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Pamela K. Barrett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2007
 

Traveling Solo


I plan on going to Alaska this summer by myself. I'll have my medium-sized Lowepro Roller X200 and a backpack of some sort. Would a 4000 cubit pack be too large for an 8-day trip? I'm planning on going on the independent Railroad Package tour from Anchorage to Seward back up to Anchorage, Talkeetna, and then to Denali and back to Anchorage. Any advice on how to pack and travel alone with these two heavy items? Also, I have a Canon 300mm, Canon 24-70, and a Canon 50mm lens. Any advice on which one(s) will be the best for this type trip. Want to photograph the landscape, and the wildlife. I've traveled alone before on business but never on pleasure. How common is it for a woman to travel alone like this? I tried to get a member of my family or a friend to go, but couldn't get anyone to go with me. I want to go so bad that I'm seriously planning to go it alone. Any advice?


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5/3/2012 8:22:30 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  I'm afraid I have no advice to give you for the packing questions, but thought I'd chime in on your travel-alone question---my mother (69, retired & single) is taking her 3rd consecutive annual trip to Europe tomorrow, completely alone--no group tours, no package deals or travel agent arrangements... she plans the trip, finds the lodgings, decides her activities... and off she goes for 3 weeks on her own (this time Nice & Paris, Amsterdam and Germany. Last time, Tuscany region two years in a row.) She absolutely loves it! She takes her little pocket point-and-shoot & a netbook, and blogs daily during her vacation, sharing her photos along the way.
Not sure if that helps... Perhaps Alaska is a completely different animal than vacationing overseas in urban areas, but I personally feel you shouldn't let traveling alone deter you. As a photographer, you'll likely find it easier anyway, than taking a friend or family member, who *ISN'T* a photographer!


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5/8/2012 5:29:35 AM

 
doug Nelson   Go for it, Pam. You will sharpen your travel skills, discovering what to take and what to leave at home next time. Having said that, I'd consider adequate clothing for the climate, a fleece warmth layer and a Gore-Tex-type outer shell. I wash underwear, shirts and socks in the shower, drying them overnight, in stead of carrying umpteen changes of clothes.
You might leave the 50mm at home, unless its a macro. You have a top-of-the-heap zoom and a long lens for wildlife. Be careful out in the wild; consider a tour for that trip. There are critters out there that can eat ya up.


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5/24/2012 9:57:36 AM

 
Pamela K. Barrett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2007
  Christopher, your mother's travels sound so exciting; would love to read some of her blogs! She's a brave woman in my opinion. Doug, thanks for the good advice on packing. I've also read somewhere to just pack your camera, 2 lenses, some CF cards, and a charger.


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5/24/2012 2:39:05 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  She has a great time! I'll send you a BP Mail with the link.


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5/24/2012 2:50:25 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  I believe that's the first time anybody has brought up the subject of underwear washing.


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5/24/2012 3:09:20 PM

 
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