Top Tips for Taking Photos on Your Travels

We all love to go home with some amazing photos but sometimes it can be disappointing when you see the end results, right?

I hate to arrive home and realize that I never got as many cracking photos as I should have done. This is why I decided to sit down and think about some tips that could come in handy in the future.

Take a Good Camera and a Great One

A guy I spent time travelling with gave me this idea. He had a cheaper camera that he always had handy for quick photo opportunities and a more professional camera for shots he would take more time over.

This seems like a good idea if you really like the idea of capturing a lot of snaps while you are away. Of course, it also means that you have a back-up camera if one stops working or gets lost.

This approach probably isn’t right for everyone but you might like the idea if taking photos is one of your main pleasures when travelling.

Look for Unique Opportunities

I learned this trick the hard way a few years ago, when I went to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia for the first time. It was only when I had moved on elsewhere that I realized that most tourists take jaw-dropping photos due to the complete lack of perspective there.

I saw that backpackers would take hilarious pictures with their heads popping out of pots or holding their friends in their hands. I only had bog standard pictures, which were decent but didn’t stand out.

Many places have unique photo opportunities like this. The secret is to find out what kind of images are best taken wherever you go.

You can do this by researching online or just by watching other tourists to see what they do. In this way, you won’t have any regrets once you leave there.

Find your Ideal Approach

There are plenty of different ways of taking travel photos that tie in a very clever series of images. For example, you might take artistic pictures everywhere or else you could snap funny images of your favorite toy in different locations.


Some people always take selfies with the same facial expressions or get into yoga positions in the most photogenic spots. If you plan your approach before you leave home then you will end up with a series of cracking images from around the world that all tie in wonderfully.

Don’t Be Shy to Ask

If you are anything like me then you probably pass up some amazing photo opportunities because you are too shy to ask someone to take your picture. It can be tough to travel alone if you aren’t an expert at taking selfies.

I experimented with my timer at some point but finally decided to pluck up the courage to ask other people to help me out. I discovered that the best approach is to look for another tourist and ask them if they could take a picture of me.

Of course, after they do this I then get to return the favor and take a picture of them on their camera. This is a good way to exchange a few pleasant words with other travellers while improving you collection of travel pictures at the same time.

Don’t forget that the more good photos you take the more lasting memories you will be taking home with you. The trip will linger on a lot longer in your memory if you have some fantastic pictures that you can look back on anytime that you feel like it.

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