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People Are Sharing Photos Of Their Most Incredible Travel Moments, And Now I Have Major Wanderlust

Prepare to catch a very serious bug.

Hannah Loewentheil

BuzzFeed Staff

Over the past year, travel has pretty much come to a halt. But with the world beginning to reopen and people getting vaccinated, I can't help but fantasize about seeing the world once again. So I went to Reddit's /r/travel to feed my wanderlust. Here are the moments that left travelers feeling completely inspired, awestruck, and mesmerized — all captured in photos they took on their trips.

1. "i spent four days camping out in the remote algerian sahara, just me and a local guide. this was one of my favorite photos. freezing cold at night, but free of all light pollution, the sky was breathtakingly beautiful.".

Night time in the Algerian Sahara Desert

2. "Went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and there just happened to be a rainbow over Paris ."

A rainbow over Paris

— u/Carfilm619

3. "Wandering around Kyoto at night."

An empty alleyway in Kyoto at night.

— u/derpyplop

4. "The most incredible border between Vietnam and China."

The Vietnamese-Chinese border with waterfalls

— u/EpicAdriann

5. "The view outside the door in my Airbnb on the Isle of Skye. Our closest neighbor is half a mile away."

A view of the Isle of Skye

6. "After four days of trekking over the Salkantay Pass to get to Machu Picchu, I woke up around 3:30 a.m. to try to get there before the rest of the tourists — 100% percent worth it for seeing the sunrise alone."

An empty view of Machu Picchu

— u/feastandexist

7. "A morning hike on the island of Capri."

A morning hike on the island of Capri

— u/likestomove

8. "Here's our Airbnb balcony in Catalonia — everything on the table is local, costing less than 10 euros collectively, including jamón ibérico)."

Cheese and meats on a balcony in Catalonia, Spain

— u/katiemiddleton1994

9. "I got a room for $25 and was the only one here — in Ao Nang, Thailand."

A hotel pool view with a mountainous backdrop in Ao Nang, Thailand

— u/masonarypp

10. "This sunset from Xingping, China, absolutely blew my mind. I would 1,000% recommend staying a night in the town just to see this view in real life. The city is only 20 minutes (via bullet train) south of Guilin."

Sunset from Xingping, China

— u/coolcatjames

11. "Took my girlfriend on her first proper hike — and we’re already planning our next one! Here's day 1 of the Salkantay Trek in Peru before we went over the pass."

Llamas on the Salkantay Trek in Peru

12. "Hiking in Svaneti, Georgia."

Wild animals grazing in Svaneti, Georgia

— u/Tyler_Says

13. "My Land Before Time experience at Angels Landing in Zion National Park."

Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah

— u/avaallan3

14. "Every day I was in Cappadocia, Turkey, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to sip coffee and watch the sunrise. Never did disappoint."

Hot-air balloons flying at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey

— u/iheartquesadillas

15. "We can't get enough of these colors! Guanajuato, Mexico."

Colorful homes in Guanajuato, Mexico

16. "Visited Sørvágsvatn in the Faroe Islands and proceeded to have my socks knocked off."

Cliffs and water at Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands

— u/BeardedMillenial

17. "If I told you that I visited this beach in Japan, would you believe me? Here's the stunning Aharen Beach on Tokashiki Island in Okinawa!"

A tropical beach in Okinawa, Japan

— u/Fresh2Desh

18. "I walked nearly 1,000 km (600 miles) across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. It was the journey of a lifetime. The hike is not exactly the most difficult in the world, but the Camino experience is something that can't be replicated anywhere else."

A view of the Camino de Santiago in Spain

— u/BlakeUsesInternet

19. "The only place in the world that I did not want to come back home from: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."

A view of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile

— u/Milanosen

20. "For the past few years I have been trying to document my travels in a different way — here's a shot from Old Town Warsaw, Poland."

A drawing of  Warsaw Old Town

— u/the_sneaky_artist

21. "I did it! Kjeragbolten, Norway."

Someone standing on a suspended boulder in Kjeragbolten, Norway

— u/bubu_qubu

22. "Took this photo traveling in my own country: Mauranger, Norway. The blue-green water comes from a glacier."

A glacial lake in Mauranger, Norway

— u/HayashiH

23. "Got off on the wrong station in Southern France and decided to hike a little until the next one came. Man, was I happy I did."

People swimming in a peaceful, clear-blue cove in Southern France

— u/deleted

24. "The most scenic breakfast we’ve ever had — absolutely stunning — in Annapurna Range, Nepal."

A breakfast setup in Annapurna Range, Nepal

— u/arronbriddick

25. "It was supposed to be really hot in Prague, so we decided to get all of our sightseeing out of the way between 5:30 and 7:30 this morning. Couldn't have made a better decision."

An empty view of Prague with its colorful rooftops

— u/bpg5075

26. "I got lost in the rice fields of the Mai Châu Village, Vietnam."

The rice fields in Mai Châu Village, Vietnam

— u/TheOneInTheHat

27. "I visited Trolltunga, Norway, and it is otherworldly."

Rock formations and a lake in Trolltunga, Norway

— u/tysontru

28. "I went to Arches National Park today, and it was deserted. I had Delicate Arch all to myself."

Arches National Park without any tourists

— u/ryan8ryan

29. "Cycling through Yangshuo was definitely a highlight for us in China."

Bicycling through Yangshuo, China

— u/CollideStorm

30. "Two miles into a four-mile hike in Kauai."

A hike with ocean views in Kauai

— u/apineapple_13

31. "The sun setting on Puente Nuevo in Ronda, Spain. This was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Go in spring to enjoy the wildflowers."

Sunset over Puente Nuevo in Ronda, Spain

— u/Brandonmckz

32. "After a long trip from London on a misty day, I arrived at Durdle Door in Dorset, and the sky just cleared out. Definitely the best seaside place I have been to in the UK."

A beach scene in Durdle Door, Dorset

33. "The view from my Airbnb of Volcán Concepcíon on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua."

A view of Volcán Concepcíon on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

— u/Bfrank_

34. "This is Mianshan — a mountain filled with Buddhist and Taoist temples in Shanxi, China."

Temples built into the cliffs of Mianshan in Shanxi, China

— u/lperreault

35. "Stornappstinden, Lofoten Islands, Norway. I 'hiked' up here with a group of Norwegians and had to RUN to keep up! Worth it."

A view of the Lofoten Islands in Norway

— u/EleniThalia

36. "Tulpar-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Is this heaven on Earth?"

Craters and lakes in Tulparkul, Kyrgyzstan

— u/Etchdphotography

37. "Rome. I was walking back to my hotel this evening and happened to stumble upon this incredible view of the old city."

The ancient city in Rome without other tourists

— u/2thdk_ouch

38. "Christmas in the fairy-tale town of Bruges, Belgium."

Christmas lights outside of a restaurant in Bruges

— u/sparklesorbet

39. "I took an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the pyramids of Teotihuacán in Mexico, and it was breathtaking. View of Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon."

The pyramids of Teotihuacán from above

— u/jbaerospace

What's the most breathtaking place you've ever traveled? Share in the comments!

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The Best Travel SubReddits

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I love Reddit.

It’s like the world’s biggest forum with SubReddits for every category you can think of.

If you’re planning a sabbatical, it’s a great place to hang out to get advice from the experts.

But which ones are the best travel SubReddits?

Scroll down to see 8 of my favourite:

1) r/Travel

Travel Subreddit: r/travel banner

It’s an obvious place to start but the r/travel  SubReddit is the hub for travel on Reddit. with over 600,000 members at the time of writing there is a big community to call on.

They have travel city or country of the week where they ask for the communities experience of a place which quickly turns into an incredible guide to a destination. These then get archived in the ‘ topic of the week wiki ‘ and become and invaluable tool for travellers.

They have loads of guides and FAQs in the sidebars and on the rules page, loads of amazing information to keep us travellers interested.

2) r/Shoestring

Best Travel SubReddits: r/shoestring

r/shoestring is the perfect travel SubReddit if you’re on a budget. They describe themselves as “a resource for those planning a trip on a shoestring budget. Whether you want to cheaply travel to a destination you already have in mind, or brainstorm your next frugal vacation, we hope this website will help you plan an affordable and amazing vacation.”

