When I started travelling beyond the all-inclusive resort escapes, I started taking photos on proper cameras instead of just my iPhone. My photos were always just snippets of a trip to live on my phone and at most in a Facebook album.
Over time I upgraded to a camera and found a love of travel photography that is so much more than just another iPhone snap. Capturing the destinations I visit is honestly the best bit for me, and I’m barely belted in on the flight home before I’m sorting through the photos on my memory card!
My last trip was to Scotland in October 2020, and sadly the travel drought will be rumbling on for some time it seems, so writing posts that reflect on previous trips is all I’ve got for now.
If you’re missing your travels too, I hope this post is a lovely little escape for you! Keep reading to see which seven beautiful destinations have been my favourite to photograph (so far), stretching from here in England right the way across to Australia.
The sights of central Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has so much beauty in the north, south, east and west — but the real hidden gems for me were right in the centre.
The famous blue train journey (which we took from Nuwara Eliya to Ella) is the best way to see the island, and the train itself makes for a stunning shot against the vibrant greens!
Aside from the train, you’ve got epic hikes with views for miles, nature reserves full of wild animals and warm waters lapping golden sandy beaches along the coastline.
See more from Sri Lanka.
The Adriatic coast of Croatia
If crystal clear waters and old stone buildings are your thing, get yourself to Croatia!
Whether you stay on the mainland or one of the islands that sits slightly away from the coast, you’ll fill your camera with photos of golden sunsets, bustling old towns and calm ocean waves.
I can’t wait to get back and photograph more of this country, hopefully one day soon!
See more from Croatia.
The Whitsunday Islands of Australia
Whitehaven Beach in the Australia Whitsunday Islands is one of those “is this real?” destinations.
The sand is finer and whiter than anywhere else I’ve seen, the water is this incredible mass of swirling turquoise and if you look down now and then, you’ll spot turtles, reef sharks and plenty of other sea life.
You’ve got to have your wits about you to capture the sealife though, as turtles and sharks don’t hang about!
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The Dorset Coastline of England
This spot is nice and close to home for me! Durdle Door in Dorset is the British coastal location of dreams, especially on a balmy summer’s day.
It gets busy here but if you go early enough, or stick around for a late sunset, you’ll capture incredible photos of the famous arch, the bold blue waters and no doubt a sea of sunbather’s looking like ants from above.
If you have the time, walk over the hill to Lulworth Cove for more perfect photo spots!
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The many natural wonders of Iceland
Where do I even begin with Iceland? There are volcanoes, glaciers, black sand beaches, waterfalls, the northern lights — the list goes on and on.
There is so much to see and photograph all over Iceland, it’s impossible to narrow it down to one part of the country! But the south coast was a real highlight for me. We only had one day to explore that part, so we’ll definitely go back for longer in the future.
Have a read of my guide to capturing the northern lights if you’re planning a trip there.
See more from Iceland.
The lakes & mountains of Slovenia
Picture reflective lakes that stretch the size of towns and snow-capped mountains surrounding them. Slovenia is one of the most beautiful places to visit in every season!
Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are two of the best spots to snap photos of, and they’re only 30-minutes or so apart by car.
This photo here was taken on a chilly winter’s day at the very top of a Lake Bled hike. Do viewpoints get better than that?
Not that you can possibly time your trip, but if you happen to see snowfall in Slovenia like we did you’ll get some incredible shots to take home.
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The Scottish Highlands
Last but by no means least, I have to mention Scotland! As I said, we visited this part of the world in autumn of 2020 and it was incredible.
I’ve explored the highlands a few times growing up and each time I have more appreciation for it. From roaming highland ‘coos’ in grassy mountains to beaches that could rival those in the Caribbean in the summertime, the very north of the UK is a special place to photograph.
Not forgetting that they have their own northern lights displays in winter, too!
See more from Scotland.
I hope you love the look of these beautiful destinations as much as I do! I’m hoping and praying we get to take many more travel photos in 2021, but we’ll see how it goes. If not, 2022 will be one hell of a year won’t it?
Where is the most beautiful place you’ve photographed? Tell me in the comments below!