GoPro – HERO5 Black 4K Ultra HD Camera Accessories Review

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GoPro HERO users need an extra hand when they’re on the go to capture the sights around them. Fortunately there are plenty of harnesses and mounts to help you get just the right action shot when both your hands are busy! From head straps to give you the ultimate hands-free experience to a harness just to give you a glimpse in your dog’s day, GoPro has an accessory for every shot you could think about taking!

GoPro Headstrap and Quickclip

Strap your GoPro to your head and get moving! The Headstrap and Quickclip accessories allow you to attach your camera to your head, hat or helmet to capture low-impact activities and shots such as zip lining, bicycling or any other extreme sport that whizzes by. The Quickclip also allows you the option of an eye in the back of your head, allowing you to capture shots that happen behind you.

GoPro Chesty Chest Harness

Similar to the Headstrap, the Chesty harness keeps your hands free but also allows them to be the stars of whatever show you’re filming. Keep your Chesty handy for shots such as skiing, paddle sports or bicycling where you want to immerse your viewer in the action! The Chesty is fully adjustable to fit most adults comfortably, while children and smaller adolescents may require the Junior Chesty for a proper fit.

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GoPro The Handler (Floating Hand Grip)

Water sports and sparkling beach destinations are must for photos. Featuring an adjustable wrist strap, The Handler ensures your camera is always close at hand. The buoyant hand grip is perfect for catching stable selfies or photos, making it easy to point and shoot. You’ll be sure to capture the best photos of the sand and surf with The Handler!

 

 

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GoPro Fetch (Dog Harness)

If you travel with man’s best friend, why not give him a chance to take some photos as well? With the Fetch harness you can do just that! This harness allows you to mount your GoPro either upright on Fido’s back or underneath in front of your dog’s chest. Fetch is adjustable for all dog sizes. The harness is made of washable material, soft and padded for Fido’s comfort.

GoPro Gooseneck

The Gooseneck is a bendable neck with a quick-release mount for portable and flexible shots captured anywhere. Simply mount and go. The Gooseneck can be combined with other Goosenecks for increased flexibility and lengthy. This mount is great for capturing shots around corners and in hard-to-reach spots. While the Gooseneck may not seem like much at first, it packs a world of versatility into a small mount that proves it can do anything you can imagine with your GoPro.

You can read our review on the GoPro Hero5 here.

 

GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Ultra HD Camera Review

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GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Ultra HD Camera Review

We have reviewed this GoPro as it is the camera that we still currently use, even though there are updated versions, we still find this is sufficient for our travel needs and is mostly used by Master G for snorkelling. The GoPro Hero5 is portable, lightweight and easy for kid to use.

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The HERO5 Black lets you capture your travel and live experiences giving you the freedom to keep your hands free to create memories that are sure to last a lifetime. This camera is a small compact DSLR that packs as wealth of functions into a tiny package perfect the adventurous photographer.

  • The HERO5 is usable with a multitude of harnesses, tripods and other mounting accessories allowing you to keep your hands free to focus on other activities than angling for the best shot.
  • Speaking of a true hero, the HERO5 is at the ready to catch your shots right when you need them with voice activation. Control your camera with the ultimate hands-free experience with just the sound of your voice.
  • Edit settings, check your photos and trim videos on the go with the HERO5’s 2-inch display touchscreen. The HERO5’s settings and options menus are easy to understand and use in any environment for any skill level. Think of the HERO5 as a smart camera.
  • GoPro is famous for creating cameras that are durable in any element. The HERO5 is no exception. Built for all environments, from the snowiest peaks to the most tropical beaches, the HERO5 can withstand depths of up to 33 feet (10 meters) without protective housing. It’s the perfect camera to take along for a fast-paced snowboarding shred or for a more relaxed snorkelling exploration.
  • One advantage of sticking with the HERO5 is the level of stabilisation it brings to videos, whether you’re holding it in your hand or using any of the available mounts. Smooth videos that flow frame to frame are one of the HERO5’s best features no matter how bumpy the ride may actually be.
  • Pairing your HERO5 with a GoPro Plus subscription will ensure that your photos and videos get uploaded to the cloud from wherever you may be. Footage automatically uploads to the cloud for backup storage and easier editing, sharing and viewing from anywhere in the world.