Post up your destination, budget and plans and the community will give you advice on your plans whilst trying to keep you from going bankrupt!

3) r/MapPorn

Travel SubReddit: r/mapporn

If you’re like me and alot of travellers I know, you’ll love maps. They bring back trips I’ve been on or set my mind racing with future plans.

If that sounds like you then r/mapporn  is a travel SubReddit for you!

They have maps of everything you can think of; historical empires, tallest buildings in the world, languages spoken, life expectancy, Columbus’s travels and even just beautiful maps of the worlds itself.

And if none of this is what you are looking for there is even a ‘ weekly map request ‘ thread to get you what you need!

4) r/SoloTravel

Travel Subreddit: r/solotravel

If you are a solo traveller r/solotravel is perfect, but if not this is still a really useful travel SubReddit to be part of.

With just under 100,000 members at the time of writing the advice from the community is fantastic. There are so many great threads I find myself constantly copying and pasting reminders into Evernote for future trips.

There is also a weekly post giving you the opportunity to meet up with fellow travellers to make your solo trip a little less lonely.

5) r/TravelPhotos

travel photos reddit

It really is as simple as it sounds.

r/travelphotos is for two things:

  • Sharing your amazing travel photos
  • Being jealous of (or feeling inspired by!) other people’s photos

6) r/DigitalNomad

Travel SubReddit: r/digitalnomad

r/digitalnomad  is a community of people who use their digital skills to allow them to travel or live abroad. 

It has great threads running about learning digital skills, finding remote working jobs and answers questions about what it’s like to live in certain destinations.

For many people constant travel is the dream, if so this is the travel SubReddit for you.

7) r/OneBag

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What’s the number one regret of first-time long-term travellers? Packing too much!

Step in, r/onebag  a subreddit about living out of a backpack.

These guys are packing experts who are conditioned to a life on the road, and have refined their kit down to the essentials.

You may not be planning to go quite as minimalist of some of them, but you will still pick up packing tips and gear ideas that will be really useful ahead of your trip.

8) EarthPorn

Best travel subreddits, earthporn

r/earthporn is pure. Any photos with people, boats, houses, dogs, volley ball courts, spaceships (you get the picture!) will be taken down.

This is naked, natural landscape photographs at their best.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next trip, then look no further!

As recommended by the guys at ScrewTheAverage.com in the comments below.

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Fantastic list! We hadn’t heard of r/MapPorn before and are going to check it out! We also follow r/onebag and r/heronebag for single bag lightweight travel, r/longtermtravel for great conversation on longer travels (we travel full-time), r/AwardTravel and r/churning for cheaper travel on points and rewards, and for great images we enjoy r/earthporn and r/ArchitecturePorn.

Reddit is such a great forum for travel advice, tips, and ideas!

Thanks guys! I will add some of these in to the article. Funny you mention r/onebag, I started to follow that one about a week ago as we have just started to pack ahead of our Southeast Asia trip at the end of April!

Thanks for listing all these! I knew about some but was happy to discover more subreddits to help me travel

Thanks Justin. Glad you enjoyed it. Are these any more you use?

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Travel Photography: 6 Ways to Take Great Couple Photos while Traveling

Last updated: March 25, 2019 - Written by Jessica Norah 36 Comments

Today we are going to share ways to take great couple photos while traveling. When you travel as a couple, you are going to want to get some good photos of the two of you together.

The problem is that getting great couples photos of the two of you together can be a challenge, as usually one of you has to operate the camera or smartphone. So most people end up with a lot of individual photos from a trip, but not so many great couple photos from their travels.

In this post, we’re going to share with you some tips to help you take great couple photos when traveling. All of these tips also work for getting any kind of single person, group, or family travel photos. First, we’re going to go through all of the ways that we have taken photos of ourselves together on our trips to give you plenty of options.You can then choose the method(s) that works best for you.

Then, we’ll share some tips and advice to help you get better couple vacation photos no matter what option you use. Let’s get started!

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6 Ways to Take Better Couple Photos While Traveling

Below are 6 different ways to get a couple photo while on vacation. We have use them all, depending on the situation, and each have their own pros and cons. Although some are definitely more likely to produce a better photo than others.

1. Use a Tripod

A tripod is definitely Laurence’s preferred way to get good couple photos of the two of us when we travel. It means we can set up the shot exactly how we want it, determine the composition, and also know that the camera will be stable. Laurence even videoed and   photographed our own wedding with just a pair of tripods!

There are definitely some drawbacks to using a tripod as they add to your luggage weight and you have to carry them around. Not everyone wants to pack and lug around a tripod on their vacation and then set it up each time they want to take a photo, and we appreciate that. However, we do think this is one of the better ways to get better photos of the two of you together and there are also a number of other  reasons to travel with a tripod .

If you do not own a tripod, there are plenty of low-cost and lightweight travel tripod options available  including monopods and mini-pods.

Tripods are not always the best solution though. For instance, we would not recommend using a tripod if you are in a very crowded, unstable, or windy spot as it may get bumped or knocked over. We also recommend always staying within a short distance of your tripod and keeping an eye on it to help prevent damage or theft.

Many indoor venues, such as museums and churches, do not allow tripods so be sure to check for any rules and regulations before heading out each day. Sometimes places will even confiscate tripods as they can be viewed as potential weapons. See our guide to travel tripods for more tips on traveling with them.

You might be tempted to skip the tripod and just try to find places to set your camera (e.g., ledges, benches, rocks) during your trip. While this may occasionally work well, we don’t recommend this as a main strategy as it will often be impossible or impractical (e.g., no safe place to put the camera) and you have much less control of the angle and composition as it will be mainly determined by the perch rather than you.

It is also not a good idea in many circumstances to just leave your camera sitting somewhere and walk away from it as someone may knock it over or try to take it (less likely with a tripod). We’d recommend using a tripod or using another option.

Pros:  You have a lot of control over the photo and composition, you don’t need to involve any outside people, and you can achieve really good results. You also can take better photos in more challenging circumstances like low light situations.

Cons: You have to pack and carry the tripod with you, you have to set it up each time you want to take a photo, and tripods can’t be taken or used everywhere (e.g., often not allowed in indoor venues). 

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2. Ask Someone to Take a Photo of You

If you are reluctant to travel with a tripod, we have some more options for you to consider. The first of these is to ask someone to take a photo of the two of you. We usually do this if we are somewhere where we either can’t use a tripod or it is impractical to do so, such as in a restaurant, canoe, or crowded space.

First, you need to ask someone to take your photo.  For the best results, we suggest picking someone who looks friendly, not very busy, and like they might be good at taking the photo (e.g., using a smartphone or camera similar to yours). I’d also recommend asking someone who is also traveling as a couple or family, as you can then offer to reciprocate to take their photo as well. If you approach someone who doesn’t seem receptive, thank them, and try someone else. 

Second, we recommend setting the camera or smartphone up in the most foolproof way possible, so all the person has to worry about is aiming and pressing the button. That will usually mean putting the camera in fully automatic mode to save them any concerns over focus or other settings. Try to keep it as simple as possible. If you do not speak the same language you can demonstrate with hand movements.

Finally, don’t be afraid to give a bit of direction such as what scenery to try to include, whether you want it to be portrait or landscape, etc. Make it easy for the person. However, that said, don’t give them a ton of directions and ask for numerous photos. We have no problem taking a couple of photos for strangers, but if they start asking for reshoots and multiple angles, it begins to get annoying.

Remember you are asking a stranger for a favor and they are generously giving up their time to take your photo. Be sure to thank them, and it is good manners to always offer to return the favor.

If you aren’t happy with the photos from one stranger, don’t worry, you can wait for another one to show up!

Pros:  Usually fast and easy, allows you to get a better angle than with a selfie stick or your arm.

Cons: Need to ask a stranger for the favor of taking the photo, stranger may or may not take a good photo, and this strategy will not always be feasible (e.g., in an area with few people).

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3. Hire a Professional Photographer

For the absolute best travel photos of the two of you together, the best option is to hire a professional photographer to actually do this for you. This is definitely a more expensive option but it is likely more affordable than you think, and will definitely get you some impressive results.

The first step is to determine where you will be traveling and what location you are particularly keen to have the best photos (e.g., strolling around Paris, your day trip to Cairo, your hike at Yosemite). Then you need to find and book a local photographer or photography service. You can always find a local photographer in just about any area of the world, or photographers willing to travel.

