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8 Reasons Why You Should Travel With a GoPro

Way back before we started this site, Micah received one of the very first GoPros as a Christmas gift. We played around with it here and there and brought the tiny camera with on our trips to use for our adventurous activities. We used the GoPro to capture footage when jumping off cliffs in Curacao, snorkeling and white water rafting in Iceland and oh so many more adventures.

GoPro Photo Bamboo Forest Kyoto, Japan

This past year, we decided to invest in a much needed upgrade and purchased a GoPro HERO3 Black to use on our travels. The only problem is now we want to upgrade and add a newer model to the mix—either a GoPro HERO4 Black or a GoPro HERO4 Session—they just keep getting better and better and you can never have too many!

GoPro Photo Santorini

As much as we value our DSLR, the GoPro has been an essential part in our filming strategy for a number of reasons that we will share below. Because they are so versatile, we think they are perfect cameras to travel with, either in addition to your current arsenal, or just to use on its own. Most of our videos include at least some GoPro footage; in fact, every photo and video in this post was created with our GoPro!

With that said, here are our top 8 reasons why you should travel with a GoPro!

1. Durable and Great for Adventure

GoPros are built for adventure and they can withstand a proper beating. This past year, we have taken ours with on hiking trips, kayaking adventures, rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting, ice climbing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and so many more activities. You don’t have to worry near as much about damaging a GoPro as you would a DSLR or other similar camera. It has allowed us to partake in more extreme adventures and not worry that we will either damage our camera or miss capturing the footage—both situations would be a huge bummer.

GoPro Photo Flyboarding Louisiana

2. Good Quality

As the years go on, the quality of GoPro footage continues to get better and better. For example, the HERO4 Black shoots 12 megapixels, 4K video, and 1080p120, which enables for some solid slow motion action. Every version has different specs, so you can pick the one that best meets your individual standards and price point.

GoPro Photo Geisha Kyoto, Japan

3. Small and Compact

When space is tight in your luggage (and let’s face it, when is it not?!), you need gear that is small and compact. Coming in at just a few inches in size, a GoPro can fit in your pocket or even in the palm of your hand with room to spare. It makes packing easy and it won’t weigh down your bags with too much additional weight.

Snow Tubing at Gorgoza Park in Park City, Utah

4. Can Be Attached Anywhere

One of our favorite things about the GoPro is that they can be hooked up to so many different attachments, which enables you to capture a wide variety of footage. We use selfie sticks as more of an extended arm to gain a unique vantage point such as over the edge of a cliff or extended over the side of a boat. Some attachments we have are a headstrap mount, chest mount, suction cup mount, helmet strap mount, mouth mount, Gorillapod flexible tripod, and XShot pocket camera extender. A few that we have on our list to buy are a floating hand grip, arm/leg mount, and handlebar seatpost mount. You can also get a stabilizer attachemnt so your footage is a bit smoother and less shaky!

GoPro Photo Sedona Hummer Tour

5. Waterproof

Having a waterproof camera takes the stress out of any activity where you are by the water or in wet conditions, and it makes underwater footage possible. It is also much cheaper than buying an underwater housing for your DSLR camera.

White Water Rafting with River Runners in Buena Vista, Colorado

6. Easy to Keep Discreet

Because of the GoPros small size, it isn’t as noticeable as a larger camera, which is especially helpful when you are traveling in an area where you wouldn’t want to carry a large camera out in the open. Since it is much smaller than a DSLR, you will likely attract less attention than you would with a GoPro. Also, GoPros are allowed in more places as they are smaller and not viewed as a large professional camera.

Colorado in the Summer Photo Essay, Wander The Map

7. Easy to Use

GoPros are super easy to use—there are several modes that you can flip between with the touch of a button. By keeping the controls down to only a few buttons, the settings are easier to learn and remember. You don’t have to worry about focus or exposure because the GoPro sets them for you automatically based off the environment you are in. Also, you can get a remote for the GoPro, which allows you to have control over the settings and take photos/video when your camera is out of reach.

Snowmobile Tour with Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge, Colorado

8. Can Connect to a Smart Device Wirelessly

With the wireless connection, you can connect the camera to your phone and download photos in an instant. You don’t have to wait until you can import the photos to your computer. This makes posting to social media a breeze!

Ice Climbing in Boulder, Colorado

Do you have a GoPro? What are your favorite reasons for having one?

 

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13 Comments
  • Marianne
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    Posted at 23:00h, 17 November Reply

    Great timing for me! I just treated myself to a GoPro Session as an early Christmas present – I took in on its first hike at the weekend but haven’t had a chance to sort out the footage yet. I feel it will be a bit of a learning curve, but you photos here are great and inspiring me to get on with it!!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:59h, 29 November Reply

      Glad to hear! Hope you got some good shots–there is definitely a bit of a learning curve, but I bet yours turned out great! Happy filming! 🙂
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  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 02:29h, 18 November Reply

    I would love my gopro to work as well and flawlessly as yours but it truly doesn’t and I’m not happy about it all … Maybe I just need to upgrade it. But, what do you do with your old one?
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:58h, 29 November Reply

      That is frustrating–we definitely noticed an improvement when we upgraded. We sold our old one to a friend that wasn’t so concerned about top quality and was just using it for fun. Hope you can figure out a good option whether upgrading or a different camera!
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  • Alyssa
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    Posted at 23:02h, 22 November Reply

    Awesome pictures guys! We haven’t got a GoPro yet but it’s on our wish list! It feels like we have so many different cameras once you go through pictures from the phone, DSLR, and aerial footage from the drone. I LOVE the quality though so hopefully we get one soon! Thanks for convincing me with this post! Happy Travels!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:50h, 29 November Reply

      Thanks! I know what you mean–it’s always so crazy to take photos with so many different devices, lol! We are hoping to get a drone sometime soon–they look awesome! Happy travels to you, too 🙂
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  • Margarita
    Posted at 15:18h, 12 December Reply

    Very nice article, i certainly enjoy this site, keep on it
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  • Brooke of Passport Couture
    Posted at 11:11h, 28 January Reply

    I’ve been thinking about getting a Go Pro for a while. After seeing the quality of videos, seeing how much a Go Pro can be used for, and the wear and tear it can go through, I’m convinced I may need one.

  • Andreas Leander
    Posted at 03:33h, 10 April Reply

    Going to get a Hero 5 black soon! Can’t wait to play around with it. Traveling to sandy beaches, with our kids and lots of waterplay, I think the Gopro will be a perfect match for my usage. Also hope to capture some of the beutiful nature we have here in Norway in this time of spring! Got so much inspiration from watching your photos and vids, and convinced me even more for getting this camera!

    Happy travels ☺☺

  • Steven
    Posted at 02:20h, 16 July Reply

    Well……Very nice. Great post! Thanks for share.

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