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Review: Survivors Multi Tool

Review: Survival Creek Multi-Tool

 

When traveling there are always tools that can help save you or just make your life a little easier. Jeff and I always try to pack light, so finding a tool that is compact and anything multipurpose is always a plus. We recently tried out the Survival Creek Multi-Tool and thought we’d share what it was like.

Review: Survivors Multi ToolThe Survival Creek Multi-Tool has a needle nose pliers, a file, a large and small flathead screwdriver, an awl, a Phillips head screwdriver, a knife, a saw and even a can and bottle opener.

It was great for us when we needed to do anything from adjusting camping supplies to cutting off the pesky luggage tags you get after a flight, a personal pet peeve of mine.

The size of the tool is great and is small enough to carry with you. It is not too heavy weighing in at only 8.8oz, which is always important when traveling light, and is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. It even has a perfect little case that can clip onto a belt or a backpack to keep it right where you need it.

Review: Survivors Multi ToolThe needle nose pliers work great for me if any of my jewelry breaks, especially while traveling. It is easy to fix and since I don’t travel with much jewelry, it is perfect to be able to fix what you have! Jeff really enjoyed it to be able to fix our camera gear if anything broke. On the beach in California, my tripod came loose and I was able to pull out the Survival Creek Multi-Tool and tighten it right up!

 

 

The Survival Creek Multi-Tool has the following features:

 

–       Aluminum Anodized Handle

–       Tools are in black oxide

–       Nylon pouch with belt loop included

–       Push button locking/release mechanism

–       Weight: 8.8oz

–       Length (closed) 10.6cm

 

I am happy that I added the Survival Creek Multi-Tool to my backpack of travel essentials. It is the perfect fit and is really handy to have when you need it. Now, I can’t imagine traveling without it!

 

 

Bio Photo Marina 150x150 Is Flying Safe? A Look Into Safety and the Recent Plane CrashesMarina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Review: Mosquitno Band

Review: Mosquitno Band

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Marina and I have tried everything when it comes to mosquito repellant while traveling. From sprays, candles, long sleeves and coils, we’ve tried it all. While some of these work to a certain degree there is nothing worse than getting ready to go out for the night, clean and ready to go and having to then spray sticky and smelly mosquito spray all over you skin and clean clothes. Alternatively, candles and coils smell pretty strong and don’t really work too well most times.

We were very excited to try out the Mosquitno Band, which claims to revolutionize the mosquito repellant game. Small, stylish bracelets and stickers are the newest way to fight away pesky mosquitos and they actually work quite well. The 100% natural, citronella infused stickers and bands make it as easy as possible to fight off insects while not even noticing you are wearing it.

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Review: Mosquitno Band

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So bring on the concerts, picnics, camping trips and evening BBQ’s – and enjoy an evening with a mosquito bite. The bands last for an amazing 150 hours and the stickers up to 72 hours.

There is no denying how quickly a mosquito bite can ruin your night, but what is even worse is dealing with something like malaria or dengue fever. On my birthday last year I got Dengue fever in Thailand and while I always tried to wear long sleeves and keep myself covered in bug spray, having a Mosquitno band wouldn’t have hurt and could have saved me a lot of unneeded agony.

So while we will always face mosquitos and their annoying bites, at least we are now one step closer to avoiding the annoyance of bug bites while enjoying the great outdoors. So pack up the car, make a picnic, set up your tent and enjoy a bug free adventure all by just throwing on a bracelet or slapping a sticker on your shirt – doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Review: Mosquitno Band

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Additional photos provided from Flickr via Ramón Portellano

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Mosquitno Band for free from Mosquitno as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshot 150x150 Ribz Front Pack ReviewJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email athello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Book Review: The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

Book Review: The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

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For anyone who reads this blog, you are probably aware that I really found my love for travel by volunteering internationally while I was still a teenager. I simply never understood the value or impact that volunteering had until I dropped out of college and boarded a plane to volunteer in Thailand when I was 19, after the tsunami struck South East Asia in 2004.

Easily one of the great experiences of my life, planning a volunteer trip can be tough, but thanks to Kirsty and The Underground Guide to International Volunteering, the whole process just got a lot easier.

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Book Review: The Underground Guide to International Volunteering
Kirsty while volunteering in the wilds of Nicaragua.