To make this easier, we’d recommend using a service that specializes in this. There are a number of services that pair travelers with photographers in cities around the world. Check out the photographer’s portfolio to make sure you like their work before finalizing your choice and be sure to let them know what kind of photographs you are wanting from your trip.

There are a number of vacation photography services out there. We’ve heard very positive things about Flytographer in particular, and you can get $25 off your first shoot with this link .

Many Context Travel private walking tours (offered in over 30 cities worldwide), such as this Venice city walk , can also be booked so that you are accompanied by both a guide and a Flytographer photographer who will take photos of you during the walk. 

Other companies you may want to check out include Shoot my Trave l , WanderZoom and Pictrip . Most companies allow you book a photographer for as little as an hour up to a full day (or even multiple days), but you should be able to get some great shots in just a couple of hours.

Pros:  Definitely the best way to get professional quality couple photos, and a third person can also capture great candid shots. Cons:  This is the more expensive option, you don’t have complete control over the photos taken, and you obviously only have the person along for a portion of your trip. 

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4. Use a Selfie Stick

Ah, the much hated selfie stick. We’re getting further down the list of our preferred options now, and we’d definitely recommend you consider one of the previous options over our last few options.

That said, we have in the past year acquired a selfie stick. It’s a good way to quickly get photos of the two of us when we can’t use a tripod and we can’t find a willing passer-by to take our photo. We also use it occasionally for taking videos with our phone. For many people it is their preferred method of taking solo and couple shots.

Selfie-sticks have a number of limitations. First, most self sticks can only be used with a compatible smartphone although there are available models that work with sports cameras (e.g., GoPros), compact cameras , and even mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras (not recommended as most are not sturdy enough to adequately support the weight!). Another big limitation of self sticks is that the control over the photo composition is restricted based on the length of the stick and how far you can reach out your arm. Finally, you can’t use them in a number of locations, including a large number of museums, amusement parks, and indoor venues, as many places have banned the use of selfie sticks.

Despite their limitations, they are small, cheap, and easy to travel with, which gives them a big advantage over a lot of the other options on this list. If you are looking to purchase one, there are a large range of them out there and they come in a variety of styles with different features. Be sure to make sure it is compatible with your phone’s model, operating system, and size. We’d recommend you choose and purchase one before you leave for your trip as the ones sold at tourist kiosks around the world are often the worst quality ones. 

We use this particular selfie stick from Anker , which we’ve found to be very reliable and sturdy, plus the Bluetooth pairing makes everything a lot easier than fiddling around with wires.

Pros: Easy to use and setup once you’ve done it a couple of times. Inexpensive and lightweight. Cons:  Results vary but are generally better than if you just use your arm. Limited use in that they can generally only be used with a smartphone. Selfie sticks have been banned in a number of museums and attractions, and can be annoying to the people around you.

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5. Use a Drone

Although aerial photography and the use of drones in photography is nothing new, the popularity of drones has skyrocketed in recent years and there have been major developments in consumer oriented drones. These are another way to get couple vacation photos, but the least practical and feasible of the options. 

Drones have a lot of benefits such as being able to get a bird’s eye view of places and get angles you can’t get from the ground. Some can even be programmed to follow you around and take shots. Laurence enjoys playing around with the drone and seeing what it can do.

However, drones have a lot of drawbacks, the biggest ones being they are expensive, heavy, and more complicated to use than any of the other methods. The biggest drawback in terms of getting couple photos though is that drones can’t (or shouldn’t at least) be flown indoors, shouldn’t be flown in adverse weather conditions (e.g., windy or rainy conditions), are not allowed or heavily restricted in a number of destinations, and often require the need for obtaining licenses or permission. Further, in most cases unless you are looking for an overhead photo, you can get a better quality shot from a camera (or even a smartphone) set up on a tripod than by using a drone. This is because most consumer-level drone sensors are roughly equivalent to those found in a smartphone.

If you are looking for a drone, there are a number of models out there. We personally have a DJI Mavic Pro  (and you can check out here the drone accessories and gear we use) although we honestly have rarely used it for couples photos so far. But it is great for certain kinds of landscape photography. When traveling with a drone, be sure to check out all the most recent drone laws and regulations for the destination (there have been lots of recent changes and updates in many countries) you are going to and the airports you are flying through. You don’t want to show up to a place to have your drone confiscated or go through the hassle of lugging it to a destination to find that it does not allow drone photography.

Pros:  Allows you to get overhead views, unique angles, and from places you can’t stand or set up a tripod (e.g., over water). Many people find them fun to learn to use and fly. Cons: Expensive, more difficult to use and control, lots of restrictions in where and how they can be used, limited battery life, and not ideal for many situations.

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6. Hold your Arm Out

The human arm is the original selfie stick! This is another way to take couple photos while traveling. It is one of our least favorite way to get photos of ourselves when we travel as the shots usually don’t turn out that good. The problem is of course that you are limited by your arm length, and trying to keep your arm out of the shot and  getting two people in the frame, while composing a decent image can be a real challenge! It is also impossible to keep your arm completely steady which often results in blurry shots.

For the best success, we recommend using a camera with a screen that will face towards you as you shoot – so the front facing camera on your phone for example, or a digital camera with a flip screen. Hand the camera or phone to the person with the longest arms to get the most reach. Then, try to hold the camera slightly above yourself for a more flattering angle, and try to keep the camera as level as possible as you compose your shot. Try to make sure you get some scenery in as otherwise it is just a photo of your faces!

Although this option will rarely produce a top quality shot, sometimes it will be your best and sometimes only option. It is also the quickest and most simple way to capture a memory. For instance, we were not going to bother someone else to take our photo in a crowd as the clock struck midnight at the Hogmanay festival , so we took the below smartphone selfie (not a good photo, but it captures the moment)! We also often use this for times when we are just taking quick snaps of ourselves when on a bus or doing activities where it is difficult to get photos any other way. 

Pros:  Fast & easy! No additional equipment or person needed. Cons:  Not likely to be the best photo. However, if you are only looking for a fun memory, these can be just fine!

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Tips on How to Take Better Photos as a Couple 

Having covered several different ways to get photos of yourselves when traveling, we want to share a few easy tips and advice for actually making sure that those couples photos are as good as possible!

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1 – Make sure you know how to use your camera & equipment

Knowing how your camera or smartphone works is really important when it comes to taking great photos, regardless of the subject. If you’re going to use a tripod for example, you’ll want to know how to set the camera up to take a photo on a timer. If you’re going to hand your camera to someone else, being able to quickly put everything to automatic is handy.

If you want to learn more about how to get the most out of your camera and take better travel photos, check out all our tips for taking better vacation photos no matter your skill level. Those really wanting to improve their photography skills should check out Laurence’s   online photography course , which will teach you everything you need to know.

2 – Take time to think about the composition

Thinking about the composition of your photos is always important, including when taking couple travel photos. Think about elements like the different subjects in your shot, the colors in the image, and whether you can use techniques like leading lines, depth of field ,or framing to improve the image.

You’ll also want to carefully consider where you put yourselves in the image, and using a tripod will really open up more possibilities. For more ideas on composition, take a look at our guide to composing better photos .

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3 – Think about where the light is coming from

Light is one of the most important components of photography, and one that many people tend to forget about when taking pictures. Ideally, you want the sun to be behind the camera, so you are looking towards the sun from where you are standing. This will properly illuminate both the scene and you. Of course, you don’t want to be staring directly into the sun, as not only is this not good for your eyes, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of shots of you squinting which is never a good look! 

Avoid shooting a shot where the sun is behind you if you can as this will usually result in an image where you are in dark shadow, almost a silhouette, because of the brightness of the sun behind you. This is of course not always possible but you can improve the situation by doing things like finding shade and adjusting the exposure compensation on your camera. The key is to know as much about using your camera or smartphone as possible to get the most out of it.

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4 – Consider the time of day

Generally the best time of day for photography is the hour or so after sunrise and before sunset, when the light is a more golden color. This lower, warmer light is more flattering, and this time of day is known as the golden hour.

