Going on vacation these days is more of a necessity than a luxury to live a truly fulfilling life. It’s hard to spend a few seconds online without coming across images of exotic places and thriving cultures. And they’re enough to inspire you to pack your bags and head to a brand new destination. After all, it is worth finding a lot of wonderful things on earth and photographing them with the camera.
Seven gifted photographers share their perspectives on some of the world’s most beautiful and desirable places through their breathtaking images.
Machu Picchu, Peru
For any photographer who enjoys both exploring and photographing vast landscapes, Peru’s Machu Picchu is the perfect destination. This well-known 15th-century building stands almost 2,500m tall. It offers breathtaking views of the Andes, as well as pre-Inca ruins and temples. In addition, in Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu, you can practice astrophotography and take beautiful pictures of the Milky Way. Before you embark on your trip, make sure you have chosen the right travel agency. To that end, great organized tours like those seen at EncountersTravel would be the ideal solution for this type of trip. Finally, if you decide to visit Peru, bring your landscape photography gear (particularly a wide-angle lens to capture more of the subject) and stay until the sun is a little lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The best spot in Hawaii for stargazing is where professional astrophotographers would love to be shooting. There won’t be light pollution messing up your night sky images because Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest point, may be the tallest peak and volcano in the entire world.
If you want to capture the breathtaking starry sky in detail, you have to leave the city without a tripod and remote shutter release. Star photography usually requires very slow shutter speeds.
The Alps, Switzerland
The famous mountains of Europe are always a priceless photo, whether you want to hike over 4,000 meters to the summit or take your photo just a few kilometers from a grassy hillside where you can still get a good perspective of the mountains in the Distance. The summit of the Breithorn is a popular spot for photographers to capture the best images of the Swiss Alps and the neighboring French and Italian Alps.
This unremarkable looking Canadian vacation destination is probably unknown to most people, but Canada has kept it a secret from the rest of the world. It has an oil painting-like skyline and is dotted with snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and relaxing hot springs. It more than deserves to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world.
Whether you visit in spring or summer, the views from Lake Minnewanka and the Bow River are second to none. Take a deep breath and take part in many outdoor activities. If you’re not sure what’s best, ask a local; You’ll likely make some wonderful friends along the way.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, while not the easiest place to visit, has to be on anyone’s list of “the most beautiful places in the world”. Nothing will ever convince you to travel if it doesn’t. The Bolivian Andes are home to the largest salt flats on earth, which also offer an amazing view with an endless horizon.
Here the landscape is dramatically changed by two different seasons. The plains are best explored in the dry months from May to November and the wet months from February to April when the water creates a stunning mirror effect.
Avatar Mountain Hallelujah, China
Many of the world’s most amazing places are found in China, a vast country largely unknown to western tourists.
It was difficult to pick just one simply stunning Chinese travel destination, but Zhangjiajie National Forest Park’s Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, which in and of itself is one of the most beautiful places in China, is the one that stands out from the rest. Thanks to the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, the world’s tallest glass-floor bridge, it’s now easier than ever to capture stunning photos in the park. Not for the faint hearted!
They claim Texas has more of it. However, in our opinion, Dallas is superior. Dallas’ restaurants, hotels, bars, and artistic offerings are constantly being improved, so be aware of that when you stay there. One of Dallas’ most breathtaking outdoor attractions, the Dallas Arboretum features 66 acres of beautiful show gardens that showcase exceptional flowers, shrubs, trees and plant arrangements in a peaceful setting on White Rock Lake in different seasons.
In addition, the Dallas Arboretum, which has a lake, a variety of fragrant flowers and beautiful lawns, is one of the best settings for photos. There are numerous opportunities to see new blooms throughout the summer and spring, with the absolute favorite being the tulip season in March and April.
These stunning places around the world are just waiting for you to pack your bags, make your travel arrangements and go!