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AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 13 September 2007 | Views [2339]

Someone asked me the other day how much stuff you pack for a six week family trip. Answer: when you are carrying it all yourself, exactly the same as a ten day trip!

Online check-in is yet another superb benefit of the digital age: now we can strategically place our kids to try and earn us some extra (free) seating space. No guarantees, but with a bit of luck nobody will particularly want to sit next to Dad and a writhing, wriggling mass of hyper-excited two-year-old if there are empty seats elsewhere. Having said that, after Garma, I reckon our kids travel really well. Our plan this time is to keep them awake until we switch flights in Singapore at midnight and then they'll be unconscious for the night leg to Milan.

The World Nomads development team is all set and fully briefed for the next six weeks ... I'm pretty pleased and proud of their professionalism and independence since I don't reckon there are too many company directors who can take six weeks off and expect to return knowing that everyone will stay focused on the tasks at hand. There is a real cohesion in the team at the moment: priceless.

Long ago I used to travel with a 20Kg bag of camera bodies, lenses and film. Then along came digital. The early problem of digital for me was cables and batteries, particularly in some remote areas where you can't even buy double A batteries let alone recharge some exotic NiCad battery every day. Recently I bought the new Nikon D40x for a variety of reasons, but one of it's BEST benefits is one that is largely ignored by the press: the fact that because it is manual focus the batteries seems to last forever. Up at Garma I shot perhaps 3000 pics in five days and only had to change the battery on day five. And all the bells and whistles that come with most cameras these days I simply don't think I need: after all, if an old Nikon FA shooting film takes great pictures, then this new Nikon can too!

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