If you can shoot at these times of day, this will definitely help you get better photos. Ideally, you want to avoid the middle of the day as strong overhead light will often give you less flattering looking images. However, on your vacation, you are going to be taking photos throughout the day but our advice is to also try to take some outdoor couple shots at these times as well.

5 – Angle the camera properly

The angle of the camera when shooting people is important. You don’t want the camera to be below your face if you can help it as this is a particularly unflattering angle. The best angle is around 10% to 20% above your eyeline with the camera looking slightly down at you.

Of course, you have to consider the overall composition and subject matter, but if you can raise the camera above you slightly, you will likely get better results.

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6 – Try to capture more natural and candid poses

Holidays are meant to be fun, so don’t forget to show a bit of fun in your photos! Awkwardly posed photos don’t look as great, so if you can capture some moments of the two of you having a bit of fun, that is definitely going to be a better photo.

A tripod can definitely help with this, especially if you pair it with an intervalometer , which will let you shoot a series of photos over time – meaning you can have a bit of fun and hope to catch a few good images. The best way to capture candid photos is by having another person take them, especially a professional photographer.

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And that’s it for our advice on how to take better photos when traveling as a couple! Hope this helps give you some strategies for getting better vacation photos on your next trip.

Our guide to taking great couple photos while traveling, sharing all the methods and strategies we have used. We cover everything from selfie sticks to tripods to hiring a professional photographer, and we discuss the pros and cons of each option. We then give tips and advice for getting the best travel couple photos while traveling no matter what method you choose. #travelphotography #couplephotos #couplestravel #romantictravel #photography

Do you have any of your own tips or advice for taking photos when traveling as a couple? Have a questions about taking vacation couple photos or anything related to travel photography or photography gear? Just let us know in the comments below!

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Sacha Post author

September 12, 2023 at 4:33 am

Wow, these couple photos are absolutely stunning! The love and connection between this couple shine through in every shot. The choice of location is perfect, and the way the photographer has captured the golden hour light is just magical.

Jessica & Laurence Norah Post author

September 13, 2023 at 4:47 pm

Glad you enjoyed our photos. You can take lovely photos like this as well with some practice and a decent camera, if you have any questions just let us know!

Best, Jessica

SP Post author

February 14, 2022 at 11:13 pm

You have made taking couples photos look so easy! We almost never take pictures of ourselves anymore when we travel even though I want to! Hopefully we can get better at that this year.

February 16, 2022 at 7:07 am

Hello, glad you found our post helpful in thinking about ways to get more couples photos when traveling together. It is definitely nice to have a few travel couple photos when looking back at your photos!

Wishing you safe & happy future travels! Jessica

Nadine J Post author

November 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

Love your photo tips. Lots of interesting elements and aspects captured beautifully on your pictures.

November 9, 2018 at 1:11 am

Thanks Nadine, glad you enjoyed our article! Best, Jessica

Kanika Bakshi Post author

April 27, 2018 at 12:22 am

Very helpful post. Thanks for sharing these great photography ideas as we are going on a honeymoon trip and we both love taking pictures. I loved your various ideas of clicking pictures and it’s useful to us to make wonderful memories. Keep sharing such posts.

April 27, 2018 at 12:59 am

Hi Kanika, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and hope these couple photo tips were helpful for your vacation. Wishing you a wonderful honeymoon trip! Best, Jessica

Amanda Post author

March 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Oh my gosh you guys are so cute! These are good tips, too. When I travel with my husband, he’s usually my “Instagram husband,” which means we never get very many good photos of us together. Something we need to work on!

March 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Hi Amanda, Love that your husband is your Instagram photo taker! Perhaps on your next trip together you get some nice pics of the two of you together, especially since you newlyweds are still in your honeymoon period! 😉 Best, Jessica

Emily Hines Post author

March 1, 2018 at 11:42 am

My hubs and I rarely take photos together when we travel. Can’t wait to try some of these!

March 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Hi Emily, Hoping you get more couple travel photos on your next trip!! 🙂 Best, Jessica

Bryna Post author

February 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

My boyfriend and I are both the types who enjoy being behind the camera more so than being in front of it so we don’t have many pictures together, but occasionally we try to get a shot together when we are on holidays. You have some great tips here! We normally just go with sticking our arms out, but we’ve tried the selfie stick as well. If you can get over the embarrassment of holding one (they have such a bad rep!) they actually do a decent job!

March 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Hi Bryna, Yes, we have a lot of travel photos of places without us and us individually, especially of me, but far fewer photos of us together. Obviously it takes a little more time, but it can be great to have them. Sticking your arm out is the only one you can almost ALWAYS do to get a couple photo so a good option in that sense, but probably turns out the worst results on average 😉 But sometimes it is your only choice. Selfie sticks can definitely improve the quality but yes, can be a bit embarrassing to use (we definitely have the same issue)! Best, Jessica

Richard Post author

February 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm

This is literally one of my favorite blog posts I’ve read so far. It’s not just filled with amazing tips on taking great couples travel photos but with so much of your experiences. Thanks for sharing all these tips, I think I am going to keep using a self stick and also try out the tripod one!

March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Hi Richard, Glad you found it helpful and selfie sticks and tripods can both can great ways to get a better couples photos. Having options is good to as we use whatever the best available method is out of these! Best, Jessica

Jan Post author

February 28, 2018 at 4:25 am

I’ve pinned your post so I can come back and study it again. We hardly ever get good shots of us together when we travel so it is something I really want to improve. I hardly ever ask another couple if the first shot is not that good, but I’m definitely going to do that in the future.

March 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Hi Jan, Hopefully some of these tips will help. I think looking back at photos, it is nice to have some of the two of them from your travels and experiences together! Best, Jessica

Kristin Post author

February 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm

We have stopped even taking people up on the offer to take a shot for us, as it never ends up very good, ha. Always grainy/too zoomed out/out of focus/and or the horizon line is off, ha. These are great tips to avoid that!

February 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Hi Kristin, Glad to hear you enjoyed these tips, sorry to hear you’ve had such poor luck with having strangers take couple photos of you. It is an easy strategy but not the best for high quality photos! Best, Jessica

kiran Post author

February 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm

nice post, vey helpful travel photography tips

February 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Hi Kiran, Thanks for taking the time to comment, and hopefully these will help you take better couples photos on your next holiday! Best, Jessica

Anda Post author

February 25, 2018 at 5:04 pm

I love reading your posts, Jess. You always find interesting, captivating subjects. Taking photos as a couple is quite a challenge, so you list some good ways to make it happen. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t have the patience to let me set up my tripod, so most of the time I have to rely on strangers to take a snapshot of the two of us. And, as you can probably guess, those pictures don’t always come out too good. However, his latest passion are drones, so you gave me a great idea to use a drone for that.

February 25, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Hi Anda, Thanks, glad you enjoyed our post on couples photos 😉 We have taken photos together in about every way possible now so wanted to share our methods and tips, and I think people just have to find the one that works best with their travel style and equipment. Laurence got a drone a couple of months ago for his birthday and has been a bit obsessed with it as well, although practically the thing has a ton of limitations (rain/wind/birds/airport proximity/flight restrictions). But I do think if you are in less populated areas, drones can be a good option to get some cool couple shots as you can get some interesting angles, and perhaps a method your husband will enjoy doing 😉 Best, Jessica

Sara Post author

February 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm

On our last few trips, we’ve booked local photographers. I love it because we get good pictures and because we’ve been able to get great local recommendations, too. I’m trying to decide where we are going to do pictures on our next trip, actually!! I’ve done tripod pictures a few times, but my husband is super nervous about me leaving my camera anywhere unattended – even if we’re nearby… so it’s my least favorite option, lol. It’s always nice when strangers don’t mind snapping pictures for you, too. I’ve gotten a few great ones that way.

February 25, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Hi Sara, Yes, booking a local photographer is a great way to get some really nice vacation couples photos, and glad to hear that you had a positive experience with that as well as with asking strangers. That is a good point that local photographers can give some great tips for scenic spots and things to do in a new place.

I do think others would share you and your husband’s worry about the tripod, and it is perhaps not the best option unless you are doing it either in a pretty safe and controlled place or are doing it professionally and have insurance on all your gear. Having your camera damaged or stolen would be a terrible thing to happen on a trip. We had our tripod blown over by a sudden gust of wind in France (we were not taking photos of ourselves and were standing right next to it) and it sent it smashing over into concrete. We were lucky as it was only a small amount of damage to a lens but it was still not a cheap fix!

