Good Vibrations – Before / After

After months of renovations on the old girl, our campervan was ready to hit the road…

T H A N K S   T O   G E M    V I S A

Rewind 3 months – before a full gut out, niggly little jobs, a few arguments and a few thousand dollars – and you have a 1987 Mitsubishi Dalico Campervan sitting in my Uncle’s driveway. Dani & I decided to buy this ravaged beauty after looking into renting one over summer and seeing just how expensive it was. It was cheaper to buy & do up the old girl we now lovingly call Good Vibrations….

To say she was a testing project would be somewhat of an understatement, but the satisfaction of being able to cruise around for two weeks over summer without a care in the world made ALL the hard work worth it.

We had some epically sunny days and some that were… less than ideal for outdoor activities.  That being said, watching a whole season of Stranger Things on the 12v TV while the cyclone hit the Coromandel hard was an unforgettable experience on its own.

In terms of the reno – well, where do I start… we completely stripped out the “living” area, built a double bed, created a solar-powered electrical system, added a stereo w/ surround sounds, a 12v TV, USB points to charge phones and LED lights, and last but not least, Good Vibrations got a sparkly new paint job!

Big ups to my Gem Visa for helping me with the small and bigger purchases. I used it to buy materials such as timber, paint, vinyl flooring and electrical equipment at Mitre 10; the 12V Freeview TV, stereo and speakers all came from Harvey Norman, and I got it all sorted with Gem Visa’s 6 months interest free on purchases of $250 and over… Easing the blow just enough to pay these items off over time without no interest. Dream result!

All up the campervan renovations cost around $4,000 NZD and now we have a super funky, super safe, adventure beast to cruise around in – all made easier with my GEM Visa.

Any questions about Good Vibrations or the process of van life do not hesitate to ask or slide the DMs via Instagram…

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What Luggage / Equipment i use

I get LOADS of questions about what luggage bags and camera equipment I use..

So here goes, I’ll throw down as much insight as I can. My one & only luggage/camera bags brand I use is INCASE . These guys are the absolute ducks nuts. I mean this when I say it. The quality, size, look of these bags, everything is on point.

Click on the link to take you straight to INCASE website and use “LOGAN20” for a 20% discount storewide. Available NZ & AU.

https://incase.co.nz/collections/logan-dodds 

https://goincase.com.au/collections/logan-dodds

DSLR BAG :

Super comfortable, my go to when I travel and a great size to fit everything I need when I’m rolling through the airport terminals.

This fits my: Canon 5d MK IV, 15 ” Apple MacBook  , 2x GoPros , Sony A7MKii , 24-70mm F4 SONY Lens , 16 – 35mm F2.8 Canon Lens , Canon F1.8 50mm Lens , DJI Mavic Air + 2 x Batteries,  GoPro Karma Grip, plus room for all my cables and other little bits.

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TRACTO Roller Duffel Large :

This is perfect for Winter excursions, big enough to fit Snow jackets, big boots, skuxxy winter clothes. Also fully packed just weighsenough to sneak under the 23 KG bag restrictions..

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TRACTOR Roller Duffer Medium : 

This is my most used bag, perfect for Summer trips, plus enough room to throw in towels etc. I used this bag when I went travelling around Europe for 4 weeks last year. Also Hawaii, Fiji & my recent Summer adventures around NZ.

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DRONE PRO PACK : 

I roll this bag w/ a Phantom 4 + two spare batteries. Looks dope and you can throw it on your back like a back pack rather than carting a square foam cube around with you.

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MACBOOK SLEEVE :

A nice finishing touch to the collection, I love having all my equipment from the same brand. Sleeve is epic when I’m cruising around going to meetings or working at cafes.

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PHOTOS AROUND THE WORLD :

 

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THE FIJI DREAM

You all know I love to travel, well Booking.com has given me a special discount code to help you out next time you’re heading away.  For every booking over $80 you will receive $40 off!!  Book now using my exclusive discount code – 147673

I have had an awesome year gallivanting around the world and visiting new places.  I had never been to Fiji but I has always wanted to visit, so when Tourism Fiji reached out I jumped at the opportunity to explore this amazing Island.

