or the ground is still wet.  

If you have just brought need walking boots then I suggest wearing them about your local area and going for a walk near your house a few time a week before your big hike, the last thing you want is your boots rubbing your feet and giving you blisters. 

Having the wrong socks can also give you blisters if they don’t fit and your foot slides about in them or they are too thick or too thin can also cause this problem.  

3. Layers

I will always have a second layer or maybe more when hiking.  

For me, my second layer is normally my jumper which is thick and comfy, but sometimes if I decide to wear a vest when walking will take a thermal or long sleeve top which I can wear over the top if it is still too warm for a jumper but too cold to just wear a vest.  

4. Camera  

Going on a hike without some form of camera is a waste of time to me, I love getting photos of the landscape and views when I am out and about so having this in my bag is a must, however, it isn’t essential and something. that you may decide that you don’t need to bring.  

5. Water and snacks

If I know I am out all day the last thing I want to be doing is having to worry where the food stop will be so having a litre water bottle and food with me is a must, you will also possibly be burning quite a few calories so make sure that you are having plenty to eat and drink is important for your health.  

Bring your own watero bottle also lowers the need for a single use plastic one and be sure to put any rubbbish from food in a bin or put it in your bag to take it home later!

6. First aid kit

It may sound silly but having a small first aid kit with some plasters in will come in surprisingly handy, there has been more than one occasion where I have cut my hand on a bramble or something else and having a mini first aid has been useful.  

7. Sun Cream  

Especially if you are out hiking all day in the sun then this is needed but also in the winter months at times as the sun can still be quite strong.  

Having sun cream to stop yourself from getting burnt and project your skin is something I will always look to bring with me.  


Hope this list has helped in getting you ready for your next day-long hiking adventure.  

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Enjoy navigating the globe  

Faye 

How to be a sustainable traveller

With expensive eco-huts in the rainforest and sustainable travel awareness on the rise with eco options popping up everywhere, it can be difficult to know which is the most environmentally beneficial answer, but also how can you travel in an eco-sustainable way without it costing a tonne!  

Now I am not here to tell you that everything you do has to be sustainable and sustainable travel is the only way to travel because it isn’t and it can be hard to travel this way the time, I by no means am perfect and don’t get it right all the time but I do try where I can which is what I ask of all of you.  

So how do we travel more sustainably?  

Using public transport

If you can getting on a bus or train instead of a taxi, using a boat to get somewhere instead of flying can all help lower carbon emissions as well as costing less money at times too! If you are going on a road trip with friends try and cut down the number of vehicles that you all take can be another way to lower the amount of CO2 produced.  

You could also look to offset your flights but this can cost more money for a ready expensive flight, but if this is something you chose to do I would suggest looking into how the flights are offset and who is it benefiting in the long run.  

Reusable items  

Taking your water bottle with help the number of single-use plastics and the cost of buying bottled water all the time you can even buy filtering water bottles so you know that you can use the tap water wherever you are.  

Taking a cotton reusable bag for when you go shopping as well as metal straw and reusable cutlery that way you don’t need the single-use version but if you go somewhere that doesn’t offer it you have your own and no need to worry.  

Slow travel

This one isn’t always available to people as it does depend on how long you can spend in an area, but taking your time when travelling not only gives you chance to explore more of an area and the culture but will help lower the amount of carbon of your trip overall as well as helping the local economy  

Spend locally  

Going to the local restaurants and hotels compared to the chains that you see across the world makes your travels sustainable as you are supporting the local economy compared to the big chain back in the US or UK.  

This local economic growth for the people will go a long way in helping a country to develop more and be less dependent on tourism for most of the countries income, things such as COVID have brought this to life with some countries which desperately need tourism to open again.  

Travel in the low season 

This option has so many benefits, not only is travelling in the off/low season quieter and cheaper it helps out the locals!  

While there are masses of tourism in the summer months and people makes lots of money the locals and the countries economy overall struggle more in the winter months as there is less of an income so travelling in the low season gives the local area a boost.  

Plus with prices being cheaper and fewer people around you can explore the culture and local area a lot more, you quite possibly get more of a personalised experience depending on how many people are around and with lower prices travel for longer!  


