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Always Wanderlust is an alternative travel photography blog focused on inspiring others through amazing photography and inspired stories around the world. Adonis Villanueva is the photographer and writer behind Always Wanderlust, follow him on his adventures in and off the beaten path. Find inspiration in amazing photos, travel and budget tips, and funny but real stories. Travel more now!

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    Bucharest: The Complete Travel Guide To Romania’s Capital

    Bucharest gets a bad rap when measured against other European capitals. Travelers, like me, often come expecting something more but leave wondering what could have been better (exhibit: Skip Bucharest – Go to Brasov). After returning to the Romanian capital and leaving all expectations behind, one can say, don’t be quick to ever judge a book by its cover. Bucharest is the most populated city in Romania and located south of the Eastern European country. The town rises precisely in...

    Bucharest gets a bad rap when measured against other European capitals. Travelers, like me, often come expecting something more but leave wondering what could have been better (exhibit: Skip Bucharest – Go to Brasov). After returning to the Romanian capital and leaving all expectations behind, one can say, don’t be quick to ever judge a book by its cover.

    Bucharest is the most populated city in Romania and located south of the Eastern European country. The town rises precisely in the center of the Wallachian plain, between the Danube in the south and the Carpathians in the north.

    The name “Bucharest” appeared for the first time in 1459  at the behest of  Vlad Tepes. Vlad, “the impaler,” is better known as Count Dracula Lord of Wallachia, who built the fortress to defend his territory from the Ottoman Turks. During the Ottoman rule, the city developed a lot, becoming the most  important economic center  of Wallachia. But, In 1821 there was a  peasant revolt that put an end to the Fanarioti government.

    bucharest umbrellas

    The character of Bucharest changed radically from 1859 when the two provinces of  Wallachia and Moldavia united  under the rule of a single prince, Alessandro Cuza. Two years later, the constitution allowed the union of the two principalities  giving life to the state of Romania. On December 6, 1916, the city was occupied by German forces and the capital was transferred to the town of Iași.

    Bucharest was finally liberated in December of 1918, returning to become the capital of the Kingdom of Romania. Soon after not so tragic period of the second world war, the city got haunted with another form of repression. From 1965, Romania enters the period of harsh communist rule under the regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu whose presence can still be felt even today.

    Reaching Bucharest and Getting Around the City

    After decades of communist isolation, the Romanian people have finally opened their borders to foreigners. Officially, there are more than 12 million visitors annually who visit this wonderful and undiscovered country every year. It boasts the best nightlife scenes of Europe and for the internationally famous Bucharest Bachelor adventures that take place every weekend. Visit the website to find out their great offer.

    Bucharest

    Luckily for all visitors, Bucharest is a city that is easily reachable from all over Europe thanks to the presence of two international airports. Henri Coanda Airport is served by large international airlines and is about 16 kilometers from the center, reachable by bus, train or car.

    The Aurel Vlaicu Airport is used by low-cost airlines and is located about 7 kilometers from the center of Bucharest. The terminal is connected by bus, trolleybus, tram and also the Aurel Vlaicu metro station is nearby.

    Reaching Bucharest by train is possible from some European cities, and the city is also at the center of one of the most famous road networks in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Getting around the city is easy as the historic center can be visited very well on foot. The city is well served by public transport, which provides a subway (metro with four lines),  trams, buses, and trolleybuses. Also, numerous taxi companies do not charge the fortune to get you around the city, but be wary of the scams and always go for the correct choice.

    A Thing to Pay Attention to about Bucharest metro

    The Bucharest Metro is easy to understand as it has few lines and plenty of time between stops. The tricky part is your ticket! The magnetic cards are a little silly because there is an arrow on one side, but you should put the card with the other side first in the ticket machine.

    Travelers find this generally confusing because the arrow usually means “insert in this direction.” The other unusual thing with the Bucharest subway system is that you can’t buy a single ticket at the vending machine. You will have to obtain a ticket with at least two trips. This isn’t’ much of a problem in practice. Just go by tube several times, and you will pay less than 2 euros for two trips.

    Things to Do and See in Bucharest

    After enduring its communist past, Bucharest has taken a rightful place among the most beautiful and exciting European capitals from many points of view. A lively cultural and artistic life makes it suitable for a holiday dedicated to visiting monuments, squares and museums. Bucharest boasts 22 theaters, 37 museums, two opera houses, three auditoriums and numerous libraries, and unique coffee-book shops.

    Therefore it’s suitable not just for university students and couples but also for families with small children. The capital of Romania is a real jewel to discover as a family. Many places in the city are exclusively family-oriented. So that makes this city so easy to travel with young children in tow.

    The Most Famous Attractions

    No visit to Bucharest is ever complete without visiting these famous attractions!

    The Palace of the Parliament

    Palace of the Parliament

    (Palace of the Parliament, a gigantic concrete monument from the reign of notorious Nicolae Ceaușescu.)

    The symbol of Bucharest is represented by the massive Palace of Parliament.

    It is a 12-story building built by the dictator Ceausescu, who wanted it to be the largest building in the world after the Pentagon.

    Just standing in front of it and admiring its gigantic size would be a thing that you will never forget.

    As you start walking through the city, you will notice that there is a strong presence of the cultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    As demonstrated by the many buildings in the city.

    Among these is the National Art Museum, one of the richest in Europe.

    Its collections contain some of the works by Veneziano, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, and Cezanne.

    The National History Museum

    (Part of the museum reopened to the public in 2000, housing the modern Romanian collection and the international collection. There is a comprehensive Medieval art collection, which features works salvaged from monasteries destroyed during the Ceaușescu era.)

    The National History Museum is located in a neoclassical building where there are more than 150,000 exhibited objects. It displays the history of Bucharest from the old days to the present day. Also, not to be missed is the Satului Museum or the Village Museum. It is one of the largest and most famous Ethnographic outdoor museums in Europe.

    (The soul-healing Transylvanian air is a plus, not to mention the local food delicacy that simply can not be missed.)

    Romanian Athenaeum

    The beautiful Romanian Athenaeum is the backdrop to the most essential musical concerts in the city. Don’t forget to visit the Patriarchal Cathedral of Bucharest which, built between 1654 and 1658, was part of an architectural complex that also included the Patriarchate Palace and the Patriarchal Residence.

    Romanian Athenaeum

    (The magnificent Romanian Athenaeum adorned postcards sent from this city for decades.)

    The Kretzulescu Church

    The Kretzulescu Church, dating back to 1722, is one of the most beautiful in Bucharest thanks to the magnificent frescoes in its interior. Not to forget in the Old Town, the Church of the Ancient Court which dates back to the sixteenth century and decorated in a unique Byzantine style. Inside, it is possible to admire some perfectly preserved frescoes.

    Arc de Triomphe

    Another point of interest is the Arc de Triomphe that mimics the Paris one but Built with wood and stucco in 1922 and commemorated Romania’s victorious participation in the First World War. Its magnificent pillars have internal stairs that lead to a terrace from which you can admire the city.

    Arc de Triomphe

    (Not as famous as The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris but certainly built with the same pride to the last brick.)

    CEC Palace

    The CEC Palace, built between the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, is characterized by a majestic neo-Gothic facade and today is the headquarters of the Romanian National Bank. For couples on a romantic getaway, the idea is to spend a few hours in Cișmigiu Park, an idyllic paradise of flowers, trees, ponds and bridges where you can admire gentlemen playing chess and children running in a distance.

    Snagov Monastery

    On the island in the middle of Lake Snagov, there is a beautiful monastery from the 16th century. It is celebrated by the legend, behind which is the infamous Vlad Tepes, buried in front of the altar. Vlad was indeed killed in the battle by a group of Turks nearby. The rumors reached that monks brought his body to the monastery and buried him properly according to the tradition.

    One hundred years after the construction of the Snagov Monastery, built-in 1346, there were works on the walls of the fortress and prison. However, archaeological excavations of this site, conducted in the 1930s, revealed an empty grave.

    This fact was one of the reasons why the legends of “Vampire Dracula” captured momentum. The floor of the church of Snagov marked a place where the remains of the Count Vlad Tepes were lying. The Snagov Monastery is located on the island and can only be reached by boat.

    Herastrau Park

    For nature lovers, we suggest a visit to Herastrau Park, the largest in Romania, with the gorgeous Herăstrău lake. The vegetation of this lush paradise consists of a variety of deciduous tree species and shrubs; also, there are protected trees such as Tagore oak and the cherry garden in the breathtaking Japanese section. In the vicinity of Bucharest, there is also a Zoo that your kids will just love to see.

    Cișmigiu Gardens

    (Cișmigiu Gardens as they are officially known also contains numerous cultural landmarks and statues of famous Romanian citizens.)

    Sapanta Cemetery

    For those wishing to make trips out of town, we recommend a visit to the Sapanta Cemetery, in the Maramures region. Also nicknamed “Allegro Cemetery” for its recognizable bright colors, especially blue. It is a real open-air museum. At the top of each cross, there is a bas-relief with a simple scene describing the daily life of the deceased, surrounded by ironic and satirical poems.

    Sapanta Cemetery

    (A one of a kind place that you should must if you have spare time or wish to have a laugh or two with a satirical view on the reality that unfortunately awaits us all.)

    While you’re in Maramures county go check out the quaint little village of Breb and then dine with Shepherds in the Carpathians.

    Bucharest Nightlife

    bucharest gastronomy

    The city is best known for its gastronomy

    Bucharest is one of the European capitals that offers more surprises both in cultural and gastronomic terms.

    However, it also offers much in terms of nightlife. The Romanian capital manifests its generosity in terms of divertissement at night, delivering an exclusive range of bars, pubs, clubs, and discos with some names reaching even the highest ranks in Europe.

    This is a fashionable and sparkling city. The crazy nightlife not only happens during the weekend but also during the weekdays.

    The entrances fees to bars, pubs, and clubs in the city are quite cheap. But, sometimes it’s easy to come across more touristy places where prices are higher. The historic center of Bucharest is dotted with bars and discos crowded with local and young people.

    As we mentioned, this city has recently become popular among visitors from all around the world who visit for the Bucharest bachelor parties. That, of course, happened for a good reason. There are two of them, and they are the top-notch clubbing scene in Europe. On average prices in Bucharest’s clubs are 30% lower than in the rest of the EU. That information will surely be handy if you plan to order the fifth round.

    The Old Town Nightlife

    old town bucharest

    (Just as the night falls the Old Town starts to thrive with life and sounds of nightlife euphoria that wins everyone who dares to step in.)

    The Old Town or Lipscani provides nightlife that will make even the largest capitals in Europe envious.

    There are in reality, more than 30 events every evening in the Old City between pubs and bars packed with travelers and university students.

    Lipscani clubs are generally free to get in; beer rates vary between 8 -20 and cocktail between 25 and 35 Lei.

    There are many adult bars in Old Town that give distinct kinds of amusement in the Striptease style that are very popular among foreigners.

    Numerous attractive breweries and wineries in the Old City, as well as bars, pubs and even some open cafes, are available lately for guests who want to appreciate the night in a peaceful manner.

    Just outside the historic town, there are two prominent nightlife hotspots after crossing Latin Passage.

    The Hangover Club and the Club Kultur house; both are very price friendly.

    Calea Victoriei Bucharest

    (Calea Victoriei is a cornerstone that connects the most urban parts of the city, and at the same time, some of the most prominent clubs of Bucharest can be found here.)

    The very crowded Calea Victoriei has club Control, Kristal and Interbalic on the weekend, and it’s a fantastic place if you want to explore somewhat distinct areas than of the old town, where there are fewer travelers.

    Elegant Nightlife

    For those who would like to witness the thriller of Bucharest’s big and beautiful clubs, it is highly suggested that you choose a stylish outfit, book a taxi and travel in the north of the town. Among the biggest and most internationally known clubs are Bamboo, Player, Fratelli, Kristal Glam, Goa and lately the Faceclub.

    Nearly every club has an entrance charge of about EUR 10, while the price for table reservations may vary from 200 to 550 euros according to the club. These clubs give an excellent display with performers, graphics and other live spectacles, in relation to the top-notch live acts, that you can enjoy while drinking your cocktail at the table.

    Table booking is strongly advised and simply forget about finding one that’s free in the peak nightlife hours. It requires at least two weeks in the city to experience the nightlife of Bucharest to the fullest. Also, tourists benefit from the cheap rates of taxis since it’s so easy to move around the least accessible areas of the old town during the night and simply exit in front of the new disco at any hour of the night.

    Among the primary motivations for all travelers to visit Bucharest are the mentioned low price rates of alcohol, the extravagance of clubs, and the many beautiful women who rush to party every weekend.

    Bucharest Clubs

    Below are the best clubs in the city. True to its reputation, Bucharest is one of the liveliest cities in Europe when it comes to dance clubs!

    The Freddo Bar & Lounge

    Hosts several events and is very popular among youngsters.

    The  Fire Club

    A historic Bucharest disco pub that continues to entertain generations of young people with its sophisticated music, which spans all genres depending on the evenings. It is one of the most visited clubs in the Old Town. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the club has actively supported young local alternative rock bands. Almost all popular local groups began their careers jamming at this club. Currently, the club consists of a pub, a dance zone, and a concert hall.

    This is a place that the fans of such rock music simply adore. It is especially crowded here on Thursdays, the most beloved by students’ day. During the daytime, the club is one of the best places to watch live sports events.

    The Mojo

    Serves as both a pub and a club with live music and dance in the old town. On three levels, it offers music for all tastes.

    The Kristal Glam Club

    Located in the north-eastern part of Bucharest, a club with electronic music that organizes some of the most incredible events in the city. The most incredible events in the city take place here.

    The club was recognized as the best club in Romania 6 times by the websites that characterize the best club in Southeast Europe, and also the club ranks 28th in the Top 50 best clubs in the world. In addition to so many prizes, the club won the heart of the Romanian public when it began to invite the best international and local DJs for parties.