My girlfriend Dani and I flew into Suva airport, hired a car, and worked our way down the coast over five nights, staying at a new location each night.

We stayed in Pacific Harbour, Sigatoka, Nadi & the Yawasa’s; the key hot spots for anyone wanting to explore all Fiji has to offer.

The fast-paced trip included helping build a local school classroom with The Outrigger Resort, visiting local villages, a helicopter ride, quad biking, swimming in crystal clear water surrounding Mantaray Island Resort, exploring the coral reefs and popping champagne bottles in the middle of tropical paradise. The Fiji Dream and one hell of a week.

I travel to some amazing places and had unreal experiences but what I really liked about this trip is getting to know the locals and experiencing how they live.  I think its super important to give back where ever you can and we really enjoyed helping them in any way we could.  Even though these people don’t have much, they are so happy and radiate positive energy, it was so refreshing.

The Outrigger Resort run a volunteer-based program where they invite guests to lend a hand by spending a few hours building classrooms for one of the local schools.  They also donate what they can to fund the projects, a true ‘feel good thing’ to do while travelling.

If you are keen to give back and help around the world, check out TownHall People for more amazing philanthropic projects and charities.

Check the Full Video here:

 

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Around the World 2017

2017 has been INSANE!! Would go down as one of the greatest years of my life. Some crazy travels to date from around NZ to all around the world! Here’s a few of my favourite highlights throughout the year! Huge shout out to everyone involved on the adventures, the legends met on the adventures and the Gem Visa that has had my back consistently throughout them.

In no particular order..

FIJI – OCTOBER 2017

Fiji was a pleasant treat, after hearing so much but never actually been i was blown away by the culture, beauty of the place & simplicity.

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FAROE ISLANDS : JULY 2017

To say this place blew my mind would be an understatement. I had never witnessed anything quite like it. It literally felt like we were Pioneers first discovering this place. Due to the harsh and unexpected weather conditions the locals (50,000 total population) mostly stayed indoors. No one insight for miles!! My Gem Visa definitely saved the day a couple of times on this trip!

 

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JAPAN – FEBUARY 2017

This was the best place in the world to spend my 26th Birthday! I spent 7 days out here w/ GoPro. Absolutely balls deep in Powder! I now know why this place is called JA-POW! What a treat. I was lucky enough to be out with some of the OG content creators!

 

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HAWAII – OCTOBER 2017

All I can I say is WOW. Hawaii has been high on the bucket list for quite some time! Especially the Stairway to Heaven hike. Arguably the most famous hike in the world. Although it is illegal and I do not condone breaking the law, sometimes you gotta bend the rules when it’s something so EPIC! Stoked Dani Robinson was game!!

 

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ICELAND – JULY 2017

Much like Faroe Islands, the landscape was INSANE. Although much more touristy the magnitude of this place was nuts! Miles & miles of crazy coast lines. We road tripped from north to south of the East Coast. We got ourselves caught out sometimes, miss judging timings of long drives or staying longer than expected at amazing locations taking photos, resulting in most places being closed to eat. My GEM VISA got me out of some seriously hangry situations, being accepted in little stores in literally the middle of nowhere late at night. This card has never not been accepted anywhere I’ve taken it with me in the world. Insane. Being a traveller that is definitely something you don’t want to be worrying about!  Shout outs to my homie Ben Mika for a dope trip.

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NEW ZEALAND – JULY 2017

July was a crazy busy month, getting the call up to hit the road with my homies Sam Evans & Sam Earp was dope. We hit a 5-day road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again! Being on the road w/ two of the best in the game was something else. Good times with likeminded homies!

 

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SUMMER 17/18

So we have just bought a campervan for the upcoming Summer!! She is currently in the middle of a big renovation and clean up! We are sourcing all necessary parts, materials & gadgets from the likes of Harvey Norman and Mitre 10.  Stay Tuned for some EPIC summer roadie yarns and loads of photos & videos! I will post a more in depth blog of renovations and how to’s once she’s ready to rumble!

We shall call her “Good Vibrations”.

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