Ania Post author

February 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Great tips! I actually just started dating someone and going from taking solo photos to taking photos with someone has been a learning curve. These are great tips!

shere Post author

February 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm

I most of the time hate the pictures taken by strangers. Sometimes I ask if I see someone with a reflex camera, it seems like people are not used to look through the camera to take a picture 🙂

February 25, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Hi Shere, Hmmm..I think that if you are always getting bad photos the problem may be that you are not setting up the camera into a good mode for the shooter or not giving enough direction. You want to set up your camera so it is as foolproof as possible and just show them what to do – the more simple it is is, the harder it is for them to not do it correctly. For instance we use a back button focus typically, but turn this off whenever we give it to someone and put it into an auto focus so they just have to compose and shoot. You do need to tell them whether they need to look at a screen or through the glass, but we haven’t found that to be too much of an issue typically. But it also does help to try to ask someone who looks like they may know how to operate your type of smartphone or camera. Try that next time and see if you get a better photo.

You are probably not going to get perfect photos this way, but we find that most people can take decent photos with little coaching, and for us it is definitely better than not having any photos of us together.

Hope that helps! Jessica

Anisa Post author

February 25, 2018 at 9:00 am

Great tips. I am going to have to look into some of those sites where you can hire a professional photographer. If I can get a good deal on that, it would be a lot of fun.

Sandra Post author

February 25, 2018 at 1:11 am

Great tips! My husband and I rarely take pictures of us together and struggle to get good ones but we are trying to be better at it. I still refuse to use a selfie stick though!

February 25, 2018 at 8:24 am

Hi Sandra, Yes, so many people struggle to get good travel couple photos! We resisted on buying a selfie stick for a long time, but finally bought one last year. We don’t use it very often (the battery seems to always be dead when we need it), but we found it can be very helpful to grab a quick photo here or there when we are in places where tripods are not practical and/or there are not other people to ask for a shot. We have also used it for short live videos so we can be included in the video more easily.

A tripod or asking someone else are our two go-to methods, but hiring a professional photographer is a really easy way to get some really nice photos in a destination. We ourselves will hire someone else if we want candid shots or shots we can’t really get ourselves. The key is to hire someone who takes the style of photos you enjoy and knows the area well.

Best of luck getting better vacation couples photos this year! Jessica

Lolo Post author

February 25, 2018 at 12:30 am

You have made taking couples photos look so easy! We almost never take pictures of ourselves anymore when we travel even though I want to! Hopefully we can get better at that this year!

February 25, 2018 at 8:15 am

Hi Lolo, Yes, we definitely have some trips where we have almost no photos of us together which is a bit of a shame. I wish we had more but it definitely takes a bit more time to get them, or at least a good one. We obviously get better photos with a tripod or asking someone else, but if you are just short of time (or often forget) just reaching our your arm or buying a selfie stick can help you get more snaps if you are just looking for some couple travel memories. Best, Jessica

Seana Turner Post author

February 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm

I’m learning from you on this one! I don’t think I could carry around a selfie stick, but I love your idea about asking someone else, and if you don’t like it, just waiting for someone else:) That is so true, but I never thought of it! I totally agree that candids photos end up being the favorites, and yet the impulse to pose is so strong. I wonder why? My brother in law is an amateur landscape photographer and all he does is talk about the light. According to him, early morning is the best light. Problem is, I’d rather be snoozing on vacation at that time!

February 24, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Hi Seana, Glad you found the tips useful and hope you get better couples photos on your next trip.

That is an interesting point. I think posing is just how we are taught to react to photos from a young age, especially when getting formal photos (school photos, prom photos, wedding photos). Also historically cameras were fixed in place and you couldn’t move if you were sitting for one – in fact you had to stay still for several minutes (they had a little rest behind your head to keep it in place!). So I think it all comes for all that and while we ourselves take posed photos all the time, it is often the candid and more relaxed ones we enjoy the most.

Yes, the light is best around sunrise and sunset, so if you have trouble getting up for sunrise, head out around sunset if you can for some nice light. It is definitely hard to get up for sunrise, especially during the parts of the year when it is super early – definitely not a time most people want to get up while on vacation!

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After a fulfilling vacation, most of us are just left with a huge stack of photos and absolutely no clue what to do with them. Do you begrudgingly hang them up on the wall, or just save them in an album as a weapon for boring house guests over the next decade? Maybe get some of the photos printed on a nice mug for Grandma as a holiday gift.

The sad reality is that precious mementos from traveling can quickly turn into a storage hassle without much of a purpose once you get home. According to Influence Digest , most people are plagued with the question of what to do with their photos after an exotic vacation they want to remember forever. There must be a better solution than tucking these memories away.  

Luckily, there are plenty of unique ways to memorialize a trip besides taking thousands of photographs and dumping them all on the Cloud until the end of time. From wine corks to playlists, there are so many different methods to remember your trip besides collecting run-of-the-mill photos. 

Save ticket stubs

I know what you're thinking — "really, I should just carry around a bunch of trash for my entire vacation?." The short answer is yes. Even though the tickets and receipts you pick up along a trip might appear to be garbage at first, they can actually become a one-of-a-kind keepsake.

Plus, they're a 100% free souvenir that is bound to spark a memory every time you look at it. I mean after paying for the whole trip, who doesn't want an irreplaceable memento that doesn't cost a thing? 

Not to mention that these pieces of rubbish from your travels can actually turn into an adorably aesthetic decoration in your home. There are a million cool things you can do with this type of stuff. Studio 5 suggests tastefully displaying ticket stubs in a floating glass frame and mounted on the wall. Alternatively, one user on Pinterest said they scattered tickets inside the glass coffee table for a more front-and-center look. 

There are surprisingly a lot of ways to transform ticket stubs and receipts from a vacation into a statement piece that memorializes your holiday. All you have to do is remember to save the tickets in a Ziplock back during your trip and let your creative juices flow when you get back home. If you're at a loss for ways to use your tickets from adventures past, you can always get some inspiration online. 

Collect a map from every city you visit

Another free-to-cheap item that's easy to collect at practically every destination around the world is maps. Most big cities and small towns are more than happy to provide visitors with maps at their local tourism center. Maps are available at places like theme parks, state parks, tourist attractions, and more, too. Most paper maps are made to be compressed and can be packed very efficiently. 

Not only will grabbing a map help you get around while you're exploring new territory. Saving maps is also a colorful and visual way of remembering all your exploration. It's a meaningful souvenir that helps you recollect every single place you've ever been (via Wade Tours).

Maps are even better than your standard souvenir after a vacation because you can get really creative with how you use them. After you've collected a few, the maps can be used as an awesome medium for scrapbooking. Or, you can just pin them as decoration on a bulletin board. The possibilities endless for what to do with all the maps you collect along the way.

Keep a travel journal

Even the most intense travel memories can slowly fade with time, but journaling can keep every moment of your trip fresh forever. According to Project Goals , keeping a journal is one of the most effective ways to fully remember a vacation because you can catalog every detail down to your main course at dinner. Before you book a flight  and hop on the plane for your next vacation, invest in an easy-to-carry notebook and pen to hold all of your travel memories.

There are lots of different strategies to keep up with a journal while you're traveling. You can write stream-of-consciousness about the days of your vacation. Detailing who you met, what you did, where you went, and how you felt. Everything. Alternatively, you can spice up your journal by answering prompts, filling it with Polaroids and stickers, or listing a daily quote (via LightsPlannerReaction ). Foundry suggests setting an alarm to remind yourself to write in your travel journal every day and make it part of your routine. 

After your trip, you can read your travel journal entries for years to come and bring back the vivid memories whenever you want. You'll be blown away by the tiny aspects of a trip that slip your mind as the years go by. In addition to being a travel treasure and tool for personal growth, your journal can be a precious keepsake for your family or kids to learn about your adventures one day.

Create a memory box

Maybe you're a diverse souvenir collector who likes to save a bunch of different things from your incredible trips. A couple of shot glasses, maybe a map, jewelry, and a few photos from your endeavors. But, what do you do with all this random stuff once you get home? Well, one option is making a memory box.

