With vaccines being rolled out across the world, many countries are now opening up their borders to boost their tourism industries. Now may be a good time to travel again, especially if you have been fully vaccinated.
Whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, your photography career will benefit greatly from traveling. Your skills will improve, and you will have a killer portfolio as well. Here are some places every photographer should add to their bucket list.
Arizona, United States
There is nothing more beautiful and majestic than nature, and the United States boasts of some of the best national parks in the world. From stunning landscapes to whimsical forests, there is no shortage of breathtaking views in these parks. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, in particular, is known for natural wonders that can give photographers a brand-new appreciation for Mother Nature.
The best thing about Singapore is that it has everything—urban cityscapes but also lots of opportunities to experience nature and wildlife. Moreover, Singapore is such a small country; you can visit the capital’s most famous attractions in a day. Don’t miss out on one of the world’s top airports—it has a wonderful Butterfly Garden you can add to your list of places to photograph, and the food at Changi Airport is delectable, too.
Antelope Valley, California
If you love flowers and landscapes reminiscent of Woodstock, Antelope Valley in California is the place for you. It’s a wonderful place to take portraits since you would be framing your subjects in the world’s most vibrant poppies.
Santorini is the place to be for photographers who love photographing crystal blue waters and white aesthetics. Known for being one of the most romantic places in the world, it boasts of an unforgettable and spectacular sunset display every night, with hundreds of people coming together to watch the sun setting into the blue sea.
If you are more of a history buff and love the look of old architecture and buildings, Edinburgh in Scotland is the place for you. It is filled with cobblestones and old-timey houses and structures, as well as historic castles and pubs. The city looks even better at Christmastime since the city would be inundated by night markets and gorgeous lights.
Also located in Scotland are moors, known for being land that is neither cultivated nor forested. For this reason, it gives off a mysterious feel—think Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, mind-blowing landscapes, big skies, and romantic castles on top of mountains.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu in Peru is perhaps one of the most breathtaking places in the world, but it’s not for the faint of heart or those who have a fear of heights. Known for being lost for almost four hundred years, the destination features plunging valleys, high mountains, and cute llamas that don’t mind people.
What is a photographer’s bucket list if the Northern Lights are not included? Iceland is easily one of the most famous countries for photographers, and with good reason—it is the best place from which the Northern Lights should be watched, and it also has some 130 volcanoes that can add depth and character to photos. If you are into night photography as well as landscapes, this city must be your go-to.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
There are no sunsets quite like the ones in Southeast Asia, and Cambodia is no exception. Set against pink and purple golden hours, Angkor Wat features historic temples that have seen so much tragedy and beauty. When photographing this place, however, make sure to pay your respects and give the place the dignity it deserves.
If you are a child at heart who enjoys the look of hot air balloons, go to Cappadocia, Turkey. The place is known for its unique geological features. The rocks and mountains look nothing like the other places on this list, and the hot air balloons make the location even more gorgeous to photograph.
Traveling in a pandemic
Here are some safety tips to remember when traveling during a pandemic:
- Stay abreast of guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as safety protocols on the nation you’re going through.
- Wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and keep your distance even if you’re vaccinated.
We can enjoy the world while still being careful during the pandemic. Keep yourself healthy and protect others, and you can still find safety during your travels.