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I’m a big lover of French wine, and on my bucket list of things to do before I die, visiting a French Vineyard was one of them.

In January I managed to get away for a short weekend break to La Grande Maison d’Arthenay in Loire.

I couldn’t recommend it enough, if you’ve yet to visit France, or if you’re a big wine lover like myself then you really do need to visit this place.

I loved it so much that I’ve already booked again to go in the Summer.

 

 

 

Video

Are you a travel blogger or do you want to tell the world that you are an avid traveller? If you want to let your audience have a second hand experience of your adventures, then you would definitely want to involve videography while travelling.

However, your videography style would definitely be affected by the conditions of your travel. Sure, you want to capture your outdoor adventures in full HD and cover all the possible shots, but that can be a problem if you are travelling alone. Add the weight of your outdoor gear and your travel clothes, and you would be concerned on what shooting gear you should be bringing in your travel. That means that you would not always want to bring your DSLR, lenses, and tripod with you, especially during backpacker outings.

When weight and mobility is a big concern and shooting with DSLR is out of the question, these would be your options:

Your Smartphone

Smartphones are great when it comes to on-the-spot shooting and even creating short films. It is lightweight and does not involve much gadgetry in order to start shooting. It also helps that most smartphones today offer support for high-res shooting. However, you would not want to deplete the battery, especially if you are relying on your phone for communication and directions – as you know, videoing while GPS is on would drain batteries faster than you can say “Say Cheese.”

However, smartphones would work great for location tests and if you do not want the hassle of whipping out an extra device to shoot with when the subject is already there. You would want to stick with urban shots with it though, since you do not want to risk damaging your phone.

Outdoor Mini Camcorders

Go Pro cameras and other small outdoor cameras do not make you worry about excess baggage, and they also provide great flexibility when you shoot in rough terrains. You also quit worrying about getting yourself wet with your camera. Everything’s well with these cameras when it comes to sound as well – their microphones work well against wind, and if you need an extra mic, you can just patch in a boom mic or a Zoom H4N for great field recording.

It seems like that outdoor camcorders are the best video device when you are gunning for videography while travelling, but it has certain limitations as well. Just look at your Go Pro shots – they are always set in wide, but it may not be your intention when taking the shots. While wide shots make great outdoor and rugged impressions, they are not absolute for travel shots. More often than not, you would not want to go with the distortions on the frame of the shot.

The Verdict

If you are gunning for low outdoor shooting cost and you want to exploit all possible types of shots without the bulk, it would be best to use both devices for your shots, and then patch them up in editing. That would grant you the balance between the high-res and sharp colors from your phone, and the feel of an outdoor camera.

Post with help from a great friend, Paul Hubbard. Thanks Paul.

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I travel a lot as you will start seeing gradually on my blog.

Let’s take Singapore for example (where I was last month), I always carried the following:

My favourite hip flask

Don’t ask why, but I always have my famous Aspinal hip-flask with me, you never know?!

My Bum Bag

I’m not ashamed, I love a bum bag. Ideal for keeping your Passport safe!

My Hoodie

I bloody love a Hoodie, I usually wear my company branded one when I travel as it’s comfortable and at least it reminds me I’m still on work duties! Non of my colleagues have one, so I got mine from here – http://www.mypersonalisedhoodies.co.uk if you’re like me.

My T-Shirt

I also grabbed a branded tee shirt from the company above, I love it!

My Watch

I always wear my less corporate watch when traveling, usually my casio!

My Jeans

Classic denim pair, Debenhams I think!