Slik Tripod and Head Buying Guide

Buying Slik Tripod and Head

A typical day is like this, don’t get me wrong, but when it’s been too long and you’ve had your morning coffee, I think everyone needs a little boost that gives them something to look forward to – especially after such an exhausting week. What does happen when you go on holiday? You’ll probably spend your days with tons of free time on your hands, looking for that one ‘perfect moment’. But why do we always find ourselves staring into gaps between moments when we should take a breather?

If you are a freelance photographer, then the idea of being at home by yourself, enjoying your own company is pretty cool! If not, then you will often be faced with this dilemma –

What is the best thing to do while you’re on holidays? It might be taking some delicious food, or just spending your evenings with those you love to watch TV (I know I can’t stop myself). After spending so much time away from family and friends, we sometimes need to grab our moment and enjoy it with them.

And of course, when my daughter asks me what I want for Christmas – she doesn’t even like the fact she has no idea! – I must respond with something as simple as: “I don’t know. My choice”. And this seems to be her reply every time. So why isn’t she getting the same amount of snaps that I am? Is this really how Christmas is supposed to be spent? Or is this just me taking advantage of social media to get more clicks on images of shopping malls?

Nowadays, I am beginning to believe that most of us just need all the money we can get our hands on. The number of people who wish they could be somewhere more than where they currently live has gone up exponentially in the last few years, whilst the prices charged have also risen with each passing year. In the UK, the average price of housing is £200,000, yet the average cost of travelling abroad is around £5,000 per day. Not only this, but the UK has the highest levels of inflation in Europe, making it hard to make ends meet when you are looking for something to buy on your trips abroad.

When looking into buying a foreign trip, as well as finding out if a new place will have good value for the money you are spending, the simplest way to choose the right destination is to compare things.

It is easy to make mistakes on your first trip – you may get carried away and end up seeing absolutely nothing but a great deal (you know that feeling!). Don’t worry – you will get used to it. When you start to see this type of mistake you will start to get better at spotting it when compared against the pictures in your local paper. Now that you have been travelling for a couple of weeks, this part will become second nature. This is what makes it easier for anyone to pick the perfect outfit and get the picture that they are looking for. Asking ‘who looks good in this dress?’ is usually sufficient in the sense that there will be very close matches. However, when someone gets excited about their clothing choice, it will be nearly impossible to tell them apart from the other pictures. There are plenty of ways to test stuff prior to going on any kind of tourist trip. For example, you can try clothes on in a shop, talk to your friends about it and ask them to rate you. You could try looking for photos of where the actual item was bought. Alternatively, using Google would give you lots of inspiration.

All these opportunities that you have at this stage can lead to finding the best possible deals for the money. Obviously, this can be extremely difficult, especially when there is never a guarantee that they will get you exactly what you want. That is why you need to find someone that knows more about this specific subject rather than just blindly following reviews or reviews that have already been written about before. Make sure when searching out deals that you do your research, learn a bit more about that store which is selling this product and its features, then you can use that knowledge not to be disappointed. Finding deals on international businesses can be incredibly frustrating, but you can only be successful if you do your homework and use a reputable source.

The easiest method to doing this is to visit sites such as Moneysavingexpert.co.uk or Comparethemarket.com. These websites offer links to thousands of stores and companies, including places like Applebee’s and Amazon, which means you can easily find out what you are looking for. However, there are fewer chances of finding the cheapest deals on overseas products than there are when buying directly from a foreign business themselves. Also, most sites are based in the US or UK, whereas you aren’t likely to find anything that has anything to do with travel and tourism in a country other than Britain here. You are more likely to find some travel deals that match what you are looking for.


The next step is to do an online search on a company website. Look for the terms that are being used in the company title, or use a service such as Google. Then search for the keywords that seem to work best for something that you are thinking of. Use these searches – or a similar one – to find businesses that sell stuff that you cannot find anywhere else. Once you have found something that interests you, then go further and check online if they are available. Again, this will be important, particularly when trying to decide whether or not something will interest you, as it shows that most of them aren’t. Do this for as much of it as possible. Searching a lot is actually quite daunting. You may get hundreds of results, but not exactly what you are looking for. One company will have multiple things that are identical, or have similar things on them, but then there are only two of them in the whole world. Try to put all of these things together to figure out which is the right one for you at this time!

After browsing through numerous websites, sometimes you may run into problems. This is a rare occasion in the travel industry – it is extremely easy to miss something on the reviews, and if you spend a week searching, there won’t be one.

As I have mentioned previously, you should be looking into sites that are reputable, and preferably as well known as possible. They should be able to answer all your questions and be fairly accurate. These will usually be companies such as TravelSupermarket.co.uk or Booking.com. Some travel sites also have a rating system, called a 5-star system, and if that’s what you are looking for, then these sites are quite handy. While comparing different sites to each other isn’t ideal – you have no idea if they really have something and you don’t know if there might be something more – this can be difficult to spot. Luckily, the good news is that one site only has 3 stars!

Once you have selected your chosen site, the next step is to check whether they offer the kinds of offers you are looking for. Ask yourself: ‘do I want to know everything I can about a certain type of trip, or am I keen for some reviews on a particular thing?’ Most sites will allow you to either view the reviews of each of their websites, or take a user survey. It is better to be a bit unsure than to have no idea. If they do have a review site, make sure you look at the reviews, and read those reviews. This is a big opportunity for you to give them a little extra thought that a trip might be a better fit for you. If the majority are positive, then it’s worth visiting the website that they are offering that you are looking for, and checking out the reviews beforehand.

The final step in choosing the right trip is to try out the various sites that you have chosen. Once you have done all of that, once you have tried on everything, then you need to be confident in your choice.

Here are some tips on helping you in this process:
  1. · Never purchase something without researching first if it is something that you think is for you, whether it is a bag, shoes, or a car.
  2. · Set yourself up with a budget that allows you to cover most, if not all, of your costs for that trip.
  3. · Find out as early as possible what holiday you would enjoy, what you can afford
  4. · Go for trips during winter to avoid cold weather conditions
  5. · Be aware that some holidays cost more than others
  6. · Check with your bank or credit card company to make sure you have enough money for whatever holiday you choose.
  7. · Remember to take your breaks when needed, and remember to eat when you need to
  8. · Take a good look into things that you can’t live without, so that you are less tempted to miss something important.
  9. · Get to know where the nearest shops are. Even if you can’t find them, you might find that they are good for selling a lot of stuff.
  10. · See if there are discounts when you buy, or if you go on a promotional voucher scheme.
  11. · Make sure to take photos during your trip to record memories. You never know what would happen if you didn’t.
  12. · Have fun, but remember that you don’t always have to have the same activities every night – not every day. Just remember to look out for yourself.

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