Local Personality And Intrepid Traveller Rosalyn Lee Shares Her Travel Secrets

The Singaporean has already visited 54 countries

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Local girl and seasoned traveller, Rosalyn “Rozz” Lee (@heyrozz), is best known for her work as a radio presenter and is also a familiar face on TV having hosted numerous movie and music junkets. However, these days the Singaporean prefers to spend her time travelling the world, and with summer holidays fast approaching, we asked Lee to share her top travel photography tips to help you capture all those #wanderlust moments, and her favourite travel destinations in case you’re still looking for places to go.

What are your top tips and tricks when it comes to travel photography and videography?
I use my iPhone XS a lot to shoot my travel vlogs and one of my biggest pet peeves is when strong winds screw up my audio. So I fashioned a wind gag out of an old sock, by cutting off the toe end of a sock and wearing it over the end where the microphones are. Reduces wind distortion and didn’t cost me anything.

When it comes to taking photos, mildly backlit shots are always better than overexposed hotspots. Don’t be too obsessed about getting all your subjects “bright” and visible when snapping the photo. You can brighten backlit shots in edit apps, but you can’t bring back image detail (or “darken”) overexposed shots. A lot of the more recent iPhones feature Smart HDR which leverages multiple technologies — like faster sensors, an enhanced ISP, and advanced algorithms along with the powerful A12 Bionic chip — to bring more highlight and shadow detail to your photos.

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my 2 year old canon EOS m6 camera’s touch AF, menu function and sensor has been acting up for the most part of the trip so ive been relying on my #iphoneXs for nearly all my photos after my milky way shoot. i generally dont think much of phone cameras, even my iphone surprises me sometimes. but my iphone shot brilliantly in the UAE: great colors that arent overly saturated, solid image detail that isnt overly HD, giving me lots of flexibility and wiggle room when i shoot RAW and edit in #AdobeLightroom for iphone. i reckon it could be the light here in the UAE, cuz it performs better here than in singapore. i often get asked what camera i use to achieve some of my better photos. surely u dont ask your mom what pot she uses for her food to taste so good, right? i think a good camera is whatever you know how to use well. u dont need fancy gear to create; all u need is creativity, and its free! . finally, i couldnt care less if u think this is a sponsored post. i QC every opinion or recommendation i share, paid or otherwise. id never fast track my way into your circle of trust with words like “this is not a sponsored post! good things must share” – it puzzles me when influencer peoples state that disclaimer. u mean when ur opinion is paid its not legit? i hope not! trust is something you cant fast track, it takes time, and rejecting paid jobs that dont align with ur personal style and beliefs. its a slow and arduous process, but an extremely rewarding one. . oh gosh ive been rambling. whatever. word vomit feels good. but yeah the point is: does anyone here own a canon EOS m6? do i need to get a new camera or repair my banged up 2 year old baby? . #rozzinUAE #dubai #shittycamelride #idontlikeridinganimals #wonteverdoitagain #shotoniphoneXs . .

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What is the one thing you never leave home without when travelling?
Passport aside, as long as I’ve packed my “tech bag” I’m good to go. My tech bag holds all my cables, spare batteries, chargers, power banks and SD cards. This one time I got stuck in Ukraine with only the clothes on my back. I was supposed to shoot my vlog on Chernobyl but all my camera equipment was in my luggage which got left at my departure airport. I didn’t even have my iPhone charger. I spent two painful days running around Ukraine trying to buy a charger but to no avail. Lucky for me, the hotel reception had a spare cable and I settled for buying a selfie stick and shot my first ever travel vlog on my iPhone 5s. From now on, my tech bag gets packed into my hand luggage.

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WARNING: no outfit changes. wearing pants that havnt been washed since 3 weeks ago. boots caked in soil from 3 countries and varied landscapes. socks from the day before but they didnt smell thaaaat bad so they’re getting a second wear.✌🏼 . i am never exploring the desert on foot again. cant cover much ground without getting lost. the sun was strong but the winds were biting cold – bad combo. despite that wadi rum has all of my heart. i will come back to jordan just to explore this slice of mars on earth. for now its onward to #petra. . ps. for every good photo on the IG highlight reel, know that there are hundreds that didnt work. case in point: last photo. . #rozzinjordan #wadirum #shotoniphoneXs . .

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What are your top five favourite travel destinations? 
1. Iran sits on top of my list of favourite places. I travelled solo around the country for three weeks, but it still wasn’t enough time to explore this beautiful, pristine and terribly misunderstood country.

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super touristy and over-photographed yet it still drew gasp from me as i stepped inside. its hilarious how its so packed yet everyone wants to come across in photos like they’re the only one in the Nasir ol Molk mosque in shiraz, iran: myself included.😂 . im not at all religious and i absolutely hate the feeling of oppression that crushes me everytime i set foot into a place of religion. but for art and stunning architecture in the league of sagrada familia, ill tahan. . the crowd thinned out for a quick minute, long enough for me to snap some unobstructed wide shots of the gorgeous place also known unofficially as the “pink mosque”. . tip: i was told that mornings in the winter months are the best times to visit this mosque for thats when the sun’s rays are longest. dunno whether true la but im here now in december and rays are long enough. stim. . #rozziniran #shiraz #nasirolmolkmosque #persianarchitecture #solofemaletraveller . .

