Honeymoon in Bali
Honeymoon in Bali Indonesia
Wow! That was a crazy trip.
My new wife has apparently always wanted to go to Bali. So much so, that we had been planning this trip before we even started planning our wedding. One of the things we most have in common is our love of travel. Our desired destinations are not-so-common. She likes warm, tropical places. I prefer colder climates. Like last New Years Eve, when it was my turn to pick, I chose Toronto. This wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't one of the coldest winters in 20 years. Three of the days we were there, the temp dropped to -40 degrees (that's the same in both celsius and fahrenheit.) So, since it was her turn to pick, and we were also planning the wedding, we decided to make this trip the honeymoon and went to Bali.
We'd both been to Europe a few times and wanted something different. Something exotic. Something we hadn't seen before. We were not let down!
Leaving from Florida, it was approximately 30 hours of sitting in airplanes to get to Depansar, Bali, Indonesia. That doesn't include the 3 layovers, which added another 9 or so hours to the journey on the way out.
We arrived in good spirits and were happy to find that all of our checked luggage arrived undamaged. (I don't check any of my camera gear. It always goes in a bag small enough to be considered carry-on by both domestic and international standards.)
I generally don't buy much in the way of souvenirs. I prefer to spend the money I have on experiences. My souvenirs are the photos I capture while visiting. When I pack, my camera gear is the most important thing and I stress more about which gear to bring and not bring than I do about what clothes or other items to pack. After all, toiletries are cheap. If I forget my toothbrush or deodorant, I can always pick some up when I arrive. It's not as easy, or cheap, to go buy a new lens or memory card.
This trip, I brought along:
- 2 camera bodies (I always worry about something happening to my camera when I'm traveling and then not being able to capture the photos I want while I'm so far from home.)
- 50mm 1.4 lens
- 70-200mm 2.8 lens
- 14-24mm 2.8 lens
- extra batteries for both cameras
- extra memory cards
- lens cleaners
- external hard drive
- chargers for everything
Everything except for the tripod fit in the carry-on camera bag. I have the Think Tank Airport TakeOff™ Rolling Camera Bag. This is an amazing bag for travel. It's small enough to fit in overhead bins in both large and small aircraft (Trust me here. The plane from JFK to JAX was tiny.), backpack straps can be deployed if you choose to wear it as a backpack, and it's large enough to hold all the gear I need for travel.