All you have to do to create a memory box is get a wooden, metal, or even cardboard box and paint it in a color of your choice (via The Country Chic Cottage ). On the top of the box, write out the name of the trip destination. Then, fill it with all the things you picked up throughout the journey. You can even add to it if you end up visiting the city, state, or country again. You can make a new memory box for all the  mesmerizing destinations you visit and then stack them together to make a display. 

Designing a DIY memory box is a fun activity and it's the perfect way to effortlessly organize various pieces of travel memorabilia from a recent vacation. You can cherish and low-key display your travel souvenirs without them being a main attraction in your house (via The Country Chic Cottage ). It's an easy, anti-mess alternative to scrapbooking about your trips. Making it perfect for families with kids who want to hold onto vacation memories for them as they grow up.

Compile a vacation playlist

Think back to your favorite song from when you were a kid. When you recall the tune, how does it make you feel and what do you imagine? I'm willing to bet that even just thinking about the song for a second sparked a pretty vivid memory. Memories are tied very closely to our senses, like hearing. According to Mashable , that's why making a vacation playlist is a neat trick to hack your psychology and recall the ambiance of a trip forever.

With today's widely available music streaming software, it's super simple to make a playlist for every trip you embark on. All you have to do is make a playlist titled with your vacation destination and fill it with the songs you hear along your journey. Maybe it will include a jam recommended by a fellow traveler or a song you heard in bar. Even if it is just something you listen to on repeat while you're on your vacation. Add it to the playlist.

By the time you finish your trip, you'll have a comprehensive playlist that's sure to kickstart your vacation nostalgia every time you play it. How many souvenirs can you appreciate while you're driving in your car on the way to work? If you want a way to remember your trip without physically collecting a thing, this is the solution you've been looking for.

Vlog your adventures

Many travelers get intimidated by the idea of vlogging their experiences, but you don't need to be a professional YouTuber to create entertaining vlogs of your travels. In fact, you can create amusing, clean-cut vlogs for yourself or others with just your cellphone. One user on Reddit explained that cutting together a video after their trips was the best way to share their escapades with friends and family back home.

Gathering the content to create a full-length vlog of your travel adventures is as simple as recording the things you do. When you eat at a fancy restaurant, swim in the ocean, or go bungee jumping. You can describe what you're doing, who was there, and where. Or, you don't even have to talk if you prefer. It's all up to you based on what you feel comfortable with.

Watching back your vlogs down the line is the closest thing to reliving a trip you can possibly get. Imagine sitting down twenty years later and turning on your old travel video from your favorite city. That's when you'll be thanking your younger self for capturing it all.

Make a private Finsta just for each trip you take

When most people think of Instagram, the first thing that pops into their mind is showing off content of all the cool stuff they do. I mean, what's the point of posting pictures if nobody is going to see them? Well, according to one user on Reddit , instead you should try turning a secret Finsta account on Instagram into your personal page for immortalizing each of your big trips.

Harness the power of social media to remember your vacations by creating a new personal "Finsta" account for every place you visit. Make the handle the name of your destination and the year of the trip or something more creative. Then, just capture all the funny, goofy, exciting memories in a private place online and they'll always be there for you to look back on.

By eliminating the usual Instagram audience, it gives you the room to commemorate your trip in a more authentic way. If you're traveling with other people, you can all share the login with each other and each make your own posts. People really have a way of letting loose when they have access to a fun throwaway account. This is an especially fun way to encapsulate group trips for birthday getaways or bachelorette/bachelor party trips.

Bring yourself back a postcard from every place you go

This one might sound a little on the cliche side, but there is a reason certain things are classics. Postcards are the definition of a travel souvenir classic. Mailing or bringing home a local postcard with stories of your travels on the back is a tried and true method for remembering your vacation. It's like a more compact and decorated version of a travel journal (via Reddit ).

Postcards are one of the most popular souvenirs in the world according to Icelolly . Whether you're visiting Niagara Falls  or the cenotes in Mexico, there will be postcards wherever you go. When you finally find the right one among all the options, grab it and take it with you.

While you might be tempted to mail it back to yourself, this runs the risk of your memento getting lost in the mail if you're traveling abroad. Luckily, postcards are very lightweight and convenient to bring along in a  carry on or personal item . All you have to do is tuck it in the pocket of your bag and continue on your adventures.

When you return home, you can easily bind your variety of postcards into a simple DIY picture book. Just use a hole puncher and tie the postcards together with little metal book rings (via Instructables ). Soon, you'll have a collection of cute little postcard booklets that don't take up much room.

Map out your movements around the globe with Google Maps Timeline

Most travelers are already pretty acquainted with Google Maps as a handy directional tool for getting from point A to point B. But, did you know that Google Maps could actually be a useful mechanism for remembering every step of your trip? Seriously, now Google Maps will track your movements and map them out for you. It does all the work to create a pinpoint-perfect virtual souvenir to remember your trip by (via Reddit ).

All you have to do to utilize this awesome feature is enable Timeline on Google Maps (via Google Support ). From there, just go about your travels as usual. It will track the places you go and the routes you take, creating a real-time map of your travels for you to look check out later. Your timeline will be completely private and only available to your eyes. It's pretty crazy to watch your zigzagging path wander across a new place throughout a trip.

There are a few ways to take your Google Maps Timeline and turn it into a more tangible keepsake, too. You can get your route straight up printed on a poster. Alternatively, you could paint the simple lines on a memory box as a secret nod to your former vacation. When you think outside the box, little things like this Timeline feature can become a super valuable memento.

Transfer vacation photo prints onto wood as a display

It's pretty difficult to tastefully exhibit your travel memories and photos in your home without it taking over the whole place. You want to showcase special memories without it being tacky. It's a tough balance. However, one user on Reddit overcame this struggle by transferring some of their favorite travel photos onto wooden blocks or coasters.

It sounds like a tough process, but it's actually a fairly straightforward DIY project with a stunning, professional-looking result. According to Digital Photography School , you just need a few basic crafting products, pre-sized pieces of wood, and laser-printed copies of the photos you want to transfer. Make sure it's specifically laster-printed otherwise it won't work! From there, the whole project only takes a few more basic steps that can be accomplished in an afternoon.

It's rare to find a DIY project that ticks so many boxes. It produces a beautiful home display with very little effort through a fun process. It's a charming way to showcase your travel photos in your house without them overwhelming the decor. Plus, kids love doing this type of magical transfer project after winding down from a vacation. It's definitely a winner that you should try with some of the travel photos you've always loved but never knew what to do with.

Keep a bottle cap or wine cork from every destination

When you're popping a bottle of white wine or clinking beer bottles at dinner, the last thing on your mind is holding onto the cork or cap. But, you know what they say, one man's trash is another's treasure. When you're traveling, any small thing can end up being a unique keepsake to remember your trip by. Even just a bottle cap or cork from a drink you enjoyed on vacation can be the one-of-a-kind souvenir you've been looking for (via Reddit ).

If there is one thing you need in a travel keepsake, it's transportability. Little items like bottle caps or wine corks are easy to bring back home from a trip. Once you're settled back at home, there are a bunch of different things you can do with the bottle caps to officially memorialize your trip. A shocking amount of things, actually.

Bottle caps and wine corks can be turned into magnets, bookmarks, and more with just a quick 30-minute to 1-hour project. You can even turn your bottle cap souvenirs into a coaster with a little resin if you want to put a touch more effort in (via ResinObsession ). Even if you just keep all your bottle caps and corks in a glass display box, they still look pretty neat. 

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Don’t plan to take everything with you. Bring along only what you really need and don’t focus on the “what if…”. Your destination and photographic interests, as well as how you will travel and move around once at your destination, will dictate the kind and amount of photographic gear you will be carry. DSLR are not the only valid options out there…

Shot of a Sony RX10 (left), Sony RX100 Mk ii (center) and Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mk II + a couple of lenses (right).

Will you be visiting exotic locations and cities ? A travel tripod and a high-end bridge camera such as the latest  Sony RX-10 with its fantastic 24-600mm super-zoom lens with fast aperture are, perhaps all you need. There’s a decent wide angle for landscapes and cityscapes, great telephoto capabilities for wildlife , it’s good for portraits and fast enough for night shots and interior photography . It is also weather sealed, which does not hurt. Will you be constantly on the move? Maybe hiking a lot and camping in the wilderness? A high-end pocketable compact camera such as the Sony RX100 will let you take amazing photographs with minimal weight. And if you are planning the adventure of a lifetime, the Olympus Though will follow you anywhere and come out unscathed.

