thingsnotleftbehind asked: Hi! I really love your pictures! I turn 20 very soon and want to travel around Europe so badly. I'm from the United States, though, so it's kind of difficult. Anyways, your pictures are an amazing quality, what kind of camera do you use?
Thanks so much :) Yay! So great that you want to!
Do you mean it’s difficult because the United States are far away from Europe or because of language barriers?
If it’s distance, never let that be an issue. I’m from Australia, so it’s pretty much the furthest away you can get from Europe haha. If you really want to do it, you can!
Language-wise, this is a bit more tricky. Luckily, in most main cities of many European countries, many people speak English so you’ll probably be able to get by, especially in cities like Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Rome etc etc. However, my advice would be, don’t rely on it completely. Learn a few important phrases you might need as a traveller beforehand, such as ‘how much does this cost?’ and ‘which way is -name of place-?’, because most Europeans (ESPECIALLY the French, namely Paris) do not take well to English-speakers who make no effort and just expect everyone to speak English for them. And it doesn’t help that you’re American haha, because there are so many obnoxious Americans, especially in Paris, who the Parisians hate. Of course you won’t be like that though! I can’t tell you how much they appreciate a little effort on your part, and even if they speak back to you in English because they can tell by your accent, they will appreciate your efforts.
For my camera, I actually don’t even have a DSLR haha! I have this weird camera that is sort of in between a normal digital camera and a DSLR, it’s not even that great, I just work with what I have! It’s the Canon SX30 IS, I’m not even sure if anywhere sells it anymore, it’s quite old. I am planning to upgrade to a better camera though! When I can manage to put some money towards anything other than travel :P