A Travel Photography Backpack For Every Adventure and Every Camera

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This post and video were created in partnership with Travler. As always, opinions expressed are entirely my own.

As a travel journalist, my work takes me on crazy adventures. I need gear that can keep up with me and the conditions of the destinations I visit. Finding the perfect photography backpack to carry all of my photography gear has proved to be challenging. Some camera packs are too large and cumbersome, and some aren’t big enough for all of your gear. Finally, I have finally found the right bag for all of my camera gear. Travler has just invented the one of the best photography backpacks I have been able to find.

Check out the Travler Pack in action!

The really good news is, Travler is running a Kickstarter project, offering an incredible deal. The bag normally retails for $160, but early bird Kickstarter pricing is as low as $80 USD. Another great thing about this particular Kickstarter, is Travler is an already established brand that you can rely on to deliver the product to you.

Even if you don’t snag the early bird pricing on Kickstarter, $160 is still an insane deal for everything you are getting with the Travler Pack. Comparable bags range around $250-400. I have personally tested the Travler Pack throughout California, Nepal, Thailand and Korea and I can say with certainty that it’s great quality.

Thoughtful Features

The backpack looks great, but practicality is key for a photographer. The Travler Pack has thoughtful and customizable features to make the bag functional and versatile. 

Padded Laptop Sleeve

The pack contains a padded laptop pocket in the area that would go against your back. It is easy to access, making airport security a breeze. There is an additional layer of padding in bottom of laptop sleeve to ensure it will be protected during travel.

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At only 3.4 pounds/ounces, the Travler Pack is very lightweight, on a recent trip I compared bags with another photographer and she wished hers was as lightweight as mine.

Rain Poncho

The pack features a rain poncho to protect all of your gear from the elements. In addition the fabric and zippers are water resistant (perfect if the surface you have to rest your bag on isn’t completely dry. It’s always best to use the poncho in any damp environments to be safe. I also like the poncho for deterring theft, as it wraps over the entire bag. 

Customizable Interior

This backpack is completely customizable inside to ensure that each camera and camera lens has a secure and supportive spot in the bag. It’s also helpful for staying organized. The rearrangeable pockets are soft and come with a high-grade thin-toothed velcro. The velcro can attach the dividers to any part of the bags interior, making the bag 100% customizable. The top layer of the bag even collapses incase you don’t need any divided sections at all. 

Added Organization

The top section of the bag features a key ring holder and two organizational pockets, perfect for a phone and water bottle. 

Headphone Port

Travel free and easy, the headphone port will allow you to listen to your music handsfree.

Room For More

This bag has the ability to be overstuffed and still keep your gear secure. As someone who travels light, I often leave little or no room for souvenirs. The ability to overstuff my bag is immensely helpful. 

Super Secret Pocket

The back of the Travler Pack has an RFID secret passport pocket that when worn is against your back makes it nearly impossible for pickpockets to get to. The added zipper garage makes the zipper difficult to access for thieves and is blocked by strap means no one can get into the most important part of the pack. This is the best place to stash cash and passports.

Reasonably Priced

With the prices of comparative packs around $250, the $160 price point makes this bag even more appealing.

How I Pack My Camera Bag

I have organized the bottom side pockets to carry my Sony A7sii and 55mm prime lens on one side. The other side has sections for my 16-35mm wide angle lens and a lens cleaning kit. The RFID pocket holds cash and passport. The top of the bag is perfect for storing a small purse, gorilla pod, sweater (airplanes are cold!), and it could even fit my small drone. I keep my phone and a granola bar in the water bottle pocket, as I prefer to keep all water far away from my gear. 

Deciding on the perfect backpack and luggage comes down to personal preference. At the end of the day, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to organizing your gear. However, the guys at Travler have done a great job of including details that will work for just about everyone, and thought of nearly everything a traveler and photographer would need in a single bag. The versatility and flexibility this bag offers, combine with the quality and lightweight materials make it just the right for me.