    Glam Club Bucharest

    (A visit to Kristal Glam Club guarantees provocative time and memories that will never leave your mind.)

    If you are a fan of electronic music, you just can’t miss this place. Excellent light and sound systems and great concerts can be noted. Sunwaves, one of the most popular electronic music festivals in the country, is also held here.

    The Expirat Club

    One of the longest-running clubs in the city and one of the most essential nightclubs in Bucharest. Most evenings there is live music.

    The Old City

    Located in the center of the Old City, frequented by people from all over the world.

    The Control Club

    Control club Bucharest

    (For all those ready to dance to the seriously good DJ sets and parties until the early hours of the next day; the Control club has the solution.)

    Started as a club with live music concerts and over the years has turned to electronic music, also known as an experimental laboratory for local groups.

    The club is very popular as a venue for performances of groups playing indie music. Also, for many years the club was one of the best in the field of electronic music.

    Many young bands start their careers at this club. In general, this is a big experimental stage for local musicians and DJs.

    If you want to go to the disco of the guru of the DJ booth, go to discos “under the control” of resident DJs who have already earned fame and respect.

    On Wednesdays, you will come across an unexpected surprise; all drinks are 50% off!

    In the summer, the club participates in the one-day “Control Day Out” festival. Pay attention to the headliners of the party – very famous people can come here!

    The Fratelli Social Club

    One of the clubs of excellence in Bucharest, attended by the city’s elite.

    The BOA

    One of the best nightclubs in Bucharest, seen from the outside, it looks like a warehouse, but once inside, you will be surprised by the luxury of the place.

    The Eden Club

    eden club bucharest

    (Some may say that the place is to “hipstery” for their taste. But there are few places where you can feel so relaxed and welcomed like in a refreshing Eden Club.)

    Stands out for its post-industrial atmosphere and eclectic music, it is now the epicenter of the hipster movement, offering two rooms with different music.

    The somewhat newcomer on the club scene of the city. It has already managed to cause a splash of love among electronic music lovers, especially after holding several manele parties.

    Manele is a musical genre from Romania, a sort of modern interpretation of folk music with Balkan influence.

    The club is famous for its post-industrial atmosphere and eclectic approach. It is located in the basement of Ştirbei Palace, where the royal family kept their expensive wines.

    Currently, the epicenter of hipsters and other representatives of the local youth culture. You can enjoy music and party in two separate areas.

    The club recently opened its own small terrace, next to the Eden Garden. An inverted plateau enclosed by wild slopes covered with vegetation and it has its private small terrace. It is very cozy in the evenings.

    El Dictator

    A trendy club in the heart of the old city of Bucharest offering rock music, dance and live music.

    Some of the Most Notable Bars and Pubs in the City Are

    Caru Cu Bere

    The oldest brewery in Bucharest is trendy. It is better to book in advance just to be sure to find a seat.

    The Nomad Skybar

    A bar located inside a beautiful loft in the old city of Bucharest, with a glass roof that reveals the starry sky. Nominated as the most unique and relaxing place to grab a cup of coffee. The Nomad skybar is a favorite choice among visitors who want to enjoy a somewhat relaxing atmosphere in unusual surroundings.

    Interbelic

    A very popular pub where there is often live music.

    The Shift pub

    A Bohemian restaurant, but also a bar and a club that offers a mix of music and serves soups, salads, light meals.

    The Drunken Lords

    A popular and lively pub and club that frequently hosts live music, sports, and cultural events.

    Bucharest ‘s Hard Rock Cafe

    Located on the edge of Herastrau Park and is one of the largest in Europe. During the day, the place attracts many families with children. At night live music draws a crowd of young people ready to party until late.

    The Harp pub

    One of the most popular Irish pubs and offers mainly Guinness beer and good food, including huge hamburgers. There is always live music every Friday and Saturday night at this club.

    The Green Hours

    Offers evenings with live jazz, frequented by people of all ages.

    The Pub Universitatii

    A large and lively pub serving drinks and good food, one of the best pubs in Bucharest.

    Where to Stay in Bucharest?

    If you don’t know where to go and want a familiar and comfortable accommodation, you can stay at the Sheraton Hotel. Otherwise, read on.

    sheraton hotel bucharest

    (Sheraton hotel situated in a modern building; a safe bet for many travelers that arrive from far away. Located at Calea Dorobanti 5-7, a bit north from the city center.)

    Bucharest is one of the most important commercial hubs of Eastern Europe, divided into many districts. For this reason, choosing the right area to stay in is essential to make the most of this wonderful city. Divided into very large sectors, the city also occupies a very large area. Sectors 1, 3 and five are in rather central areas.

    The ideal is to make sure that your accommodation is as close to the center as possible. Below we will let you discover the Old Town and the area around Unirii Square, which are some of the best places to stay in Bucharest.

    The Old Town is the Most Convenient

    One of the best and convenient places to stay in Bucharest is the Old Town (Centrul Vechi). It offers most of the facilities to stay in and here you will also find the best restaurants and nightlife options. The Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel is right in the middle of the old town and has a coworking space for digital nomads.

    In the historical center of Bucharest, it is possible to observe a variety of architectural styles, in particular, those that survived the Second World War and the Communist Era. This area stands out from the rest of Bucharest precisely for this reason.

    The historic center is also the ideal place to eat or have a drink in one of the many picturesque cafés in the area. Do not miss “Caru cu’ Bere”, one of the most traditional restaurants in Romania.

    Unirii Square

    Unirii Square Bucharest

    (A look at the famous Unirii Square while the famous Palace of the Parliament appears in the background.)

    To the south, but still close to the historic center is Unirii Square (Piața Unirii). One of the main attractions in the city with a large shopping center that has brands found in any major city in Western Europe.

    Unirii Square is close to the intersection point of the main lines of the Bucharest metro, making it one of the best areas to stay in Bucharest. If you stay in another district of Bucharest, you will probably pass by Unirii Square using public transport.

    Bucharest Hotels

    The city has many hotels and accommodations to cater to every need and wants. If you would like a more personal and off-the-beaten accommodation, try Airbnb. Use my Airbnb code for up to $55 off your first stay!

    Budget Accommodation

    Podstel Umbrella – A cozy hostel founded in 1920 and renovated in  2012. It is a short walk from the Piaţa Romană metro station.

    Rembrandt Hotel  – Close to the iconic Lipscani street, this hotel is an excellent choice for staying in the heart of Bucharest. You can easily reach the Old Town from this hotel within minutes. This is a perfect choice for anyone looking to stay in a picturesque and charming area.

    rembrandt hotel bucharest

    (Beautiful view of Rembrandt Hotel as seen from across the street. This is one of the most iconic places in Romania where you can have top-notch service and a good night of good sleep. Located at Strada Smârdan 11.)

    Hotel Cismigiu – This elegant hotel is located in a renovated building. An excellent place to stay in Bucharest with comfort.

    Luxury Hotels in Bucharest

    Epoque Hotel – Luxury and comfort are a priority at the Epoque Hotel. This luxurious hotel is located in Bucharest’s sector 1, within walking distance of the Izvor metro station.

    The Marriot Grand Hotel – Another luxury option for discerning guests to stay in Bucharest.

    See All Bucharest Hotels

    What Are the Romanian Delicacies and Where to Find Them in Bucharest?

    As we mentioned, Bucharest does not skimp on architectural beauties to admire. Neither does it save on the varied wealth of Romanian gastronomy. The wide range of restaurants both local and international cuisine that is present in Bucharest, allows the traveler to immerse themselves in a real sea of delicious culinary opportunities.

    roamanian cuisine

    (Typical Romanian dishes)

    Romanian cuisine is undoubtedly mixed. There there is a harmonious coexistence of meat, fish, cheese, polenta and vegetable dishes.

    In fact, these are the main foods that characterize the cuisine of Bucharest, which has undergone, over time, strong and decisive influences from the Balkan cuisine, particularly Turkish:

    Mititei – A special cylindrical meatballs prepared with beef (at the discretion combined and mixed with lamb and pork) and seasoned with chili or black pepper, a choice of garlic and a spice called Cimbru. Grilled and accompanied by local sauces or the most common mustard for a delicious treat.

    Tochitură cu ou şi mămăliguţă– Beef stew accompanied by polenta.

    Muschi – A grilled pork accompanied and served with a side dish of mixed vegetables.

    Sarmale – Vine or cabbage rolls stuffed with pork and rice.

    Fasole cu carnati – Smoked sausage combined with dark beans.

    Frigarui  – Skewers made from minced meat (beef, lamb, pork) cooked on a spit.

    The Most Famous Romanian Dishes

    Ciorba – A sour soup based on bran fermented with the addition, at the discretion, of hen meat, tripe or vegetables.

    Placinte – A type of homemade pasta filled with nasal, the typical Romanian cheese.

    The fish-based dishes, on the other hand, see mainly the carp, prepared on a spit, baked, grilled or marinated and freshwater prawns.

    Among the Typical Sweets of the Romanian Cuisine

    Cozonac – A typical dessert of Romanian gastronomy, consumed mainly during the Easter period. A parallelepiped-shaped cake stuffed with candied fruit, cocoa, and nuts.

    Saraille – Another traditional dessert of Romanian cuisine; a dessert composed of almond paste and soaked in rum.

    Recommended Restaurants in Bucharest

    Bucharest is a city full of restaurants of various kinds both in gastronomic and stylistic terms. There is, therefore, a wide range of choices for tourists. Notably, the best ones are Casa Doina, Carù cu Bere, and the Boutique Food Concept Stores.

    Casa Diona

    This is one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest. It is located in a historic building in a beautiful and well-kept park. The Casa Doina restaurant specializes in local cuisine. It offers a refined and elegant environment, with a splendid terrace. Many of the city’s politicians and businessmen dine here. While priced above average, you get what you pay for. Located at Sos. Kiseleff 4 Street, Sector 1.

    The Curù cu Bere Restaurant

    Curù cu Bere Restaurant bucharest

    (According to many reviewers, The Curù cu Bere is the best place where you can enjoy Romanian hospitality and delicacies while still being in the beating heath of the city.)

    The Curù cu Bere is the oldest brewery-restaurant in Bucharest dating back to 1875. This place offers its customers a gothic atmosphere in which echoes the figure of the famous Count Dracula. Specializing not only in traditional local cuisine but also offers vegan and vegetarian dishes. Suggestive and folkloristic atmosphere thanks to the typical Romanian dances that accompany guests during dinner. It is simply excellent value for money. Located at Stavropoleos Street 5.

    Boutique Food Concept Store

    Concept Store Boutique Food is a Bucharest restaurant specializing in international cuisine, mainly French and Italian. The restaurant wraps its customers in a romantic, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff.

    At the Concept Food Boutique, you can enjoy an excellent French, Italian or local dinner despite the low prices. Located at  Sos. Kiseleff 4 Street at Sector 1 of Bucharest.

    Best Tours in Bucharest

    Tours save you time and money. Rather than do all the research yourself and flip through countless pages of a dictionary, why not go with a knowledgeable local in a tour?

    Here are the best tours in operation right now in Bucharest:

    Activity Park and Spa Trip – Test your shooting skills by using a real pistol at a shooting selection. Indulge at the adrenaline rush of a high ropes course among the treetops and unwind from Europe’s biggest coated thermal spa.

    Palace of Parliament Tour – The Bucharest Palace of Parliament is a must-see as it is the world’s second-largest administrative construction and a monument left behind by the communist regime.

    3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest – During this 3-hour walking tour, you will find the significant landmarks and events of Bucharest’s communist past, including the brutal beginnings of this regime, in addition to the nationalization and compelled demolition of thousands of houses.

    Pub Crawl in the Old Town – Experience the most famous pub crawl in Bucharest to get a unique nightlife experience. A combination of local culture and popular touristic areas, in addition, this is an excellent opportunity to meet many fun new people and get acquainted with the city.

    Evening Bucharest Beer Tour – Fasten your seatbelts! You are going to take a journey into the center of Bucharest, drinking local craft beer one of the dreamily grandiose architectures of the little Paris’.

    Half-Day Bike Tour – Discover Bucharest by bike on a half-day tour. Get a summary of the city’s many areas, including the gypsy area, Communist Bucharest and much more.

    Travel Resource & Planning For Romania

    Here are some helpful tips if you’re planning to travel to Bucharest and of course Romania where it’s located. Romania is one of my favorite countries to visit for various reasons.

    Packing Guide

    Check my guide on the best rolling luggage or travel backpack, excellent travel camera, and other cool travel accessories you can take with you.

    Flight Booking

    Check out flights on Skyscanner. By far my favorite flight search engine because it lands me the best flight deals. You can see which days are cheapest to book your flights or how to land cheap mistake fares to milk it even further.

    Accommodation

    I use Booking.Com to book but I also use Airbnb to rent apartments, get up to $55 Airbnb credit!

    Getting Around

    I use Booking Buddy to find overseas, and I use Auto Europe within the EU. I also use bikes and scooters to get around, and I rent them using Bikes Booking.

    Insurance

    I always recommend having your trip covered in case of unfortunate incidents. World Nomads is an excellent place to start and they’ve never let me down. I’ve also used Travelex and Roam Right in the past, both are good options. Do some comparison shopping and find the one that caters to your trip best.

    Best Guide Book – Romania Travel Guide 2019 Edition

    Recommended Reading – Romania: Culture Smart and the description is for Culture

    Budgeting

    Learn how to travel in Romania for under $35 a day! If you’re really on a budget or broke, check out my guide on how to travel cheap (and sometimes free!), also learn more about my in-depth guide on how to budget for travel so you can travel smarter and even longer.

    Conclusion

    However you want to describe the capital city of Romania, it always has the attribute of an “undiscovered gem”. Millions of satisfied visitors describe their first visit to this city as unexpected and mind-twisting cheap experience that they simply can’t wait to do over again.

    Take at least two, or four, days for the best adventure in this city and give it a chance to make it fall in love with all of your senses for an unforgettable journey that is undoubtedly going to be for all of you.