Hopefully, this post has provided you with more of an idea on how you can travel a little more sustainably in the future, but remember no one is perfect and while you may not be able to do all of these things listed having a go at even one or two of them will be a great way to help support the little blue planet we live on.  

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Enjoy navigating the globe   

Faye  

Narrow down your next trip location

So you decided that you want to get on a plane and fly off to another adventure, however, you have too many choices and options with no idea which to choose, how to narrow them down and leaving you overwhelmed before you even had a chance to start planning.  

This happens to everyone at one point or another.  

When I need to decide which location to travel to next, following these top 5 tips to pick always helps narrow it down making the task 5 times easier! 

Budget

Number 1 will always be looking at the budget I have available to me.  

Taking each location completing basic background research on the cost, a few things I look at and always pick the most expensive price for to create a worst-case cost is:  

Accomodation

Looking at a range of prices in each area you plan to stay during your trip will help give you a good overall range for the country 

Flights/transport

Looking at return flight costs and any bus or train costs that you may encounter while travelling around the country 

Activities

Of course, you won’t know every activity you which to do while there but if there is something specific you know you want to do while there finding out the cost is worthwhile, there is not much point going somewhere if you can’t do the main activity you wanted to do.  

Insurance/Visas

If you need a visa knowing the cost and requirements is a must as well as how much your insurance will be, if you can’t afford this cost then this destination will have to be taken off the list.  

Looking at these 4 costs give me a basic idea of the kind of prices I will face when in this country and are the 4 main costs for most trips, you, of course, can change these categories based on your travel needs.  

Time of year

What time of year are you planning your trip?  

Did you want to travel to a country in a certain season? 

Knowing if it is the off-season somewhere or not may affect your choice but also what the weather and temperatures will be at that time. 

Timescale  

How long do you have for your trip?

If you wanted to travel somewhere for say 3 months and you only have a month you will be able to take this location off your list helping to narrow it down some more. 

Coming up with a realistic timescale and itinerary will help with narrowing down your choices more than you realise.

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Solo or Group 

Are you a solo or group traveller?  

If you like to solo travel then booking the trip whenever you want and working to your schedule defiantly makes this easier. 

If you are in a group knowing when everyone can travel and the timescale, all you, when need to do, is apply the pervious points once you have this info.  

Style 

Are you a backpacker, flashpacker or just like in travel in luxury?  

Knowing the type of traveller you are will help you when booking flights, looking at accommodation and even the location!  


Hope these top tips helped you in narrowing down your next destination.  

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Enjoy navigating the globe  

Faye  

What to pack in a day bag for travel

What do I carry with me on a day to day bases when on the road travelling around the world? What to carry in your day bag may be something you don’t think about much at all but paying attention to what you bring can have hidden advantages you may not have thought about.  

Here are my top 5 things I always make sure to carry with me in my day bag when I am out exploring.  

1. Jacket

Having some form of jacket or cover I put over my shoulders when it is cold or to protect myself from the sun or if I am visiting a religious temple that requires me to cover my shoulders.  

Having some form of a jacket in my bag has defiantly come in handy more than you realise when out all day even in the warmest countries it can drop super cold at night.  

2. Camera

This one may seem a little obvious when you are travelling around the world to have your camera on you ready to snap some shots of the amazing sites that you will see.  

However making sure that you have a battery and enough space in your camera card is something people often forget, I always just use my phone as a backup encase this does ever happen but if you are the person to use a separate camera to your phone, making sure that you always have it with you and that it is ready for action is important.  

3. Portable Charger

Even though you may start your day with all electronics fully charged their batteries of course will fade when you are out using them all day.  

Having a portable charger with me is a must knowing that I can charge my phone whenever needed also gives me that added safety factor as I will always be able to access maps or taxi services through my phone as well. 

I like to use a solar-powered charger so that I don’t have to worry about charging the charger and even if I go off-grid have a way to charge my devices.  

4. Money/ID

While most of us will carry a bank card around with us having some cash just in case your card didn’t work or somewhere only takes cash this handy but also makes sure you are covered for any situation.  

Having a form of ID is handy, for example, if you want to buy alcohol or if you want to rent a vehicle having your driving licence as your ID will serve as a 2 in 1 

5. Water/Food

Being the sustainable traveller that I am having a reusable water bottle is a must for me, I like to use a filtering water bottle so I can drink the tap water of whichever country I am in, but this also will save you a lot of money then having to buy plastic bottles all the time.  

