Whether you’re a regular traveler or not, unique and beautiful travel photography can excite, motivate and inspire. Travel photography blogs can help you research your next trip, reminisce about your favorite holiday or inspire you to explore somewhere completely new. Whatever your travel history or plans, these blogs are the perfect way to indulge in wanderlust.
The following are ten of the best blogs for travel photography lovers.
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1. Seattle’s Travels
Canadian wanderer Seattle has traveled across vast swathes the globe, and her blog Seattle’s Travels reflects that. Search by destination or adventure form to soak up her pictures. The site also includes plenty of advice for travelers, especially those seeing the world solo.
Photo courtesy of Alex in Wanderland
2. Alex In Wanderland
Four years ago, native New Yorker Alex left the US to travel the world, documenting her adventures through photography on her blog Alex in Wanderland. Her passion for travel is infectious and her travel map is astounding. A crisp, lovely site design also makes her blog a special one for travel photography.
3. Ken Kaminesky
Ken Kaminesky’s eye for the remarkable is immediately apparent when looking at his photos. Ken takes luscious, hyper-detailed pictures of sights around the world, with subjects ranging from culture to nature to people at work. His cityscapes are wonderful, but his nature photography is particularly rich.
4. The Legendary Adventures Of Anna
Anna’s blog The Legendary Adventures of Anna is a playful reflection on the joys of travel. She provides a range of useful travel and dining tips, especially for the Americas, and her images of Iceland are particularly special.
Photo courtesy of Paris in Four Months.
5. Paris In Four Months
There are a lot of Paris blogs out there, but Paris in Four Months reigns supreme. Swedish Carin moved to Paris in 2012, originally for just four months, but has lived in the City of Lights ever since. Her blog is an ode to the beauty of Paris, from streetscapes to pâtisseries to fashion.
Photo courtesy of TravelFREAK
Jeremy, a talented mixologist as well as the creator of TravelFREAK, wants you to quit your job, and he’ll stop at nothing to get you to do so, even tempting you with beautiful wanderlust-inducing photos. With a focus on transformative and adventure travel, you’ll immediately be booking your next plane ticket — most likely while perusing one of his photo essays.
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7. Kirsten Alana
First things first, Kirsten Alana’s site design is one of the prettiest out there. But beyond graphics, her photographs, which vary from quirky snapshots of culture to pure images of nature, are simply beautiful. Her shots of skies are particular highlights.
8. Stuck In Customs
Though the name conjures up one of the most horrendous aspects of travel, Stuck in Customs is filled with photos of the best travel has to offer. Trey Ratcliffe has a true talent for photography, and his images, from the Great Wall of China to the mountains of New Zealand, will make you want to pack your bags ASAP.
It’s hard to make Paris look bad, but Farfelue knows how to make Paris look perfect. While Faye’s blog is great for its Paris city guide and travel hints, the highlight is her photos, which capture the French capital at its glittering finest.
10. Beers And Beans
Beers and Beans is one of the most comprehensive travel photography sites out there. If you’re planning a trip, click through for plenty of advice on travel hints, destination details, volunteering and more. Their photographs are joyful, varied and inspiring too.
Photo courtesy of Jessie on a Journey
11. Jessie on a Journey
The personal blog of Epicure & Culture editor Jessica Festa, Jessie on a Journey focuses on solo, adventure and offbeat travel around the globe. Jessica is never without her Nikon D5100, and loves losing herself behind her lens in beautiful, inspiring places. She even sells her photography shop at the EpicureCulture Etsy Shop and on art design products through her Jessieonajourney RedBubble Portfolio.
What are your favorite travel photography blogs? Please share in the comments below.
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