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Volunteering not only gave me a completely fresh and unique view of the world, introduced me to cultures wildly different from my own and sights I had never seen, but it allowed me to meet amazing people from all over the world, especially other like minded volunteers. I’ve volunteered with a group called All Hands, for many years and worked on projects with them in Thailand, Bangladesh, Mississippi and the Philippines. Lucky for me, I met Kirsty along the way and we ended up working together in a couple different spots around the world together over the years.

After randomly connecting again via random mutual friends in Rwanda, Kirsty told me she had been working for years to compile a comprehensive book titled, The Underground Guide to International Volunteering, which is an amazing resource for anyone looking to volunteer anywhere in the world and something that would have been wildly valuable to me when I first started looking for ways to help way back in 2004.

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Book Review: The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

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One of the biggest problems I had when I started looking to volunteer was trying to find a reputable organization which felt genuine. So many sites I cam across felt like a scam or charged insane amounts of money to people simply looking to lend a hand. While there are some very good organizations that charge to volunteer, I will always lean towards the free ones. Whatever your preference is, The Underground Guide to International Volunteering has the answers you are looking for.

Kirsty has interviewed volunteers from all over the world and covered every topic you could ever imagine asking before committing to a volunteer trip abroad. She covers destinations all across the world, different types of organizations offering a wide variety of volunteering opportunities as well as the real questions everyone wants answer to like “will I get sick?“, “is it safe to travel alone?” and everything between.

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Book Review: The Underground Guide to International Volunteering
A young boy on his father’s cart in Reyenda, Bangladesh where both Kirsty and I volunteered together in 2008.

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I would have given anything to have this guide when I was lost sifting through an endless mess of websites in a dingy internet cafe in Dublin so many years ago and am thrilled to have such an experienced friend as Kirsty compile all the essential information together to help people get out, see the world and lend a helping hand.

Volunteering abroad will give you experiences you never dreamed of, meet people you will never forget and bless you with a perspective few people are lucky enough to have. Take the chance, make the leap and dive headfirst into one of the best experiences of your life, you now have the complete guide at your fingertips, don’t waste it.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Airline Review: Finnair

Airline Review: Finnair

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For anyone who knows us or who has read the blog recently, you’ll know how in love we are with Finland and why we think it truly is Europe’s best kept secret – so who said coming and going can’t be just as fun?

Rarely we do have very positive experiences with an airline, and I mean rarely. Thats not to say that every flight we take is a nightmare, but the vast majority of flights do their job in moving us from point A to point B in one piece, or worse case, there is a delay, luggage issue or some other unforeseen problem. Flying from Helsinki to Prague earlier this year we headed to the Helsinki Airport early one morning anticipating an average flight experience, however from the second we entered the airport we knew something about Finnair was different.

FYI: Finnair operates daily shuttles from right outside the Helsinki Central Railway Station that will drop you off right at your terminal. For only a few euros it was a perfect option for us and easier than we imagined.

To start off everyone was exceedingly friendly, and not in a forced way and not overly polite, just downright friendly, and this lasted from the moment we checked in, to the counter staff, Finnair lounge staff, flight crew and stewards, everyone was nothing but helpful, bright and a joy to be around – quite unseen in aviation today.

We ended up arriving to the airport early enough to justify visiting the Finnair lounge for a couple hours before our flight, which ended up being an excellent choice. Complete with free, fast wifi, a complete and impressive breakfast spread, chairs, couches and tables of every size, and most importantly peace and quiet. The lounge is topped off with its own flight schedule with up to the minute flight details, which kept our stress level down and allowed us to relax in the lounge until right before we walked onto the plane.

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“…they have truly found a loyal customer for life and we will always look for Finnair as our first option, we just hope it means we are flying back to Finland.”

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Walking down the walkway to enter the plane we were honestly not expecting much, as we were simply on a short haul flight from Helsinki to Prague. We were lucky enough to have been kindly moved from economy seating to business class, which was totally unnecessary, but again, the kindness of the staff was everywhere. We were close to the first ones on the plane and thrilled with the seemingly extra leg room and comfortable chairs. The business class wasn’t over the top like on some airlines, after all it was a small plane, but to say we were uncomfortable would be a complete lie, it was actually the most comfortable and roomy I had ever been on a flight.

