Photography can be a bit messy. It's not just cameras, but all that comes with them: lenses, batteries, memory cards, cables, tripod, computer, hard drives... These are some tips to keep your gear under control and always ready to go.Read More
The chances of finding a fast and reliable connection to back all your photos and videos up on the road are slim at best.
AirBnBs and hotels usually offer a very slow WiFi, enough to send a few messages and images to family and friends, but not good enough for almost anything else.
Coffee shops are a better bet, but they can get really expensive and good WiFis aren't as common as one might think.
I've found that public libraries are the best option by far. They are quiet, free, and offer good speeds (at least in big cities): 100mbps download and 50mbps upload as I write this from the one I'm at. A great place to work and upload all those photos and videos.
They are also full of, you know, books. So if you are taking a break, consider putting your phone away and grab a book instead.
It's been 558 days since we left our tiny studio apartment in Portland, the last time I had a permanent home.
Being constantly on the move has made me very aware of all my possessions. I always thought I had few things, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
After getting rid of what felt like most of my stuff, I still had enough to fill two big suitcases, a few backpacks and two camera bags (see picture above).
I've been trying to reduce my possessions ever since, one thing at a time. Not because I wanted to become a minimalist but because I had to: for most of the year, I move to a new place every week, and having to carry your things from place to place makes you instantly regret all of those you don't really need.
It's been a lot of trial and error, but during my most recent road trip I was finally able to fit all I need in one carry-on size bag and one small camera bag:
some clothes (not a lot of them!), shoes and very basic toiletries to stay clean and look decent,
a phone and a computer to work from anywhere and communicate with anyone, and
a camera to capture all of this
This new approach has changed the way I think in many ways.Read More
This is going to be my couch for the next few weeks, here in Portland, Oregon.
I've lost count of how many different couches I've had during the last year and a half. How many places where I've had my morning coffee. How many homes.
Tomorrow, I might not be here. Today, this is home.