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    Travel Anxiety: What are the Pre-Trip Jitters & How Can We Tame Them?

    Travel anxiety. We’ve all been there — three days out from an international trip and unintentionally adding flop sweat to our packing checklist as we overreact about how many socks we’ll need in Croatia. That familiar feeling of internalized panic as we sit at home, waiting painfully for the big day, and silently wondering “why am I doing this to myself? This is supposed to be a vacation. Why am I so damn stressed about it?”  Any time I plan a trip, I can always predict (usually...

    Travel anxiety. We’ve all been there — three days out from an international trip and unintentionally adding flop sweat to our packing checklist as we overreact about how many socks we’ll need in Croatia. That familiar feeling of internalized panic as we sit at home, waiting painfully for the big day, and silently wondering “why am I doing this to myself? This is supposed to be a vacation. Why am I so damn stressed about it?” 

    Any time I plan a trip, I can always predict (usually accurately) that I’ll think about canceling it 10 times before I actually board the flight. It’s not necessarily because I’m broke (though I sure as hell am not rich), and it’s not because I didn’t get approved for the right amount of vacation days from work.

    Fear

    But rather, my mild to moderate pre-trip freakout happens sometime between 1 month and 1 week before the flight, and it’s because of one simple (but not so simple) reason: fear.  

    • What if I get lost? 
    • What if I can’t speak the language?
    • And what if I get sold into sex slavery by a Cambodian cartel and then get multi-purposed as a drug mule and rot in a Thai Prison after I’m caught with drugs in my butt? 

    All of these fears (though absolutely legitimate) are common misconceptions about travel. We all worry about what’ll happen to us in unfamiliar and nuanced environments, but some of us worry more than others. The pre-travel jitters are a big deal, and can occasionally be so daunting that they can lead to a full-on trip cancellation; that’s no good.

    Logic

    What I’d like you to know is that your travel anxiety is rooted in logic. It’s not crazy, and you’re not crazy for thinking it. People do get mugged in foreign countries. It happens, and it’s not unreasonable to worry about it. But will it happen to you?

    Unlikely. 

    What I’d like you to gain from this is an understanding of and a healthier idea of your travel anxiety. It doesn’t have to dictate your behaviors. I’m going to show you some concrete and simple ways to calm yourself down when you’re close to pulling the plug on your trip. 

    What are the Pre-Trip Jitters?

    Let’s start by clarifying what I mean when I say the pre-trip jitters. In short, the pre-trip jitters are all the travel anxiety and worry you have when you’re fake smiling about your trip while telling others about it. The big “what if’s” of the mind that can be so devastatingly triggering that you genuinely wonder if you should nix the whole thing and stay home.

    Huacachina

    Pre-trip jitters can prevent you from experiencing places like this: Huacachina!

    You’ve booked your flight, you’ve booked your hostels, and now all there is to do is wait…and wait painfully. Simply put, the pre-trip jitters are the anxieties of anticipation – the torturous wait for the big day. 

    In my experience, the jitters all boil down to fear, and more specifically, fear of three things in particular: unknown, catastrophe & isolation. 

    Unknown

    When it comes to travel anxiety, the fear of the unknown is totally built into the code. On one hand, the unknown is why we travel: to see new, different and unique cultures, cuisines, ecosystems and toilet options. However, travel also comes pre-programmed with a huge laundry list of problems that can come up:

    • What if I don’t know the social norms?
    • What if their street signs aren’t in English?
    • And what if every animal in the country is venomous & in my hostel right this very second?

    Our brains are insanely talented at filling in the blanks when we don’t have a clear picture of what we’re getting into, and because travel comes pre-packaged with unknowns, they often get creative with the many, many scenarios that can go wrong. 

    Catastrophe

    In keeping with that theme of creativity, our brains have an enormous tendency to catastrophize- to make everything seem like doom & gloom. Instead of getting lost for an hour and finding our way back home, our brains tell us that we get lost, get kidnapped and left to die on the side of the road.

    This, in its most basic evolutionary form, is just our brains trying to warn us of potential dangers so we can avoid them. But when anxiety ramps up, particularly right before we’re about to do something big (like go on a trip), our brains blow up the intensity of these scenarios.

    • Instead of getting food poisoning and being in bed for 2 days, we have malaria and are almost certain to die.
    • Instead of meeting & bonding with other travelers, we’re going to hike & do everything sad and alone. 
    • And instead of going for a walk through the city center, we’re going to get mugged and left with nothing.

    The catastrophes that we come up with, though they feel every bit as likely and real as we think, are just illusions;  ways that our weirdly creative brains try to anticipate problems and warn us of them ahead of time.

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    Bonding with other travelers.

    Maybe if we spent less creative energy on international death scenarios and more on, say painting or writing, we could all be the new Picasso or Mark Twain. Yet here we are, coming up with colorful and vivid ways we can die in Europe. 

    Isolation

    This one is hands down the biggest problem for solo travelers but applies to group travelers as well. Because you’ll be dropped in a new country with new norms and new cellular data plans, you feel as though you’ll be completely isolated from the world and relationships you know.

    Rather than being able to call your mom at the first sight of danger, all of a sudden, you’ll be cut off from the support system you’re used to having back home. You won’t have access to: 

    • Cellular Data
    • Your friends & family
    • The usual lifelines you know, like 911 and health services

    This sparks tremendous fear in me, because I’m wholly dependent on my relationships for support, and when I went on my first solo trip, I was absolutely convinced that I’d be cut off from the rest of the world. This is the biggest fear I had, and it almost had me canceling my trip entirely. 

    At this point, you (understandably) might be thinking: 

    “Screw all this stuff! Why do I pay any attention to this damn travel anxiety if it does nothing but make me crazy?!” 

    Well, slow your roll, because getting frustrated with your brain won’t do anything to help. The truth is, your travel anxiety, much like an annoyingly intrusive great-aunt, is actually very well-intentioned.

    Why Does My Brain Hate Me?

    Contrary to how you may feel about your travel anxiety, your brain is actually doing it’s best to help you. As I said, travel anxiety is borne out of real, logical and justified concerns:

    • People do get hurt on trips
    • Yes people do get lost
    • People do run into sketchy situations

    When you’re anxious, your brain is analyzing these scenarios and running with them. It’s trying to present you with every possible danger you may come across while you’re away. It’s a primitive and evolutionary stress response; your lizard brain trying to warn you of what can happen if you don’t plan well enough.

    Machu Picchu

    Fear and anxiety can prevent you from living life to the fullest.

    The problems only start to arise when you get gridlock from these stressors; when you’re presented with so many paralyzing fears that you can’t push past them and do what you want. It’s a huge flaw in the stress response. It’s much more powerful for people like me with intense travel anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

    However, at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that your brain isn’t working against you. It’s not self-sabotaging and it’s not trying to prevent you from going on your trip; like your overbearing mother, it’s just trying to remind you that it knows someone who got sick on vacation.

    So What do We Do?

    So we now know what the pre-trip jitters are, and we now know that they’re not trying to ruin our lives. Great!  But does help us when we’re drenched in panic sweat 2 days before our flight? No way. So what can we do? How can we tame these travel anxiety beasts and push through them to get on the plane?

    Medellin anxiety and travel

    Catastrophe can happen anywhere even in Medellin. Don’t let it stop you.

    The key to managing the pre-travel jitters is fighting fire with fire. Fight your inner catastrophe with outer logic. When your brain tells you that you’re certain to break your leg on a hike and be left in the middle of the jungle, ask yourself, “how likely is that to actually happen?

    Would people actually just leave you to die there, or would they seek help and get you home?” Challenging your anxieties is insanely helpful in reframing your fears in a way that puts them in a much more realistic and less apocalyptic light. Simply put, when your brain blows something out of proportion, use reality & logic to put it back into proportion. Here are a few important recognitions to help you do that:

    1 – You Are Traveling in the 21st Century 

    Traveling now is not how it used to be. You do not have to be isolated from your loved ones while you’re away, and do not have to be cut off from internet and WiFi, even in countries that seem under-developed. You don’t need to know the local language fluently and you don’t have to have an entire mental map of the city you’re going to.

    Speaking from experience, I can guarantee that some of the concerns you have simply won’t apply just because you’re traveling during a time when the world is developing and highly connected. 

    • You WILL have internet & WiFi in most hostels, airports, restaurants & cafes
    • You WILL have access to effective medicine 
    • There WILL be English speakers everywhere
    • Most countries WILL be far more developed than you think they’ll be

    2 – You Decide what You do with Your Trip

    One thing that most people (myself included) often forget about is that this trip is your trip; that is to say, it’s your vacation, and you can do whatever the hell you want with it. You are not bound to any social or moral obligation to stay, and you can leave at any point if you feel you must. I know it sounds like you may be giving yourself an easy way out, and that’s kind of exactly what you’re doing.

    Taking the pressure off yourself in this sense can be incredibly freeing, especially when you’re nervous before the flight. Chances are that when you’re there and enjoying what the country has to offer, you won’t ever wind up using this lifeline, but it’s always nice to have in your back pocket when things seem overbearing. No one is forcing you to stay, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself. 

    3 – Your Trip is Temporary

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    Posing at Salkantay

    Much like the previous one, this is a great reminder to have on hand when things seem catastrophic or overwhelming. You will be back home — in this exact spot — within a few weeks.

    The sense of routine and comfort that you’re temporarily losing will be back and will be restored, so don’t feel as if this is the last time you’ll be relaxing at home.

    I personally always book my return flight ahead of time for this reason; for those moments when things seem intense and foreign, so I can remind myself “well hey, I have this date set to return to my comfort zone.

    I might as well enjoy this step outside of it until then.” And always remember that your trip is meant to be a break from the hum-drum of your daily life.

    Embrace the chance to escape from it while remembering that you will be returning to normalcy at one point. 

    4 – Your Travel Anxiety is Here to Stay

    I know this doesn’t sound like a plus. However, there’s something wildly freeing about accepting what you can’t control rather than fighting it. Just like an angry spouse who won’t tell you what’s wrong, your anxiety dwells and lingers in the back of your mind throughout your trip, and that’s okay.

    We all live with anxiety, and by now we know that it’s a necessary and well-intentioned part of our mental health. Don’t spend your whole trip fighting and struggling to overpower it. Let it simmer on the backburner, playing quietly in the background rather than trumpeting the hell out of the forefront. It’s a hell of a lot easier than spending your energy trying to tamp it down.

    I, for one, am nervous constantly on all of my trips; it doesn’t just go away when I’m geographically in a different part of the world. But I’ve learned not to mind it. My travel anxiety helps me empathize with others and bond with them over shared worries.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve chatted over a hostel beer with a stranger about fears of getting mugged or lost. We all worry. Even the most carefree of us still have fears and concerns about what could happen. It’s natural and it’s okay. But for the love of God; please don’t let it stop you from exploring the incredible countries the world has to offer.


    Author Bio:

    anxious and abroadGilad is a traveler in his twenties and is the author of Anxious & Abroad, a travel guide that aims to show nervous travelers and first-timers that travel isn’t just for the carefree nomadic types but can be fun and worthwhile for any kind of person; neurotic, meticulous, anxious or otherwise.

    He’s traveled to almost 20 countries in the past three years, all of which with anxiety and OCD.

    His site is full of tips, recommendations, advice and step-by-step guides he’s compiled from his travels so that he can help people plan a trip from the beginning all the way up until you get on the plane.

    You can check out his site and follow his social media below: 

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    The Pyramid of Tirana – Secrets of the Enver Hoxha Pyramid

    Sprawling across the center of Albania’s capital, Tirana, stands a derelict building imposing its will unto onlookers. Built during the country’s turbulent past, it stands as an unmistakable feature. A concrete structure standing out in a sea of other concrete structures. It’s barred door is covered in gaudy colored glass, now slowly decaying next the graffiti-filled walls slowly becoming a rubble heap. This is the Pyramid of Tirana. There is a certain beauty and appeal to its...

    Sprawling across the center of Albania’s capital, Tirana, stands a derelict building imposing its will unto onlookers. Built during the country’s turbulent past, it stands as an unmistakable feature. A concrete structure standing out in a sea of other concrete structures. It’s barred door is covered in gaudy colored glass, now slowly decaying next the graffiti-filled walls slowly becoming a rubble heap. This is the Pyramid of Tirana.

    There is a certain beauty and appeal to its chaotic decay. It’s hard to explain to someone who’s never seen it. An abandoned gem with scars that tells little of its past. Reaching back in history, from 1944 to 1992, Albania was under a harsh Communist government that tried to model itself after Stalinism.

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    Reflection of the Pyramid of Tirana

    Stalin, for those not in the know, is one of two dictators vying for power during WWII. The other, of course, was the infamous Hitler. Being a history buff, especially about WWII in Europe, I can tell you that Stalin was even worse than the latter. In terms of body count, Stalin takes the cake and if a government is trying to model itself after his regime; you can see where it’s going.

    Enver Hoxha Pyramid

    The strange pyramid was erected in the honor of the dictator Enver Hoxha, tried to implement the ideals of Stalin for decades in Albania. The pyramid building was design by Hoxha’s daughter and her husband to keep the dictator’s legacy – sort of like the way Pharaohs in Egypt built pyramids to be their everlasting tomb.

    pyramid of tirana

    The colorful entrance of the pyramid

    As the cold war thawed and eventually the fall of the Soviet Union, the national attitudes started to change. The building, stripped of its former purpose, was eventually converted into a convention center. This would then lead to the state of dilapidation it is in now. It became a military staging area thereafter, passed from one owner to the next, and along with the communist association led further to the intense neglect.

    There were plans to demolish the Pyramid of Tirana but some locals petitioned to keep it alive as it as part of their heritage (dark as it). Believe it or not, the pyramid was the most “expensive” structure ever constructed in Albania at the time of its opening in 1988. No matter the controversy and stained past, I think the pyramid gives Tirana a certain appeal.