You can read about a vast array of attachments that can be used with the GoPro Hero5 here.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review

This is a brief overview of the lightweight camera that I use personally when we travel. I do not like big, heavy devices as my camera needs to fit in my handbag/bag so I can take it everywhere. We are spontaneous on our day trips and never know where we may end up, so I have chosen this lightweight mirrorless camera for these reasons and the quality is good for us. I also use my iPhone camera and we have a GoPro Hero5 for beach and snorkelling adventures which is super easy for Master G to use.

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a camera for the more laid-back and artistic traveller. This mirrorless digital camera is easy to use and features a Wifi connection to make sharing and viewing on the go easier. The compact design makes this camera a great addition to any travel bag of someone wandering the streets of any great city hoping to capture the spirit of the city as they enjoy their walk.

  • Easy to use capability combined with high speed performance ensure that you capture the shot you’re aiming for before it’s over. There’s nothing worse than missing the shot because the camera couldn’t keep up, or worse, human error got in the way. An AF Touch Shutter is built into the rear touchscreen monitor so all you have to do is tap your subject that the moment you want to take a photo and you can ensure the shot is yours.
  • The Mark II includes a viewfinder that will give you a quick glimpse of the finished photo. Working with the touchscreen settings you can capture the shot as you see it without any sort of distortion or lighting issues (such as trying to photograph a dark scene).
  • Built into the Mark II’s software are creative filters and editors that allow you to add variety and edit shots right from your camera. You can create photo stories with multiple photos or merge two photos together to create stunning star trail photos over a city skyline. No matter what you imagine the Mark II gives you the ability to create it on the go.
  • The built-in Wifi allows you to connect your Mark II camera with your phone. This comes in handy if you want to use your phone as a controller to capture longer-exposure shots. The Wifi also allows you to upload photos to social media or cloud storage so that you may edit them in another medium.
  • One of the Mark II’s most prominent features is its interchangeable lens feature. By simply changing the lens you can dramatically change a shot. Making lenses easy to change and easy to transport gives you the ability to do this quickly in the field.

Visiting Singapore Zoo

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Visiting Singapore Zoo

Singapore is a fantastic city and offers lots of stuff for everyone. Singapore zoo is among the best and most beautiful zoos in the whole world loved by adults and children. If you are visiting Singapore with children as tourists, a day in the Singapore zoo is absolutely a must do. The zoo is located in a rainforest natural environment with the animals dwelling on the open space where you get to watch them freely. The zoo has lots of shows that are directed towards educating on the benefits of wildlife and nature. Singapore zoo offers whole ecological adventure, rides, shows, feeding sessions and endless fun.

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You are probably wondering how to get to Singapore zoo. The zoo is situated at an approximately thirty minutes’ drive from the town CBD. You can either get a taxi or connect with a passenger bus to the Singapore zoo. Singapore zoo also has Mandai express shuttle bus that operates from various MRT stations. More so, you can purchase Singapore zoo tickets at either Suntec city or Singapore flyer safari gate. A bus will drive you directly to the zoo from there. Singapore zoo is always open every day of the year. The opening hours are from eight thirty a.m. to six p.m. with the last entry being at five thirty p.m.

 

Singapore zoo has lots of animals for you and the children to see serving as a home to over two thousand eight hundred animals. The animal parks provide a live classroom where learning comes to life.

Inspirove - Singapore ZooThe zoo has more than three hundred and fifteen animal species with sixteen percent of these being in the category of threatened species. Singapore zoo has six zones with each zone replicating a unique habitat for mammals, reptiles, and birds from across the world. Some of these zones include Australasia exhibit, reptile gardens, primate kingdom, and tortoise shelter. You will have a fantastic experience as you familiarise yourself with elusive and rare animals across the entire world. The children will have an opportunity to feed animals, take breakfast with orangutans and play with the animals. All in all, a tour to the zoo will give all the visitors a wide smile regardless of their age groups.

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Australia Zoo

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One of the best tourist attractions if you are visiting Queensland, Australia is an Australian Zoo visit.

