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    Posted June 7, 2014 by
    Killarney, Ireland
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    The world's best national parks

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    Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park, Ireland


    A better way to take travel photos in national parks.


    I’ve never been a fan of taking group tours with dozens of people on a giant tour bus that is more interested in dropping you off at souvenir shops than spending quality time at the photographic destinations I really came to see. So, I typically rent a car and drive where I want to go.


    This time I rented a BunkCamper and discovered that it offers up dozens of new advantages when traveling and taking pictures. First, it’s small enough to go on roads that buses can’t drive. It’s also compact enough to park in areas that don’t offer big turnarounds that buses need.


    But even more so, it offers you the opportunity to out-wait your fellow tourists, to get the shot you really want, when things are crowded at the particular attraction you are trying to capture.


    Case in point, at Turc Falls in Killarney, Ireland; there was a German family crawling all over the rocks at the base of the waterfall. I waited maybe 15 minutes and they didn’t show any signs of leaving. Other photographers were starting to shout and they still didn’t move.


    Instead of getting involved in the fray, I merely walked back to my camper and spent a half-hour editing my photos from the previous day and enjoying a cup of coffee. Having that flexibility was great, because it would have been too long to drive back to a hotel, but with my house on wheels, I didn’t waste any time at all.


    When I returned to the waterfall, I basically had it all to myself.

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