If you like to take photos, there are so many places you can go to really get the one that will change how you view the world. Photography is a special skill and it requires not only equipment and dedication, it also requires chance. You have to have the chance to be in a location where you will find your muse and take the photos that will change your style. While that can be anywhere, traveling to any of these photogenic places will surely help:
1. CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
There are plenty of places stateside that are gorgeous, but few look like Canyonlands National Park. For nature photographers, the rock formations that sit atop beautiful land will change the way you look at something as simple as a rock. This is a virtual feast for people who like to play around with textures and duplicity – rivers, wildflowers, smooth rocks, and jagged portions make for a great subject.
2. FAROE ISLANDS, DENMARK
Faroe Islands is a destination for many people who just want to see the world. From the beautiful mountains that surround it to the grass-roofed homes, it almost feels like an other worldly place. This definitely makes for some moody photography, but the people who are there are almost always joyful. There are about 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands, so make sure to allot some time.
3. JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA
The Canadian Rockies provide the background to this large national park in Canada. It is still extremely wild – people haven’t messed this one up too much yet. You’ll be struck by the colors of the water, a cornflower blue color that goes between the dark and light browns of the rocks. Make sure to bring your walking shoes because the terrain can get a little dicey.
4. DAVIT GAREJA CAVES, GEORGIA
Georgia (the country, not the state) is a big rugged and remote in Davit Gareja Caves, but it is worth it. These 19 caves made up a medieval monastery that is considered a masterpiece of architecture and Georgian art. While they don’t all remain, there were nearly 5,000 monks living here at one time. Now there is still a functioning monastery and while you have to be respectful, you can get very close.
5. SAMBURU DISTRICT, KENYA
When one thinks about Kenya, they often think of taking photos of the wild animals that live there. However, the Samburu District is home to the Samburu people, who are fascinating to photograph if they give you their permission. The way they adorn themselves with the dirt of the earth is gorgeous. Even if they don’t, the terrain here is gorgeous and gradually shifts from lush forest to the rust colors that you may associate with this part of the world.
6. GANGTEY VALLEY, BHUTAN
The Gangtey Valley isn’t a well known part of the Bhutan, but it is a gorgeous space. The sun-drenched western slopes of the Black Mountains make for some of the best photography in the world. You can also find the Gangtey Monastery, where you might just spot the mask dances if you go at the right time. Even if you don’t go during a religious festival, there is still plenty to see and do.
7. NILE VALLEY, EGYPT
The Nile Valley has been photographed pretty thoroughly, but there is a part that hasn’t quite been explored yet. Near the Karnak Temple, which was built around 2000 B.C., there are complete areas that haven’t be photographed properly. Travel anywhere between Aswan and Luxor and you will find plentiful opportunities to expand your portfolio.
8. MOLOKAI, HAWAII
Molokai is a blueprint for what many people believe Hawaii looked more like before they were a part of the United States. This gorgeous island has been untouched by tourism and mass development. Over 10-miles wide and possessing over 100 miles of shoreline, you are bound to find something to explore. You’ll surely spot wildlife, ancient ruins, waterfalls, and plenty of people who just want to chat.
9. BOHOL ISLAND CHOCOLATE HILLS, PHILIPPINES
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island is a mystery to pretty much the entire world. There are 1,776 grass-covered coral limestone domes that are so perfectly uniform that it seems unlikely they could have been done by different people. Time has covered these mounds in vegetation, but go during the drier, hotter months and you will see these “Chocolate Hills.”
10. ENGADINE VALLEY, SWITZERLAND
Even if you don’t take your camera, the “diamond dust” that floats around in Engadine Valley, Switzerland is enough to leave you spellbound. Go on a cold winter day to see ice crystals that linger in the air, it feels like you are in a world of glitter. Make sure to dress warmly and breathe through your nose, however.
11. JUJUY PROVINCE, ARGENTINA
Jujuy Province is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world. While many deserts have been photographed, few like this have been captured. You’ll get the perfect palette of colors no matter when you go. Make sure to bring your own water because it can be difficult to find civilization unless you go near the Salinas Grandes, where miners work.
12. WAITOMO CAVES, NEW ZEALAND
Another “glow in the dark” destination, this gorgeous cave is known as Glowworm Grotto. Located near the Waitomo River, it has been a tourist attraction for over 100 years. Each cave is different – though you might not want to think that the glow comes from larval fungus gnats.
13. SKELETON COAST, NAMIBIA
For a completely unspoiled shoreline, go to the Skeleton Coast in Namibia. It stretches for 300 miles and is considered cursed by some locals, so you won’t see too many people there. You’ll see tons of desert, water, and savanna animals, however. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see penguins!
14. PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, CROATIA
Go deep into the Croatian Alps and you will see what is known as the “land of the falling lakes.” This is a National Park, so there are well maintained trails and boardwalks that will make it easy for you to get some of the best shots you’ll ever get – streams, caves, lakes, and more.
15. MOUNT RORAIMA, VENEZUELA
Mount Roraima was considered inaccessible for many years. And truly, it isn’t accessible to many people. Early explorers couldn’t find a way up, but there are plenty of ways to do it now. Just make sure to be careful and bring the proper clothing for exploring. Once you get to the top, you’ll see tons of opportunity to get soaring shots.