Straight after our wedding, Andrew and I are heading off into the wilds of South Africa on our honeymoon. I must admit, there’s been so much going on with the wedding that our amazing trip of a lifetime has felt a little bit overshadowed of late. But having just paid off the balance this week (RIP credit card), I’ve been reminded what we’ve got to do to prepare. Oh you know, just make sure we don’t get malaria, buy some appropriate clothing (turns out it might not be that warm in August – WHO KNEW?!) and completely upgrade our tech game. No biggy then, right? We’ve got a tonne of stuff on our wishlist, but here’s what we’ve narrowed it down to.
A Super Zoom Camera
I’ve got a fancy Canon DSLR that I bought several years ago to take travelling with me. Now I blog, it’s great, because I can really take my time over choosing the right lens, setting up the shot and testing the light many many times before I get the right frame. However, on a safari, time is not your friend. You need to be able to point and shoot before that wild animal leaps away into the scrub. So top of our tech wish list is a super zoom digital camera and we’ve got our eye on this Panasonic Travel Camera.
It’s got a powerful 10 x optical zoom – exactly what we’re looking for when we might not be able to get too close to the wildlife and you can transfer pictures to other devices by wifi. The battery life looks good, it doesn’t weigh much and it will be quick and easy to grab and snap while we can.
I’ve never really bothered much with an external hard drive or something to transfer my pictures onto while I’ve been away. I don’t really know why, I guess I’ve always trusted myself not to lose the SD card. But, the honeymoon is a different matter. I’m going to want to buy spare batteries, tonnes of SD cards and ideally some kind of device that allows you to back up pictures on the go. Maybe something like this SanDisk SD USB Flash Drive?
As an aside, if any of you use any of these kind of cool devices for blogging then PLEASE let me know your recommendations – I am new to this kind of tech and don’t want anything to go wrong with our precious honeymoon pictures!
While we’re staying at the safari lodges, there isn’t really much to do between the morning and evening game drives. I don’t even know if the lodges we are staying in have wifi… YIKES. So I fully intend on napping, lounging around and reading lots of books. I think the most books I’ve read in a two week beach holiday is 10, but I was in Mexico, mostly hungover and spending most of my day on a beach lounger.
Whilst I don’t think I’ll reach the dizzy heights of 10 again in South Africa, I do plan on reading at least two or three books. And they are bulky to carry around. So Andrew and I have decided to take the plunge and get our hands on a Kindle each. They’re inexpensive, they get good reviews and they are easy to transport. I will always love the smell and feel of real paper, but for this holiday, practicality wins.
So that’s our top three picks for our honeymoon tech wishlist. I can’t wait to get some amazing pictures to share with you on my snazzy new camera! If you’ve got any top camera or honeymoon tech tips then please let me know below.
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