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Traveling for the first time. Need advice and tips!!!

 
ImOohTooNice
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Sep 03, 2013 13:26 |  #1

So shockingly for the first time, I will be traveling out to Los Cabo, Mexico to celebrate my birthday. I've never been out traveling before, so I wanted to gather as much travel advice and tips as possible.

First thing first. Traveling with equipment. Is there anything I need to do before boarding the plane? I think I've heard that countries charge you a tax when you fly with equipment? Not sure how true this is, is there away to prevent?

What lens? I am taking my 7D, but I really do not what to take the chance and take my 70-200L f/2.8 lens with me... So would I be ok with just taking my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 and Canon 80mm f/1.8?

Sights? If anyone here has been to Los Cabos, any recommendation for best sights to visit for best shots?

Non Photography things to do? Since I am going there (on my own) to celebrate my birthday, what are some fun things I can do?

THANKS!!!


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Sep 04, 2013 16:43 |  #2

I suggest carrying on your gear in some form of back pack. You should be able to get a LowePro or some other brand that fits your camera and lenses as well as the basic carry on stuff one would need, like laptop, ipad, medications etc... I would bring both zooms, leave the prime at home. As long as you dont check your gear, you should not be charged any fee, unless the airline automatically charges a carry on fee.


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Sep 04, 2013 16:59 |  #3

I would take your 7D and a single lens. Make sure you have insurance. I would also recommend using a bag like the Manfrotto Veloce V. Keeps people from getting into your bag since it opens on the side that is against your back. Adds a nice piece of mind :)


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Sep 04, 2013 18:18 |  #4

Don't forget a plug adapter for charging batteries




  
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Sep 05, 2013 05:25 |  #5

Get a decent carry strap/ harness its amazing how heavy that set up will become walking around, you will feel like your neck is broken. i agree with Ratjack one lense is good enough the 24-70 should do pretty much all you will need. or try get a 15-85 also a very good walk about lens.
when traveling less is more you will find its too much hassel to keep on changing and end up with one lens on and lugging all your kit around for nothing.
The only time you usually pay tax is when you retun home and you dont have proof you did not buy it while you were out the country so go to your customs at the airport when you leave and declare all you kit, them you will have proof you took it with you


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Sep 05, 2013 07:34 as a reply to  @ barrie's post |  #6

Personally, I have never been to Los Cabo, Mexico.

So my 1st research start with google Image:

https://www.google.com …ei=Z3coUuWSMIPj​swbCsoCIDw (external link)

Check out the nice photos and see where / what is about.

Also find out bit more with wikitravel:

http://wikitravel.org/​en/Cabo_San_Lucas (external link)

ALWAYS check 'Stay safe' in wikitravel.

Then go to Triadvisor.com and find out what 'Things to do' in the location.

http://www.tripadvisor​.com …abos_Baja_Calif​ornia.html (external link)

Then I go back to the google image and think what gear I need to get those fancy shots ;)

Then book the ticket :lol:

Have fun :cool:


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Sep 05, 2013 13:23 |  #7

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!


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Sep 07, 2013 01:14 |  #8

If you are traveling for the first time then you must keep extra batteries and charger with you. Also, keep lens cleaning equipments with you. This will help you to save your time and money while traveling.


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Oct 28, 2013 20:05 as a reply to  @ Petertaylor58's post |  #9

A)How old are you?
B)Will you be alone, with wife, parents, dog/cat, kids?
C)do you get paid for photos? if you dont publish, print posters, do weddings or models, leave the DSLR at home, and take a pocket P&S, and go out to have a good time.
D)snap away at the hot chicas and post to web with a link.




  
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