    Ugly, Awesome, or Odd?

    Onlookers new to Tirana will have a range of opinions from grand, ugly, or just odd. It seems so out of place, yet it holds the most written about architecture in Albania. It’s been mentioned in the New York Times and a permanent fixture in Atlas Obscura. It can be said, that the cultural significance of the pyramid to Albanians is the same as the significance of the Eiffel Tower is to the French!

    enver hoxha pyramid

    Yes, it’s an ugly rotting building but it’s freakin’ cool don’t you think?!?

    I climbed and crawled up the pyramid of Tirana’s semi-steep sloping walls; all the way to the top out of curiosity. Seeing as there were kids and adults alike sliding and running up and down sloped walls; I figured I wasn’t trespassing.

    view from enver hoxha pyramid

    The view from the top of the Tirana Pyramid

    The views at the top are somewhat meager, it’s the tallest structure in the area. But it does provide a panoramic view above the treeline.

    There’s little dome covered with graffiti and some barbed wires meant to deter further excursions but I can tell it’s been definitely ignored.

    I would have loved to have explored the dilapidated interior but alas, the chains and padlocks that are wrapped around the doorway say otherwise. Regardless, it’s a fun discovery worth exploring, if not, to look at.

    Unlike the Egyptian pyramids, I don’t think this one will last thousands of years. And, unlike the Egyptian pyramids, this one only took 3 years to plan can complete.

    A Communist Star

    The Tirana Pyramid had a red star Communist symbol at the top. I think it once stood on top of this metallic dome, now peeling and covered in graffiti. Apparently, the interior’s floors had mezzanines on different levels that made it look like an amphitheater; it’s nowhere near that now.

    dome of the structure

    This dome likely held a communist star symbol

    What’s weird about the Tirana Pyramid, if you’re looking closely, is that it’s not even a pyramid!

    The shape of a pyramid is only seen at the front of the structure but in the back, it’s just a vertical building. From the top via bird’s eye view, it’s a double-headed eagle that’s the emblem of the Albanian flag. How I wish I had my DJI Pro 2 back then! The Pyramid also was meant to sit alongside Mount Dajti which you can see behind the structure.

    Enver Hoxha Building

    The Pyramid of Tirana looks like a pyramid when viewed at the front

    After playing host to various nightclubs and cafes, protests and countless public gatherings. The Pyramid now stands as little playground where Tirana’s youth (and some crazy adult, ahem!) use the slanted sides as a slide. And slide you will, granted you have a good pair of shoes with excellent grip to climb the top!

    Cold War Era Relic

    There is a certain air despair that surrounds this monument, a relic of the cold war era. An iconic symbol of a utopian ideal that was shaped by a dictator’s ego which eventually fell from his grasp. A monument from a past nobody wants to remember and now many don’t want to forget. If you’re ever in Tirana, you have to see this pyramid for yourself.

    Where Is The Tirana Pyramid?


    Travel Resource & Planning For Albania

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    Albania’s capital, Tirana

    If you’re planning for a trip to Albania, here are some very useful resources and guides to make your travels worthwhile in the country. Albania is a mountainous country in the Balkans and often seen as the backwaters of Europe. Don’t let this dissuade you! This is one freakin’ cool country and lots of awesome things to see and experience. Food isn’t half bad either. It’s like being in a European country with a little tug of the Middle East!

    Packing Guide

    Here are my gear guides for rolling luggage or travel backpacktravel camera, and other cool travel accessories.

    Flight Booking

    I always catch cheap flights via Skyscanner, which is my favorite flight search engine. Read about which days are cheapest to book your flights or how to score cheap mistake fares!

    Accommodation

    I often Booking.Com to book all my accommodations. I sometimes use Airbnb to rent apartments from locals; save up to $55 Airbnb credit when you sign up!

    Getting Around

    You can go wrong with Booking Buddy to find cheap car rental abroad. However, sometimes I use bikes and scooters, and I rent them via Bikes Booking.

    Insurance

    Travel Insurance is a must and World Nomads has never let me down. I would also recommend you look at Travelex and Roam Right, both are also good options.

    Best Guide Book – Albania (Bradt Travel Guide)

    Recommended Reading – Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe

    Budgeting

    Here’s my guide on how to travel cheap (and sometimes free!) and how to budget for travel.

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    Three Remote Australia Road Trips You Must Do in Your Lifetime

    Australia is a huge country with a population that is mostly located in a relatively small number of major towns and cities. This means that there is a large amount of unspoiled outback to explore. There are incredible sights to see, such as Uluru. There is also the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife of the country. In this article, we examine the three most remote Australia Road Trips that will entice the adventurer in you! Australia Road Trips If you want to get out there amongst...

    Australia is a huge country with a population that is mostly located in a relatively small number of major towns and cities. This means that there is a large amount of unspoiled outback to explore. There are incredible sights to see, such as Uluru. There is also the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife of the country. In this article, we examine the three most remote Australia Road Trips that will entice the adventurer in you!

    Australia Road Trips

    If you want to get out there amongst nature, taking a road trip is the best way to do it. You can hire a vehicle from providers such as www.drivenow.com.au and head off to explore the great Australian Outback. Do not forget to choose a vehicle that is capable of handling the different types of terrain that you are likely to encounter. Here are three remote Australian road trips that you may want to consider.
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    The Nullarbor Plain

    The Nullarbor Plain is a vast expanse of the outback and one of the most exciting Australian Road Trips. To give you an idea of just how vast, the area is around four times the size of Belgium. In Latin, the word Nullarbor means ‘no trees’, and it’s an apt description of this area. However, the lack of trees does not mean that the plain is completely desolate. Traveling across it you will see a combination of mulga scrub and wildflowers.

    Before you head off on your journey across the plain, make sure that you are fully prepared. You will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle and plenty of extra petrol, food, and water. This means that you are well prepared for every eventuality.

    There are many different sights to see once you head off on your journey. For instance, you are likely to come across an array of wildlife including kangaroos, emus, and camels. You may also want to stop off and visit the Eyre Bird Observatory, to get a further glimpse of the local wildlife.

    One of the most famous aspects of this road trip is the presence of the world’s longest golf course. The course is a total of 848 miles long and there is a hole at each town along the route. Why not stop off and play during your journey? It can be one of the great memories that you make on your road trip across the Nullarbor Plain.

    Uluru (Australia Road Trips)

    The Red Center Way

    The Red Center Way is one of the most stunning Australian Road Trips you can do. Traveling along it is a trip that requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Before you head off from Alice Springs, do not forget to explore the sights of the town. These sights include the world-famous art galleries which contain impressive examples of indigenous art.

    As you head out of Alice Springs, be prepared for the journey to take around six days. Along the way, you will pass through the impressive West MacDonnell Range National Park and you will get the opportunity to stop off and relax at one of the watering holes on the route.

    The sight that attracts most people to this road trip is the stunning Uluru. You simply cannot get an idea of its size and stature until you are next to it. If you are feeling adventurous you can jump on a camel and take a ride around the base of the structure. There is also the option to take a helicopter ride overhead. This can give you access to some incredible views.

    These are just some of the incredible sites that you can expect to see on the circular trip which ends back in the town of Alice Springs. You would need a good comfortable tent to if you’re sleeping outback. Check out our guide: 6 person tents | 8 person tents | 10 person tents | Backpacking tents.
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    The Gibb River Road

    This is another remote Australian Road Trips that necessitate the use of a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It’s a six-day trip that takes you through the wilderness of the Kimberley region. You might want to do this trip with an RV.

    Along the way you have the opportunity to pay a visit to the Windjana Gorge National Park where you can see freshwater crocodiles in their natural environment. You may also want to stop off at Bell Gorge where you can cool off with a swim, go for a walk in the bush or simply relax and watch the beautiful cascading waterfalls.

    During your journey, you will cross the Pentecost River. In this area, you will see many examples of local birds, animals, and fish. Towards the end of the trip, there is the opportunity to stay at El Questro Wilderness Park. You can take time to relax after your road trip, and you can also try out some of the available activities. These activities include horse riding and fishing. You also have the option to take a flight over the area, for a different view.

    Be prepared for your journey

    No matter which are these road trips you decide to take, you need to make sure that you are prepared before you set off. There are certain things that you should take with you.

    • Detailed maps of your route.
    • A compass.
    • Matches and firelighters.
    • Plenty of water.
    • A sufficient amount of food.
    • A first aid kit containing bandages, band-aids, antiseptic cream, sunblock, insect repellent, and painkillers.
    • Car repair tools, especially a jack.
    • A radio, so that you can check on road and weather conditions.

    Taking these items with you on your road trip helps to ensure that it remains memorable for all the right reasons.

    The Australian road trips which are mentioned in this article take you into remote areas of Australia. It’s important to always tell someone where you are going and give them a copy of your itinerary. Once you have done this and completed all of your preparations, you can set off on your adventure.

    Make sure that you give yourself enough time to relax and enjoy the experience. Having to rush through a journey can take away some of the magic. You need to have time to stop off and get close to the local wildlife or relax around a watering hole. Taking a remote road trip in Australia is your chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You need to savor it while you can.

    Before you pack. check our guides to make your Australian Road Trip a thing to remember: Best Travel Camera | Best Travel Tripods | Best Travel Backpack

    Which Australia Road Trips Will You Do?

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    Top 10 Best Hiking Shoes For Men & Women in 2019

    When it comes to hiking gear, just about nothing is more important than finding the right shoes. It can mean being able to cover long distances in comfort or trudging along in misery while blisters plague your feet. Shoes are what makes or break an outdoor adventure. Without a doubt, you need the best hiking shoes you can put on your feet. Quick Selection On this article, we will cover the importance of picking the right hiking shoes and which brands are currently on the market. We’ve...

    When it comes to hiking gear, just about nothing is more important than finding the right shoes. It can mean being able to cover long distances in comfort or trudging along in misery while blisters plague your feet. Shoes are what makes or break an outdoor adventure. Without a doubt, you need the best hiking shoes you can put on your feet.

    Quick Selection


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    Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

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    Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

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    HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3

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    The North Face Ultra 110 GTX

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    On this article, we will cover the importance of picking the right hiking shoes and which brands are currently on the market. We’ve done all the testing and research for you, and by the time you’re done reading this article, you should have a clear idea on which hiking shoes to get in 2019.

    Let’s take a look at how you can choose the best hiking shoes for your feet.

    How to Choose The Best Hiking Shoes

    Before you start looking, it’s essential to know exactly how to find the best pair of hiking shoes for you. We’re all different, so it’s not possible to say for certain that a shoe that works for someone else would work for you. Your ideal pair of hiking shoes might be totally different from your partner’s or your kids’ ideal pair. Your feet will be slightly different, and your stance and walking style is likely to be different from other people, too.

    As much as we’re going to run down a top 10 list here, you absolutely shouldn’t just pick your shoes solely based on other people’s opinion.

    Instead, you should do the following:

    Focus on the Fit

    Focus on finding a shoe that fits you well. Finding the right size will prevent blisters and ensure these shoes are more than just a functional tool to help you walk and hike around. You will enjoy putting those shoes on and venturing out into the world!

    It’s essential to measure your feet and know:

    • How long your feet are
    • The width of your feet
    • How long your foot arches are

    You can do this measurement for yourself at home, but it is also a good idea to get your measured by a specialist. Find a local sportswear retailer and ask them to help. You don’t have to buy the shoes from the shop, but you can simply use the measurements to help you find the right pair of hiking shoes online, for example.

    Boots should fit snug. Try the pair and walk around it all day to get a feel for comfort. Find a store or online retailer that lets you return the pair if it doesn’t fit.

    Type of Socks

    When you’re thinking about buying hiking shoes, you’ll want to keep in mind the kind of socks you’d be using. You want to include the thickness of the sock you normally use when hiking, as you are testing if the shoe is a good fit. Similarly, if you’re using any orthotics, you have to make sure you reflect their impact on the size. Of course, if you are buying hiking sandals rather than shoes, then you might often not wear any socks at all, although the fastening of your sandals should be flexible enough for you to wear them with or without socks as you wish.

    You have to Try it On in Person

    As you shop for the perfect hiking shoes, you have to try the boots on. Note that most online stores will allow you to return or exchange a shoe after purchase, no questions asked, so long as you haven’t clearly taken them for a “test run” on a long walk! This is important to know so that you can find the right fit.

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    One trick is to find a local store that carries the particular hiking shoes you like and then finding the same online to see if there’s a better price for it. However, if you’re going to a truly local business, we always recommend it’s better to support your local business than a corporate chain.

    When you are trying the shoes for the first time, you should keep these tricks in mind to determine the right fit:

    • Try the shoes on in the afternoon when your feet are slightly swollen – this ensures you won’t end up with a too-small size.
    • Wear a similar sock as you normally would when hiking, if necessary, when testing the shoes.
    • Don’t just try it on and move on, walk around a bit and if you can, test the shoes while climbing stairs or on a small inclination. Remember not to wear them outdoors in case you want to return them!

    Once you’ve found your perfect shoes and bought them, remember to break them in before your first hiking trip!

    Understand the Different Types and Hiking Boot Components

    There are many types of hiking footwear out there. It’s important to pay attention to the different types available as well as to the various footwear components, to guarantee you find the right hiking footwear for your needs.

    In general, you can divide hiking footwear into four categories:

    • Hiking sandals – Sandal-style hiking shoes with flexibility and support. Extremely light and work perfectly for people who walk a lot in not very demanding terrain. Also popular among people who work on their feet all day.
    • Hiking shoes – Low-cut shoes with flexible midsoles. Light and work well for day hikers and travelers.
    • Day hiking boots – Mid to high-cut shoes with flexibility. Intended use is for day hikes and short trips.
    • Backpacking boots – High-cut shoes with the most support around the ankle, with stiffer midsoles to make them more suitable for carrying heavy loads. Most popular for long hiking trips and off-trail travel.

    What Sort of Hiking are you Planning to Do?

