Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras For Travel

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Photography and travel go well together. Capturing the unique ambiance of a destination is almost as important as soaking in the destination while you’re there.

Pictures from an old trip bring back the feeling of being there in the moment. The perfect photograph triggers so many emotions, and the quest for the perfect photograph always leads to the quest for the perfect camera.

Mirrorless VS DSLR

When it comes to taking better travel photos, the question that always comes up is whether to buy a DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera. Both cameras give you more control than a traditional point and shoot and both offer more control than the best camera phones (even with the best apps installed), so in the question of Mirrorless vs DSLR what camera is better suited to someone who enjoys traveling as much as photography?

THE BASICS

DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex, they use a mirror within the camera that reflects light to the viewfinder that allows you to preview the shot you’re taking. For more on how a DSLR works, check out this video.
Mirrorless cameras are so-called because they don’t feature this mirror, leading to some advantages as well as a few disadvantages.

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SIZE

DSLR cameras need to make room for the mirrors and prism resulting in a bulky body.
Mirrorless cameras pack the same technology (and sometimes more) of a DSLR into a smaller body. They’re much easier to pack when traveling, easier to walk around with and much less intimidating. People are much more natural when a huge pro camera isn’t pointed at them.

The much smaller size of a mirrorless camera compared to a DSLR comes in really handy when you have to travel light. You could fit more lenses in your camera bag or even use the bag to store other electronics.

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PICTURE QUALITY

It’s hard to tell the difference between pictures taken by a DSLR and those taken by a mirrorless camera that are in a similar price-range. With mirrorless cameras that have full-frame image sensors getting more market-share, the reasons for still buying a DSLR are dwindling fast!

dslr vs mirrorless travel photography

AUTOFOCUS SPEED

Autofocus has been called the new mega-pixel, and it allows you to quickly point your camera and snap rapid fire shots of your subject.
DSLRs once reigned supreme in the autofocus realm by measuring the convergence of two beams of incoming light (called phase detection) as opposed the to method used in mirrorless cameras and point and shoots called contrast detection.

This advantage no longer applies since even entry-level mirrorless cameras now use a hybrid autofocus system.

entry level mirrorless vs dslr

PRICE

At the entry-level, you’ll still be able to get a DSLR that’s cheaper than a mirrorless camera. Unless you’re in a rush to buy a camera, it’s worth saving a little extra money and buying a mirrorless.

mirrorless camera vs dslr

BATTERY LIFE

Having to use the screen on a mirrorless camera or even the electronic viewfinder to preview your image causes the battery of a mirrorless camera running out of juice faster than a DSLR.

Many people consider this the deciding factor in the battle of Mirrorless VS DSLR and and up buying DSLR cameras. However, battery life is not as important as it was a few years ago. Newer technology means that batteries charge much faster, and there are more than enough outlets in airports, planes, and trains.

mirrorless camera benefits

DESIGN

The basic DSLR look has stayed the same since the days of film, when they were simply called SLR cameras. Form should always follow function, and if a design works well then there’s no reason to change it, but you have to admit that DSLR cameras look really outdated.
Mirrorless camers either look like vintage rangefinders or minimalist sleek beauties. Basically, mirrorless cameras look really cool!

Mirrorless Vs DSLR: And the winner is Mirrorless!

There may be a few DSLR benefits that were not included because these are more beneficial for the professional photographer, but as mirrorless cameras become better the DSLR advantages are quickly eroding. Mirrorless is the future and many companies are focusing on developing their mirrorless options.

Even if you already have a DSLR camera and you’ve already invested heavy in lenses for it, it’s worth it to buy an adapter for your lenses and make the switch.

Guide to Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches

Unlike the other islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad hardly inspires images of beaches with pristine white sand.
The island’s dependence on oil instead of tourism means that the beaches are hardly advertised and are mostly known to locals or foreigners with some connection to the country.

This means that the beaches remain a secret.

The North Coast Beaches are considered to be the best on the island, and they’re also extremely diverse.

They range from crowded beaches packed with tourists, to empty stretches of sand that are accessible only by hiking through the rain forests of the Northern Range.

Here’s a guide to some of Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches

 Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches Guide

Maracas Beach

Maracas beach is definitely the most popular beach on the island of Trinidad. It’s always packed with locals and foreigners alike.


This popularity is due to the fact that Maracas Beach is less than an hour away from the Capital City of Port of Spain via a scenic drive on the winding North Coast Road…..

But also because it’s the most famous spot on the island to get bake and shark;

Trinidad Street Food; Bake and Shark

Bake and shark consists of battered and deep-fried shark meat placed in a fried flat bread and then drizzled with spicy local sauces.

The crispy, golden slices of shark meat are tasty enough, but the sauces are what gives this sandwich its kick.

