It is nice to bring back a souvenir or two from your travels. However, I’m sure that you like me believe photography is the best way to create memories.
There are some amazing places to photograph around the world, but if you are a budding travel photographer, you may be wondering where you should travel to find the best places to take pictures. Here’s a list of wonderful places you should visit if you’re a travel photographer.
Photography Around the World Is An Eyeopener
We travel around the world for all sorts of reasons these days. Photography around the world is only one of them, however, many of us have come to realize photographs make treasured memories.
Sure, it is nice to take photographs of friends and family, but there are some stunning places to photograph. And these days, you have an endless amount of choices on how to get there.
Travel Light for A Better Experience
To make the most out of your experience, you don’t want to carry too much equipment. It is better to invest in a lightweight camera, lenses, and tripod. Also, consider investing in the right bag for camera and other photography gear.
If you’re looking for an amazing camera bag for your next trip I made an exhaustive list of the best camera backpacks you can find on the market today. Find it here.
Do Your Research Before You Travel
When it comes to travel photography, it is essential to do your research. Thanks to social media and Google, much of the information you will need can be found online. But, there are other sources that you should consider.
I also wrote for you a complete guide on how to plan your next photography trip. I spent quite a lot of time researching the best way to plan a photography trip and you will find a lot of great tips. Find the free ultimate guide here.
The Most Beautiful Places in the World to Photograph
Arashiyama is what the Japanese refer to as a district. It is a rural area which is still part of Kyoto and is easily reached by bus or train. The best time to travel to Arashiyama is during the fall and spring. Of course, during the spring you can enjoy taking endless photographs of the cherry blossoms on the road to get there.
The fall brings blazing colors to the entire area, and the Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is particularly stunning during this time of the year.
This place is usually very crowded, so if you want to take a shot with an empty pathway you’ll have to get there in the first hours of the day.
One of the best ways to explore Arashiyama is by taking a walk along the Hozu-gawa River. From there, you can reach many of the top ten places in the area. Many visitors to the area don’t consider a river walk, but you will find some of the best-hidden photographic treasures in and around the river.
Other top places to visit include Nison-in Temple, Gio-ji Temple famous for its moss-covered grotto, and Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa.
When you have had enough of the temples, you should pay a visit to Kameyama-koen Park and enjoy the company of the resident monkeys. Few visitors make it here, but this magical place is easily reached from the river.
Sydney in Australia needs little or no introduction. On the face of it, Sydney is very much of a modern city, but it is not only about the harbor and sea. Some of the older parts of Sydney are worth visiting as well as the famous Opera house.
The Old Town in Sydney, The Rocks is one of the most interesting places to visit. It is only a stone’s throw away from the Opera house but is often neglected by visitors.
An afternoon wandering around in this part of Sydney will give you a fantastic insight into Australian history. You can enjoy taking stunning photos of amazing architecture and secret hideaways. An ultra-wide lens is what you need here for some fancy street photography.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre in Italy is located in the Liguria region, in Northern Italy. Many choose to travel to the Amalfi coast in the Southern part of Italy, but Cinque Terre is as stunning and it may feel more unique.
A drive along the coast will take you to many places to photograph including the beautiful village of Vernazza.
I am particularly attached to Cinque Terre, I spent a considerable amount of time photographing the five old towns and I put together a photographer’s guide to Cinque Terre that I highly recommend reading.
Find the Best Photography Guide to Cinque Terre here. You will find all the details about what lens to use for each shot and map with the main photography spots. So that you won’t waste your time looking for those points in particular and make the most out of your trip. Read the Cinque Terre article here.
Some try to explore the Cinque Terre coastline in a day, but there is no point in rushing it. The villages which make up this stunning part of the Italian coast really do deserve more of your time than one day.
The best time to visit is during May when it is just beginning to get warm, but you can still enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside as well as the coastline.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound in New Zealand makes up part of the New Zealand fjord land.
This part of New Zealand is well known for its adventure holidays, but there is much more to Milford Sound than high-speed boat rides and bungee jumping.