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    Hiking the Torre del Paine circuit requires sturdy hiking boots

    When thinking about the right hiking footwear, think about the kind of hiking trips you like to make and the terrain you tend to hike on. Stiff boots, for example, are best for those who hike on very rocky terrain and for long hours. If you are mainly hiking normal paths and for shorter periods, you probably don’t want to opt for such a stiff boot.

    Thru hikes like JMT or the W Trek in Torres Del Paine, require sturdy (usually stiff) boots that can stay dry when it rains. The same boots or shoes you will use in these places, you definitely don’t want to use for a hike in Death Valley – it’s far too hot! You might also consider a pair of hiking shoes for easy day hikes like Cathedral Lakes.

    On top of this, you should consider the components and characteristics of different types of hiking footwear, because this can influence the weight and durability of the shoe. For example, you might require fully water-resistant footwear, which brings us to the next thing you should also consider:

    Materials

    Some materials are more suited to one terrain over the other. Goretex fabric will be waterproof (for the most part) but have very poor breathability characteristics. Mesh fabric is obviously made for warmer climates. Vibram rubber soles are great for gripping slippery terrain but come from different manufacturers; it can get confusing when manufacturers throw this name in the mix when there are actually dozens of different kinds.

    It is important to take into account the material the hiking shoes are made of for what climate and activity you will be using it for. If you intend to do some running and jogging on the trail, hiking boots made of heavy leather are not the obvious pick.

    The Best Hiking Shoes

    With the above tips and points in mind, you can start looking for your ideal hiking footwear. Whilst it’s impossible to say for certain which shoe might become your favorite, there are plenty of popular shoes that other hikers find they can’t live without.

    Here’s a list of the top 10 hiking shoes for you to look at when choosing your next hiking footwear.

    Viakix Hiking Sandals

    1. Viakix Napali Hiking Sandals

    MSRP: $49
    Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz.
    Upper: Woven fabric
    Outsole: Foam/rubber
    Closure Style: Slip-on
    Gender: Women

    For everyday use, Viakix sandals are a very popular pick. The sandals are comfortable, providing a lot of support for the sole and reducing friction. They are made from a breathable material to guarantee your feet don’t start sweating too much. If you do want a bit more coverage from your hiking shoes, the brand’s water shoes are a fantastic pick.

    Viakix also focuses on the appearance of the shoe as well as on comfort and usability. This means these are perfect for those traveling and for people who are looking for a smart but comfortable hiking shoe. The company has been noted for producing high-quality footwear at very affordable prices.

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    Pros

    • Low price but high-quality
    • Great brand
    • It’s available in six colors
    • Made of durable leather and breathable textile material
    • Omni-Grip technology for better traction and grip
    • Very lightweight

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    Cons

    • Experienced hikers may want a thicker sole, especially for more advanced routes

    Saucony Peregrine ISO

    2. Saucony Peregrine ISO

    MSRP: $120
    Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz.
    Upper: Engineered mesh
    Outsole: PWRTRAC tacky rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    Saucony Peregrine is another popular lightweight hiking shoe. The ISO is their latest model, providing hikers with a super lightweight and comfortable shoe. It offers good water resistance, and you can dry them relatively quickly. When you’re wearing the shoe, it can feel a bit like putting on a sock, which might not be for all users. However, it does feel relatively comfortable and adds a lot of flexibility to the sizing.

    The Saucony Peregrine ISO is a good hiking shoe for everyday use. The boots are a bit pricier than some models, but you won’t have to replace these anytime soon, and the quality is also very good. This shoes can be ideal for the beginner hiker or trail runner. If you’re doing some long-distance marathon on flatter surfaces, this shoes is perfect for you. Just don’t take it out to extremely muddy terrain as you might struggle as the shoes will.

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    Pros

    • Good traction
    • Provides all-day cushion and comfort
    • A fit and secure upper
    • Allows breathability
    • Good durability
    • Toebox is good enough

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    Cons

    • A bulkier shoe compared to version 7 and under
    • Although only weighing 8 by 0.5 oz. it’s also heavier than older models
    • Toebox is good but bigger would be better
    • The lower sides on the heel collar can let rocks inside the shoes

    Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

    3. Merrell Moab 2 Mid Ventilator

    MSRP: $110
    Weight: 2 lbs. 2 oz.
    Upper: Suede leather/mesh
    Outsole: Vibram/rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    If you want a hiking boot, you should think about opting for the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Ventilator. It’s a popular model for both men and women. For a hiking boot, Merrell’s boots are quite lightweight, and you will find you get a lot of comfort out of these boots.

    The shoes are made out of a mixture of suede leather and a breathable mesh. This makes them very durable, so you don’t have to worry about wear and tear with these. They aren’t the most water-resistant boots, and if you do want to guarantee your feet stay dry, it’s best to buy the waterproof version. However, this takes away some of the breathability. One of the best things about the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Ventilator boots is the wide model availability!

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    Pros

    • Comfortable on most trails
    • Great traction
    • Very durable
    • Good arch support
    • Good cushion underfoot
    • Made of recycled materials

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    Cons

    • Not very stable when carrying a lot of weight
    • Leaks in heavy water use

    Brooks Cascadia 13

    4. Brooks Cascadia 13

    MSRP: $99.95
    Weight: 1 lb. 7.8 oz.
    Upper: Synthetic
    Outsole: Rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    If your hiking trips include running, you might like this combination shoe. The Brooks Cascadia 13 is a trail running shoe that makes traditional hiking and off-road running a lot of fun.

    These shoes are flexible with a durable upper mesh section. This makes them long-lasting hiking boots, but they are also slightly heavier than many other hiking shoes. However, you do get a lot of grip with these shoes, and many users report quick break-in times. They are good to go almost right from the moment you lift them from the box!

    One potential downside to being aware of this particular model is that it has a rather narrow fit. If you are cursed (or blessed) with wide feet, you may find it impossible to find a comfortable size in these. At the same time, for those with narrow feet, these might just be the best shoes out there!

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    Pros

    • Great traction even on mud
    • Comes with different width options
    • Good breathability
    • Soft cushion
    • Good protection from rocks

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    Cons

    • A little heavy
    • Not as flexible as other models

    Salomon Quest 4D

    5. Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

    MSRP: $230
    Weight: 2 lbs. 13.2 oz.
    Upper: Nubuck leather/textile
    Outsole: Contagrip rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    The Salomon hiking shoe is a boot style shoe with lots of support and protection. These are warm boots, which work well even in winter conditions. The Gore-Tex lining means they are waterproof and provide a lot of protection from the wind. However, it will take you a lot of time to get them dry if you do manage to get them wet!

    Even though this is a boot model, the ankle support isn’t as protective as in some other models. You do get very good traction, and these will work well on the toughest of terrains. Just be mindful of the fact that these boots can be quite heavy to wear and to carry around. Overall, this boot is a highly-coveted model from a prestigious brand. It’s heavy, but that’s because it’s made for colder and rougher terrain. Warm weather hikers might want to look for something lighter.

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    Pros

    • Excellent support
    • Great stability
    • Performance fit lacing system
    • Keeps your feet warm
    • Water resistant
    • Very little break-in time

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    Cons

    • Too warm for hot weather use
    • Expensive
    • Only one width option
    • Not meant for shorter hikes

    La Sportiva Bushido II

    6. La Sportiva Bushido II

    MSRP: $99.95
    Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz.
    Upper: Air mesh/thermal adhesive microfiber/high-frequency welded ripstop overlays/TPU toe cap
    Outsole: FriXion XT V-Groove2 rubber with Impact Brake System
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    If you need hiking shoes, not boots, for rough terrain, you should consider the La Sportiva Bushido II hiking shoes. They offer a lot of durability and support. The shoes are not as flexible as most hiking shoes. For example, they have a capped toe support and a high-quality, stiff sole. You get a lot of protection with these. However, if you just want a comfortable daily hiking shoe, then it would not be that good of a pick.

    So, when you need a hiking shoe for rough terrain, this could be a contender. You can find this particular model for both men and women. The La Sportiva Bushido II hiking shoe is also great in terms of weather resistance. It’s not just for hiking/walking either, and the Bushido II is easily nimble and able to handle long-distance running well. The shoes are well adapted to uneven terrain and have very responsive traction. However, we think it could use a little bit more cushion for long-distance runners.

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    Pros

    • Excellent traction in any conditions, rocks, mud, wet-slippery
    • Locks in for greater control
    • Stable in the uneven terrain
    • Great protection
    • Very durable

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    Cons

    • Could be lighter
    • Runs small and not made for bigger feet
    • Limited cushion

    Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

    7. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

    MSRP: $239.00

    Weight: 2 lbs. 7 oz.
    Upper: Nubuck leather/Cordura nylon
    Outsole: Vibram rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    Lowa’s hiking shoe is a mid-height boot that provides a good amount of protection and stability. These shoes have a heavy leather lining which can make them feel slightly heavy and hot. You wouldn’t necessarily want to use these on a long hiking trip, but for a daily hike, the shoes work very well.

    For most people, the big selling point of this particular model is the customization in terms of fit. The hiking shoes are available for men and women in regular, narrow, and wide fit, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect size! The Lowa is one of the most popular hiking boot because it has a very comfortable and a wrap around the ankle support. It’s ideal for thru-hiking in the JMT or just a short day-hike. It’s bulkier than most models here but one that does offer a good bang for the buck.

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    Pros

    • Top-rated hiking boots for men and women
    • Great for various terrain
    • The nylon shank and monowrap midsole, and nubuck leather upper,
    • Waterproof Goretex material
    • Vibram rubber outsole for good traction
    • Comfortable footbed

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    Cons

    • Runs narrow, so wider feet folks, beware
    • Goretex isn’t very breathable
    • Expensive
    • Stiff
    • Bulky

    Altra Lone Peak 4

    8. Altra Lone Peak 4

    MSRP: $120
    Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
    Upper: Mesh
    Outsole: Rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    Hiking shoes don’t come much more lightweight than the Altra Lone Peak 4. These shoes are extremely lightweight and flexible. This specific boot also has a unique toe box, which makes these quite a comfortable pick. Furthermore, these hiking shoes benefit from a zero-drop build, which means the heel and the ball of your foot are always at the same distance from the ground. This makes walking a lot less demanding on your feet.

    Other great qualities of these shoes include great weather resistance and breathability. If your shoes get wet, they will dry quickly, and you get quite a good grip even when walking or running on mountain terrain. The shoes come with low or mid-cut so you can pick the style that suits you best. Although and improve over its predecessor, it has some minor flaws. The midsole on this one isn’t as durable, and it might only go for a few hundred miles. With that said, these shoes are more than capable of taking you to various terrain.

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    Pros

    • Comfortable straight out of the box
    • Secure around the ankle support
    • Outsole grips hard with the dedicated pattern through the lugs
    • Waterproof
    • Zero drop platform to help lessen impacts and added stability
    • Optional gaiter attachment

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    Cons

    • Waterproof means less ventilation
    • Sizing was a bit off
    • Might not be able to tackle the more technical terrain

    HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3

    9. HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3

    MSRP: $140
    Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
    Upper: Engineered synthetic mesh
    Outsole: Vibram Megagrip rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    HOKA’s popularity in the hiking community is down to the lightweight nature of their shoes. This particular model doesn’t disappoint, as the shoes are more feather-light rather than just lightweight. However, you still get a lot of support and traction with these boots. The Speedgoat 3 also has a wider toe box, which creates a lovely, roomy feel for your feet.

    The midsole is slightly higher than in most hiking boots, and this can make some people feel slightly unstable when walking. However, you get quite a bit of protection against the terrain because of it. If you want a lightweight shoe for your travel, this is not a bad choice. This shoes can pretty much do it all except the weird grip on concrete or asphalt that makes it hard to run. Trail runners, however, will find these shoes to be right up their alley.

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    Pros

    • Very lightweight
    • Can go the distance
    • Very responsive
    • Great traction
    • Can handle varied terrain
    • Good shocks

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    Cons

    • The grip on concrete or asphalt makes it impossible to run on
    • Runs Narrow

    The North Face Ultra 110 GTX

    10. The North Face Ultra 110 GTX

    MSRP: $129
    Weight: 1 lb. 8.8 oz.
    Upper: Woven Goretex
    Outsole: Vibram Megagrip rubber
    Closure Style: Lace
    Gender: Men/Women

    When it comes to finding a great hiking shoe for rough weather conditions, North Face is a brand you can trust. This particular model is fully waterproof and lined with Gore-Tex. This guarantees excellent breathability and comfort. You won’t get your feet wet or cold when wearing these hiking shoes. For a hiking shoe, the sole can feel stiff, but these are not meant for your average hiking trips. These shoes are for those hiking trips that take you out into the wild in harsh conditions. However, you definitely want to take time to break in these shoes before you travel.

    The Ultra 110 GTX is a worthy upgrade to the 109 GTX. It’s moderately cushioned but allows you to tackle easy or rough trails. It looks similar to the 109, but the durability and traction have been improved. It bit on the heavy side, and the Goretex material means less breathability. You should find these shoes more suitable to the colder or wetter climate. Warmer weather would not be ideal.

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    Pros

    • Relatively comfortable
    • Stable in most terrain
    • Very durable
    • Reasonable price
    • Good protection

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    Cons

    • Not very breathable
    • Heavy and bulky

    Tips on Making your Hiking Shoes More Comfortable

    • Get aftermarket insoles
    • Always break your boot/shoes in before you embark on a major trip
    • Check out other lacing methods if the current one you’re using isn’t comfortable
    • Wear appropriate socks and go with synthetic as it dries faster than cotton

    Conclusion

    As you can see, there are lots of options out there, and you can find your favorite shoe best by trying out as many different options as possible. You will likely want to pick a few different hiking shoes and think about which ones will be best for where you’re going and how you’re going to use them.

    Get to know your feet, think about your hiking needs, and find your favorite hiking footwear!

    DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BRAND? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

     

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    How to Choose the Best DSLR Camera for Travel in 2019

    No matter how you intend to pursue photography, whether as a profession, for travel, or just a hobby, one thing that, you will need is a competent camera. Exotic locales, smiling faces, or a random street scene would be best preserved in time through a lens and an excellent camera. In today’s world, almost everyone can take decent photos with a smartphone. However, if you would like to take your photography to the next level, you need a Mirrorless Camera or the Best DSLR Camera today. This...

    No matter how you intend to pursue photography, whether as a profession, for travel, or just a hobby, one thing that, you will need is a competent camera. Exotic locales, smiling faces, or a random street scene would be best preserved in time through a lens and an excellent camera. In today’s world, almost everyone can take decent photos with a smartphone. However, if you would like to take your photography to the next level, you need a Mirrorless Camera or the Best DSLR Camera today.


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    Why Take my Advice?

    Check out my body of work. I’ve been in photography for over 15 years has been published in various publications around the world including National Geographic and BBC Travel. I have a thriving travel stock portfolio at Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. I know all about photography gear from film cameras to the digital forms I’m suggesting today. I’m not sponsored by any brands so this guide is formed my experience to your benefit.

    This article is about finding the Best Digital SLR Camera for your style of photography and why it might be better for you than other types of camera. As somebody who’s owned several camera systems, from film SLRs from Canon and Nikon through Mirrorless systems, we can give you insights that will help you in your decision making. If you’re more interested in Mirrorless systems, read my epic guide on “How to Choose the Best Mirrorless Camera.”

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    What’s a DSLR Camera?

    Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras use the same tried and tested design of 35mm SLR film cameras of yesteryears. There is a mirror (reflex) inside the camera body the reflects the light coming through lens into a prism so it can reach the viewfinder that allows you to see the image. When you take your shot (press the shutter), this mirror flips up, and camera shutter opens and lets the light into the sensor and records the image.

    Because of the other mechanisms in place, DSLR cameras are going to heavier than Mirrorless Cameras. However, since Mirrorless Cameras use electronic viewfinders to preview the image, it will suck through batteries much faster than a DSLR camera, prompting you to carry more batteries or extra batter grips adding to the overall weight of your gear.

    Why Choose DSLR Camera Over Mirrorless?

    Let’s list the reasons why you would choose or stay with a DSLR camera system over the upstart, the Mirrorless Camera.

    Lens and Accessories

    Since DSLRs have been around longer and can use old SLR lenses from the camera’s manufacturer, it has more to choose from. If you don’t know, it’s optics that define the quality of the images, less so than the camera sensor. If you want plenty of lens to choose from and accessories that go with it, DSLR cameras are the obvious choice.

    Mirrorless has only been around for a few years and very slow to catch up. This will probably change and equalize in the future, but for now, DSLRs has the advantage.

    Battery Life

    Mirrorless Cameras rely on Electronic View Finder (EVF) to operate the viewfinder. Because EVF will drain the battery faster than a DSLR camera where an Optical View Finder (mirror) is in place to show you the image. As mentioned, since you will have to carry more batteries, this may even negate the weight advantage of a Mirrorless Camera.

    No EVF Lag

    Electronic View Finders sometimes suffers from lag. As of writing, the current Mirrorless implementations of EVF isn’t as responsive as OVF. This especially true with cheaper, less refined Mirrorless cameras. With OVF, you see the image as good as real-time with no lag.

    Continuous Autofocus and Object Tracking

    The current batch of Mirrorless cameras isn’t as refined (yet) with contrast detection focus system. DSLR cameras use phase detection focus to track subjects. Some mirrorless cameras are starting to roll out with hybrid combination phase and contrast detection focus so its just a matter of time when this field is evened out. But for now, DSLRs has the advantage.

    No Red Dot Patterns

    If you shoot with the sun in the frame at tiny apertures, the light rays bounce between the sensor and rear lens element that create a weird red grid pattern. This is due to the short flange distance between the sensor and the lens on Mirrorless cameras. This is an inherent design flaw that DSLR cameras don’t have to deal with this issue since there is a mirror between the lens and the sensor.

    Optical Viewfinder (OVF)

    The biggest strength of the DSLR is the OVF, which is incidentally, considered to be a weakness as far as Mirrorless is concerned. The EVF in Mirrorless cameras made today have a very strong contrast. It doesn’t look natural like what you see in an OVF. There are too many blacks and whites and very little in between.

    Why a DSLR Camera May Not be for You

    While Digital SLRs is grand, it’s not the only system in the camera market. Some options already stand to be better in other facets. Let’s review them here.

    Weight and Bulk

    Digital SLRs is heavier and bulkier due to the extra mechanisms and a reflex mirror to operate the OVF and thus making it bulkier and heavier than Mirrorless cameras. For travel, this could mean heavier bags and less space to carry other things.

    Video Shooting

    If you plan you shoot video, or if that’s your primary purpose for having a camera, then a Mirrorless camera is more suited for the task. A DSLR camera can’t use phase detection when its mirror is up, and those lead to the blurry look while the camera is trying to focus.

    Shooting Speed

    Since a DSLR camera has to lift the mirror to take the image, it will be slower in taking multiple images in succession. A Mirrorless camera simply has to open up its shutter to take images. There are plenty of High-end DSLRs that can shoot very fast and are still being used by sports photographers; however, Mirrorless has the advantage of this feature.

    Bottom Line

    In the end, you make the judgment whether you should go Mirrorless or with. If you’re a beginner photographer, we suggest you go with a Digital SLR. Learn how it works and then learn how to use in manual mode. we think most people jump too soon to a fully automated system without learning the basics.

    DSLRs have been around a long time and can even use older full manual focus lens – this is a great way to learn all about DOF, diffraction, ect., This is my greatest argument for a DSLR camera system, and I’m glad you’ve found this guide so we can steer you in the right direction. However, if you have the funds, why not try both?

    What to Look for in a DSLR Camera?

    People have become accustomed to measuring a camera’s quality based on its megapixels, but a good travel DSLR camera has to have more than just that.

    Sensor Size: Full Frame vs. APS-C

    Full frame is simply the size of the camera’s sensor measured to mimic the legacy 35mm film of the past. APS-C is the cropped version of 35mm which is equivalent to the size of the super 35 motion film format. Without going into details of science, the bigger the sensor, the better the noise, ISO, and quality of the image. However, a bigger sensor also means a heavier camera. This is taken into account when picking the cameras on this list.

    Price Considerations

    Some cameras are very expensive, and some cameras are very cheap. But cheap usually means fewer features, lesser quality images, and usually built with cheap materials and isn’t as robust. This is all taken into account with all the cameras listed here. We weigh the pros and cons and give you the best options without breaking the bank. Cheap doesn’t necessarily “lesser quality,” and we’ve found those cameras to present to you here.

    Lens and Accessories

    Canon and Nikon have a huge and extensive lens and accessories selection. They’ve been making lenses for decades and have amassed a huge collection. However, Canon and Nikon is not the only game in town. Pentax and Sony are also starting to catch up. Check up on their respective websites for their collection. You may not need such an exhaustive selection of lenses. We’ve also included worthy competitors on this list.

    Weight

    Since you’re packing the camera for travel, you should consider this as well. Adding, tripods, some lenses, and other accessories can make your bag or luggage bulky and heavy. Don’t worry, and we’ve presented the best travel DSLRs below.

    Now that you know what to look for, the next inevitable question will be: What is The Best DSLR Camera?

    We have compiled a list of the best DSLR cameras that you can find in the market at the most reasonable price possible. But before moving forward with the list, there are some acronyms that you will come across a lot while reading the features of these cameras. It might be helpful if we define those words in advance.

    Legend:

    ISO range/number: This helps to measure the sensitivity of any camera’s image sensor. A high ISO number is better as it means that your camera is extremely sensitive to light, and this will allow it to capture pictures even in the dark.

    FPS: Frames Per Second. It’s how fast a camera can shoot “a frame” per second. You can capture fast action and moving subjects better with more FPS.

    MP: Megapixels. This is the raw count of how much “resolution” a camera can capture. The higher this number is, the better the quality (for the most part).

    Full Frame: This is the size of the sensor itself. Full frame just means the size of the sensor is the same (or close) size to 35 mm film. The bigger the sensor, the more it’s capable of producing a high-quality image.

    APS-C: Advanced Photo System type-C is the size of the sensor made to approximate the size of the classic super-35 film format.

    Now, let’s go through the list and decide which one of these cameras suits you best.

    The Best DSLR Cameras For Travel in 2019


    Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera

    1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $3,299

    Megapixel: 30.4

    Weight: 1.76 lbs

    Sensor Size: Full frame (35mm)

    Overview


    Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a part of Canon’s esteemed 5D series. It delivers an amazing image quality with its 30.4 Megapixel full frame sensor. This sensor is the key technology that helps it capture exceptionally detailed 4K videos; although, the 4k Video is cropped to 1.64x of its full frame width.

    It is equipped with a 61-point AF system which makes it a pro in providing a highly focused snap. Moreover, Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF assists in both Live View and video shooting. With this camera, you don’t need to worry about dim lighting as it is efficient in capturing visible pictures in the dark. However, low contrast subjects do give it trouble in the dark. In addition to this, it can also shoot continuously up until 7.0 fps because of its DIGIC 6+ Image Processor.

    This Canon model is easy to use due to its efficient LCD and touch panel. Moreover, it has a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS that makes capturing large astronomical bodies possible. A note of caution about using GPS in such devices is that it is not always compatible everywhere around the world. Some countries have GPS restrictions so that can hinder your camera’s performance.

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    Pros:

    • The advanced sensor that gives picture quality of 36.4 megapixels
    • Exceptional ISO range delivers visible pictures even in the low light
    • Accurate colors
    • Great ISO performance
    • Excellent quality RAW files
    • Fast burst speed at 7 FPS
    • Comes with built-in GPS
    • Great battery life
    • Rugged and weather-sealed

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    Cons:

    • PREMIER IV Processor’s function is unclear
    • Video is cropped to 1.64x of the full frame sensor
    • Low-light Autofocus doesn’t catch low-contrast subjects very well
    • JPEG quality isn’t as sharp
    • The dual card slot isn’t the same format

    dslr for travel Nikon D750 DSLR Camera

    2. Nikon D750 DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $1,496.95

    Megapixel: 24.3

    Weight: 1.65 lbs

    Sensor Size: Full Frame (35mm)

    Overview


    Nikon D750’s smaller size hasn’t affected its impressive shooting skills. It can rival D4S and D810 when it comes to autofocus and metering technology. Moreover, it has an impressive AF system of 51 points and 3D Color Matrix Metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. It is important to note that it has 15 cross-type sensors that make it quick to respond to movements; hence, it captures life at full resolution and 6.5 fps.

    This camera uses a CMOS sensor that is coupled with Expeed 4 images, which make it easy to capture pictures while processing over fast frame rates. It also has low noise-resistant and an ISO range of 100 to 12,800 that can expand to 51,200 with the help of specific lenses.

    Nikon D750 is truly an innovative step towards photography as it has a 3.2 inch LCD with 1,229k dot tilting Vary-Angle that improves its picture composition abilities. Just like all other Nikon cameras, this camera is also equipped with SnapBridge that makes sharing your photographs and videos easy for the world.

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    Pros

    • Mostly auto control, even an amateur can use it
    • The superb high ISO performance
    • New highlight-weighted metering mode
    • Active D-Lighting that helps with tricky lighting
    • The enormous, articulated rear LCD screen
    • Class-leading burst rate
    • Power Aperture for smooth, step-less aperture fluctuations in video
    • Great performance from the built-in flash that can act as the commander to distant flashes
    • The excellent 51-point AF system
    • Auto Focus works in very low light
    • Superb battery life
    • Dual card slots

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    Cons

    • The operational panel can be difficult to understand
    • Buffer size when shooting 14-bit RAW files could be better
    • Weak AA-filter can create moiré with specific subjects
    • OVF coverage closer to 97%
    • Auto and Incandescent white balance also warm in tungsten lighting
    • Default saturation, contrast, and sharpening a little high
    • Matrix metering Can Occasionally produce unexpected consequences
    • Very sluggish AF in Live View mode

    travel camera Canon Rebel T7i DSLR Camera

    3. Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D)

    MSRP: $699.00

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight: 1.18 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Markets are filled with cameras that promise impressive and high-quality pictures, but not all of them live up to what they sell. With the Rebel T7i, Canon sells exactly what it advertises. It offers a camera with an exceptional optical viewfinder of a 45 point AF system, as well as fast autofocus and processing that can capture 6.0 frames per second.

    Now you won’t miss small moments just because your camera needs time to readjust. It is significant to note that the camera has Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology at 0.003 second, which makes it the world’s fastest AF. Furthermore, you can touch the LCD screen to focus on a particular part on the screen.

    Apart from the above-mentioned features, its APS-C sensor CMOS 24.2 Megapixel coupled with DIGIC 7 Image Processor provides vibrant and toning colors in your pictures. Its picture visibility in low light is impressive as its ISO range is from 100 to 25600. This is not the only camera using this sensor, there’s the slightly improved Canon 77D but priced at $100 more. In this case, pocket the $100 and put towards an EF-S lens; it would be a far better investment than the meager improvements you get out of the 77D.

