Planning


Last updated: 12/12/16I absolutely adore my Sony a6000 camera. The mirrorless camera is light, portable, and takes some of the best images I’ve ever taken in my 8+ years as a travel photographer. However, simply buying the camera itself is just the starting point. As with all cameras, there is an incredible number of accessories you may want to consider purchasing to really step-up your photography game. After extensive use of...

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Last updated: 12/12/16Since founding Living the Dream we’ve been on two long-term trips and have had three staff members go off on year-plus journeys of their own around the world. Over that time you can say we’ve learned a thing or two about what is essential in preparing a long-term travel packing list. In the past we’ve all published our own personal packing lists across numerous pages and posts on this blog (you...

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Last updated: 09/29/16I can’t believe. Time just flew by, and now I am finally on my way to my first destination. After overcoming all of my major pre-trip headaches, the last few days before leaving just felt like the calm before the storm. I’ve been restless these last few days. Thoughts like: “Why am I going to the Middle East and Africa first? Shouldn’t I go to places like Europe or Australia like all first-time backpackers do to...

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Last updated: 09/13/16As my departure date draws near, I am in a rush to tie up all loose ends. Since the to-do list is quite long, it has caused a considerable amount of stress. In the final days before departing for my year-long trip around the world, these are the issues that have been holding me back that needed addressed. Car Problems The greatest stressor has been my car. Thankfully, luck was on my side as I had just managed to...

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Last updated: 12/13/16After getting my vaccinations, and purchasing all my travel gear, insurance as well as permits, I’ve decided to tally the cost of my trip and was surprised by the number I got. Here is the complete breakdown of my pre-trip expenses (all prices are, or have been converted to Canadian dollars): Major Gear Purchases Merrell Men’s Hiking Shoe – $130 Osprey Men’s Talon 44 Backpack – $200 Swiss Gear...

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Last updated: 08/29/16I have a confession to make. Despite being a travel blogger, I’ve never stayed at a hostel before. There, I said it! Despite all the research I’ve done, I know nothing can really prepare me for a journey this big other than to experience it firsthand. How can I find out if I’m really going to use all the stuff I bring? Maybe I’ll forget to bring something? Can I still work on blogging while I travel? With so many...

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