  • 25L bag, expandable to 30L
  • 45 cm x 33 cm x 20 cm (18 in x 13 in x 8 in)
  • 1.5 kg (3.4 lbs)
  • Black webbing, buckles, zippers, and mesh foam Vintage brown top grain leather accents
  • Oxford Cloth (600D Melange Polyester - PVC backed)
  • Weather resistant exterior zippers
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Does Choosing the Window Seat Mean You Are Selfish, or Smart?

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The "Expert" Claim

You may have seen some articles being tossed around social media the last few days make claims over personality types based on airplane seat preference. Incase you missed it, according to two psychologists who were interviewed by the Telegraph, window seat people are selfish.

Passengers who favor the window seat like to be in control, tend to take an ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life, and are often more easily irritable
— The Telegraph

Now you may be thinking "Whoa! Wait just one minute, I'm a window seat person". Yup, I was thinking the same thing, I am also a window seat dweller. 

According to the Telegraph article:

“Passengers who favor the window seat like to be in control, tend to take an ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life, and are often more easily irritable [...] They also like to ‘nest’ and prefer to exist in their own bubble [...] Aisle passengers are often more sociable and definitely more amenable as people; they are also more likely to be restless fliers and less adept at sleeping on planes."

Is The Window Population Actually Different Than The Aisle Population?

Is this large generalization of the population based on seat choices, or does it hold some merit? I think it holds some merit. Hang on window seat dwellers, stay with me here– remember I am one of you. As an over-generalization, there is definitely a personality difference between the two populations.

Window Dwellers Are More Seasoned Travelers

Although the aisle seat population could be considered to be more selfless (if they choose the seat based on not wanting to force someone else to get up), that does not mean the window seat population is necessarily selfish. In my experience, window seat travelers tend to be more well-seasoned travelers, who are more likely to require some Zzz's while at cruising altitude.

Window Dwellers Are Smart, Not Selfish

Window seat dwellers can be considered smarter, more savvy travelersnot more selfish. The "every man for themselves" attitude, might actually just be caring for one's health and wellness. Long haul flights often require travelers (especially business travelers) to sleep. Often when business travelers or travel journalists arrive they have a full day scheduled when they land. Window dwellers know they can rest easy without being woken by their neighbor every hour for a bathroom break. They can sleep through meals, get up only when they need to, and they probably know that with the curvature of most aircrafts they will give them slightly more room in the window seat (yes, if you didn't already know, thats an expert travel tip– window seats almost always give you an extra inch or two. Even Anthony Bourdain is a window seat dweller, proving once again that more seasoned travelers prefer the window. Window seat travelers are comfortable disturbing others to get up, not because they are selfish, but because they are smart enough to not be the one who gets woken up.

Call me crazy, but if I'm sleeping on a 15 hour flight, I'd rather be the one to wake someone else than take the risk of being woken up every hour by someone with a weak bladder. If that's selfish, than selfish I am, but I prefer to call it wise.

Do you think window dwellers selfish or more seasoned travelers? What seat do you prefer?


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Estonia: The Country I Don't Want You to Know About

There are some places on this planet, so enchanting, that they are simply too good to share. Recently, I fell so deeply in love with an incredible country, and I don’t want to tell you about it because I don’t want to contribute to someplace authentic turning into another country overrun by an exorbitant number of tourists. Once word gets out about how wonderful it is, I fear mobs of tourists will come rushing in.

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One of the joys of travel is finding the secret places that the tourists rarely visit and this country still remains unruined by tourists. This country is Estonia, and I doubt you’ve ever thought to visit.

Estonia has a rich history. From the height of the medieval period in Tallinn to the rich history on the island of Kihnu, this country is special. Not quite Scandinavia, and in close proximity to Russia, this Baltic state has a multitude of influences, yet the unique Estonian culture has remained intact.