If I know I will be out all day or need to save a bit of money on my trip to get back on a budget having either a small snack or may some sandwiches if I am going off on a hike all day or know that I won’t be able to get something.  

Hopefully, this top 5 list of what I keep in my day bag has given you some ideas and added to your day bag essentials. 


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Enjoy navigating the globe  

Faye 

48hr Glasgow Itinerary

You are planning a trip to Glasgow want to know what sites to see then check this post out here for the top sites to see.

But wait you only have 48hrs to spend in this city! Just because it is the largest city in Scotland it doesn’t mean that you can’t do and see the top sites in just 48hrs.

Whether you arrived the night before or early in the morning, it is this early start that will give you the best chance at seeing as much as possible.

Day 1

8am

Starting with breakfast whether you are going out to a café in the morning or eating in the hotel you are staying in, giving your body the fuel for this busy and exciting weekend is key to avoid becoming tired and not having any energy to see all the amazing sites available.

9am

After breakfast heading for a morning stroll in the fresh air through Kelvingrove park admiring the nature and beauty that is available in this city all year round, making for a great morning photoshoot!

Followed by a stroll to the art gallery and museum which can be found in the park taking in the art that is found within.

12pm

After a morning spent around Kelvingrove park and in the art gallery and museum heading back into town you will be able to have a relaxing lunch allowing you to refuel for an afternoon packed with activities.

There are many cafes and restaurants throughout the high street, simply take a stroll around the street and you are sure to find something.

1pm

After lunch head for a stroll around the botanical garden and the surrounding gardens before heading back into town, getting some fresh air to help avoid an afternoon slump after eating and embracing more of nature and the natural environment in this city.

Spring time walk through the Botanic Gardens

3pm

The last main activity of the day involves heading to the University of Glasgow for a quick stroll around the Hunterian museum which is the oldest public museum in Scotland!

Taking in the last bit of history and culture to end off the first day in the busy city.

5pm

Depending on the type of traveller you are, will depend on how you spend your evening.

You may wish to head out on the town for a night out at which point you won’t be disappointed with this being a student city having something for everyone tastes, you prefer some fine dining or a relaxing night reading a book to prep for today there is something to suit everyone in this city.

Day 2

Welcome to day 2, halfway through the 48hrs in this city of sites to see!

9am

Heading to the main city centre walking around The Green and Peoples Place getting in some morning nature and fresh air, even grab a coffee-to-go to enjoy on your walk around the area, this is another great photoshoot location!

11am

From The Green heading up to the necropolis and cathedral, while walking around a cemetery may not be for everyone the views from the top of the hill are worth the walk giving you a look across the city as it is waking up to a day of work.

Heading down the hill and across the bridge to the cathedral and taking a look inside at this amazing building.

12pm

Making your way back into town, for a chance to rest and enjoy a relaxing lunch, again you are spoilt for choice by the range of places to eat in Glasgow, leaving something for everyone.

2pm

To kick off the afternoon activities by heading to the science museum for some fun, you may even learn a new science fact or two but whether you are a science nerd or not visiting the museum is a must while in Glasgow.

4pm

How better to finish off your weekend adventure than with a whiskey tour around the cities distillery.

Learn how they make the whiskey in this riverside location and even get to try some of it for yourself.

Unfortunately like all good things this Glasgow adventure will have to come to an end so that you can start the next, so whether you spend the night in Glasgow socking up the nightlife one last time before leaving in the morning or you are leaving the city that evening.

Hopefully, this 48hr itinerary has given you some ideas on how to spend 48hr in the largest city in Scotland.


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Faye

Best UK Road Trips

You want to do a road trip around the UK but have no idea where to start! Check out this blog post here on how to plan a road trip.   

While planning your adventure from scratch can be fun it isn’t for everyone so here is a list of premade road trips around the UK to help give you some inspiration and help get you started on planning your next adventure.   

NC500

Starting in Scotland with the NC500 will take you long 500 miles of the northern coast was a beautiful country starting Inverness and finishing in Lochcarron.   

