Photography and words by Connor Pritchard
Remember the name Connor Pritchard: you might just be hearing a lot of it in a few years. A 17-year-old photographer and filmmaker based in New Zealand, Connor captures much more than just muted colours and original perspectives in his work. He’s an elicitor of earnest emotion, a creative in the purest sense, and fueled by his insatiable hunger to create something every day that was better than his last.
I’m Connor Pritchard, and this is How I Travel.
What do you love most about traveling?
Meeting new people with the same ambitions. Everywhere I go, I always meet new people. The great thing about meeting new people while traveling is that often they turn into new friends, which means at the end of it all, you have friends all over the world to go and visit!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through all your travels?
Take your time with everything you do. Enjoy every bite of food, walk at a slow pace and take in your surroundings. When you are somewhere cool, observe it from every angle possible and make sure to capture it on a camera to show friends and family back home.
How has travel changed you as a person?
Traveling has completely freed me from my comfort zone. I’m a big believer that the quickest way to get out of your comfort zone is to get the hell out of wherever you are and immerse yourself in a completely different place.
What’s the one travel experience/story that has had the biggest impact on you?
A few mates and I decided to go on a road trip to the Te Puia Huts, which is about an hour and a half drive from us plus a 2-3 hour tramp. We were going up a steep gravel road when my mate’s car decided to give up on us – we were only 10 minutes away! The worst part about it was that there was no cell reception so we couldn’t call anyone; we were completely stranded.
So we decided to roll the car all the way back down the hill until we could get some cell reception, call up a tow truck, and call my mate’s Dad to drive out with another car so we could continue our trip. About 3 hours later the tow truck and my mate’s Dad arrived, so we finally got back on the ride. We left at 9am so we could get to our hut by 12, but we didn’t actually get there until about 5pm, and when we arrived at the hut, it was FULL! As a result, we had to sleep outside in the freezing cold. I had a sleeping bag built for a 12-year-old and a pillow case stacked with my clothes – only a t-shirt and a pair of shorts – and that was it! Needless to say, we only got about 3 hours sleep.
This experience had the biggest impact on me because even though it was a big fail, it showed me that even when things go wrong, you should always enjoy every moment of your days. And situations like these give you a good story to tell with your mates later on!
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Connor’s 8 Favorite Travel Items
My Sony A7 & Samyang 24mm Lens
I just recently saved up and bought this beast, and so far it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought!
Got this a few months ago, so sick! Keeps me nice and cozy while I’m asleep and on the move! [Editor’s Note: This Poler Stuff Napsack came in at #1 in our roundup of the 11 Essentials For Luxury Camping This Summer.]
EVERYTHING is on here: photos, videos and much more. If this gets lost, I’m done for… [Editor’s Note: As far as hard drives go, Matt likes his LaCie Rugged, while Pete prefers the Western Digital My Passport.]
So comfy and warm – it’s great for just about any occasion.
Always keeps me on time, no matter I am.
This card has more than enough space on it, and when I film it allows me to shoot at 60fps. Love it!
I wear these everywhere I go, I love them.
These shoes have been through a lot. I feel as if it’s time to upgrade shoes because these aren’t going to last much longer.
Connor in 60 Seconds
Fav Place to TravelRarotonga was amazing!But still, I can’t decide until I’ve traveled everywhere, right?
Fav On-the-Go ReadInstagram
Fav Travel AppApple MapsIt’s saved my life so so so many times
Ideal Trip CompanionSam EvansThis dude is so cool and easy-going, and he makes some insane videos too!
Next Travel PurchaseRonin Gimbal Stabiliser
Next DestinationAuckland to see Flume!