Our flight was on time leaving, arrived early and it was without a doubt the smoothest flight experience we have ever had. No luggage issues, we carried on our bags no issue, no delays, hiccups or anything else to speak of.

Ironically, a few weeks later we needed to fly again and after such a wonderful experience on Finnair the first time we chose it again. This time we did not sit in first class and were shocked to find the economy seats JUST as spacious and comfortable as those in first. I have never been on a flight on any airline (and we’ve flown on 27 already in 2014!) that had as comfortable an economy seating as Finnair did, they have truly found a loyal customer for life and we will always look for Finnair as our first option, and we can only hope we are flying back to Finland – the kindness and hospitality are truly endless.

But don’t take our work for it! Check out this awesome video that Finnair shot recently when they launched their new route from Helsinki to China, I think it helps to illustrate how exactly they go the extra mile in their service and their smiles. With all the stress of travel, when you board an airplane it really is all the little things that make the difference in your flying experience, and step after step Finnair seemed to be right there, with an easy, friendly or fun way to make our journey a little brighter.

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Photo provided via Flickr by takoyaki 77

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Airline Review: Wizzair

Airline Review: Wizz Air

Budapest had been on our list of cities in Europe to visit, but it wasn’t until this year that we found ourselves close enough to pay the city a visit. And while we have flown on some of the most popular budget airlines in Europe this year, we also hadn’t heard of Hungarian’s most popular budget airline, Wizz Air, until this year either. Easily the cheapest option to and from Budapest from countless cities, we chose to book our outbound travel from Budapest to Istanbul with Wizz Air.

We found a super cheap one way flight, however we made the mistake of waiting to purchase the seats and although they went up in price a bit they were still the cheapest option. As with any budget airline, the single most important thing to a problem free journey is making sure you sign up for every available add on you will need on your flight. We always travel light so we opted to check one small suitcase each as well as each paying a little extra for a large in-cabin backpack.

Unfortunately, we make the mistake of thinking Marina’s purse wouldn’t count as a cabin bag, and even though one small cabin bag is free, if you bring two, you’ll pay for both. Important note to remember, ALWAYS make sure to include your add ons when you purchase your ticket instead of showing up to the airport with an extra bag. Marina’s purse was going to cost an additional 70 euros, more than the flight itself, so we had to make room in our checked bag for it before completing the check in process. Note that the 70 euro price is a penalty price for adding a bag last minute, and not the normal rate if booked ahead of time.

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“We were happily surprised to find that Wizzair allows the most weight for checked bags of any budget airline…”

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TIP: If you are flying into Turkey as we were, remember to apply for and pay for your Turkish visa online before arrival. Starting April 1, you must buy your visa online prior to arrival. $20 US per person.

Speaking of checked bags, we have to admit that while the 70 euro additional fee price tag shocked us, we were happily surprised to find that Wizz Air allows the most weight for checked bags of any budget airline. Where RyanAir and easyJet only allow 15 and 20kg per checked bag, Wizz Air allows a massive feeling 32kg, which was more than enough for us, even after adding Marina’s purse.

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Airline Review: Wizzair

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Now, while we are not big fans of all the extra comfort charges budget airlines charge, the extra 4 euros for priority boarding is probably the one we would chose the most. Seeing as all flights have open seating, being the first one on and off is a huge plus and while worth the small fee. In addition, Wizz Air now offers their “Wizz Privilege Pass”, a concept which we have been wanting to see in the airline industry for a long time. The Wizz Pass offers frequent flyers a membership which allows one free cabin bag and priority boarding for only 99 euros a year, which can pay off very quickly, and while Wizz Air is based in Hungary, they offer a large variety of flights to many popular European destinations.

To our surprise Wizz Air boasts one of the best on time records in Europe and routinely scores higher than not only other budget airlines, but the big boys as well. Our flight as on time, the seats comfortable, the planes bright purple and impossible to miss and the in flight crew was helpful and accommodating.

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Airline Review: Wizzair

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Airline Review: Agni Air

Airline Review: Agni Air (Nepal)

We have been lucky to get to Nepal in our travels, but never had quite as exciting a flight as Brian and Noelle did flying domestically through the country. While we just had a boring flight from Delhi, theirs sounds much more fun. Take it away Brian!

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“A number of domestic airlines fly the route between Kathmandu and Lukla in Nepal. The short thirty-five minute flight brings hikers to the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Trail. Choosing to fly with Agni Air, due to their slightly better safety record than some of the other airlines we booked our one-way ticket for $130, opting to walk the six days back to Jiri on the way out. Agni was a delight to fly with.

We were surprised at the level of service and professionalism for such a small airline and such a short flight. Short delays in the morning were announced to all passengers in due time and ground-staff were patient and helpful answering questions. Once it was safe to depart, we boarded the twelve-seater, propeller powered plane, unfolded our seats (!) and buckled up. To our surprise an air hostess came down the aisle serving mints and handing out cotton balls to passengers, it was laughable given the size of the aircraft. Views from the flights were incredible, especially once we broke through the clouds and could see the peaks of the Himalayas towering up around us.

Looking forward through the cockpit the pilots, in their old-school leather bomber jackets, kept passengers updated on our progress towards Lukla and pointed out the peaks in the distance. Landing in Lukla is no easy task, the skilled pilots touched down smoothly on the tiny runway which clings to the mountainside and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. From our experience, we would certainly recommend Agni Air to anyone flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. It’s an exhilarating flight to say the least and our most memorable to date.”

– Brian Barry, WanderingOn

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Overall Rating: 5 – We were kept up to date of delays (which are to be expected on this route) and we landed safely on a somewhat notorious runway for accidents. So hats off to Agni Air!
Comfort: 5 – Considering it was an 11 seater propeller plane with fold out seats, it was about as comfortable as we could have hoped.
Food: N/A We just got mints and they were top-notch!
Staff: 5 – We couldn’t believe there was even an air hostess on board and the pilots told us the best time to look out the windows for views of the Himalayas, couldn’t ask for much more.

 

Airline Review: Lufthansa

Airline Review: Lufthansa

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We have been lucky enough to fly with Lufthansa only a couple of times and absolutely loved our flight. Everything was just about as great as you could ask for. To make sure it wasn’t just us, we asked others for their opinion and review of Lufthansa as well. Looks like our experience wasn’t anything out of the ordinary!

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Route Flown: US to Europe

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“I have flown with Lufthansa airlines many times from the US to various European destinations. I really appreciate how prompt, courteous and efficient the service is. Everyone is well attended and the service is always impeccable and personal even on their large international flights. I also love the size of the couch seats, the wonderful games and video consol and large choices and the spacious cabin rooms for walking around in. This is an airline that I really enjoy traveling in when I fly to Europe.”

– Noel Morata, Travel Photo Discovery

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Ribz From Pack Review

Ribz Front Pack Review

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The main trouble with a backpack is that is it always just that, on your back! While it is one thing to be able and throw everything into your backpack and head off but anytime you have to grab something large or small from your bag, you’ve got to stop, take off the back, unzip, get your gear and throw it back on your back. As photographers, this simple action is one of the most annoying things about our bulky backpacks. We are always stopping to grab something or put something back and while we are traveling in a hurry it is extremely irritating. The Ribz Front Pack changes all of this.

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Ribz From Pack Review

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We also worry a lot about the security of all the gear we carry on our backs, out of the site of our eyes and especially in large crowds and for off countries, it is easy to get paranoid and be concerned that your zipper might be open, someone might be reaching in and your gear might go missing the next time you take your bag off. We’ve often tried to even walk with our backpacks on our fronts when we are traveling by foot, on the train or walking through large crowds, but the bulk, weight and size all make this somewhat difficult and simply not the best option.

Ribz From Pack ReviewThe Ribz front pack, while of course not as large as a traditional backpack gives us a brilliant option to our bulky camera bags. Often we head on for a day long shoot while traveling and take our entire bag with us, even though we do not need most of the gear for the day but simply because we have no other option. The Ribz front pack easily fits in a small case and takes up little room in any bag. It is big enough to fit a couple extra lenses, a flash, memory cards, wallet and keys, all the essentials you need when out and about and without having to throw it all in a bigger backpack, and it leaves it all as easily accessible right in front of our hands. Changing a lens is easy as ever and can be done without barely stopping. No more worrying about leaving the back open on your back or someone reaching in. And since it has enough room to hold your keys, wallet and cell phone too, no need to worry about people in your pockets either.