In the Trinidad episode of Bizarre Foods, host Andrew Zimmern called it the best sandwich he ever had.

Eat it like he did and skip the mustard and ketchup, but make sure you slather it with garlic sauce a garlic flavored mayo, tamarind sauce a sweet chutney that’s somewhere between barbeque and general tso, and chadon beni a pesto like sauce make with the culantro plant.

Las Cuevas

Meaning “The Caves” in Spanish, this beach is just a short drive after Maracas. It’s much less crowded than Maracas and less commercialized. The caves that this beach is named after provide some shade from the tropical heat.

Unless you want a bank and shark, it’s always worth the extra few minutes to get to Las Cuevas beach.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches, Las Cuevas

Blanchisseuse

Even further along the North Coast Road, there is the village of Blanchisseuse. This quiet fishing village is home to scenic coves and secluded beaches.

One of the best swimming spots on the island is where the Marianne River meets the ocean. There’s also a beach that’s accessible via a small flight of concrete stairs next to the road. Avocat Falls is located minutes away from this beach and is a fun, relaxing hike.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches, Blanchisseuse

Paria Beach

The trek to Paria beach begins at Blanchisseuse and follows a trail through mountanous forest.

The hike winds along the cliffs of the Northern Range and offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.

Paria Beach is also accessible by boat, but the scenis hike is well worth is; especially since you pass scenis landmarks like turtle rock and the Paria arch.
Hiking to Paria Beach

Turtle rock is a long jagged rock formation that juts out into the ocean, and the Paria arch is a large natural arch that marks the beginning of Paria Beach.

Nothing beats a swim at the beach after hiking through sweltering rainforest.

Turtle Rock, Paria

Macqueripe

Unlike the other beaches on this list, Macqueripe is west of Port of Spain.

Instead of driving along the winding North Coast Road, this beach is accessed by driving towards Chaguaramas and then heading North along the Tucker Valley Road.

The mouth of Macqueripe Bay is leeward facing, meaning that the water is always exceptionally calm; calm enough to wade into shoulder-depth water while holding coconut daiquiris and not spilling a drop or getting sea water in.

With sea turtles and manta rays crusing through the green water, Macuqeripe is also ideal for snorkeling.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches and Bays

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches,Macqueripe

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches may not have white and pink sand beaches like the rest of the Caribbean, but where else in the Caribbean can you enjoy huge areas of beachfront without a single other soul on the beach?

Get the Full Starbucks Coffee experience in Seattle

Any Starbucks Coffee afficionado will have Seattle on their bucket list of places to visit.

The iconic, international coffee chain got its start at 1912 Pike Place Market. That first store, now dubbed Original Starbucks still has the original appearance due to design guidelines that govern architecture at the marketplace.

The retro looks makes it appealing to more than just coffee lovers, and the convenient location means that there’s (almost) always a long line of people waiting to get in.

However, the Full Starbucks Experience in Seattle goes beyond just visiting this one iconic store.

Here are some #TravelTips on getting the Full Starbucks Experience in Seattle

Tips for getting the best Starbucks Experience in Seattle

Get to Original Starbucks Early

That’s the only way to avoid a ridiculously long line on a narrow strip on curb. Having a look at the Original Starbucks Store as well as the organized chaos that is the Pike Place Market. Don’t buy any coffee just yet though? At this point you’ll just want to pick up a souvenir mug that features the Starbucks siren as the looked on the 15th century engraving that she was based on.

Pike Place Starbucks Memorabilia

Head over to Starbucks on 2nd and Lenora

Just a short block away; this Starbucks outlet is decorated in the traditional brown instead of the trademark green. The iconic “Pikes Place Blend” coffee beans are also ground and served here. Better than the Original Store, you could actually buy a cup of coffee and sit down for a while since there’s adequate seating. The solid wood tables are the perfect place to fine-tune your plans for the day.
Pike Place Blend coffee beans on display

Visit Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

If the original store at Pike Place represents the past, this special store represents the future of Starbucks Coffee. This shrine to coffee is the first of many stores just like this to be opened across the globe.

How to get the Full Starbucks Experience in Seattle

At the Roastery and Tasting Room, select coffee is sourced from around the globe. Master roasters unlock the inherent flavor and characteristics from these beans onsite.

The air is alive with coffee, roasting and brewing

The Full Starbucks Experience in Seattle with Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room Baristas
Beans take center-stage in these bespoke beverages. There are multiple options for getting your coffee brewed (Pour-over, Coffee-pres, Espresso, Clover brewed), and flavored syrup takes a backseat.
Enjoying a cup of coffee here is quite an experience.
Latte at Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

So while Seattle may be behind Seoul, New York City, Shanghai, and London in terms of Starbucks Locations, none of these other cities can boast of anything close to these three iconic Starbucks locations.
Starbucks outlets that don’t just serve up coffee, but also some Starbucks history and the ultimate Starbucks Experience in Seattle.

