Here’s a question that I’ve asked myself many times over the past few years: does it make sense to travel abroad to take photos?
The first few times that I asked myself this question the answer was always an emphatic — yes, absolutely! I have traveled abroad extensively in my quest to take pretty pictures. As a passionate landscape photographer, I’ve felt inspired to identify and travel to all the most photogenic locations on the planet, to capture them in the best possible way. Every time I saw a photo of another amazing location, I would add that location to my bucket list of places to visit and photograph before I die.
Many of the locations on my bucket list were in neighboring countries, but most of them were on the other side of the globe. I decided to pick all the low-hanging fruit first, visiting all the best locations that were closest to home. Finding new and interesting compositions of these popular locations did prove quite challenging, but I always had a lot of fun while attempting to capture something unique.
My next few trips abroad were as a paying client on photographic tours. Everything is always organized for you on these tours (transport, accommodation, meals, etc.), and you’re always taken to all the most iconic locations at the best times of the day. You might not have many opportunities to explore any new locations on these tours, but you will almost certainly return home with some beautiful photographs.
Next, I planned a couple of solo trips a bit further from home, and later I started organizing my own photo tours to the countries and locations that I’d previously explored. Many of my favorite photos were captured on these trips abroad, and a couple of them still feature in my portfolio.
I’ve decided not to include any captions with any of the photos in this article. If you’re still reading this, then you’re most likely a passionate landscape photographer who already knows exactly where all of these photos were taken.
But let’s first look at the most popular and accepted definition of the word “abroad” – which is “beyond the boundaries of one’s country”. Some people might travel abroad by boat, train, or car, but I have always done so by plane.
As its name would suggest, South Africa can be found at the lower end of the African continent. I might live in a beautiful country full of photographic opportunities, but most of the locations that were at the upper end of my bucket list required many hours of flying to reach.
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