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    Pros

    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF is the world’s fastest AF technology
    • The enhanced high ISO performance
    • Total HD video around 60p
    • An improved dynamic range within its predecessor
    • Fast AF speeds
    • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth
    • Pop-up flash may act as a remote flash commander
    • Decent RAW buffer depth that is much improved over its predecessor
    • Tilt-swivel touchscreen LCD
    • In-camera time-lapse movies
    • Quick power-up
    • Great 6 fps burst speed because of its course
    • 45 cross-type AF points
    • Low shutter lag
    • Comfortable ergonomics
    • Swift cycle times
    • Supports Fine Detail Picture Style for better JPEG sharpening compared to default settings

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    Cons

    • The frames per second, continuous shooting technology, is not as developed as the rest in the list
    • Auto ISO only offers the max setting
    • Little and incorrect pentamirror viewfinder
    • No 4K video
    • No intervalometer for stills
    • Similarly priced to the Canon 77D which offers more features
    • Mediocre battery life for a DSLR camera
    • Default JPEGs a little soft
    • The dynamic range and high ISO performance not as good as the cameras on this list

    Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera

    4. Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $1,299.00

    Megapixel: 26.2 MP

    Weight:3.45 lbs

    Sensor Size: Full Frame (35mm)

    Overview


    Canon is famous for its DIGIC 7 Image Processor, and it’s no surprise that this camera also includes this technology that delivers exceptionally high-quality images combined with its 26.2 Megapixel CMOS full frame sensor. Its ISO range is 100 to 40000, which contributes to amazing picture quality.

    In addition to the above-mentioned features, its 45 points all across the AF system together with 6.5 fps continuous shooting can help you capture even the smallest details in your frame. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a pro in phase-detection and provides amazing Live View as well as 4K Time Lapse Video. Speaking of 4k, this camera, unfortunately, doesn’t offer 4k Video.

    The Canon 6D Mark II with its DIGIC 7 processor is a speedy little camera. In the right hands, this camera will do wonders for any amateur photographers.

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    Pros

    • ISO range is 100 to 40000 that enable it to capture pictures with maximum visibility possible
    • New 26-megapixel full-frame sensor provides an increase in resolution
    • Low shutter lag
    • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD
    • Fast startup
    • Good buffer clearing rates with quick UHS-I card
    • 45-point all of cross-type committed AF system
    • Decent RAW buffer depth
    • Fast cycle times
    • Fine Detail Picture Style offers lots of control over sharpening
    • Constructed Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS
    • Comfortable and ergonomic design
    • Superb battery life
    • Great autofocus in Live View mode much better than most DSLR cameras on this list
    • Really good 6.5 fps burst rate for its course
    • Pleasing color with good hue accuracy
    • Canon Camera Connect App works well
    • Good single-shot autofocus rates
    • Well-located buttons

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    Cons

    • The continuous shooting technology is lacking compared to other cameras on the list
    • Disappointing Dynamic range
    • Default JPEGs look a bit soft
    • The directional pad feels mushy
    • No built-in Display
    • Default auto and incandescent white balance settings can struggle
    • Single UHS-I card slot
    • 1/180s x-sync speed
    • No Blank HDMI out
    • No 4K video Catch (Besides time-lapse)
    • Optical viewfinder coverage only 98 Percent
    • Narrow AF Policy with the optical viewfinder

    Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera

    5. Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $999

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight: 1.4 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    A 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor together with DIGIC 6 Image Processing helps you to capture the finest details of life. Even low light won’t affect the clarity of your picture because of its ISO range. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF alongside focus tracking can help you film the smallest details of the scene. With the help of this technology, the lens can transit from one frame to another without making the frame transition noticeable. It is important to know that you can connect this camera with your device and control it from a distance. Remote control filming can help you in wildlife photography and during other risky scenarios.

    Performance is quite good, also, with decent burst rates, improved buffer depths, excellent battery life, and a new, more versatile 45-point AF system. Together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for fast live perspective AF, the Canon 80D is ideal for a variety of shooting scenarios, such as general usage, portraits and traveling and more challenging endeavors like sports and wildlife. Video can also be a hallmark feature, and while it sadly lacks a couple of notable features like 4K, overall the 80D offers great excellent movie with a lot of features for both beginners and advanced video founders.

    The ergonomics and design are classic Canon design, which translates to simple, comfy functionality with tons of external controls. The camera’s image quality is very good. Thanks to its new 24MP sensor, it reveals developments to both low and higher ISOs, though competing cameras still have an edge picture quality-wise over the 80D.

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    Pros

    • Focus racking makes the transition from one frame another easy
    • Double Pixel AF provides great AF performance in Live View mode, better than most DSLR’s In-camera HDR mode
    • The new sensor generates lower sound in the shadows at low ISOs compared to the 70D
    • Fast cycle times
    • Convenient built-in Wi-Fi using NFC Higher resolution compared to its predecessor
    • Comfortable ergonomics and lots of external controls
    • Slightly better high ISO performance compared to 70D
    • Great built-in flash range, however with narrow coverage HTP and ALO help with harsh lighting
    • Very good battery life because of the OVF
    • 1080/60p movie Headphone jack as well as an external mic input
    • Fine Detail Picture Style enhances JPEG
    • The built-in flash may act as the commander to distant slave flashes
    • Focuses down to -3.0 EV (but see con)
    • F/8 AF support Very fast autofocus speeds
    • Enriched buffer depths over its predecessor, despite higher-resolution files
    • Longer than typical 7.5x zoom kit lens, with quick, silent autofocus and responsive touchscreen
    • Low shutter lag and very good hue accuracy
    • Good burst operation at almost 7 fps

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    Cons

    • The ISO range falls short compared to other cameras
    • No 4K movie
    • No tap-to-focus with Wi-Fi remote program
    • Total non-refundable AF spec only achieved with a high-contrast subject
    • 1080/60p video not available with high-quality ALL-I format Dynamic range and Higher ISO performance is enhanced, but still lags behind the competition
    • 29min, 59sec constant video recording limit
    • No clean HDMI output
    • Auto and Incandescent white balance also hot in tungsten lighting

    Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera

    6. Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $414.99 (w/ 18-55mm kit lens)

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight:  0.95 lb

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Nikon D3300 is a camera that can capture 1080p full HD videos as well as 24.2 Megapixel photos that have exceptionally focused pictures and vibrant tones. How is this possible? The camera uses EXPEED 4 that captures 5 frames per second, and its ISO range makes the pictures captured in low light visible and clear. You can also connect your mobile or tablet with your D3300, and the pictures you’ve captured will immediately appear on your connected devices.

    This tiny DSLR camera features Full HD video recording around 60fps, a 3.5mm external mike jack, plus the capacity to output fresh, uncompressed Full HD (30p) video via HDMI, a feature previously reserved for pro-level cameras. However, the Live View AF, including during video recording is sluggish, and the aperture cannot be adjusted while in Live View, which may be annoying and awkward at times.

    The performance is excellent overall for an entry-level class of camera, even though autofocus speed was somewhat slower than your average consumer-level DSLR camera, and it suffered the most in noninvasive scenarios. Buffer thickness with RAW files was also rather shallow, though that isn’t unusual for this type of camera (JPEG buffer performance is much better). Overall, the Nikon D3300 is a solid camera, in more ways than one; both solid build quality and solid image quality. The autofocus performance, however, is a touch below average, along with the restricted external controls and smaller size might be a turn off to a few, the D3300 excels in most areas.

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    Pros

    • Captures 1080p Full HD videos and highly detailed pictures
    • Excellent value
    • The new Easy Panorama style
    • Great build quality and lightweight design
    • Good performance for its class 5fps burst rate with JPEG buffers
    • The kit lens has very good quality when stopped-down
    • Excellent print quality; per-pixel sharpness and resolution
    • Full HD video at around 60p
    • Excellent dynamic range
    • On-screen Guide Mode to help beginners
    • Very good battery life for a small DSLR camera
    • The very good high ISO performance

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    Cons

    • 5 frames per second are not the best result for continuous shooting technology
    • Autofocus can struggle in low light
    • Terrible and inconsistent flash exposures
    • Slow contrast-detect autofocus during live view
    • Limited external controls mean lots of visits into the menu
    • No built-in Wi-Fi
    • Smaller size can be cramped for larger hands
    • Aperture not flexible while in live view
    • No AE bracketing feature

    Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera

    7. Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $3,699

    Megapixel: 50.6

    Weight: 2.5 lbs

    Sensor Size: Full frame (35mm)

    Overview


    Canon yet again introduces its DIGIC 7 Image Processor combined with 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system delivers high quality and highly detailed images. It is significant to know that its impressive ISO range makes even the picture taken in low light, visible and highly defined. Aside from this, Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS and a 3.2-inch Vary-Angle Touchscreen monitor make photography fun and easy. In addition to this, the product has a built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity along with NFC, which makes using this camera conveniently.

    The 5DS R is Canon’s highest-megapixel EOS Camera to date, and it may catch some seriously impressive, amazingly detailed, ultra-sharp photographs. Compared to other full-frame cameras, like the 5D Mark III, this is one of the 5DS R’s important limiting factors in terms of general-use flexibility.

    Limited to an enlarged ISO of merely 12,800, although the”Mark III” tops out at ISO 102,400, the Canon 5DS R is not meant for handheld low-light performance. That said, the 5DS R revealed quite decent performance at higher ISOs, despite the resolution. Its high-cost point and aforementioned restricted features put the 5DS R directly to a niche category, but we have to say, your travel photos will take on a new dimension with this behemoth.

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    Pros

    • Vary-Angle Touchscreen and low-pass filter effect cancellation
    • The Highest resolution Canon DSLR camera to date
    • Phenomenal resolution and sharpness
    • Outstanding print quality performance
    • Excellent image quality – very fine details and low sharpening artifacts
    • The good high ISO performance
    • Able to autofocus in very low light
    • Controls & Design identical to 5D Mark III
    • Outstanding build quality
    • Constructed intervalometer & timelapse Film mode
    • Double memory card slot (CF/SD), though 2 of the same type would be preferable
    • Outstanding color and hue accuracy with manual white balance
    • Improved normalized dynamic range
    • Optical viewfinder accuracy
    • Decent burst speed with good buffer depths and clearing times

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    Cons

    • Expensive and not the best one among other cameras
    • Battery life could be improved
    • AF Rate Analyzed closer to consumer-level DSLRs
    • The dynamic range still Considerably lower than Rival models from Nikon and Sony
    • ISO range tops-out at 12,800
    • More aliasing artifacts with some subjects due to lack of OLPF
    • Default Auto and Incandescent white balance not accurate in tungsten lighting
    • No built-in flash
    • The auto white balance tends towards vivid outdoors
    • No More 60p Alternative for video
    • No clean HDMI output

    Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera

    8. Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $596.95

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight: 1.2 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Nikon’s D5600 makes it easy for you to click the best shots without much photography experience. The camera allows around 970 shots per recharge and has an easy operational panel and a touch screen just like your regular smartphone. When D5600 is used with NIKKOR kit lens, it delivers outstanding results due to high-resolution technology and broad ISO range.

    Nikon’s Expeed Image Processing system together with amazing autofocus enables D5600 to capture 5 frames per second. Not to forget, its ISO range of 25,600 that further expands to 6,400 in the Night Landscape Mode enables it to capture the most visible frames. Nikon D5600 is equipped with cloud sharing technology as well as SnapBridge that makes sharing photographs and pictures easy and convenient.

    The D5600 continues to give excellent image quality and generates sharp, pleasing images during a wide range of situations. The camera display works well, and the autofocus performance is even better than before. With the new Nikon SnapBridge functionality, the D5600 is an excellent alternative for anyone looking to share their images on social media quickly.

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    Pros

    • NIKKOR kit lens delivers sharp photos
    • Compact and lightweight camera
    • Same great image quality as the D5500
    • Excellent high ISO performance for its class
    • Superb dynamic range performance
    • Impressive in-camera Calculating
    • Very good articulating 3.2-inch touchscreen
    • Good integration of touchscreen with OVF shooting
    • Quick buffer clearing
    • Excellent battery life
    • Newer AF-P 18-55mm kit lens offers Faster and Smoother live view/movie autofocus compared to an AF-S lens
    • Nikon SnapBridge functionality
    • NFC for easier pairing with Android Apparatus
    • Time-lapse movies
    • External mic jack
    • Reliable and quick autofocus performance
    • Quicker AF, Startup and single-shot speeds
    • Decent 5 fps burst speed
    • Generous JPEG buffer

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    Cons

    • Few improvements compared to the D5500 but with a few downgrades as well
    • Shallow buffer when shooting RAW Pictures
    • Shooting 14-bit RAW Graphics slows burst speed down to 4 fps
    • Bluetooth connection maybe slow
    • No longer supports an IR remote
    • Decreased Wi-Fi Array compared to D5500
    • No 4K video recording
    • While typical for its class, the viewfinder offers only 95% Protection
    • Auto and Incandescent white balance settings hot in tungsten lighting

    Pentax K-3II DSLR Camera

    9. Pentax K-3II DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $584.89

    Megapixel: 24

    Weight: 1.5 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C


    Pentax K-3 has a weatherproof body that makes photography in any weather possible without fear of damage to the gear. The K-S2 is equipped with APS-C’s CMOS sensor as well as ISO speed up to 51200. The sensor provides picture results of 20 Megapixel that makes your pictures’ colors vibrant and visible. It is essential to note that the camera is equipped with 3.0 inch Vary-Angle LCD that you can turn around to capture your selfie. Not many cameras allow you to take your selfie or the device connectivity that Pentax K-S2 has made possible.

    The Pentax K-3 II keeps almost everything we loved from the superb K-3, subsequently replaces the pop-up flash with an in-camera GPS — not only for automatic geotagging but also for freezing star-trails from astrophotography. As if that wasn’t cool enough, its Pixel Shift Resolution technology takes detail to another level for razor-sharp images. The inclusion of a built-in GPS and excluding of a built-in flash tells you straight away for whom this camera was intended. This camera is made for the great outdoors. If you love to escape from the big, wide world, traveling and shooting photographs as you go, then the K-3 II is for you. Your photos can be geotagged together with their capture location and direction, which makes it effortless to find them on a map as soon as you get back home.

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    Pros

    • Outstanding image quality with Pixel Shift Resolution enabled
    • Excellent high ISO performance for an APS-C sensor
    • Really good dynamic range
    • On-demand low-pass filtering works well
    • The AA bracketing helps take the guesswork out of understanding whether you should utilize AA Filter Simulation or not
    • Really good burst framerate of only over 8fpsup from just over 7fps from its predecessor
    • Generous buffers
    • Quick autofocus
    • Able to autofocus in very low light (with phase-detect AF)
    • Unusually compact for the enthusiast DSLR camera
    • Great ergonomics and comfortable handling
    • Weather-sealed and freezeproof; lots of weather-sealed lenses and accessories to choose from
    • Plenty of autofocus points along with Decent monitoring; many AF things are cross types
    • Large, bright pentaprism viewfinder with excellent protection
    • Optional Mode dial lock prevents accidental changes
    • Useful Shadow and Highlight Correction alternatives
    • Decent in-camera HDR style
    • HDR and Pixel Shift Resolution images may be stored as raw, split into different source pictures
    • Speedy dual UHS-I card slots

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    Cons

    • Pentax’s smaller market share means less third-party Service
    • AE-lock button is small, hard to achieve
    • Can’t use the Exact Same battery grip which has been shared with the earlier K-7, K-5, K-5 II, and K-5 IIs
    • Exposure bracketing and AA bracketing can not be united
    • Most third-party software does not comprehend its HDR raw files
    • Popup menu if changing display modes is annoying and unnecessary
    • Menus, while clear, look very dated when compared with rivals
    • Optional Flucard for Wi-Fi functionality is expensive and only available in 16GB size
    • Below-average battery life for a DSLR camera
    • Slow buffer clearing
    • Default sharpening and saturation may be a little too high
    • Warm Auto white balance at tungsten lighting

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera

    10. Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $1024

    Megapixel: 20.2

    Weight:2.01 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Canon EOS 7D Mark II captures pictures in 20 Megapixel with an APS-C CMOS sensor. Even when the lighting is dim and poor, it can still shoot clear and visible images with the help of ISO technology. How does it happen? The camera uses 65-point Cross-Type Autofocus that makes it efficient in capturing every single detail of the scene. Here, the camera has a wide AF area with EV-3 sensitivity makes the pictures taken in dim light look spectacular. It is important to note that this camera has an intelligent, viewfinder technology that makes using it easy and convenient.

    One of the notable new features and updates, the new APS-C CMOS sensor provides a minor increase in image resolution but also features Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth and quick live view focusing for stills and movie. In either our lab testing and real-world Field Evaluation, the Canon 7D Mark II performed quite well. Picture quality in the new 20.2MP sensor was quite good, producing images with excellent detail, accurate colors, and incredibly good high ISO performance for an APS-C sensor. The 7D Mark II created sharp JPEG pictures with very good detail, but using a good RAW converter, additional detail may be extracted from the files. At higher ISO settings, the 7D Mark II is not class-leading compared to other enthusiast and semi-pro APS-C DSLR cameras on this list, but very good and a noticeable improvement over the original 7D.

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    Pros

    • EV-3 sensitivity makes pictures taken in dim light look outstanding
    • Excellent image quality for a cropped sensor
    • High ISO performance-enhanced over its predecessor, pretty much on par with the very best APS-C models
    • Superb color precision when using manual white balance
    • Low prefocused camera lag
    • Dual memory card slots: CF & SD
    • Center AF point will autofocus at f/8
    • Headphone jack and external mic jack
    • Touch-sensitive rear buttons to get silent controls throughout video recording 1080/60p video
    • ALL-I, IPB & IPB Light video compression alternatives
    • Excellent burst speeds of up to 10fps
    • Really good buffer depths
    • Awesome Live View AF and shutter lag performance
    • Backwards-compatible together with all the older LP-E6 batteries
    • Built-in GPS

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    Cons

    • Some people can find it difficult to operate this camera through the viewfinder
    • Full AF Camera lag slower Compared to 7D and 70D
    • Mediocre battery life for a prosumer DSLR camera
    • Committed AF sensor doesn’t work as well in low light as expected; low-light AF is better in Live View mode
    • No built-in Wi-Fi
    • Back LCD is not touchscreen or articulating
    • No Film Servo AF in 1080/60p
    • OVF Doesn’t Have 100% coverage
    • Dynamic range at low to normal ISOs not as good as competing models
    • Quite Hot Auto and Incandescent WB indoors in tungsten light

    Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera

    11. Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $896

    Megapixel: 20.9

    Weight: 1.66 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Nikon D7500 can compete against any top-tier cameras. Unlike most cameras mentioned above, Nikon D7500 has 8 fps shooting ability without lagging for a single second. Aside from this, the camera is equipped with 51-point all cross AF system along with 15 cross-type sensors as well as group area AF. For any camera, an efficient autofocus system is what makes it stand out among its comrades in the market. All the technology and features that it is equipped with enables it to deliver ultra 4K HD and 1080p full HD videos with HQ stereo sound.

    You don’t need a lot of photography experience to use this camera as it does most of the work on its own. Its ISO, as well as the lens aperture, is auto controlled. Just like all Nikon cameras, this one also comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity that makes sharing your content easy through SnapBridge.

    The new carbon fiber body is light, compact and incredibly comfortable; Much excellent image quality as the flagship D500; Rapid 8.2 frames per second burst shooting with generous buffer; Really fast, accurate autofocus; Tilting touchscreen display; Very excellent battery life; Records ultra high-def 4K and 60fps Full HD too.

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    Pros

    • 15 cross-type sensors and exceptional frame per scene performance
    • The same excellent dynamic range and image quality found on the D5000
    • Even broader base ISO range compared to its predecessor (51,200 vs. 25,600)
    • Quick 8.2 fps burst mode
    • Great buffer depths have doubled for JPEG
    • Extremely fast and accurate autofocus
    • Low shutter lag
    • Quick single-shot cycle times
    • Top 1/8, 000-sec mechanical shutter is very accurate
    • Lighter, smaller carbon-fiber monocoque body with a deeper grip, better weather-sealing
    • Boatloads of well-designed, mostly well-positioned dedicated controls
    • Generously-sized, tilting touch-screen display
    • Electronic front-curtain reduces vibrations, but only in mirror-up mode
    • Quiet shutter-release mode really lives up to its name, great for shooting unobtrusively
    • Very good battery life (but down 14 Percent from D7200)
    • Face detection Affirmed even with the optical viewfinder
    • Automatic AF Fine-Tune function gives excellent results easily
    • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless communication
    • In-camera batch raw processing
    • Ultra high-def 4K video captured at 30 frames per minute
    • No additional crop for 1080p 60 video
    • A new three-axis electronic VR for 1080 video
    • May capture compressed 4K internally and turn to external recorder simultaneously

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    Cons

    • It is too similar to D500 when it was supposed to be better than it in every sense
    • Ridiculously high extended ISOs not useful in the real world
    • Auto and Incandescent white kind of hot t under tungsten lighting
    • Heavy 1.5x crop in 4K Movie recording
    • No hybrid AF for live view/movies
    • The rolling shutter could be noticeable from 4K Movies
    • Blend of mechanical and electronic VR for movies can to confusion
    • Function 1/2 buttons too easy to overlook
    • No focus peaking
    • Only a single card slot, Also it lacks UHS-II Service
    • No assistance for the attachment portrait/battery grip
    • NFC and Back IR remote receiver dropped

    Canon EOS Rebel 77D DSLR Camera

    12. Canon EOS Rebel 77D DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $699

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight: 1.2 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    This camera is the successor of the Rebel T6s is very much similar to the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. Most features such as the 45-point all cross-type AF system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection, continuous shooting up to 6.0 frames per second as well as ISO range of 100 to 25600 is same. As expected, the image quality very good overall, with nice detail and very pleasing color rendition. The dynamic range at low ISOs has been improved, and higher ISO performance is slightly enhanced, though both still lag behind a few competitors.

    The Canon EOS 77D features an improved 45-point autofocus system as well as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, with faster burst shooting and a much bigger RAW buffer. Like its predecessor, the 77D unites the ease-of-use of an entry-level DSLR camera with much more advanced controls typically found on higher-end DSLRs. It is a versatile camera for those looking to go beyond a simple DSLR camera yet don’t want to break your bank.

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    Pros

    • The increased dynamic range over its predecessor
    • Slightly improved high ISO performance
    • Supports Fine Detail Picture Style for better JPEG sharpening than default settings
    • The White Priority Auto White Balance options help accuracy in incandescent lighting
    • Quick power-up
    • Swift cycle times
    • Locking mode dial
    • Second control dial
    • AF-ON button for back-button focusing
    • Built-in intervalometer for both stills and in-camera time-lapse movies
    • In-camera HDR modes
    • Pop-up flash can act as a remote flash commander
    • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth
    • 1080p video at 60fps
    • Lightweight & easy to handle
    • Quick AF speeds
    • Low shutter lag
    • Six fps burst rate
    • Decent RAW buffer depths
    • 45 cross-type AF points
    • Dual Pixel AF provides excellent live view/movie autofocus
    • Tilt-swivel touchscreen LCD
    • Top panel status display

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    Cons

    • Dynamic range and Higher ISO performance still not like some Competitions
    • Default JPEGs a bit soft
    • Small and inaccurate pentamirror viewfinder
    • Top flash x-sync of 1/200s
    • Auto ISO only offers Maximum setting
    • No AF fine-tuning
    • Not weather sealed
    • No 4K Movie
    • Mediocre battery life for a DSLR camera but considerably improved over the Canon T6s
    • High shutter speed of 1/4000s

    Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR Camera

    13. Pentax K-1 Mark II

    MSRP: $1,796.75

    Megapixel: 36.4

    Weight: 2.2 lbs

    Sensor Size: Full frame (35 mm)

    Overview


    Pentax K-1II delivers a picture quality of 36.4 Megapixel with the help of its CMOS sensor. This kind of quality is exceptional and won’t be featured in many cameras at this price. It is essential to note that its full frame sensor is more than just a sensor, as it is aiming for high resolution and 35mm digital photography. That is only possible if it is used together with PENTAX recognized technology.
    What does this technology offer? PENTAX uses approved noise processing algorithms that make capturing shots in low visibility and light possible. ISO settings are particularly important to capture outstanding photos in dim lighting, and PENTAX makes this possible by providing this camera with an ISO range of 204,800.

    For a camera to deliver the best results, all the technologies that it is equipped with needs to work together. Therefore, the high quality and high definition result of PENTAX K is due to its full frame sensor as well as the PRIME IV processor. It is essential to know that the full frame sensor is resistant to noise and is efficient in capturing small movements.  Pentax K’s shake reduction performance is impressive as it has improved to 5 steps of shutter’s compensation effect. In addition to this, it is also equipped with a 5-axis SR II system that can withstand several axes shakes without affecting the picture quality. The Anti Aliasing filter is put to good use here as it reduces the size of the object without making it look soft. Furthermore, you can easily capture large objects by making use of GPS.

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    Pros

    • Enough weather sealing to last a lifetime
    • Rock-solid build quality
    • Simple to read LCD Display
    • In Body Picture Stabilization / Pixel Shift
    • Gorgeous 100% coverage viewfinder
    • Excellent image quality
    • Dual SD Card slots
    • Good battery life
    • That little light over the lens mount
    • Excellent build and comfortable handling
    • Bright, roomy viewfinder and articulated LCD
    • Great performance for its class
    • PS and Wi-Fi
    • Incredibly feature-rich menu layout

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    Cons

    • Bulkier than other APS-C DSLR cameras on this list
    • Top ISOs not as good in real-world testing
    • JPEGs are punchy on default settings
    • Slow startup for a DSLR camera
    • Below-average battery life
    • A modest update to the K-1
    • Only 33 focus points
    • Autofocus system won’t win any races
    • Extremely heavy
    • No touchscreen

    Sony a68 DSLR Camera

    14. Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera

    MSRP: $598

    Megapixel: 24.2

    Weight: 2.55 lbs

    Sensor Size: APS-C

    Overview


    Sony Alpha a68 is a true rival for Nikon and Canon with its amazing result. The camera has a unique 4D focus that makes up for an efficient AF system. This system is not just this simple as it further enables 79 points autofocus with a dedicated phase-detection AF system and is also equipped with translucent mirror technology. This technology helps it constantly track the frame’s movement up to 8 fps. It also comes with a DT 18-55mm SAM II f/3.5-5.6 Zoom lens that is efficient in capturing the smallest details of the scene with its all-purpose focus and zoom quality.

    The Sony A68 is built around 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor that has stabilization and has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25,600. The sensor is working in conjunction to Sony’s powerful BIONZ X picture chip which boasts”Detail Reproduction” and diffraction-reducing technologies, in addition to area-specific sound reduction.

    The exposure modes include full Programmed, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual (PASM), full Auto, Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene and Hand-held Twilight), Tele-zoom Continuous AE, Film, Sweep Panorama, and three Custom settings for quick recall of your preferred settings.

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    Pros

    • The 4D focus makes this camera’s AF system better than most
    • 24-megapixel sensor
    • Very good color reproduction
    • Top LCD screen
    • Great battery life
    • Built-in image stabilization sensor
    • DRO / HDR modes for extended dynamic range
    • Quick focus and shutter reaction
    • 79 AF points with broad coverage
    • Fast live view

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    Cons

    • Overly sensitive shutter release button
    • Sony 18-55mm SAM II isn’t the best lens
    • Sensor-based image stabilization does not work for video
    • Only 2.7-inch display
    • Lacks Wi-Fi

    Bottom Line


    Before purchasing a new DSLR camera, it is important that you do some research instead of going into the market blindly. Because once you know what you want as well as what market offers to fulfill your needs, then you will be able to bag a good deal. In addition, we have already presented the best DSLRs money can buy on this list.

    What exactly does this research include?

    First of all, know what you want and then search online. People find it hard to judge a product online. To go around this problem, you need to read customers reviews as well as compare prices of the same product available on different online sites to know which deal is beneficial for you.

    You can also subscribe to different online stores and add your desired items in a wishlist. Whenever there is a bargain or discount offer on those items, you’ll get a notification.

    Buying a camera is no different; you need to research before making your purchase, and the list given above might be helpful in that regard. So make the most of this list and find the best DSLR Camera for you!

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