Let’s get into the meat and potatoes of budget travel: your actual budget. Because it’s all fun and games until you get home from your magical time spent frolicking and forest bathing and soaking up that Vitamin D…aaaaaand then you look at your bank account.
Ever since moving into our RV, I’ve experienced a lot of things I never even knew existed! And just when I thought I had seen it all… my dads “surprise” me with my first swimming lesson.
Did you know that visiting a U.S. national park can range from very cheap to mind blowingly expensive? I tend to get kinda preachy about how affordable I find national parks, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. There are some parks that are just going to steal your wallet, no matter how you dice it. Curious about which parks are secretly pricey and which ones aren’t? I got you!
Close-up photography is using a wide or telephoto lens close enough to the subject so it fills the frame. Macro, on the other hand, is the use of a specific lens to capture the fine details of a subject and has a 1:1 magnification, which makes your subject larger in the frame. Usually, we think of looking at a magnified bug’s eye or the cellular make-up of a leaf when we think of macro, but it’s so much more. And you should be using it in your landscape and nature photography!
When traveling with a family, plan ahead, do your research, always be flexible, and don’t try to do too much. With kids, less is more. It makes for happy kids and creating treasured family memories.
When you’re hiking alone, playing it safe is usually the right strategy. Make sure someone knows where you are at all times and that you’re prepared in case something goes wrong. That way, you can relax on your hike and enjoy all the wonders of the parks instead of worrying about all the things you aren’t prepared for!
While not all national parks are very dog-friendly, for their own valid reasons, there are plenty of parks where I’ve been able to get outside and hike my heart out—at least until I get exhausted from over-excitement, and then my dads will need to carry me. These are some of my very favorite dog-friendly national parks I’ve explored so far, and where you should take your bark rangers, too!
You don’t have to have all the things, or “look” like a hiker in order to hit the trail. The national parks are waiting for you as you are.
Photography is the capturing of light in a scene, and playing with light is the key to engaging photos. My goal here is to help give you tips and tricks you may not know about or use to help you get the best shots during your time in our most precious lands.
Do you have a solo road trip coming up and want to explore national parks along the way? Or is there a national park in your backyard, but your friends aren’t exactly the outdoorsy types? Well, good news! Visiting the parks on your own is not only totally doable, but it can be a rewarding and inspiring experience, and might even create some unexpected friendships.