Work trips, vacations, spontaneous getaways – where are you heading this year? Instead of staring at a blank map, decide on a location that is going to inspire you to shoot. These travel destinations for photographers were inspired by National Geographic’s cover on the best trips in 2018.
What better starting point can photographers expect? If National Geographic deemed these locations a priority this year, heading there is a must. Of the 21 travel destinations for photographers, you will find something that fits your travel criteria. Don’t wait up, start planning your trips today!
1. Harar, Ethiopia
If you’re looking for a refreshing perspective on life, a rich culture and new sceneries, Harar tops the list of most fascinating destinations. There are countless shrines and mosques, markets and a charming population that welcomes new inhabitants. Oh, it’s also known for the highest quality coffee.
2. Jujuy Province, Argentina
This is the northwest of Argentina. On top of a World Heritage site, the colorful rock sceneries can make for a great photo shoot location. This part of Argentina is particularly famous for the wealth of traditional culture and national beauty.
3. Tbilisi, Georgia
One of the more underrated travel destinations is probably Tbilisi. The changing cityscape of Georgia’s capital provide everything imaginable for photographers, and is certainly the dream destination for a foodie.
4. Sydney, Australia
If you make it as far as Australia, inspiration will strike you when you least expect it. The Opera House was recently upgraded, and if you’re passionate about music or the arts, add Sydney to your list.
5. Oaxaca, Mexico
Mexico is one of the most culturally rich and diverse countries. A less visited destination is the Mexican state of Oaxaca. If you’re into crafts and textiles, start planning your trip to include other cities if you want to explore the country.
6. Vienna, Austria
Rest assured that this is the city that is completely obsessed with art. For many creatives, Vienna provides all the perks. Needless to say, the food will keep you wanting to come back.
7. North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Wondering about a more relaxed, rural landscape and change of scenery? The North Shore is famous for the waves, the farmers and generally a different experience and lifestyle.
8. Malmö, Sweden
Sweden is a unique destination with almost 180 different nationalities. Turns out, this is the destination where all the foodies go to because you can the most unusual cuisines. Needless to say, the scenery and day to day life is something you’ll want to document.
9. Jordan Trail
For the more adventurous folk, the 400 mile trail is a hiking path through ancient trade routes. There’s 8 sections, and you’ll get to see different cityscapes at every step of the way. A little bit of history, and a whole lot of photogenic locations.
10. Dublin, Ireland
Often referred to as “Europe’s largest village”, Dublin is actually a very lively city with a great vibe. Historic sites, pubs, museums and galleries, as well as unforgettable landscapes and nature all around you.
Madagascar is your chance to hang out with lemurs while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the world’s 4th largest island. Thinking about a beach trip? This remote island is like a paradise (with lemurs).
12. Santiago, Chile
Chile’s capital is another great destination for art enthusiasts. The street art makes room for excellent street photography, and the vibrant murals make the city into one big urban art gallery.
13. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Take tour to discover some cultural treasures in the Cambodian capital. Classic architecture, a rich culture and cuisine await you.
14. Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland was known as a working man’s town. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was one attraction that stood out to travelers. It can be said that the city underwent major transformation and is now quiet a hip attraction.
15. Tétouan, Morocco
Aside from some very traditional architecture, Morocco has everything you would want in an exotic getaway to far away lands. Tétouan is developing in the contemporary art scene as well. Another one for the artist and the designer in you.
16. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
Olympics are approaching, which means South Korea will undoubtedly be a popular attraction this year. The Seoraksan National Park features a beautiful mountain terrain, a great place for landscape photographers.
Albania is one of those places that’s simply left unexplored. If you want to spend your days by the water, beaches and aquatic attractions will keep you busy.
18. San Antonio, Texas
This year, San Antonio attracts tourists with Alamo and the River Walk. Both these attractions are right downtown, and commuting around the city is by bikes.
19. Labrador, Canada
The Canadian national park is a must if you’re in town. It’s probably one of the most remote locations, with stunning sceneries. Makes it another worthy destination for landscape photographers.
20. Friesland, Netherlands
Friesland is the 2018 European Culture Capital. You might expect to see the typical Dutch landscapes with lots of greenery and cows, but it’s actually a province of its own that even has a different language from the rest of the country.
21. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Ruaha is Tanzania’s biggest park. One-tenth of the world’s African lions have made a home here. You will be pleased by all the sustainable tourism initiatives, giving you the space and opportunity to explore your creative side in the wilderness.
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