Travel blogger, 24, reveals what you’ll always find in her suitcase
Carmen Huter, 24, was 20 years old when she acquired her first camera.
Since then, the Austrian-born, New Zealand-dwelling photographer and writer has turned her love of travel into a full-time career, sharing dreamy snaps from various idyllic locations around the world.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms Huter revealed what she always carries in her suitcase, her photography tips and her advice on how you can save to travel the world.
Carmen Huter (left and right) is an Austrian-born, New Zealand-dwelling travel blogger and photographer who didn’t pick up a camera until she was 20 but now shoots wild and rugged scenery with the help of her tripod
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms Huter (pictured) revealed what she always carries in her suitcase – and her tips on how you can save to travel the world
In order to get her picture perfect photos, Ms Huter (pictured in South Africa) swears by several cameras, including a Polaroid for capturing busy moments, a Sony A7ii and a DJI Mavic
‘I’ve obviously then got my camera bag and day pack with me at all times, alongside the essentials for long days – snacks,’ Ms Huter said – she loves Cliff bars and fresh fruit for long journeys
The 24-year-old also loves using a tripod in order to capture specific lights (pictured: Canada)
Carmen Huter’s travel essentials
* Her Sony A7ii camera with a 35mm lens f1.4.
* Her DJI Mavic Pro camera and Manfrotto tripod.
* Camera bag and day pack.
* Danner hiking boots.
* Exercise gear, cashmere jerseys, dark jeans, plain cotton and merino T-shirts.
* Wrap dresses and flowy skirts.
* Vitamin C serum by Ursa Major.
* Cleansing oil by Tailor Skincare.
* Ethique shampoo and conditioner.
* Manuka balm by Goodbye Ouch.
* Polaroid camera.
* Soundproof headphones.
According to the 24-year-old – who grew up in Austria and then moved to Auckland at age 18 to study English – of course the most important things she carries is her camera and her camera gear:
‘As a professional photographer, my camera is always within reach to capture the wild and rugged scenery,’ Ms Huter told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I shoot on a Sony A7ii, and my go-to lens is a 35mm f1.4. The reason why I like this lens, is because it gives it a beautifully polished film perspective which I appreciate.’
Alongside the Sony, Ms Huter will also carry a Manfrotto tripod, which she uses to ‘make the best out of night skies or low light’, as well as DJI Mavic Pro, which she uses to take aerial photos – and a small light chain.
‘I’ve obviously then got my camera bag and day pack with me at all times, alongside the essentials for long days – snacks,’ she said.
‘From Cliff bars to fresh fruit, my handbag or backpack is always well stocked and going hungry isn’t an option.’
Elsewhere in her suitcase, Ms Huter is a fan of wearing ‘light, natural fabrics’, her trusty Birkenstocks and ‘the best hiking boots I’ve ever come across by Danner Boots’.
‘Naturally-derived materials smell less and feel a lot nicer on your skin, especially after a long, sweaty travel day. Anything linen, merino and organic has secured a spot in my suitcase or backpack,’ she said.
For those going on their own adventure, Ms Huter said that exercise gear, cashmere jerseys, dark jeans, plain cotton and merino T-shirts, wrap dresses and flowy skirts are a good idea:
‘When it comes to beauty products, I also prefer to go natural,’ she said. ‘The solid shampoo and conditioner from Ethique work like magic, as does the vitamin C serum by Ursa Major, the cleansing oil by Tailor Skincare and the manuka balm by Goodbye Ouch.’
Lastly, Ms Huter will carry an instant Polaroid camera for ‘visiting markets or local villages’. She also swears by soundproof headphones, earplugs and a Kindle.
Carmen Huter’s photography tips
Shooting on a camera? Teach yourself the three main components – aperture, shutter speed and ISO – that make a photograph and use the Manual setting. You will soon develop a feel for it, and the results will have a more unique, personal touch to them.
If you are shooting on a DSRL/mirrorless camera, do go for the RAW mode under settings, as this will help when it comes to post-processing (aka editing).
Photograph more of what you find hard. Nowhere beautiful around your home city? Look again. If you can, walk to work and see if you can find something, anything, worthy a frame. It’s all about training our eyes.
Feeling uninspired? Go somewhere new. Save up and head into the mountains, down the coast or even overseas for a few days to spark new ideas.
Team up. Have a friend who is interested in photography? Go on adventures together and inspire each other.
Take part in a workshop. If you feel like taking it to the next level, sign up for a photography workshop hosted by a photographer near you.
Become a storyteller. Let people know what happened in your image. How did you feel? How did you get there? Paint the entire picture and always consider emotion to be an important part of the equation.
Chase the sun. An hour before and after both sunrise and sunset are ideal. But don’t fuss too much about it. You can take excellent photos at midday, too.
