Before you head on your next great adventure, arm yourself with the best possible camera—just don’t pay full price. How? By hitting up Borrowlenses.com. The site, which is owned by Shutterfly, offers cameras, lenses, and a broad range of photography accessories for week-long rentals. That means you can commit to specialized gear without worrying about the price tag—and finally take photos of your bucket list trips with something other than your iPhone (though we’d never judge that approach, especially if you've got the right tools).
Here, lenses that retail for well over a thousand bucks can be rented for as little as $20. For instance, a $1,395 Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens (great for landscapes) runs $64 for a week, while a $6,749 Nikon 200-400mm f/4G lens (for sports and wildlife shots) costs $271 to rent—the more to spend on your epic safari. Also worthwhile, especially for families, are 4K camcorders, which can cost upwards of $2,000 retail but rent for roughly $170. New customers get a $10 discount, and travel-specific packages are available—they bundle a few essentials and a tripod for $131, and most camera brands are supported. Time to sharpen those photo skills.
Nikki Ekstein is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.