What About Your Laptop?

The most difficult question you need to answer. Do you need your laptop? Of course you do, right? Wrong! Computers are heavy, take up quite a lot of space, are expensive and can get easily damaged or stolen when traveling.

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A few short years ago, traveling without your laptop would have been crazy. Nowadays, with the exception of the professional photographer on an assignment, 99% of your daily tasks can be easily carried out with a common smartphone or tablet . Mailing, browsing the internet, listening to music, chatting, social networking, watching movies and more are all perfectly within the capabilities of common smartphones and tablets. Laptops have also relatively short battery life compared to smartphones and tablets. Actually, you might not even be able to find a power source for it all the time. There’s a good chance you’ll end up dragging around dead weight for most of the time. The reason why we are still so hung up on the idea that we need a laptop is that smartphones and tablets, while great for common daily tasks, seem to be quite limited when it comes to photo management and editing . Or are they?

Something to Keep in Mind

Don't put all of your eggs in the same basket, nor all your SD cards in the same place.

Use more memory cards , rotate them and store them in different places, rather than using a single, high capacity, memory card for all your photos. Should you lose or damage one card, you will not say goodbye to all your photos. On the other hand,  you have to understand that this is not a valid backup strategy: once you lose one egg, well… it is gone for good. A backup consists in having multiple copies of the same data stored in different places, so lost that is never really lost and can be recovered.

Useful Devices for Photo Management

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Power Banks

Power banks are a convenient way to recharge all your electronic devices, as well as compact and bridge cameras .

You can even charge some of these with  portable solar panels . And some models (e.g., RAVPower File Hub) also work as wireless access points. Connected USB devices and SD cards will be accessed via Wi-Fi from your smartphone or tablet. Keep in mind that you may not be allowed to use this feature on planes.

OTG cables allow you to connect a USB stick or external drive to an Android smartphone or tablet having an OTG micro USB port.

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With a USB hub you can connect a card reader and a USB drive at the same time to manage and backup your photos on the go. Keep in mind, however, that all USB devices will be powered by your phone and some external drives will not get enough power to work. Better use a USB memory stick for this.

USB External Hard Drives

An external hard drive is the most obvious data storage device. Many of us have replaced our computer hard drive. If you have one that is gathering dust somewhere, you can revive it a cheap enclosure and use it as external hard drive for your travel photos.

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Unless you’re using one of the more expensive solid state hard drives, one downside to this DIY method is that they are easily damaged if you’re not careful.

USB Memories

High capacity USB thumb drives , SD and microSD cards are now easily available on the market. You can use these instead of external hard drives while you are traveling.

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If you’ve ever accidentally thrown a pair of jeans in the wash with a memory stick forgotten in the pocket and afterwards found that it was still in working condition, then you know how durable these little devices are. Unfortunately, they do come at a higher price per MB than external hard drives.

Smartphones and Tablets

With a few extra accessories, modern smartphones and tablets can easily replace a computer to mange your photos when traveling. Because the internal storage capacity of smartphones and tablets is limited, the ability to connect to other devices is crucial to allow you to manage a large number of photos. The best option, to me, is a good Windows tablet. With this device you will effectively have a computer in a smaller, lighter package. You can use your regular software to quickly select, backup, edit and share your images.

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Please note that you should get a tablet with a Windows 64 bit version, as nowadays almost all serious editing software run on 64-bit operative systems only. Also 4gb of RAM is a must. Android-based devices, thanks to the OTG cable, can easily use USB devices without the need to create ad-hoc wireless connections. Photo apps such as Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile can be used to edit your images. Some smartphones and tablets also benefit from internal microSD slots, to expand their memory. iOS-based devices are the less flexible ones when it comes to connectivity. Your best bet is to use a device that can create a wireless network and can connect to USB devices.

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All-in-One Devices

There are also some all-in-one devices  currently on the market, claiming to be the perfect tool for the traveling photographer. These are mainly WI-Fi hard drives, with OTG technology. They also incorporate an SD card reader and USB port. Because they have a battery, they can also work as power banks, at the cost of their own battery life.

The Apacer Share Steno was one of the first standalone devices to manage and backup photos straight from the camera. Travel photography tips for best way to backup photos.

Many of these devices can automatically backup the SD card on the internal hard drive, so that no other device is required. Some models, such as the HyperDrive ColorSpace , even have a screen to review your photos. They are, however, expensive and more easily damaged. You might also not be allowed to use them on flights.

Other Useful Devices

USB hubs and card readers are two simple accessories that will make your life even easier, allowing you a number of different setups.

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For instance, with a card reader you can access your photos directly from the SD without having to connect your camera. This saves up your camera’s battery.

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Case Scenarios

1. the adventurous photographer.

Most of your trip will be in the great outdoors, and there’s going to be some camping out under the stars and some hiking in the wilderness. You need to be self sufficient but also keep weight down. Better to leave your laptop at home in this case and rely on a minimalist setup to manage your photo. With an Android smartphone, you just need a OTG cable with a USB HUB, a thumb drive and a card reader. A power bank and a portable solar panel will cover all your power needs. With an Apple iPhone, you should consider a power bank with file hub functionality. This is because you can properly access external devices only with a Wi-Fi connection.

If you shoot both RAW and JPEG you will be able to share the JPEG without needing to edit it. This is perfect for your blog, Facebook and Instagram .

2. The Travel Photographer On The Move

You are traveling to an exotic country, either alone or with a tour operator. You will move around to visit different locations and sleep in hotels. The limiting factor to the amount of equipment you can take with you is probably the plane. And the fact that you will move to different locations. Even if you will have access hotel amenities, leave your laptop at home. A tablet is probably the best device to rely on and a Windows tablet can give you the maximum of flexibility to manage, backup, edit and share your photos. A power bank is still a good option to help you keep all your electronic devices charged.

3. Single Location

If you are going to a specific location and not going to move around too much, the plane is your limiting factor. As long as it falls under your luggage weight limit, you can take it: computer, DSLR, camera lenses , tripod, etc. If you are camping, though, limit your gear in case of theft.

I hope this article will help you as you pack for your next travels. Nowadays there is almost nothing an amateur photographer on the move can’t do. Build your own flexible setup around your camera and your travel needs and… Bon Voyage! Looking for some destination inspiration? Check out our review of Casey Kiernan’s Iceland photography workshop here!

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Has Amelia Earhart’s plane really been found? 6 key things to know

A new grainy sonar image claims to solve the mystery of the famed aviator’s disappearance, but experts say it’s too soon to tell. Here's what we do know.

With the release of a grainy gold image, news headlines around the world are trumpeting the possible discovery of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10e, the plane she was flying in 1937 when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared during the most difficult leg of their round-the-world flight.

Deep Sea Vision, a new venture founded by pilot and commercial real estate investor Tony Romeo, captured the sonar image during a hundred-day expedition in the central Pacific, the region where Earhart was lost. “It was definitely a surreal moment for all of us,” says Romeo, who sold his real estate holdings to purchase a cutting-edge autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with highly advanced sonar technologies.

( Why does Amelia Earhart still fascinate us? )

Still, it’s too soon to say whether this discovery of an object 16,000 feet deep means one of the great historical mysteries has been solved. Here’s what we do know.

1. Sonar images have limitations.

Sonar images are not photographs. The sound waves sent by sonar are at a low frequency, which translates to low resolution.

“The sound wave, because it’s so big, can’t see fine detail,” says David Jourdan, an engineer whose company Nauticos has led three expeditions in search of Earhart. “It can be distorted by reflections, like taking a picture of a mirror.” Promising images, on a second look, sometimes turn out to be something else entirely, like a geological formation.

2. Deep Sea Vision didn’t confirm the object’s identity.

Romeo and his team found the image in their data storage files as they were transitioning to another expedition. They thought that data from one of the AUV’s earlier sorties had been corrupted. When they discovered it wasn’t—and that they had a potential blockbuster find—it was too late to return to the site.

( Why colossal crabs may hold clue to Amelia Earhart's fate .)

