Bags are packed, tickets are booked, rides have been arranged. You’re going on the trip of a lifetime, so we’re here to make sure you don’t pull an amateur adventurer mistake.

First of all, make sure your GoPro batteries are charged up. And if you don’t have the newest flagship HERO7 Black, find a friend who does or check out the TradeUp Program—it'll help you grab a brand-new GoPro at a discount.

Second, be prepared to “do it for the ‘Gram.” These days getting the shot is just as important as having a bed to sleep in while on the road.

Here are a few ProTips to get the best travel content.    

Nail Selfiescapes

There is an art to posing perfectly with a landmark or picturesque landscape. The key is to maximize the quality of footage you capture in the often-fleeting moment you have with an iconic sight, especially when it comes to public art (You’d think there was a women’s restroom hidden behind the line at some street art murals these days).

ProTip: Mount your GoPro to a compactible mount, like the Shorty. When the time comes, frame the shot, set your GoPro to Time Lapse Photo at 0.5-second intervals and strike a few poses. This will ensure you have an array of photos to choose from.

Land the Perfect Group Shot

Whether with new friends or old, getting a group to settle for a posed shot can be extremely challenging. For this, us these ProTips:

  1. Use the new Photo Timer in Photo Mode on HERO7 Black. You can set it to snap the shot at 3 or 10 seconds. This way you can frame the shot and find your place in the squad before the capture.
  2. Use your smartphone as a remote with the GoPro app. Once connected, you can control your GoPro from your device and use the screen to preview what’s in the frame.
  3. Embrace the candid moment and shout “GoPro, Start Recording” to start capturing  whatever antics ensue. Later, use the GoPro app to pull a still frame from the video. The higher your resolution the better the photo will be, so we recommend selecting 2.7K or 4K for this option.

Mount Up Accordingly

When traveling with mounts, there is a fine art to cross-referencing what you need versus which mounts boast packability—i.e. are the perfect size and weight.

ProTip: The top four mounts to travel with are Shorty, Bite Mount + Floaty, Sleeve + Lanyard and The Hand + Wrist Strap. These versatile options will take you from hikes to underwater plunges, steady your footage across cityscapes and walks and, best of all, pack down tiny while keeping your GoPro within reach.

Embrace the Auto Edit

There is nothing better than relaxing and reminiscing after a particularly lively day of travel. Whether it was spent traversing a city, summiting a peak or indulging in a foodie-fueled afternoon, the QuikStories feature—via the GoPro app—provides a video edit of your day by the time you kick your feet up.

ProTip: Download the GoPro App on your smartphone or tablet and enable the Auto Upload feature to have a QuikStory created while you’re still on the go. If you love it, share it to social or save to your camera roll right away. Or if you want creative freedom, pop your QuikStory open in the Quik App to adjust themes, music, highlight moments, playback speeds and more until it’s perfect.

If you're stoked on these tips, be sure to submit to the #TripOn GoPro Awards Challenge that runs throughout Summer 2019.