In the past few years, camera equipment has gotten smaller and smaller. This has led to a new type of camera; the compact mirrorless. Compact mirrorless cameras are the perfect travel essential; lightweight and easy to carry around, they don’t look as flashy as traditional DSLR cameras. Although they don’t have mirrors, they produce the same quality pictures.
Camera: Sony Alpha A6000
If you’re serious about photography, then investing in a good, quality tripod is a must. A tripod isn’t only useful in night situations, but also for a whole range of other photos. From creating light trails to capturing more colours at sunset, I can’t stress to you enough how useful having a tripod is!
Tripod: Manfrotto Tripod
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Buying a theme is one of the best investments you can make for your blog! Content will always be king, but if your blog is messy and difficult to navigate, then no one will come back to read more of your stuff!
My theme: Rosemary theme from Solo Pine
Having a website with your own domain (i.e. cestlafrance.co) is like having your very own home on the internet. When you have your very own hosted blog, you have to ‘rent’ your very own slice of the internet for it to be visible to everyone. Who you choose to host your site can affect things like load times and up-times (how much of the time your site is accessible). This is super important because these factors can affect your SEO (search-engine-optimization- where you appear on Google searches).
My host: Dream Host
SEO: Lots of bloggers shy away from SEO (search engine optimization) for fear that it’s complicated or too difficult.
Pinterest: I used Tail Wind to schedule all of my pins in advance. The app works with Pinterest to determine the best time of the day to pin images and automatically pins things for you while you’re asleep! Since using this app, my following on Pinterest has gone up dramatically. I also now average 1.5 million views a month on Pinterest itself. Many of these convert into Pinterest followers or ever blog readers.
The number one mistake that a lot of travellers make when they first come to Paris is that they don’t stay in the city. While it may be a little bit cheaper to stay at the end of ReR line A near Disneyland, this will add an extra three hours to your travel time each day. An extra three hours where you could be exploring Paris!
Where to find accommodation: Airbnb
The Paris metro and bus system is one of the oldest, most extensive and most affordable in the world. The best way to beat the traffic is to take the metro rather than a taxi. The metro runs up until 12:30 AM on weekends and up until 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights.
Getting around Paris: RATP
If you have heavy luggage, then I definitely don’t recommend the metro. There are a lot of steps and you can end up walking for kilometres underground. Uber has been in Paris for a few years now and is one of the cheapest ways of travelling around the city.
Getting around: Uber
Although Paris is often said to be expensive- and can be- it doesn’t have to be!
Eating out: la Fourchette/ the Fork
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