“We were out of time. We were out of resources,” says Romeo. “And we didn’t have a camera on our [AUV]. It broke really early in the expedition.” Returning to go over the target again with just sonar didn’t seem worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars he estimated it would cost. Deep Sea Vision plans to go back to the sonar image site this year, this time with an operational camera on the AUV to confirm the finding.

3. Some experts say the plane, if it is a plane, doesn’t resemble the Electra.

“The proportions aren’t quite right,” says Jourdan, pointing to the way the wings are swept back rather than straight across, as the Electra’s were.

Others are even more skeptical. “For the wings of an Electra to fold rearward as shown in the sonar image, the entire center section would have to fail at the wing/fuselage junctions,” according to an email blast from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), an organization that has put forward the theory that Earhart died a castaway on an island to the east of the sonar image site. “That’s just not possible.”

( These are the top 3 theories for Amelia's Earhart's disappearance. )

Romeo dismisses this criticism. Both the wings and the tail look swept back due to distortion caused by the AUV moving through the water, he says, pointing to the twin fins on the back of the plane instead. “That’s very distinctive of her aircraft,” he says. “There’s only a couple of planes that’ve ever been made like that.”

4. The object’s location is roughly on Earhart’s flight path—but beyond the range suggested by her radio signals.

Earhart and Noonan disappeared on July 2, 1937, flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a one-and-a-half-mile long island some 2,500 miles away. After flying 20 hours, Earhart thought they were close and radioed the Itasca , the Coast Guard ship awaiting them at Howland, “We must be on you but cannot see you.” Her voice was so loud, the Coast Guard radiomen thought she was very near too. She wasn’t, but the strength of the radio signals suggest that she was just beyond visual range.

Deep Sea Vision’s search area was roughly a hundred miles west; Romeo won’t reveal exactly where to avoid someone else making the crucial find. But he does acknowledge that they were guided by a theory that Noonan had failed to account for how the International Date Line would affect his calculations. That theory, however, doesn’t account for the strength of Earhart’s radio signals.

5. Others have claimed to solve this mystery.

Over the nearly 90 years since Earhart and Noonan vanished, many people have claimed to have proof of what happened to them.

People who believe the Japanese captured and killed the aviators have pointed to everything from a generator retrieved in a Saipan harbor in 1960 to a photograph on a Jaluit dock revealed in 2017. TIGHAR, meanwhile, has claimed various smoking guns over the years but now argues that a preponderance of historical and archaeological evidence puts Earhart on Nikumaroro Island, 400 hundred miles south of Howland, where they believe she starved to death.

( Inside the search for Amelia's Earhart's missing plane .)

Then there’s the simplest explanation: that the aviators simply crashed into the ocean. Elgen Long, an airline pilot who with his wife Marie did the most extensive research into where that might have happened, wrote a book called Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved . Over three expeditions, Jourdan has looked where Long suggested (and elsewhere) and come up empty.

6. The mystery is still unsolved. That doesn’t mean its unsolvable.

Jourdan’s team believes they’ve narrowed down where the Electra went down based on recent radio signal testing. Meanwhile, when Deep Sea Vision returns to the site this year, they will bring a documentary crew to capture the moment. “This is definitely something that we need to go back and look at,” says Romeo. “We’ve got to get out there before … you know, there is some urgency.”

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Ukraine-Russia war latest: EU members agree on €50bn aid package for Ukraine

All 27 EU members have agreed on an additional €50bn aid package for Ukraine, the president of the council of EU leaders has announced. Hungary had previously opposed the deal.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reacted after EU leaders approved a huge package of new financial aid for his country.

He welcomed the "unanimous" decision and said it will "strengthen long-term economic and financial stability, which is no less important than military assistance and sanctions pressure on Russia".

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says today is "a good day for Europe" after EU members unanimously agreed a new €50bn funding deal for Ukraine.

She said the European Council was delivering on its priorities, including supporting Kyiv against the Russian invasion.

The €50bn aid deal for Ukraine includes a yearly discussion of the package, as well as the option to review it in two years "if needed", two EU diplomats have said.

The package is intended to boost Ukraine's economy for four years.

Hungary, which previously opposed the fund, had called for it to be reviewed once a year in return for its approval.

A diplomat said EU funds for Hungary - frozen over concerns about the rule of law and human rights in the country - would not be unlocked despite the aid deal.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has thanked EU leaders for their "unwavering support" after approving a multi-billion euro funding package for Kyiv.

He said EU members had "shown their solidarity and unity" to the Ukrainian people.

"Each of your votes is a significant contribution to our joint victory," Mr Shmyhal wrote in a post to X.

All 27 EU members have agreed on an additional €50bn aid package for Ukraine, the president of the council of EU leaders has announced.

In a post to X, formerly Twitter, Charles Michel said the agreement "locks in steadfast, long-term, predictable funding for Ukraine".

The decision comes just over an hour into a special summit of EU leaders.

It means EU leaders have managed to overcome objections from Hungary, which vetoed the package back in December.

"EU is taking leadership and responsibility in support for Ukraine; we know what is at stake," Mr Michel said.

We've been hearing from the Kremlin in the last few moments. It has accused the US of trying to shift the burden of Ukraine support onto the shoulders of European taxpayers.

On the subject of EU summit discussions on a further round of support for Ukraine, Russia said Kyiv and the West would "continue to experience problems".

He also said the West was trying to "demonise" Russia to make it seem like an enemy.

Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban's chief of staff says EU member states are trying to "blackmail" him into approving a €50bn aid package for Ukraine.

Gergely Gulyas added it was not guaranteed that a deal would be reached at today's special summit.

The meeting in Brussels is aimed at unblocking Hungary's veto of the multi-year aid package.

"The prime minister conducts continuous discussions at the EU summit, we continue to strive to reach an agreement taking national interests into account, but it is not certain that this will happen," Mr Gulyas told a briefing. 

A Ukrainian couple have finally been reunited after being taken as prisoners by Russia early in the war.

Illia Muzyka and Alina Panina, who have been together since 2019, were captured weeks apart in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, soon after Russia's invasion began in February 2022.

They're now trying to rebuild their lives in western Ukraine.

Speaking of his time in Russian captivity, Mr Muzyka said: "I kept thinking so much that it messed with my head."

He also said he "buried" his girlfriend "a thousands times" in his head after not knowing of her fate for so long.

The couple were posted to Mariupol's commercial port as dog handlers in 2021, and took up arms during the Russian siege of the city at the start of the war. 

They were separated nearly two months into the war on 10 April, and Mr Muzyka was captured days later. Ms Panina was taken prisoner on 17 May 2022.

Ms Panina described how she was moved around on several occasions in Russia and occupied Ukraine, and said she was treated harshly by the Russians.

She was also told Russia had defeated Ukraine.

In October 2022, Ms Panina was released in Ukraine's southeastern Zaporizhzhia region, not knowing the fate of her partner.

Mr Muzyka was finally freed on 3 January this year.

"I was beside myself, overwhelmed by emotions," he said, describing the moment he found out his girlfriend was also free.

"We had waited for so long to speak, to embrace, to talk," Ms Panina said. "We were so happy."

Poland's prime minister has said there is no "Plan B" when it comes to EU aid for Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting on the issue, Donald Tusk said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who previously blocked a multi-billion package for Kyiv, must decide if Hungary is "part of our community".

"We need to play hard and play fair, but there is no room for compromise. There is no middle way - either you are on the Ukrainian side or on the Russian side," Mr Tusk said.

Russia's national guard is recruiting ex-Wagner fighters into volunteer units in a sign that Moscow has increased its control over the mercenary group, the UK Ministry of Defence has said.

MoD intelligence reveals Rosgvardia is "incorporating three former Wagner assault detachments... into its first Volunter Corps formation".

It comes after Vladimir Putin signed a law in December authorising the national guard to form volunteer units.

The MoD says the units will likely be deployed to Ukraine and Africa.

"The incorporation of former Wagner assault detachments into Rosgvardia's Volunteer Corps highly likely indicates that Wagner has been successfully subordinated to Rosgvardia, increasing the Russian state's command and control over the Wagner Group," the MoD said.

The future of the Wagner Group was thrown into doubt after an aborted mutiny on Moscow in June and the death of its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in a plane crash two months later.

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