When I told my family I wanted an adventure/action camera they laughed at me and to be honest, I don’t blame them.
Despite travelling all the time I still have a lot of fears I need to face. As a child, I was scared of absolutely everything - heights, open water, fair ground rides - the lot! I’m slowly facing my fears one by one, but I wouldn’t say my day to day life is full of adventure yet.
With that in mind, the main reason I treated myself to a new camera is to encourage myself to face my fears.
I think as I love photography and film, the idea of being able to get some unique shots using my adventure camera will encourage me to try thing I may never have dreamed of before.
As I couldn’t afford a Go Pro and I had an Amazon voucher from a recent sponsored post, I had a look at the cheaper alternatives available. That’s when I came across the Kitvision Escape 4K Action Camera. It had good reviews, was only £60 on offer and came with all of the accessories I could ever need.
I’ve now had the camera around a month and had the chance to have a little play with it on my recent holiday to Mallorca. It’s so much fun to use and has got me thinking what else I’d like to try and shoot with it to help me get over some of my biggest fears (as well as do some fun stuff while travelling).
If you asked me this time last year if I’d even be considering doing any water sports I’d have laughed at you, a lot.
Now, there are a few things that are on my radar that I definitely want to pluck up the courage to do including sailing, kayaking, canoeing etc… I’m thinking if I start small I’ll be able to work my way up because at the moment even the rapids on my Trek America trip next year seem daunting.
I also love the idea of jumping off a boat and into the sea, although it’s something so simple I have never done it before. I did have the chance when I went to Portugal with my family years ago, but I was too scared to even go on the boat trip so I stayed at the hotel!
I know this is particularly adventurous, but I’d love to take my action camera on some hikes. As I have the accessories to attach the camera to me I can just let it film the most exciting bits, without having to carry my heavy Olympus Pen the whole time. It also films a much wider angle in comparison to my Pen, so it’s so much better for beautiful landscapes!
Theme Park Rides
I’ve only ever been on a few theme park rides because I am absolutely petrified of them and have been for as long as I can remember. I even went on a school trip to Alton Towers once, got on Air, then immediately panicked and asked to be let off.
This year is going to be the year I hopefully get on a ride and stay on it as I’m off to Disneyland for Halloween. I don’t think I’ll be braving the Hollywood Tower of Terror or Crushes Coaster anytime soon, but maybe I’ll give the tamer ones a go (and no I don’t mean It’s a Small World).
Again, this is not massively adventurous, but I think it would be something cool to get footage of. I used to bike a lot in London when I was a bit fitter, so I am determined to start improving my fitness so things like this are a breeze.
My villa in Croatia actually has bikes we are free to use and as there is plenty for us to explore I am hoping to try my bike attachment accessory out with my camera while there.
I’m also hoping to get a bike for back home (maybe a fold up one, like this Brompton Bike, as I have nowhere in my house to store a push bike), so I can go out and improve my stamina considerably. Right now I don’t think I’d get further than the end of my road, ooops.
I can’t wait to start getting some more interesting footage with my new camera, especially as I’ve got quite a couple of exciting things coming up over the next few months.
Do you have an action camera? What do you use it for?
To view the bit of footage I filmed with my camera in Mallorca, take a look at my first holiday vlog here: