Should I Buy a GoPro for Travel and Which One Should I Buy??

May 30, 2016

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I brought a GoPro Hero 4 Silver last September 2015 before my upcoming Middle East & South East Asia trip and the one comment I have made since then is that my only regret is not buying it sooner!

At the start of 2015 I went to South America for 3 months where I took my iPhone 5, a selfie stick (this was when selfie sticks were still fairly new and hadn’t reached the annoying phenomenon phase that they are currently in now) and a waterproof and shockproof Fijifilm XP digital camera and although I got some good shots and i took a few videos I just felt like I needed something else.


I wanted a camera that I could film with which would have a better video quality than my iPhone, I wanted a camera where I could take a photo of myself in a ‘selfie’ fashion but I could get more of the background in as well as myself than the selfie stick and iPhone allows and as I was going back to South East Asia and knew I would be spending time on the beach and in/near the water and I wanted something waterproof and durable so if I dropped it I knew it wouldn’t immediately break.

From this criteria it seemed there was only one thing left to do…

Invest in a Go Pro!!


As with everything GoPro’s have their positives and their negatives and because I never like to sugar coat anything on here these are what I have found to be the pro’s & con’s of the GoPro so you can make a decision as to whether you think they’re suited for you! (Note that I am referring to the GoPro Hero 4 Silver as this is the only one I have used.)

Lets start with the negatives:

The camera in the waterproof casing.

The camera in the waterproof casing.


This is a good example of me getting more of the floor in than i intended!



And now for the positives:

Perfect for snorkelling too!

Perfect for snorkelling too!


There’s no way my iPhone could have got all of this into one shot!



Now, if you’re thinking that a GoPro is for you then it’s time to decide which one to go for! When it came to choosing which GoPro to buy I did a bit of research and here’s what I found and how I made my decision to purchase the Hero 4 Silver.

The GoPro Hero 4 Silver

The GoPro Hero 4 Silver


First off, I remember hearing about GoPro’s in 2014 and the one thing I remembered was that they had no screen in the back, so you didn’t actually know what you were taking a photo of until you had connected it to your phone or laptop and checked and this really put me off them!

Fast forward a bit and the GoPro Hero 3 & 4’s had been released and thankfully they had screens!

You can still buy the original GoPro Hero without the screen for about £100.00 and you can now buy a screen which connects to it for about £50.00-£60.00 however if you’re spending this much money combined it’s better off  just buying a newer version.


So then it comes to the decision of whether to buy the GoPro Hero 3 or the GoPro Hero 4, to be honest it makes sense that of course the Hero 4 is going to be better than the Hero 3 and from what I can remember at this point there wasn’t too much of a price difference and I figured if I was already paying over £200.00 for a camera I might as well pay the extra and get the newer GoPro Hero 4!


And so finally it came between the decision of the GoPro Hero 4 Silver and the GoPro Hero 4 Black (GoPro are certainly making us work for this!). From doing a bit of research I found that the Black is the best out of the two and includes everything that the silver has, however this also shows in the price tag as the Black was and still is a good £100.00 more than the silver. As I’d decided to already spend the extra on getting the 4 over the 3 I decided I couldn’t validate paying even more to get the black over the silver so I settled on the Gopro Hero 4 Silver which are still retailing at £260.00-£290.00 and since then have been very happy with my decision!

This is one of my favourite shots which i just wouldn’t have got on any other camera!

I hope this helps you decide whether a GoPro is for you and which one to buy!

2 responses to “Should I Buy a GoPro for Travel and Which One Should I Buy??”

  1. Millie says:

    Awesome read and some cracking advice! I feel exactly the same about mine ?

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