For those going on their own adventure, Ms Huter said that exercise gear, cashmere jerseys, dark jeans, plain cotton and merino T-shirts, wrap dresses and flowy skirts are a good idea (left, in Austria, right, in Zanzibar)
She likes to use natural beauty products, including Vitamin C serum, cleansing oils and manuka balm (left, in Kenya, right, in China)
When it comes to saving for adventures, Ms Huter said you need to cut the unnecessary everyday expenses, whether they’re lunch, cafe-bought coffee or gym membership – and enjoy free things like libraries and parks (left, Tanzania, right, Sri Lanka)
Ms Huter saved hard so that she could afford to go to places like Tanzania (pictured)
Speaking about how she fell into travel photography, Ms Huter explained ‘I had never travelled before and didn’t pick up a camera until around 2014.
‘I stumbled upon the idea of making a website two years ago,’ Ms Huter explained, adding that she started her Instagram account in March 2015 – when she was still in university in her final year.
‘The world of social media hadn’t interested me much until then,’ she elaborated.
‘One day, I thought I would share my passion for exploring with others. An Instagram account and website seemed like a great start.’
Speaking about her tips for those who want to save money to travel the length and breadth of the world, Ms Huter has many.
‘Saving for adventures is crucial to turning our dreams into reality,’ the 23-year-old wrote in a recent blog post on the subject.
‘And the saving mission starts at home.’
Ms Huter told FEMAIL that it’s important to cut the unnecessary everyday expenses, be they cafe-bought coffee, lunch or gym membership. ‘The local park is much prettier than the gym anyway!,’ she laughed.
Ms Huter is also a devotee of carpooling with friends, vintage clothes shopping and visiting libraries for books and magazines to read (left, Wanaka and right, Sri Lanka)
HOW TO SAVE TO TRAVEL THE WORLD
* The saving mission starts at home – cut out everyday expenses such as cafe-bought coffee, lunch or gym membership.
* Carpool with friends, shop for vintage clothes and visit libraries for books and magazines to read.
* When booking flights, use a private or incognito window on your browser in order to make sure prices aren’t being hiked to see you spend more.
* Delete cookies and your browser history regularly.
* Set price alerts, bookmark sites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights, and look to fly mid week to make it cheaper.
* Bear in mind that local travel agents will often match or beat prices online.
* Be flexible and aware that outrageous prices for things like theatre and opera are often slashed last minute.
* Stick to a daily budget to lengthen time on the road.
* Download corresponding apps for public transport – and use car-sharing apps like BlaBla Car, Your Drive and Zip Car.
* Get an unlocked phone, as this will accept foreign SIM cards with cheap data plans.
* Dine where the locals do, and use TripAdvisor and local blogs such as New Zealand’s Neat Places. These can be good to stop you from ending up in pricey tourist traps.
* Remember the best things in life are free – chase every sunrise and sunset, join free walking tours and make friends with the locals.
She is also a devotee of carpooling with friends, vintage clothes shopping and visiting libraries for books and magazines to read.
Next, Ms Huter said you need to plan the adventure.
‘When booking flights, use a private or incognito window on your browser. This has to do with the website algorithms and your search browser history,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘If you search flights without a private window, the prices will jump according to how many times you look for flights and hotels.
‘Regularly delete your cookies and your search history – and websites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights are also go-tos.’
Ms Huter said she has done everything – from setting ‘price alerts’ to looking to fly mid week for cheaper airfares in the past.
‘Bear in mind that local travel agents will often match or beat the price you find online,’ she added.
‘When booking flights, use a private or incognito window on your browser. This has to do with the website algorithms and your search browser history,’ Ms Huter told FEMAIL (left, Zanzibar, right, Germany)
Then, it’s all about ‘sticking to a daily budget to lengthen time on the road’, eating where the locals do and making the most of public transport (Milford Sound, pictured)
‘Download the corresponding app, and – for longer journeys, use car-sharing apps like BlaBla Car, Your Drive and Zip Car,’ she said (pictured, New Zealand)
For the young travel blogger, a degree of flexibility with regards to trips is crucial:
‘Outrageous prices for theatre and opera tickets are usually slashed in half at last minute,’ she wrote.
‘The same goes for a cruise around the Galapagos Islands (in case you were wondering).’
Then, it’s all about ‘sticking to a daily budget to lengthen time on the road’, eating where the locals do and making the most of public transport:
‘Download the corresponding app, and – for longer journeys, use car-sharing apps like BlaBla Car, Your Drive and Zip Car,’ she said.
‘These can help you to make friends and save money at the same time.’
Last but not least with regards to tips, Ms Huter said you need to remember more is less:
‘Don’t over-complicate things with your gear, pack light, and remember the best things in life are free,’ she said.
‘Chase every sunrise and sunset, join free walking tours and make friends with the locals. You won’t regret it.’
To read more from Carmen Huter, you can visit her blog here or follow her on Instagram here.