Travel, Photography, Videography, Blog, Reseources, Shenanigans.

Welcome!

 

Welcome to The Browne Town, where I will attempt to be as helpful as possible by sharing all the knowledge that accumulates in this poorly proportioned head of mine, in the hope that it is well received by the brain in that beautiful head of yours.

This website is just a random collection of things that I have learnt about, whether that be travel, videography, car related things, video editing or writing a blog, it’s all going in the same website to be sorted via menus.

This page will be updated, not as frequently as it should but I’ll get there as more content gets added.

Resources For You 

 

I have written up a few helpful posts for those of you seeking information before, or even during your travels. They cover a variety of subjects that I will break down as best as I can below.

 

Packing Lists

 

These are the largest and most in depth posts I have ever done. They list every single item that I use to travel the world, describing in detail why I chose each item, what I would recommend for you, and with any luck will be super helpful to help you decide how much you really need to travel with.

From left to right you have;

  • Detailed look at all the clothing and accessories used to travel the world
  • Detailed look at all the camera gear and electronics used to make content while travelling the world
  • An overview, less detailed list that acts as a pure packing list rather than an examination of every little detail

4WD & Car Related

 

As COVID forced me to come home I bought a 4WD and started to build it out for travel on a more local scale. These posts are just things I found during the research period or during the build process. 

Destination Guides

 

The destination guides aim to answer common questions that you might have about the destination, by explaining things such as;

  • Brief history and etymology.
  • The location, with maps.
  • What the climate is.
  • How long I recommend you visit for.
  • How to get there, and wherever feasible, the costs and duration of the trip.
  • The currency used.
  • What area to stay in.
  • How to get around the destination efficiently.
  • Where to eat and find coffee.
  • Where to do laundry and the costs.
  • If there are any gyms that you can visit
  • Things to do in that place.
  • Some bonus tips that I find helpful but that don’t fit the other categories.

The destination guides are full of all the best bits, with a table of contents for easy navigation. I have included some images throughout the posts to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there.

Some of the posts have 360° images that can be looked around by clicking on the image and dragging.

 

Activity Guides

 

The activity guides are more specific than the destination guides and go into details of individual activities that you can do during your time in the destination. They work in tandem with the destination guides. One gives you the lay of the land, the other walks you through your time there.

Activity guides are best viewed on desktop, or in landscape viewing angle on your phone to see the large images in their more impressive fullscreen sizes.

The activity guide will go into details on each activity listed within, explaining the following things;

  • What the activity is.
  • How much it costs.
  • Opening hours.
  • What you will need to do for the activity.
  • How you get there from the tourist accommodation areas.
  • How long you will probably need to spend there.
  • When to do it.
  • Whether I recommend it.
  • Maps showing the location of the activities mentioned in the post.

I like to include all of the activities that I have done, whether I recommend them or not is sometimes conditional on the type of traveller you are, so keep an eye out for it.

Towards the end of the post I will link to other activities that I was unable to do, or didn’t find interesting, but that you might enjoy. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t! However I don’t write about what I don’t know, so I will try link to other sources.

Travel Health

If you’re planning on travelling for long periods of time this is something that becomes much more important. Especially if you are visiting regions with low quality water, sewerage, food preparation or general standard of living.

The two factors are often intertwined, because those travelling for a long time will look for places with a cheap cost of living, and the places with a cheap cost of living are those where conditions aren’t quite as sanitary as those you would find in more expensive countries.

So look no further if you’re worried about malaria I have written two posts, both very similar. One is all about South and Central America, while the other covers Southeast Asia, these two regions are two of the most popular amongst backpackers.

I have also written one of the most detailed travel vaccination guides you will ever see, complete with a list of common diseases, prevention methods, and the exact costs for the vaccinations that I got myself.

Travel Insurance

 

Have you organised your travel insurance yet? If not, check out this guide for a nice overview of what is on offer from each insurance provider.

I break down the pros, cons, things to avoid, and give a brief run down on which travel insurance provider is best for each different type of traveller.

If you’re thinking that World Nomads are the best because they are seen on every traveller blog, then think again. They are only mentioned a lot because they offer affiliate sales to travel bloggers who then push their product to try make money, they’re actually very average.

Have a read and you’ll see some common issues and things to look for when going through the PDS.

Visa guides

 

Having trouble finding a good source that covers all visa requirements in the one location?

I have created two visa guides with a table outlining how to get visas, how much they cost, how long they last and more!

 

It is a pain trying to go between numerous websites to try and find all the information you need, so I think the table is a handy way to present all of the information in one spot. You will also find links to the government websites for countries who allow E-visas.

Climate guides

 

In a similar vein to the visa guides, this is a table to try and help you see common weather patterns of these two regions.

Handy for those travelling one way, who want a rough idea of when to go to which location, which times to avoid and more. Alongside the table is a rundown of common patterns and things that are hopefully useful to you.

Helpful hints

 

Here’s a handful of helpful guides that don’t make it into the other categories. Things like the best travel apps and websites, or where to register your drone in Thailand.

There is a handy guide that covers the art of proving onward travel, covering 3 paid for services that are hassle free, and a 4th method which you can do yourself for free with Expedia.

For content creators

 

For those of you who create content, or have plans to try and start up a blog, there are a number of posts that may be helpful to you or might prove to be an interesting read.

In my own progression I have found that there are a bunch of great Youtube channels out there to teach skills such as;

  • Videography – The gear you need, the principles, the techniques and the issues.
  • Video editing – The software, the keyboard shortcuts, the workflow, the music and the transitions.
  • Photography – The rules and principles, the analysing, the editing, the workflow, the planning and the gear.
  • Blogging – Site hosting, WordPress, plugins and website design.
  • Drones – How to fly, how to use the gimbal and how to edit.

Have a cycle through the below posts if you’re learning as you go and want to skip all the garbage on Youtube to find the people who are actually good at teaching and have helped me the most!

The best Youtube channels to learn how to be a content creator

If you’re a beginner who hasn’t set out on the journey to be a content creator yet, you might be wondering what sort of skills you need to learn. The bad news is that there’s a lot to learn. The good news is that it’s not impossible and hopefully you’ll have fun along the way.

To help demonstrate the amount and variety of skills needed feel free to check out the following posts;

It helps to visualise just how many different paths you can go down and all of the things you need to teach yourself. At the end of each post I give a brief explanation of the skills in the skill tree, but it is more of an exercise to display the enormity of possibilities on offer, as well as to highlight just how much there is to learn to even be at the most basic level.

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