While it might not be the best backpack for the climb up Mount Everest, it is a wonderful alternative to the traditional backpack. And what makes it even better is that it can easily be worn in addition to any larger backpack and simply place the essentials right at your fingertips and easy for anyone to grab.

So would we recommend one to you? You can’t go wrong with the Ribz front pack and it is a wonderful addition or alternative to any bag and can even act a replacement for many people. Want to throw in a water bottle and a snack while you go for a run – its perfect for that too.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Ribz Front Pack for free as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Travel Book Review

Travel Book Review “The Red Rucksack”

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One of the hardest aspects of traveling the world is trying to convey your experiences to your friends and family when you return home. “Wait, so where were you, somewhere in Africa? or Nepal or something? Tell me alllll about it!” Questions like this are a dime a dozen to the frequent traveler and we all answer it the same way 99% of the time. “It was amazing”. While many friends genuinely want to hear all about your travel experiences, it is almost impossible to convey all the amazing life memories we have made on the road – unless you are Ben West in his new book The Red Rucksack. Deeply entertaining and packed full of those “you had to be there” moments that make the stress of travel worth it, he transports us all with him around the world from the Himalayas to the deserts of Mongolia to extreme sports in South America.

Travel Book Review "The Red Rucksack"Not all travel books have the chance to transport us the way The Red Rucksack does. Travel is all about escaping the norm and exploring the world out there and books are about doing the same. It is so refreshing to find a book that allows us to see the world from the couch, if even only for a minute!

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“There are a lot of travel books out there, but only a few have a really special voice…”

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So if you are looking for a great read about the adventure of travel, an escape into the adventure of world travel or be inspired to dream up your next holiday, this is the book for you. Sometimes we can’t all be on the road and follow our travel dreams as often as we want, but at least someone has done a brilliant job of making us feel like we were by his side the whole time.

The Red Rucksack is available on AMAZON for  $14 (paperback, PDF and e-Reader)

You can also read full review and order the book on Ben’s WEBSITE.

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What are others saying about The Red Rucksack?

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“The writing in this compares with some of the really very well known, high profile travel writers. It stands up there with the likes of Bill Bryson Travel Book Review "The Red Rucksack"and Paul Theroux … Extraordinarily funny in places and you feel like you are in the seat and he is sitting across from you in the lounge room, and that is a real skill to be able to write like that.”Tim Gott (ABC Statewide Radio, Tasmania)

“If you’re a fan of comical storytelling, deep descriptions and an author who tells it like he sees it…you’ll absolutely love “The Red Rucksack.”  – Let’s Roll, a travel blog by Flight Network 

“When a book makes me giggle (or downright laugh out load) in public…now that’s a fine book. The Red Rucksack is, by far, one of the best books I’ve ever read and possible the favorite one I’ve read this year.”LooknWalk 

“I can say many things about this book. Well written, superbly funny, touching…I was sold from the first chapter”My Travel Affairs 

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


Review of the GoScope Extreme

Review of the GoScope Extreme

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Just before we moved to Thailand, I gave Jeff a GoPro as an anniversary present. Since we were about to move abroad it seemed like the perfect gift for him. We are professional photographers and simply could not afford the underwater housing for our professional DSLR’s. He loved the GoPro and we have been able to capture wonderful footage in Thailand with it. Now that we have mastered using the GoPro we have been gobbling up accessories to play with and have been able to do so much more. We recently got the GoScope Extreme and couldn’t be happier with what it can do and how much it expands the range of what a GoPro is capable of.

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“Next, it only weighs 6 ounces so it keeps our backs happy and our backpacks light…”

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First of all, the GoScope Extreme is perfect for traveling which is essential to our way of life. We can pack it up and it even fits in our small end photo backpacks making it easy to travel with on the go. Next, it only weighs 6 ounces so it keeps our backs happy and our backpacks light. It also expands so while it packs up well it also extends to allow us to position the GoPro in places we simply couldn’t do on our own.

 

Review of the GoScope ExtremeWhen looking for any kind of travel accessories, we like to keep a few things in mind:

 

– Can we travel with it?

– Is it compact?

– How will this maximize our past and upcoming travels?

