Frequently Asked Questions: Round 1

Frequently Asked Questions: Round 1

Recently we have been getting a ton of questions through DMs and Instagram, so I thought I’d put together a few answers to the most common ones for anyone interested:

What kind of camera do you use?

We shoot with a Nikon D3300, an affordable, entry level DSLR that anybody can learn to use. I would recommend starting off with just the kit lens and adding zoom or wide angle lenses as you grow more accustomed to photography. 

Where did you buy your domain name?

It was purchased on GoDaddy, I believe for $15 per year.

What did you use to build your website?

It was built using Squarespace (Farro template). Squarespace alone was able to get us 90% there design-wise, the other 10% is handled by some simple CSS scripts.

How long have you been planning your trip?

We have been talking about an extended trip for over 4 years, but we didn’t start seriously discussing it until about 2 years ago. We would have liked to have begun our trip in the summer of 2016, but we didn’t have the financial security to make it happen. It is all too easy to keep putting it off, at some point you have to take the plunge, but sometimes it is advantageous to wait until the time is right. 

How did you save money for the trip?

We will probably write a full blog post detailing how we accomplished this, but the short answer is set attainable short and long term goals, and take extra time for an extra cushion of finances to allow yourself to have the best trip possible. Our saving situation improve immensely once we moved in together, allowing us to split bills and keep on top of each other’s spending habits, effectively serving as a safety net for each other.

What do you use to edit your photos?

We pay $9.99/month for Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives us access to Adobe Lightroom. It is lightweight and easy to use, but definitely something we have yet to fully explore or master.

How did you decide where you wanted to travel?

We want to go everywhere… but for this trip this was something that was constantly changing over the years and is still changing mid-trip! We initially were focused on just Asia, but soon that expanded to Europe (especially when we snagged tickets to Glastonbury). We would love to travel to South America and Australia/New Zealand someday, but those were ruled out based on price, distance, and time relative to our pace of travel.

How do you figure out where to stay and what to do?

To be honest we don’t do anything too special, we usually book accommodations on Hostel World or In Europe, especially during high season, you want to book at least a couple weeks in advance. In Asia you can absolutely get away with just a few days notice. For activities, we use lots of different resources such as Wiki Voyage, Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, and many travel subreddits.

How do you plan your transportation?

Our favorite sites include Seat 61 (trains), Google Flights (flights), Google Maps (local transport), and Rome2Rio (everything!).

So you quit your jobs, are you crazy, what are you going to do when you get home?

We have no idea.