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I’ve progressed throughout the years since my first purchase of the Sony Alpha a6000; It is an entry level mirrorless digital camera that functioned beautifully when I initially dove into photography in 2015. In 2020, I took the plunge and upgraded to a Sony Alpha A7iii. You can learn more about my photography journey and check out my current set up here!

For day hikes, I typically have my 10 essentials which includes but not limited to: lots of snacks (and 1 proper meal that’s usually a sandwich), water bottle (like a Smart Water), water filter, sunscreen, headlamp, first aid kit, and multi tool. As for camping, it really depends if I’m front-country or backcountry camping; the latter typically refers to backpacking and you can read more about those gear here. For front-country camping where it’s an easy process of parking the car and set up camp nearby vehicle with easy access to bathrooms, I like packing various items to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. This means I’ll bring along: dual burner stoves; stove fuels; cooking, eating, and drinking utensils; delicious comfort food; tent; sleeping pad; lots of blankets; camp chairs; fire wood (if fires are permitted for the season), and board games.
Truth be told, I don’t travel all the time! But when I am traveling, most of my funds go toward flights, food, car rental, and sometimes accommodations. I tend to book affordable flights by constantly checking Google Flights and different flight deals. When I travel, I like to bring my Jetboil along so that when I arrive at my destinations, I can grocery shop for fuel, snacks, easy healthy meals that I can cook, dehydrated meals for emergencies, and sometimes splurge on a nice cup of coffee and souvenirs. As for accommodations, I rarely stay at hotels or in one specific area for long because I love the road-tripping aspect, so I tend to book campsites or find dispersed campsites. I do book hotel accommodations when it’s super cold or if I’m with friends!
When I go with friends, I sometimes ask them to take pictures for me. Otherwise, it’s been my handy dandy Peak Design Tripod that I carry along and use with a detached timer/clicker. If I’m also video recording on my phone, then I’ll use a camera tripod, so both the phone and camera are utilized at the same time.
Whether it’s a camping, backpacking, or day-hiking trip, I always strongly encourage first timers to start off small and challenge themselves with trails or areas that they’re familiar with. Otherwise, it’s ideal to invite friends who are more knowledgeable so that they can provide suggestions and assistance. If you’re planning for a backpacking trip, then you can read about how to properly prepare here. If you’re planning for a first-time camping experience, then read the other FAQ “What do you bring hiking and camping” to learn how to properly plan!
I’m relatively old school and I love looking at physical maps of certain regions that I’m interested in exploring. When I’m able to pinpoint an area of interest, I’ll use Google to find out the latest beta and see said areas’ photos to make a decision if it’s worth to visit. I also bookmark various posts on social media and research them on my own. Sometimes I’ll go on AllTrails and search on there!
I was once guilty of geotagging different locations on my posts, but I learned over time that geotagging is extremely damaging to those natural environments mainly because other visitors aren’t as respectful and considerate when it comes to Leaving No Trace <blog post here>. To minimize further damages, I don’t share locations on social medias. However, when people reach out to ask nicely via Direct Messages, I will almost always share the details that way.
It varies! I generate additional income through affiliate links, brand collaborations, and sponsorships. My personal goal is to create more passive income through supporting the community who has supported me over the years; this is an ongoing commitment.

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