5 Best Spots for Traveling and Trying Your Photography Skills
Instagrammable. The term generally means any place, event, object, or even person that is photogenic and worthy of being shared or posted on a popular picture-sharing app. Unexpectedly, travel is a top topic on the said app and anywhere on social media, for that matter. Pictures of sunsets, urban landscapes, mountains, cozy corners, street foods, flowers, always have their fair share of likes, retweets, and shares.
Are you itching to go to your next destination and experience the culture and life of a never-been-seen place? Take your trusted camera with you (your smartphone is fine, but the camera provides a wider room for composing photos). From the famous to the slightly obscure, here are places that are worthy of a vacation and a perfect shot, in no particular order.
Whitewashed walls, blue domes that mimic the color of the sky and the Aegean Sea, Santorini is perfect as a postcard. Its many attractions and sights include churches, beaches, and restaurants. Enjoy the frenzy that is the capital, and head out to the less-touristy spots for a more quiet, relaxed time. Take as many pictures of the breathtaking view, which is everywhere you look.
Colors, flavors, and patterns dominate the souks of Marrakesh, which may as well be the representative image when you hear of that enchanting place in Africa. There are lots of photo opportunities to be had in the marketplace with wares hung or strewn about, a sensory overload of fabrics, slippers, pots, spices, and trinkets of every kind. You can’t simply miss the architecture of Medina of Marrakesh at all, palaces, gardens, mosques, and monumental doors, which are picture-perfect by themselves and backdrops for a selfie.
Machu Picchu, Peru
From one citadel to another, the abandonment of this sacred site and royal palace in South America continues to spark intrigue and mystery. One thing is clear: the ruins speak of the Incas’ mastery in construction and architecture, mainly its semicircular temple called Torreon, a ritual stone called Intihuatana, and the Temple or Room of Three Windows. Machu Picchu is definitely at the top of any list for sightseeing and photography.
Important: look up the latest regulations and restrictions on tripods, selfie sticks, and other photography equipment when planning your trip.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Here’s another World Heritage Site. Angkor Wat is both a temple for Vishnu and a mausoleum of King Suryavarman II, who also built the temple. This stone monument, hailed as a Khmer masterpiece, and its remote location in the forests of Siem Reap evoke beauty, awe, and reverence. It’s a challenge to photograph the ancient temple in a new light (think of sunset and sunrise) and with fewer tourists around. However, patience is a virtue in finding the angle to take once-in-a-lifetime photos of the temple grounds, its trees, spires, doorways, and more.
Who doesn’t love flowers, especially if there’s a whole field or valley of them? A 2017 article on The Telegraph painted a picture of paradise at Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park with its meadows of wildflowers, gorges, cliffs, and caves. The village itself is a charming hub of whitewashed houses and restaurants offering tapas and local delicacies.
Meanwhile, the springtime scenery of the nature park means seeing shades of blue, pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, green, and white flora. This protected area also takes pride in its fauna. Check out more information on exploring Grazalema here.
Get Those Photos
Traveling is a holistic experience as you feast on new sights, marvel at nature’s beauty, and learn about things that can change your life and perspective.
With practice and patience to learn techniques, you can hone your photography skills and try selling your awesome travel photos online. It’s fairly easy to turn a hobby into a business by setting up shop on a platform that will work for you and your target customers. Pictures last forever, and you have these unforgettable memories to share with the world. That means you get to do what you love (travel and photography) and earn from it—isn’t that a win-win situation?
As they say, leave footprints, and take pictures only. Where are you headed next?