Camera: One of the best investments I made for my photography skills, was by purchasing a better camera! 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.
Tripod: If you’re serious about photography, then investing in a good, quality tripod is a must. A tripod isn’t only useful in nighttime 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!
Website Building Resources
Website Theme: 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! 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).
Siteground: If you’re just starting out, then Siteground is a great place to begin.
Bluehost: Bluehost offers some of the cheapest website hosting on the market.
Performance Foundry: Now that I’ve had my website a little while, I’ve moved to Performance Foundry.
SEO: Lots of bloggers shy away from SEO (search engine optimization) for fear that it’s complicated or too difficult.
Tailwind for Pinterest: I use an app 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.
Kiwi: This booking site goes through hundreds and thousands of available sites, selecting the best and cheapest deals.
Airbnb: Airbnb offers some of the best accommodation there is out there.
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