Cheapism: 30 Beautiful Destinations for Taking Photos Around the World

Photo: Mary Carter

Destinations That Click


While the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the pyramids in Egypt are classic choices for travel photographs, there are countless lesser known destinations that are equally — if not more — compelling, and alternative ways to approach photographing those usual suspects. With travel photography skyrocketing in popularity thanks in large part to social media (on Instagram alone, the hashtag #travelphotography surfaces more than 67 million posts, according to TripAdvisor data) here’s a look at some of the most beautiful destinations around the globe, many highly recommended by professional photographers and travel experts. We’ve also included highly rated photography tours and workshops should you be looking for some extra guidance when you travel.

Colonial Beach, Virginia
Being on a peninsula means there are stunning sunrises and sunsets, a favorite subject for travel photographers. Mary Carter, a photographer who specializes in landscape and wildlife images, calls the area a photographer’s dream. “There are a variety of subjects to choose from — the beach; the river and the bay; wildlife like bald eagles, osprey, and other waterfowl; berry, goat, and cattle farms; wineries; trees, plants, and flowers; architecture, both historic and beach-inspired; historical sites, such as George Washington’s birthplace … and with the sunrises and sunsets, you get a different palette every day,” she says. Carter shoots photos around the clock, including moonscapes and the lights of the town. Her favorite subject is sunrises.

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