Latte and croissant at Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

HOT “G” DOG – A Chicago Food Review

One of my highlights of visiting Chicago a few years ago was standing in a two hour line waiting for gourmet hot dogs and duck-fat fries from Hot Doug’s, the world famous sausage and encased meat emporium.

The long wait for these amazing sandwiches gives you a chance to trade tips with other Chicago visitors and get advice for locals.

When I decided that I wanted to attend Lollapalooza 2015, the only downside to my trip to Chicago was that Hot Doug’s had closed their doors permanently in 2014.

I kept my hopes up that someone would recognize the huge vacuum in the hot dog market that came about due to Doug’s departure. Lo and behold, someone did. Not just anyone, but two former chefs who got Doug’s blessings to continue his legacy of exotic hot dogs and duck-fat fries.

According to Doug Sohn “They’re total pros in the kitchen,” and “They made Hot Doug’s as much as a success as I did.”

I checked out the menu of their new joint; Hot “G” Dog and saw some of Hot Doug’s classics as well as some new ones.

GETTING TO HOT “G” DOG

Doug kept his establishment outside of downtown Chicago. Could you imagine the line if he was located in the Loop?

Hot “G” Dog is in uptown Chicagom just a few stops going North on the Red line.

Wrigley Field home of the Cubs

Baseball fans could check out Wrigley Field on the way to Hot “G” Dougs.

As much as I wanted to try everything on the menu, I limited myself to four carefully selected Hot Dogs.

I’ve had duck fat fries a few times before and I wanted to sample the hot dogs more than anything else.

It was difficult, but I managed to decide on four that stood out. These are the four that I tried from Hot “G” Dog:

1- CHICKEN BACON SAUSAGE

with Cheddar Sauce, Fried Tomato & Mozzarella cheese

The sharp tomato flavor provides a nice contrast to the creamy cheese. Everything in this hot dog reminded me of a good cheese burger or really good pizza. In fact, this hot dog seemed alot like a classic fast food mash-up; hot dog inspired by a bacon cheeseburger pizza.

Hot G Dog cheeseburger hot dog

hot g dog review

2 – YAR PORK SAUSAGE

with Italian beer sauce with with Marinated Mushrooms & Feta Cheese

Quite spicy sausage but it was a bit dry. The mushrooms and cheese five it a tangy zest that overpowers the beer sauce a bit. I’m glad this one was the biggest of the four that I ordered because it took a while to grow on me.

Yar pork sausage from hot g dog

3 – GARLIC VENISON SAUSAGE

with Dijon Mustard with Garlic, Cherry Peppers & Goat Cheese

Not really a fan of the cherry peppers so I had most of mine without them. I love goat cheese and felt like the peppers were stealing the show from the cheese. Everything works well for a tangy, garlic-flavor packed hot dog.

hot g dog exotic meat sausage

4 – DUCK SAUSAGE

Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel

The duck sausage is perfect. Charred on the outside, but still moist and flavorful. Years ago when I ordered Doug’s version if this with the sausage fried, he actually suggested that I take it grilled instead. The mousse and aioli are extremely rich and creamy with delicate flavors. Perfectly decadent. This was amazing at Hot Doug’s and it’s phenomenal here.

duck sausage with foie gras

Hot "G" Dog

THE VERDICT

Some reviews of Hot “G” Doug went out of their way to find fault, such as the sausage of the Chicago Dog feeling a but loose and not having enough snap to the casing. I feel like their food is so good, that is the only way to find fault; to actively seek it. In any case, even Hot Doug’s could never beat Portillo’s when it came to a perfect Chicago Dog.
Two of the dogs that I tried were decadent and rich, and these were my favorite because it felt like they somehow managed to capture a gourmet meal in a humble street food. The other two were probably just not my kinda hot dog, they captured the “dragged through the garden” feel of the Chicago Dog and even had a tangy element to replace the pickle slice. In this regard, Hot “G” Dog creates not just gourmet hot dogs, but gourmet hot dogs that are distinctly Chicago.
So far, there’s one major factor that makes Hot “G” Dog much better than Hot Doug’s, and that is that there’s virtually no line!

Check out The original article at CestLaVibe.com

Hiking to Avocat Falls in Trinidad

The hike to Avocat Falls is one of the easiest hikes on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

In addition to the ease, there’s the reward of a clear cool pool beneath the waterfall that’s ideal for swimming in as well as a rock directly beneath the cascading water that’s easy to climb. Once on the rock, you could bask under a natural shower created by the waterfall

The only slightly difficult part of this adventure is the drive to get there, because it involves going quite a few miles past the popular Maracas Beach and along a much bumpier portion of the North Coast Road. You go past Las Cuevas Beach and even the less popular Blanchisseuse Beach.

