When I was initially going to do this trip solo I wasn’t really planning on having any tech. Maybe a small netbook to write a blog and keep in touch with people and a small camera to take photos to show my family and friends. I was going to use maps not GPS.
Things have changed somewhat…
Ed said he wanted us to film the trip, an idea I wasn’t immediately keen on. I was worried it would encroach on the trip and become a chore however after chatting to various people who had done it I came round to the idea and now actually embrace it. I see it as a chance for me to be creative on the road and it makes me look at things in a different way. I’ve always wanted to get in to photography but never had the time or patience, now I have lots of the former and a bit more of the latter I decided to invest in a good camera. After much deliberation and months of research I decided to go for the Canon 70D. I’d never had a decent camera before and was frightened to handle it or take it out of the box for over 2 months in case I damaged it, what an idiot! I’m now using it and learning what all the buttons and functions do, I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m enjoying the process and don’t regret buying it it’s a great camera and hopefully I’ll eventually get some equally great shots!
We will be using Ed’s phone for GPS and navigation but I still want to take some maps, there’s something I love about using a map so hopefully we can combine the two. I think they both have their place and uses. I still don’t own a smartphone and don’t really have any desire to, but Ed’s working on that!
We also have a quadcopter! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get in quite as much flying time as we would have liked so we’ll be learning on the road (best take a big stock of props!)