Many of you say sweet things about my travel photography. I love travel, and I love photography. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that I love travel photography.
And while I can definitely see that my own travel photos have improved over the years, I’m also crisply aware of how far they still have to go.
For inspiration, for pleasure, and for delight in the world around me, while I can’t travel myself, it’s hard to beat looking at fantastic travel photos.
Looking at them, gazing at them, closing my eyes and rolling around in them…
And having spent so much time soaring through webland to find them, it would be a tad stingy to keep the best to myself.
So here, in my opinion, are the 7 best travel photography blogs out there.
Some I’ve only just found, others I’ve known for years. But what they all have in common is an enveloping sense of far flung adventure, insight, close inspection and oodles of individual style.
But enough from me – let’s set your retinas on fire with delight. Here they are:
Ken’s photos really make me feel alive. They capture the thrill of seeing something for the first time, when every little detail dazzles, at that point before a certain scene becomes “routine.” Read more about his travels over here.
Dave and Deb from the Planet D (D as in Dave and Deb, not “planetd” as a 21st century verb abbreviation) are a pretty inspiring pair. They travel the world doing all kinds of dangerous stunts and yet still manage to rustle up outstanding images like these. Read more about their mission to inspire you to do the same (or at least adventure-lite) over here.
Lola’s blog at Geotraveler’s Niche opens with this quote from E.E.Cummings:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.”
Both her words and photos document her own fight and those of the people she meets as she travels the world, seemingly on her own terms in her own way. Often thought-provoking, always beautiful, read more over here.
Unlike the other three mentioned so far, Gary never spent time in the freelance photography or filming business. Instead, he sold up shop in 2007 and has been travelling the world ever since. He’s a man who likes to control his own destiny and spends time seeking out those places that few people manage to get to. He’s scooped up awards left, right and centre for his photography and was listed in Time Magazine as one of the top blogs in the world, full stop. Read more on his blog Everything Everywhere.
If there’s one thing Beth and Randy from Beers and Beans know how to do, it’s how to capture an atmosphere. From tough guys on the street to couples in love alongside the Seine, when you look at their photographs you just know they’ll show you a moment caught and frozen in time rather than a stock photography shot. Beautiful, dreamy, I could browse their site for hours…you can too over here.
Alas, since I found her site, this young and thoughtful photographer hasn’t updated it much. Her images are dreamy and beautiful, though, so I’d definitely recommend checking her out. As I haven’t heard back from her, I won’t reproduce her photos here without her permission (I respect people’s copyright on the web.) However, head over there to have a look. You never know, with a bit more social media encouragement, she may get her camera back out and start snapping again!
Richard’s work is another of my new discoveries. He seems to be the wilderness whisperer in terms of how he captures landscape and wild animals around the world. Feast your eyes on his work over here.
So there you have it, my list of seven of the best travel photo blogs. Who did I miss? What other photo wondrous blogscapes exist in the wild out there? Any suggestions, pop them in the comments below.
Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more. Find out more.
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