Check out the Guide to North Coast Beaches in Trinidad for information on these beaches.

The hike takes around 20 to 30 minutes at a leisurely stroll and there’s virtually no difficult terrain or rocks..
This hike could even be comfortable done with no shoes since most of it is along cool mud and soft grass.

While the water is too shallow for any leaps from a high rock. It is fun to be able to bask under the natural shower of Avocat Falls or to sit on rocks behind the curtain of water.

The Avocat waterfall cascading into its shallow pool

That’s the waterfall in its entirety. There are some people to the left of it for scale, and if you look carefully you could see that there are also some people under the waterfall.

Avocat Falls

Looking at Avocat Waterfall from a nearby trail.

This trail takes you to the top of the waterfall. You could swim up there and enjoy the view and also relax in a shallow pool.

Avocat Waterfall

Enjoying the tumbling water at Avocat Falls

Cold cascading water while standing on a rock is the best kind of shower!

Under Avocat Waterfall

Don’t stop at Avocat Falls! Check out some more Trinidad Travel Tips for more tips on how to not be a tourist in Trinidad.

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Originally featured on CestLavibe.com

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Five Reasons to stay in a Hostel

More and more young people are taking steps to fulfill their dreams of traveling the world. For many, the first step in this direction is to join websites like Couchsurfing.com or Airbnb.com.

In fact, many people think that budget travel is only possible because of these websites.

It seems that people have forgotten that hostels are another option for cheap accommodation. You need to seek out a reputable hostel wherever you plan of visiting and check them out. Here are my top five reasons to stay at a hostel;

1 – YOU MEET FELLOW TRAVELERS

This is a major plus if you’re travelling solo. It’s a definite bonus to have other enthusiastic people to explore a new city with. By hanging out with other budget-minded travelers in a foreign city, you could create your own travel network for future trips.

2 – NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Unlike social network sites like Couchsurfing and Airbnb, there’s no application review period, no obligation to host someone at your house, no chance of finding your dream lodging and then not being accepted, nothing like that. Just check in, enjoy, and check out.

3 – IT BEATS A CHEAP HOTEL

Some pricey hostels come in at around the same price as a cheap hotel. These cheap hotels are usually pretty seedy with dingy linen, located in dodgy areas. A hostel with nightly charges similar to a cheap hotel is most likely going to be safe and centrally located.

4 – STRUCTURED ACTIVITY

Many hostels have been in operation for over a decade, and even if you have nothing planned or are so overwhelmed that you have no idea where to start exploring a big city; they would have a schedule of planned activity.
Pub crawls, museum tours, shopping trips, walking tours….. the works!

5 – STANDARDIZED EXPERIENCE

In practice, Airbnb and couchsurfing come across as as much less organized than in principle. The entire hostel experience is much more standardized and straightforward. It’s also fairly easy to estimate a hostel price (generally 10% to 30% of a mid-range hotel price in the area).

Of course there are much more than five reasons to stay at a hostel. There’s the feeling of being around kindred spirits and fellow-explorers, but five reasons are enough right?

And if a hostel is not your style but you still want to travel on a budget, here are Five reasons to book with Airbnb

Hot Dogs: Chicago vs New York

It’s an iconic American food long associated with baseball and summertime. We decided to compare two iconic hot dogs in two major cities to determine who was the wiener. (Get it!)

HOT DOGS: CHICAGO VS NEW YORK

Both cities (like many others in the U.S.) have their unique regional take on these sausage sandwiches;

Chicago does a grilled frank on a sesame seed bun that’s then “dragged through the garden” and topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.

Hot Dogs: Chicago Vs New York

The NY Dog is simple… a “dirty water” sausage topped with sauerkraut, onions and mustard.

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This dogfight has been played out many times and the thing is, both hot dogs taste great.
The Chicago dog wins because of one major factor…

THE EXPERIENCE
Hot Dogs are an afterthought in New York City, in Chicago they’ve become more than just food.
Hot Doug’s has become internationally famous for the constant media coverage and being able to provide a gourmet experience on a budget. The lines might have been two hours long on weekends, but the conversations on the line were worth it! You could compare your visit with other tourists, or get some helpful insight from locals. The Alligator, Snake, Pheasant, and Wild Boar Sausages and Duck Fat Fries have become a Chicago attraction in its own right apart from the Chicago Dog!

The Wieners Circle has also grown famous for the mutual verbal abuse between the employees and the customers during the late-weekend hours as well as their media coverage as well.

The point here is that the experience of getting a hot dog in Chicago makes it better than getting a hot dog in NYC.

Hot G Dog is a new restaurent run by two former chefs who got Doug’s blessings to continue his legacy of exotic hot dogs and duck-fat fries. Check out our review here

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