Australia Zoo is probably best known for The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin who had a passion for all wildlife and his famous saying, “Crikey.” This Zoo of Australia is a legacy of the late Steve Irwin who passed away far too early, and the Zoo is now looked after by his family, wife Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin’s Daughter Bindi Irwin and Son Robert Irwin. 

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As far as Zoos in Australia go, this is one of our favourite family outings. The zoo covers an impressive 1000 acres and his home to over 1000 animals including the endangered animals species, the Tasmanian Devil. The Brisbane to Australia Zoo drive takes approximately 1 hour and is conveniently located near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

The reason that I think that Australia Zoo is as popular as it is, is not only does it have your typical zoo animals, for example – giraffe, rhino, red panda, cheetah, tiger, reptiles like the snake and lizards, it is also home to a vast array of Australian animals.

Inspirove - Australia Zoo, Kangaroo & baby kangaroo The koala and the kangaroo which is what most guests are wanting to see and are able to get cute animal pictures with these iconic Australian animals. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hand feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. You are also able to arrange another animal meeting while you are visiting the zoo, be sure to check the website for a list of animals and booking details.

Australia Zoo usually has school holiday activities for children as well, with Zoo games for the kids to stay entertained and receive a prize, if they can figure out all the clues to the zoo games.

A zoo visit for most families travelling with children is a fantastic way to not only have fun, you also learn animal facts and in Australia this is a great way to learn about our dangerous animals. Out of the 25 most deadly snakes in the world, Australia holds the record with around 20 of these. These are definitely some animal facts you would like your family to be aware of whilst visiting or living in Australia.

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The highlight of the Australia Zoo visit would have to be the midday Croc show at the Crocoseum.  The show is lively and entertaining and you get to see the zoo crew give an informative talk and do a feeding with a crocodile. Master G loves this show and we have seen it many times. If you are visiting on school holidays or Australia Day, be sure to check the days that the Irwin Family will be there as they also make an appearance.

If you are looking for other tourist attractions for things to do with your family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Check out our Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium article here.

 

 

Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium

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Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium

 

If you are thinking of visiting one of the Sunshine Coast attractions, Underwater World or as it is known now, Sea Life Mooloolaba, is a fabulous sea life adventure for the entire family. This Sunshine Coast Aquarium is situated in Mooloolaba, approximately 100km or 1 hour 15 minutes drive north of Brisbane.

There are so many sea creatures and aquatic animals to see in this sea life aquarium. Upon getting your sea life tickets you are able to go directly into the touch tank area.

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This is where you get to touch starfish, sea cucumbers and see an array of baby stingrays and learn important facts about these graceful sea animals. Following on from the touch tank is a display of tanks that contain many species of fish, jellyfish, seahorse and different types of coral. If you have ever seen Finding Nemo, this is definitely for you as they have clown fish, angel fish and an octopus that will remind you of Hank. The intelligence of the octopus will surprise you when you see the children’s toys that they play with. 

One of our favourites though is the Seals Show, which is both educational and funny. This is where you get to learn the difference between an Australian Sea Lion and other different species of seals. Make sure you book a seal kiss and photo at the end of the show. This will definitely be one fishy kiss you will never forget.

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The oceanarium or underwater aquarium is the most impressive attraction at Underwater World Mooloolaba. You can choose to walk around or stand on a conveyor belt for your convenience and experience this massive shark tank. Let’s face it, what child doesn’t want to see a shark up close and personal. If this is not enough for your family, you can also book a behind the scenes tour. We did this on our last visit and got to learn about turtles. The Mooloolaba aquarium has a turtle tank and we found out some incredible tips. ‘What do turtles eat and how they rehabilitate the sea turtles when they are injured.’

We think that Sea Life Aquarium is a great family outing as it is interesting and educational at the same time. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did.

If you are looking for other tourist attractions for things to do with your family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Check out our article on Australia Zoo here

 

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10 REASONS FAMILY TRAVEL IS VITAL FOR CHILDREN

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10 Reasons Family Travel is Vital for Children

Family holidays are a staple of childhood memories, yet when it comes to planning a holiday with our own kids it seems like it would be easier to travel without them. Don’t let the task of travelling with kids in tow turn you away from an otherwise wonderful family experience!