 

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While the GoScope Extreme passed the first two questions with flying colors, we couldn’t help but wonder about how this could have helped us in the past. While in Thailand we spend a lot of time shooting in the beautiful clean blue ocean. I was always worried about dropping the GoPro since it would set us back to replace. The GoScope Extreme can work in water, snow, or rain. It also floats. Perfect! Now I’m now worried when Jeff is off in the water snorkeling with the GoPro. We also got the GoScope Vest Clip so that we can even clip it onto a bracelet if we are snorkeling, or to a backpack to carry or to a life vest if we are just swimming.

 

During Thai New Years, called Songkran, we were riding around Phuket on our motorbike. New years in Thailand is a massive nation wide water fight. We were constantly drenched with buckets of water and wanted to capture how crazy and beautiful this Thai holiday is. We had our GoPro but having the GoScope Extreme would have made this so much easier and smoother for filming. I had to hold the GoPro with my hand in front of the bike the entire time. We are eager to get back to Thailand to be able to use our new GoScope Extreme and get better shots this year on the motorbike during Songkran.

 

Review of the GoScope ExtremeIn March, we will be going to Finland to go dog sledding and I couldn’t be more excited. The GoScope Extreme is going to be perfect for this! Now we can hold the GoPro out to shoot us while we’re on this amazing ride as well as get some great footage of the dogs running by holding the GoPro low to the ground. Another amazing feature are the dual mounts. This means that if you have two GoPro’s you can mount one facing forward and one facing backwards. Jeff and I are thinking of getting a second GoPro so that we can have shots facing us on the dog sleds and facing the dogs at the same time!

 

On top of everything the GoScope is affordable which is always a plus. At just $54.95 you can purchase a GoScope Extreme on their website. If you’re interested in more of the tech specs of this GoPro mount here is a list of its specs directly from the GoScope website:

 

– Super lightweight: 6 Ounces

– Fits in your backpack

– Comes ready to attach to your GoPro® Camera

– Telescoping from 17″ to 37″

– Mounts on Two Sides (Capable of Holding Two Cameras)

– Durable in Saltwater, Freshwater, and Snow

– Floats with One Camera Attached

– Indestructible: Made of Forged Aluminum and Poly-carbonate

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope Extreme for free from Go Scope as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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Marina Dominguez Latitude 34Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

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Backpacks are probably the most common travel accessory and having a good one is essential. Over the years of traveling, I’ve had some really great backpacks and some really bad ones. For me, having a backpack that doesn’t look like a photo backpack is really important. I don’t want people to know I’m carrying really expensive photography gear.

Since the Granite Rocx Tahoe isn’t a photo backpack I was instantly attracted to it. It isn’t a flashy brand such as North Face or Columbia so it won’t catch the eye of potential robbers looking for expensive backpacks that could make you a target, however it does give you all the perks of the higher end brands and is just as versatile, but without the big price tag.

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe BackpackThis backpack can also fit everything you need. I can fit my camera, camera accessories, and everything I need to go to the beach, go on a hike or just get around a new city. The attachable cooler is a great aspect of this backpack. I wish we had this while we were living in Phuket, Thailand. Since Thailand is really hot and humid this would have been perfect to throw a few Singha beers in and keep them nice and cool at the beach. The Tahoe also has straps on the back to attach larger items such as a beach chair or to strap on a tripod so you don’t have to carry it.

The only negative aspect of this backpack is that it doesn’t have a padded waist strap, which can really help when hauling heavy gear. I don’t particularly use waist straps, but if you are planning on doing some serious hiking with really heavy gear having one that is padded could make your travels a bit more comfortable. That being said, the fact that the Granite Rocx Tahoe has a waist strap in the first place is a huge plus and a downright necessity for the serious backpacker, no matter what you are hauling.

All in all the Granite Rocx Tahoe is a great backpack and at $65, a great deal as well. Most important in a good backpack is comfort, and with this backpack you really have everything you need at your fingertips. Cold drinks, beach chairs, a change of clothes, all easily on your back!
*Photo tip, to make this backpack safe for photography gear, you can buy a photo insert to add into the bottom to protect your gear. It slides right into the bottom and keeps your camera protected and snug!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope Extreme for free from Granite Roxc as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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Marina Dominguez Latitude 34Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

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Travel Books Review: "Kilimanjaro and Beyond: A Life-Changing Journey"

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