Stunning Castles

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The Baltic states are filled with stunning castles that look as if they just flew off the pages of a children’s storybook. One such castle is the Kuressaare Castle on the island of Saarema. Just gazing up at the magnificent towers will make you think Rapunzel will be letting down her golden locks at any moment. Every good castle needs a decent moat, and the giant moat surrounding the Kuressaare Castle makes it feel just like the castles of your childhood imagination.

The Perfect Country For A Road Trip

Estonia is the ultimate roadtrip country. With so many incredible islands and towns to visit, although not necessary, having a vehicle will only enhance your Estonian experience. Vehicles are perfect for visiting the bluffs in Muhu and the Jaanihanso Cider Farm.

Adding nearby Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania to your list can create the perfect road trip trifecta.

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Spas & Manors

Whether time is spent participating in the 3 hour spa ritual at the Hedon Spa in Parnu, or getting a homemade scrub at Padaste Manor on the island of Muhu, Estonia is well known for decadent spa treatments. The spa therapist at the spa at Padaste Manor not only creates his own skin-soothing recipes on premises, he literally forages the island of Muhu for the ingredients for the spa treatments. This unique practice ensures that all spa ingredients are local, in-season and of the highest quality no matter what time of year you visit.


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When compared to the rest of Europe, Estonia is a bargain destination. Hotels, meals and transportation are all a fraction of the cost you would expect in most European countries. Despite the low costs, there is no sacrifice of quality in Estonia. Even at Noa, the top restaurant in Tallinn, you can easily dine for under $75. Uber rides from Tallinn airport to the old town are only around 5 Euro each way, and luxury car rentals are cheaper than most economy cars in the US.

Spectacular Views

From the medieval cities to the nearby islands, Estonia’s scenery is magical. The islands of Muhu and Saaremaa boast dramatic bluffs. In Muhu you may catch a glimpse of wild horses playing in the water, and Saaremaa yields acres of fluorescent yellow rapeseed flowers blooming for acres.

Even the capital, Tallinn is picturesque. Tallinn delivers architecture and winding cobblestone streets that are straight out of the pages of a Grimm’s Fairytale book.

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Un-ruined by Tourists

The least enjoyable part of traveling is realizing that there are a million other tourists visiting at the same place at the same time. Even Estonia’s busiest city, Tallinn, has been spared from mass tourism, maintaining the authenticity of the area. Traveling during high season without loads of crowds was a refreshing experience, and helped create a feeling of authenticity in the city.

Estonia is magical year-round. With stunning flowers in the summertime and chilling ice-roads to the islands in the wintertime, you are guaranteed to have a spectacular visit...

... just don't tell anyone.

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Travel Inspiration: The Best Travel and Adventure Quotes to Inspire You

Inspiring travel quotes have been one of the most important tools for me as a traveler. Travel and adventure inspiration are sometimes needed before booking a trip, traveling solo to an unknown destination or braving a big adventure.

I have compiled a list of the best travel quotes and most inspiring adventure quotes to help you through your next big travel adventure.

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If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.
— Anthony Bourdain
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I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
— Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey
Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.
— Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
Once in a while it hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to
— Alan Keightley
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Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.
— Frank Herbert
I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books.
I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies.
— Anthony Bourdain
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You don’t have to be rich to travel well.
— Eugene Fodor
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.
— Charles Dudley Warner
Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.
— Andrew Zimmern
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Not all those who wander are lost.
— J.R.R. Tolkien
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To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
— Aldous Huxley
Adventure is worthwhile.
— Aesop
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
— Saint Augustine
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
— Hunter S. Thompson
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
— Neale Donald Walsch
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
— Ray Bradbury
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Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
— Ibn Battuta
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
— Jawaharial Nehru
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
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Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.
— Robert Frost
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
— Oscar Wilde
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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
— Susan Sontag
The Journey is the reward
— Unknown
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What are your favorite inspirational travel quotes?