When adults think of “holiday” or “vacation” we tend to focus on the relaxing aspects, forgetting that our children get just as much out of travel as we do. It is possible to get the rest and relaxation you crave while showing your children a different part of the world. You can rest assured that this time-honoured travel recipe will create a richer travel experience for everyone involved. You’ll enjoy introducing your children to new cultures and people, exploring historic sites and taking in the world around you together. Children will hold onto these memories and lessons for many years to come.

Travelling with your children is an opportunity to help them build a open mind with a global consciousness. They’ll meet people from faraway lands, learn new languages, encounter different ways of living and gain new perspectives. To think that this all happens outside the classroom! As a family, deeper bonds will be formed, cementing family values. While there are many different reasons to travel with your children, the following focuses on the younger ages and how travelling helps with developing young minds and builds important skills. Children learn more when it seems less like work and more like play.

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  1. Share in the Experience- Children love to share important moments with their parents, and you’ll be right there with them as they learn a new fact, complete a new task or discover something new on their travels. Sharing in these experiences with your children is a gift they’ll hold onto well into adulthood. Don’t be worried about taking too many photos to hold onto the moment!
  2. Show Your Children How Important they Are- Bringing your kids along for travel shows them that you value their presence and want them around. Leaving them at home could make them feel ignored and as if they’re missing out on all the experiences. Travelling with your kids helps build bonds between you and them, which lays the foundation for a happy and strong family that values one another.
  3. Learn New History Together- Just as you and your kids will share in experiences, you both might learn new history together as you travel. Learning facts together will give you something to discuss well after the holiday has ended, and inspire inquisitive minds to keep exploring the past once you’ve landed back home. You never know when your holiday together may inspire a school project.
  4. Teach New Perspectives- Learning history and culture at its source teaches children to think critically about a historical event or how people live by teaching them to ask different questions. Learning history from a textbook won’t inspire the same questions. Travelling with your children is a way to give them a first-hand look at different ways of living and life that breathes life into concepts that may have once been vague to them.
  5. Tour New Cultures and Cuisines Together- Travelling to another country may be a bit of a culture shock to young travellers. However, with mum and dad around it may be easier to navigate and meet new people while learning about a rich new heritage. You’ll also be there when your kids try new foods for the first time and really learn about a new world.
  6. Learn the Value of Interacting with Diverse People- Children often have an endless list of questions for new people, so travelling to a new country gives them a chance to ask and learn about diverse people. Understanding how other people live allows children to be grateful and appreciative of what they have back home while learning about another way of live simultaneously.
  7. Holiday Planning Holds Valuable Lessons as Well- The trip itself doesn’t have to hold all the fun for children! Involving them in the planning stages can teach kids lessons in what goes into vacation planning, such as hard work, responsibility, budgeting and organizational skills while packing. Older children and teenagers may take on more responsibilities when it comes to travel planning, while younger travellers may still take small parts.
  8. Travelling Teaches Patience- While the destination is usually the biggest draw of a holiday, the travelling itself can still hold lessons for children. We often worry that our kids will get fussy while en route, however this is a great opportunity to teach about patience. You can do this with plenty of activities such as road puzzles, games, books or admiring the passing sights.
  9. Build Memories Children will Appreciate- Don’t underestimate the power of a family holiday! Children will look back on these memories even as adults and be thankful that you took them on family trips. They might not remember every detail, but they’ll remember the biggest lessons for years to come. Having experienced diversity through travel, children will grow up with compassion towards peers and fellow people. These are lessons only first-hand experience can teach.
  10. Inspire Children to One Day Create Their Own Vacation Experiences- One of the best things you can look forward to is the day your children will announce they’re travelling with their children… inspired by a trip you took them on as a kid! Family travel is a recent tradition that brings all family members closer together while bringing everyone more in touch with the world around them.

Let your children help you plan your next family vacation! They’ll be sure to help you add a little extra fun while you keep the focus on the hidden lessons they won’t know they’re picking up on until later in life. Remember, young travellers enjoy seeing the world just as much as you do, too!

