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We take a ton of pictures because it is super convenient – almost 90% of our pictures are taken by our cell phone – an unlocked 32GB Motorola Moto X – and the images are automatically uploaded to our Flickr page through the Flickr app. After that we simply need to create albums and put the pics in there. It’s so easy.

Videos on the other hand are a bit more difficult and time consuming to capture and create. Right before we left we received a GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition as a gift along with the accessories bundle that included different cases and the LCD screen.  We had never used a GoPro (or any video recorder for that matter) before and didn’t have a whole lot of time to practice. The results are that we’re learning on the fly. It’s super easy to use and I would argue that the 5-10 minute video compilations and highlights we’ve made are more entertaining and tell a much better story than our photo albums and maybe better than some of our blog posts.

But we’re still learning and it doesn’t come natural so many times we will forget to use the GoPro or we will not have charged it. None the less we’ve captured video from many of our places and needed a place to put them all.  If you like the videos you can always subscribe to our No Approval Needed YouTube Channel and we will post them here as well.

Highlights of our time in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!

Jeff & Lindsay are Interviewed in Lima

We were a little excited to be interviewed so we had a couple cocktails to calm the nerves.  The interview goes a little south once the interviewer realizes that we haven’t left a particular part of Lima in almost 10 nights.


5 Day 4 Night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

This wasn’t easy to take 5 days worth of footage and edit it down to under 15 minutes. If pictures are more your thing check out our post 5 Day 4 Night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu or all of our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu photos.


La Senda Verde Ecological Reserve Volunteering May 2015

This was one of those experiences that we will never forget. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into by volunteering in the Bolivian jungle for two weeks at La Senda Verde. All I can really say is that we hope to one day get the chance to go back there and help out some more. We’ll never forget this place.  For a bit of the behind the scenes info on La Sende Verde and our experience you can read our blog post: La Senda Verde.


Cholita Wrestling

This was one of the most entertaining and weird parts of the trip. Every Sunday in the highlands near La Paz, Bolivia gringos and locals alike head to the local gymnasium for their version of WWE. I only had my cell phone to capture video unfortunately, so the quality is iffy. Not a ton of editing either – just a running video of the highlights. We sat in the front row – along with all of the other tourists – while the locals filled the stands. Props to all the wrestlers for putting on an awesome show for 3+ hours!


Perito Moreno Glacier

Our original plan was to start in Ecuador and zig zag our way along the west coast of South America and find ourselves in Patagonia during their winter for skiing. But after meeting an ex-pat in Montanita, Ecuador who gave us the low-down on the rough conditions in a Patagonia winter we opted to fly as south as we could and then migrate back up north. It was a really good decision. We started in El Calafate, Argentina which is the launch pad city to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier.  To be honest we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Being from Chicago we never have seen or even understood what glaciers were. We booked a tour that allowed us to hike for a couple of hours on the actual glacier. This was one of the coolest things we have done on our trip.  El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier: Unreal is the accompanying blog post.


Iguazu Falls

I’m slightly confused on what is a 7 Wonder of the World – there are so many variations now, but I’m positive that Iguazu Falls – which borders Brazil and Argentina – is on at least one list. If not it should be.  We visited the national park (Argentinean-side only) two days in a row. Lucky for us, and anyone that wants to do it, the second day is half off, sort of like a Twicket.  The first day we went the skies were overcast and the vibe at the park was the same. The next day however, with the sun out, was absolutely incredible. We couldn’t believe the difference a clear day with the sun shining made. Just about everywhere that you would look there would be beautiful rainbows with stunning waterfalls in the background. A visit to Iguazu Falls, Argentina is definitely worth the read.


Jeff’s Transformation

This video was a lot of fun to make. After spending a month in the Galapagos Islands without shaving a grew a reeaalll nice beard. Unfortunately for me my wife doesn’t like beards and she had been on my ass to shave it for a while. A few of our friends were referring to me as looking like a bum. I decided that if the beard had to go, which eventually it would, I might as well have some fun while doing it. This would be considered No Approval Needed’s first “production” film.  I think that Lindsay might have a future in Hollywood. 🙂


Galapagos Scuba Diving

We were so excited to get our scuba certification in the Galapagos Islands and put our GoPro to the test. We didn’t realize how blue/green the video would turn out to be (we didn’t – and still don’t have a filter for our camera). The only downside to learning how to scuba in the Galapagos is that we might have ruined future scuba dives. The waters and the wildlife are incredible. On almost every single dive (we dove 11 times while there) we would swim with sea lions, dolphins, sea turtles and tons of fish. Being in a fish tornado was one of my favorite experiences of the trip thus far.  Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Islands is Unbelievable (with gallery, finally!) is our blog post on the subject.


Scuba Cruise #NAN I’m on a Boat!


My mom absolutely hates this video because of the song (and the lyrics) but it’s one of my favorite songs. And we were lucky to score a few nights aboard a newly launched boat by our dive company and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a video with the song.


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