I arrive in Uyuni late in the evening and curse myself for thinking I’d be fine with just a hoodie. That’ll teach me for packing my down jacket at the very bottom of my backpack and then checking it. I shiver from the cold as I wait for my luggage – the airport is not heated. I step outside to get a cab as the wind rips through my bones; it’s a rude adjustment from the 30-degree weather I left in Santa Cruz. I eventually check into Hostal La Magia de Uyuni and I’m thankful that they have heating – even if it does not turn on until 8:00 p.m. It’s off the main strip, which means it’s very quiet at night, but nothing is very far in Uyuni. You can walk to the end of the town in any direction in about 18 minutes. [Read more…]
I meet my guide, Sergio, in the early hours of the empty streets of Rurrenabaque. With backpacks firmly secured, we walk down to the river to load up our boat and head up the Beni (approx. 1,110 km long) and Tuichi rivers. I am still feeling the effects of the salmonella poisoning from the night before but I am determined to head deep into the jungle as planned.
Did you know that you can retrieve deleted photos from your camera? I didn’t until a few months ago. People, this was life changing for me! In addition to being clumsy and face planting all over the world, I also…sometimes…accidentally….delete photos from my camera. I’m not proud of this fact, but it’s happened to me. More than once.
So I did what any normal human being would do. I panicked. How would I get my photo of that beautiful Thai temple back?
The good news? There’s a few different programs out there that let you recover deleted photos (and other files)! My favorite is Recuva and it’s free (and who doesn’t like free)?
Recuva automatically starts by asking you basic questions like what kind of file you’re looking to restore or from what drive you’re looking to restore from. After that, it sets on its mission and, in my case, it searched through about 10 GB of files in about 10 minutes.
The only downside is that Recuva does not always provide you with the original file name. So, you will have to click the recovered files to see if it’s what you’re looking for and you’ll almost certainly want to rename them after you restore them. At least you can view photo files in thumbnail format – so at least that’s easy to browse through.
Additionally, the free version doesn’t provide you with support (however the paid version includes support) or a lot of info on how to use Recuva. This being said, Recuva is pretty intuitive and easy to use and you likely wouldn’t even need a manual in the first place.
How to recover your files using Recuva:
Start Recuva in Wizard mode. If the Wizard doesn’t appear, click the Options button, and then click Run Wizard.
- On the Welcome to the Recuva Wizard page, click Next.
- On the File Type page, select the type of files you want to recover (i.e.: jpeg, gif, docx, etc.), then click Next. If you’re not sure what type of files you’re looking for, choose “Other”.
- On the File Location page, choose the location where you want to search (i.e.: SD card, USB drive, etc.), and then click Next.
- On the Thank You page, click Start. Recuva will then show you its progress as it completes the file scan. The search results will display in the main window.
- Click on the check box of the file you want to recover. (The color of the dot, green, yellow or red, shows your chances for a successful recovery).
- Click Recover and choose the destination path for where you want to save the file. Click OK.
If you don’t find the file you’re looking for, complete steps 1-3, and choose “Enable Deep Scan” on the Thank you Page. Click Start. This search might take longer, but you might also find your files! Plus, you can do all your computer puttering while the search runs in the back.
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Keeping electronic backups of your precious travel documents, like these types of documents, is extremely important. With stolen passports fetching up to $10,000 on the black market, they’re a hot commodity and worth keeping safe. Having backups of your important documents is extremely important but you don’t always want to be lugging around piles of paper with you. Cloud storage services can be extremely handy for storing your documents and you can access them anywhere in the world! Here are the top 3 secure cloud storage services that you should check out right away.
Packing. Every traveller’s nightmare…I think we all secretly harbour that dream of being the ultimate light packer and we find tons of creative ways to lighten our backpacks. When it comes to paperwork, our imagination seems to stop and we truck around loads of paper like tickets, itineraries, insurance papers, etc. in our suitcase. And we never throw the paper our after we’re done – there’s just too much personal info on those e-tickets to just toss out! On the quest to be the ultimate light packer (because honestly? I buy tons of souvenirs and I’m too lazy to lug around 100 lbs of stuff for 3 months), here are some creative ways to carry around all your important travel documents with you.
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Travel insurance: simple & flexible
You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. [Read more…]
When I travel for long periods of time (i.e.: 5 weeks or more), I don’t tend to plan my trip. Funny as it sounds, I tend to retrace my trip once I’m back (through my travel journal, business cards, random scribblings on napkins or whatever was handy at the time) to share with friends who want to follow the same trip (but probably more efficiently than the bee dance I did!). I like to stay open to any travel possibility (like turning down a random street and finding something fantastic!) BUT I can’t get away from ensuring that I have all the important travel documents with me.
The age old question: is there a good time to buy airfare? Like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I secretly hope that there is a cheaper time or day to buy airfare. Here’s a roundup of what some experts are saying is the best time to save money on airfare. (Oh, and don’t forget to read this post about 11 ways you can save money on your next flight). [Read more…]
Air travel is by far the most expensive part of any trip – and the cost is sometimes the thing that prevents us from traveling. Lately, I’ve been (aggressively) scouring the web to save money on flights to Bolivia. There’s so many tips and strategies out, how’s a traveller supposed to keep track?! (Especially if you’re only travelling once or twice a year!)
After scouring the web for the best tips (and including some of my own!), here’s a round-up of some of the best ways to help you save money on flights. I hope these tips make your next trip more affordable. [Read more…]
I’ve talked about my love for travel and my endless ability to be clumsy. But I haven’t told you about how I am not good with heat. Canadians are just not built to tolerate 100% humidity and 46 C weather. So, let me tell you about that time I travelled solo to Cambodia and passed out because of the heat. [Read more…]