Make sure you check out or article on 10 Ways You Can Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown. This is a great way to get your children involved in the planning process of a family vacation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TRAVEL WITH PEACE OF MIND

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Travel Insurance 101: Everything You Need to Know to Travel with Peace of Mind

Travelling and seeing the world is an experience like no other, but even the most well-planned itinerary has space for unexpected expenses and emergency situations. Fortunately, travel insurance is available to protect you in the event should anything happen to throw a wrench in your travel plans. Planning a holiday can be quite costly once all the expenses are added together. Travel insurance can help you recover those costs should anything jeopardise your plans.

Like buying any other kind of insurance, navigating buying the right travel insurance policy for your own travels can be just as confusing. There are different types of travel insurance that cover different aspects of travelling, as well as the several benefits it offers. This handy guide will explore several of these types of travel insurance, as well as explain how you can benefit from them. Your holiday is one of the biggest things you look forward to, so why not keep it safe with a little something extra to make sure you can reap the benefits of travel no matter what?

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What Exactly is Travel Insurance?

At its simplest, travel insurance is an insurance policy that covers anything that could go wrong during travel abroad or within your own country. It includes trip cancellations, medical expenses, lost luggage, flight accidents and other losses that may occur during your journey. Just like car or home insurance policies, you can also buy travel insurance that lasts for one trip only or a whole year depending on how often you travel. Policies are also available that cover a single traveller or that extend to include all members of the family.

What are the Different Types of Travel Insurance?

There are several types of travel insurance that you can buy, and each offers a different kind of protection that you may need on your trip. The following list is just the tip of the iceberg but are usually the most common types of travel insurance used.

  • Trip cancellation- Covers the event that your trip is cancelled due to illness, death, work, natural disaster or other circumstance
  • Interrupted trips- Covers the remainder of your trip should similar circumstances force you to end your trip early
  • Coverage of medical expenses- Covers emergency medical care during travel outside your home should your medical insurance policy not cover medical services abroad
  • Lost or delayed bags and delayed flights- Covers lost or stolen luggage and pays for hotel rooms, replacement clothing and personal items during flight delays
  • 24/7 Travel assistance phone services- A number to call in emergencies that helps you during any of the above emergencies
  • Emergency evacuations- Covers the costs of a medical evacuation such as airlifting, ambulance and transporting you to the hospital of your choice

So what Exactly does it Cover?

In some cases you can think of travel insurance as an extension of your medical insurance policies. If you’re travelling abroad or to an area where you have a higher chance of getting sick it will help cover additional medical expenses that may add up if you need to see a doctor. Trip cancellation helps you recover the costs of your trip should natural disasters, illness or other incidents before departure cause you to cancel. For lost or delayed bags it provides coverage to purchase personal items such as clothing and toiletries.

What are the Benefits of Travel Insurance?

The benefits of travel insurance far outweigh the costs, especially when you consider the amount of protection it offers you in the long run. One of the main benefits of travel insurance is reimbursement for your travel costs whether you make your trip or not. You’ve probably spent a lot of money well ahead of your departure date, and insurance helps you recover it. Secondly, you’re protected against incurring any unexpected costs should you be hurt or your luggage disappear. No matter what happens with travel insurance you’re covered from all angles.

How do you Buy Travel Insurance?

If you’re interested in buying travel insurance before a major trip or to cover a series of trips, it’s recommended to buy it as soon as possible. You can wait until the day before, but it’s best to be safe. Do some research and familiarize yourself with the various policies and coverage plans available. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself or an agent tough questions. Online shopping makes it easier to compare prices, however you can always shop through a travel agency if you prefer a face-to-face conversation rather than a computer screen.

What about Travelling with Electronics, Jewellery or Sports Gear?

Depending on your travels you may have some expensive equipment in tow. Not everything is going to be able to be with you during the trip, increasing the likelihood that it could go missing. This is a trip that you might want to consider covering with travel insurance in case your prized snowboard doesn’t make it back home when you do.

Part of travelling involves opening yourself up to the world at large. That doesn’t have to include doing it without some degree of protection. Travel insurance is the best way to make sure you don’t spend more money on your holiday than is necessary. It is already a major investment. Don’t let it turn into your next source of debt. By equipping yourself with the right amount of travel insurance coverage before you depart you can ensure that your trip will be a relaxing time without the worry about anything going wrong. However, should you encounter a delayed flight, lost baggage or an unexpected medical need, rest well knowing you’re prepared to face any situation with travel insurance on your side!