Ever since photos became primarily digital, people have been ditching traditional cameras in favor of high-powered smartphones and other mobile devices. After all, why would you need to carry a camera if you already have one on your phone? With cloud storage and instant uploads to a variety of social media sites, you could make a valid argument for leaving the camera at home on your next vacation. But before you do, consider the following scenario. You take about three hundred pictures of your fabulous trip through the canals of Venice, with close-ups of friends in funny poses and signs in a different language. You pop the phone in your bag, set the bag on a public bus and three hours later, you realize that you no longer have your bag. Along with your wallet and phone, you’ve just lost every single picture you took, and there’s no way to retrieve them. Sadly, this happens all the time. While losing a camera might not be a new scenario, it’s certainly more avoidable these days. Here’s a look at how to travel safely and effectively with your camera.
[title text=”Bring a Spare”]

shutterstock_116055157If you prefer to take all of your photos using a phone or other mobile device, then by all means go for it. But pack a spare camera or enlist the help of a travel buddy to capture other photos along the way. You don’t need to double up on every picture, but make sure you spread the task around so that if you do lose your phone, you have a backup on hand and you don’t lose everything all at once. Plus, having multiple devices means that you’ll get a different viewpoint throughout the trip, even if you don’t end up needing another camera. Pack extra SD cards and other camera accessories to ensure that you have enough memory for all of your photos.
[title text=”Upload Photos Consistently”]

shutterstock_101767159Thanks to cloud technology, most smartphones can link directly to a cloud storage site, which means as you take photos, they will upload automatically to a server. Before you travel, sign up for one of the many free cloud storage services online and link your phone or mobile device to the service. That way, even if you lose your camera, you’ll have access to the pictures you’ve already taken. If you’re using a camera and bringing a laptop, make sure to dump your photos at the end of each day. This ensures that you have a fresh start for the next day and that you retain your photos in case your camera gets stolen or lost.
[title text=”Post an Ad Online”]

shutterstock_123043045If the unfortunate happens and you do lose your camera, then check into posting an ad online. Websites like Craigslist and other local web boards offer users the chance to post free ads with lost or found items. You might even find some international websites for your overseas travel. Make sure to give a detailed description of the device you lost, but reserve some private information about yourself and the photos. Some dishonest people like to scam tourists by promising to return their items, when in reality they only seek to make money off of your misfortune. Provide a contact email address, and get proof that they really have your device before sending any money.

You might not be able to avoid losing your camera, but you can certainly take action to prevent it. In a world of cloud storage and digital everything, there’s no excuse to have just one camera responsible for an entire trip’s worth of photos. You can replace wallets and phones, but you can never replace pictures. Just remember to have a backup plan and use it. Even if you never need the backup, you’ll be glad to get home and already have your entire photo collection ready to share and post on your favorite websites. In order to make the most of your trip, consider signing up for a flexible cashback program like the one offered by DubLi. You’ll also find on this site a great selection of brand name cameras and other digital accessories to capture all of your adventures abroad.

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