If like me you love taking photos of epic landscapes, New Zealand is the place to go. I listed the best photography spots in New Zealand in this article.
A flight over Milford Sound will capture the stunning natural beauty of the area. Once you are back down on Terra Firma, you can explore the local area either on foot or boat.
There are plenty of excursions available, and hiking around Milford Sound is easy. April and May are less crowded, but winter, from June to Mid August, in this part of New Zealand is the best time to come and enjoy stunning winter photography.
Val d’Orcia, Italy
If you have never been to Tuscany in Italy, you simply have to visit. It is like a step back in time.
You will find yourself surrounded by stunning villas, castles, and views of the rural countryside. Val d’Orcia is like a feast for the eyes and all of your senses. Bring a wide-angle lens with you to capture the open spaces of this beautiful region.
As you start to explore the area, you will soon appreciate what is so special about it. Pienza is one pretty village which is also a very much a testimony to the Renaissance period. In Pienza, you’ll find many spots worth photographing, one being Via Dell’Amore.
The most popular shot in Val d’Orcia is perhaps the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta, located close to San Quirico d’Orcia.
There are many stunning places to visit in Iceland, but unless you have a light aircraft, you may find it hard to access the best natural beauty spots. However, Kirkjufell is one of those places you can easily reach. If you like, it is a “Mini Me Iceland”.
With its beautiful waterfall and the Church Mountain (Kirkjufell) itself, is a special place. Don’t rush a visit to this part of Iceland. Try to spend a day here in good weather and appreciate the many different colors as the area slowly seems to change color with the movement of the sun.
It looks like a fantasy landscape and makes you wonder what early settlers thought when they first came across it.
Rainbow Mountain Peru
It will take you about 3 hours to get to Rainbow mountain area from Peru. Most tours leave very early as you need to hike to the actual mountain. It helps if you are an experienced hiker. If you are not, it is a good idea to opt for a horse track instead of a walking tour.
The Rainbow Mountain seems to change color. It all depends on what angle you look at it from, and what time of day it is. The colors come from the micro-minerals in the soil and are only part of the beauty of this place.
Standing on top of the ridge looking out over the landscape, you will be forgiven to think you are on some distant planet.
No trip to Canada is complete without a visit to Alberta. This is a beautiful part of Canada and where you will find the Rocky Mountains. There are many stunning places to visit and what you will see depends on what time of year you choose to visit Alberta.
Banff is stunning all year round and does not feel crowded even though it may be packed with visitors from all around the world. It is an easy place to escape and offers a plethora of hikes and organized trips.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Would you like to photograph the Northern Lights? In that case, Lofoten is the best place to come to. That being said, there is no reason why you should not explore the rest of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway.
This area of outstanding natural beauty is surprisingly easy to explore, and during the summer, it can only be described as user-friendly. You can canoe in between the islands to photograph the most amazing wildlife or cycle around the island you are staying on.
It is a real experience and you do get a feeling you are visiting Viking country.
Lavender Fields, Provence France
Provence in France is famous for its lavender fields. Visit during early summer, and you will come across a blaze of color which seems to stretch as far as the eye can see. On top of that, this is a truly beautiful part of France with many historic villages waiting for you to discover them.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon is one of those places in the United States that you just have to see. It is packed with unusual rock formations.
The best way to see and explore this landscape is on a guided tour. Let your tour guide point at the best features of the canyon to make the most of your photography experience.
A Bonus Photography Travel Destination
Yemen may not be on top of your bucket list, but it deserves to be there. It is an island which is a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Socotra can best be described as a minimalist paradise, but it is certainly a haven for every photographer.
Packed with exciting wildlife and a barren beauty which just has to be experienced, it is a place which every professional and amateur photographer should visit.
A Final Word
The list of the best places to take pictures is pretty endless and I hope I can add more and more on my list.
What are your favorite photography destinations? Let me know in the comments below.
Stefano Caioni is the founder of Pixinfocus. His passion for photography helps him discover new places and live new adventures.