There are plenty of things to see and do along the way as well as places to stay which comes as a surprise to most people. The great thing about the NC 500 is it can be completed in just a week! So if you only have a short amount of time this is something which you can do but most people will recommend extending your trip giving you more time at each stop.   

A great thing about this trip that it finishes is Lochcarron a key point known for those who want to explore the Western isles of Scotland such as Skye, Lewis and Harris.   

Isle Hopping

If you’re in the UK and fancy doing some Island hopping and then making your way up north to Scotland to the Isle of Skye as well as Isle of Lewis and Harris.   

With so many sites to see across these two isles, from watersports, walks in the great outdoors to whiskey tasting and some history as well!   

Start on the island of Skye and heading up the east side of the island taken into the famous sites before hopping on a boat north of the island to head over to Lewis and Harris, spending time exploring this isle before heading back down the west side of this island.   

Coast to Coast

Heading a little further south a great road trip which can be done in just a weekend is coast to coast. This road trip traditionally starts in St. Bees and finishes in Robin Hood’s Bay taking you through, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Lake District from the east to the west coast of the UK.   

Thanks to the small size of the UK this is a drive you to do in a day, over a weekend or a week! It all depends how much you have and what you want to see and do along this route but is great for anyone who only has a day or two.   

The Welsh Coast 

If it’s the Welsh coast you want to see that this is the trip for you!  

Starting in Anglesey and following the coast all the way along to Cardiff your will pass through most if not all of the major cities there are in this small nation as well as various of the parts.  

This road trip is great for those who want a mix of city and countryside as well as beautiful beaches to visit along the way something at Wales is known for. 

Another great thing about this trip is that, it is possible to complete in just a week, but I would recommend spending slightly longer and taking your time over as there is so much to see and do.   

Hiking in Wales with the view of the coast in the background

Lake District  

More commonly known as The Lakes, this area of outstanding next natural beauty has something to offer everyone. From small quaint countryside towns to walks in the countryside and of course plenty of lakes making for some scenic views, while there why not climb to the highest point in England as well as visit Beatrix Potter’s house.  

This is the places to go if you only have a weekend or a few days to road trip around an area as there are so many things that you can do in just a weekend, but you can still spend a week or maybe two driving around really taking this beautiful corner of the UK.   

Cornwall 

Time to head down south to Cornwall. Known best probably for its beaches this part of the UK is home of attractions with things such as the Eden Project and the Forest of Dean.  

Cornwall is a place where you can pick a small area to just road trip around depending on your timescale or take a few weeks to explore the whole area, in Cornwall you can visit the most southern point of the UK in Land’s End!  

But of course there is also what Cornwall is most famous for the beaches, countryside walks as well as big cities with small countryside villages, this corner of the UK really does have it all.   

Causeway Coastal Route  

Time to head over the water to Northern Ireland and to the most notable road trip has to be the causeway coastal route.  

Starting in Belfast and finishing in Derry, this road trip takes you along some of the iconic scenes there are in Northern Ireland well and big attractions such as in Belfast you can visit the Titanic HMS and as the name suggests the Giant Causeway itself a famous geological structure of this country, with an interesting folks tale behind it.   

There are also a wide range of coastal walks, water sports and city trips to do along the way, making this road trip a short and sweet one.   

Land’s End John O’Groats   

What was the list of UK road trips be without the biggest one of all Land’s end to John O’Groat! Starting in the most southern point of the UK in Land’s End to the northern point in John O’Groats, this trip takes you through the whole of UK letting you see it all.  

This road trip has to be the most famous one in the UK with many people taking part in different ways such as walking, cycling to even horseback riding! However you could simply just drive taking the easy way up through the UK.  

One of the best parts of this trip is that you have an outline that takes up right up the centre through the UK meaning that it is super easier to jump off and go do other activities that take your fancy, making it one of the most flexible trips when finding things to do and see.  

This road trip can be done in just seven days, however I would defiantly recommend taking longer allowing you to spend more time in places and cut down on the amount of driving done which day as well. 

This route is the best way if you are wanting to see the whole of the UK.  


Now you have some inspiration to start planning a UK road trip, comment below which route you are planning on taking and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more travel-related content.   


Enjoy navigating the globe 

Faye 

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