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  1. 2. Cuba. I travelled solo across Cuba for two and a half weeks and was so drawn to the people. They were curious, inviting, protective (of me) at times, and big hearted.

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  1. 3. I really enjoyed my month long Trans-Siberian train journey which took me from Beijing to Mongolia, Siberia, the smaller Russian town of Listvyanka, and finally Moscow. I booked a second class sleeper cabin which has four beds. I never knew who my bunk mates were going to be, it was all luck of the draw, but thankfully I met some pretty cool people over the course of my journey.

  1. 4. I can’t forget my North Pole expedition. I spent a night at the Barneo Ice Camp, a temporary base camp located on a giant ice floe 89 degrees north. We were then taken via helicopter to the northernmost point possible where we started hiking, knee deep in snow, in search of 90 degrees north to pop up on our digital compasses. We found it 20mins later. It was the best feeling ever to have been literally at the top of the world, where every step you take is south.

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in the days leading up to the expedition all i felt was stress and frustration over the uncertainty of our departure to the north pole. travel plans that were set in stone for after north pole had to be rethunk and rebooked. i remember wanting to just get everything over and done with so i can move on with my month-long journey around scandinavia. whoa if only i knew then what im feeling now… id take more care and time to savour every moment. bidding svalbard a bitter farewell was tough, with every fibre of my being wishing i could stick around for a little while longer. i will be back. stefano, our italian expedition guide who resides in svalbard, said that once you’ve experienced svalbard and the north pole everything else would suck. how true. urgh. i hate being this sappy but imma just roll with it for now. 😢 off to finnish lapland now to a place called ivalo. will be staying in a glass igloo for the next few nights. . #rozzinsvalbard #longyearbyen #shotoniphoneX . .

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  1. 5. Isle of Skye, Scotland. This island is otherworldly, dramatic, and breathtaking. I’m obsessed with being in nature, and there’s nothing more I love than hiking. Isle of Skye is all that and more. It has the most varied landscapes located on a small spit of land.

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#TheOldManofStorr is a large pinnacle of rock located on the trotternish, the most northerly peninsula on the isle of skye. its been said that the rock’s outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble the face of an old man, and thus its name. but i 左看右看 (no matter which way i looked) still couldnt make out a face! . i asked @harrymartinphotography 2 days later and he said theres an (unverified) historical account suggesting that back in the day the pinnacle rock was originally named “penis” in gaelic. when the victorians came thru they found its name too rude so they proceeded to change its gaelic name to “old man”. party poopers! 🙄 . lets be real. you dont need to be here to know what it clearly looks more like. naturally its only polite that i face it. 😎 . #rozzinscotland #isleofskye #theoldmanofstorr #shotoniphoneXs #portraitmode . .

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What is the best and worst thing about travelling?
Best thing about travelling is knowing that you have the freedom and privilege to explore foreign lands, the very freedom and privilege denied to so many people living in nations where the lack of diplomatic ties and trade embargoes also deny them the right to visas for travel. The worst part about travelling to foreign lands is this nagging suspicion that everyone’s out to rip you off because you’re a tourist!

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dear @chewsoowei: you were my first friend when i started out at my first radio station, it was a daunting first day, everyone seemed cold and busy so the warmth of your friendship really put me at ease. since then we’ve accumulated over 15 years of friendship between us, travelled to 8ish countries together (ive lost count), helped each other through the toughest of times, and celebrated our triumphs even harder. along the way we’ve hit roadbumps, grown a lot as individuals, uve gained muscle while ive gained 12 kilos of fat, ive lost count of the number of times uve injured yourself, the funniest (and most unnecessary) being that one time u stabbed urself in the eye with ur finger and ripped your cornea. what im trying to say is, thank you for loving me. happy 40th birth year to both of us!! lets grow old together. i love you very muchly! 🖤 . ps: this is the last time id ride on the back of any animal. this last one’s for you, soo. i didnt enjoy it a single bit. also grateful i didnt #christopherreeve my body. . #rozzinUAE #dubai #ihatecamelrides #rozzies40thbirthdaychallenge #shotoniphoneXs . .

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What are some travel apps and iPhone features you can’t live without when you travel? 
I honestly wouldn’t survive without my Notes! I jot down my thoughts as I travel, contacts of people I meet along the way, and have full travel itineraries recorded on it too. I use the Health app to chart the number of steps I take whenever I hike, which is a lot. I also use Apple Books to download all my travel reads, and Apple Wallet, which has all my cards (ideal for Apple Pay) and boarding passes stored on it. I need my Express VPN app to access social media in dark countries and I rely heavily on the PolarPro app to check on wind speed and geomagnetic storms before I fly my drone. Lastly, Flightradar24 lets you key in your flight details and check on your plane’s flight path in (almost) real time. It’s pretty cool.

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