You know by now that I love to travel. Over the years, I’ve explored all but one of the continents. (yes, it is crazy that I’ve been to Antarctica but not yet Australia!) And taking travel photos is one of my favorite things to do while I’m on a trip.
I don’t expect National Geographic to come calling anytime soon, but it’s not uncommon for me to take hundreds of photos a day when I’m traveling.
If you’re thinking about where you should take your next trip, here’s a sampling of some travel photos I’ve taken along the way that may give you some ideas!
FOR AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR . . .
I could (and did!) spend every day lounging on our private deck at our first stop in French Polynesia. It’s truly heaven on earth.
If we weren’t on our private deck, we were at the pool or the beach – drinks in hand.
The green in Ireland really is different than anywhere else in the world. The Cliffs of Moher are simply stunning – and a little hair-raising if you get queasy at high heights!
If you’re planning a trip to London, a visit to the Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studio just outside the city is well worth it. You will see more Harry Potter sets and props than you could ever imagine.
I wrote a post a few months ago about why you must go to Père Lachaise. It’s still streets and beautiful gravestones are haunting – in the best possible way.
This is the view from the Masada in Israel. It’s not only a magnificent view of the desert and the Dead Sea but has huge historical significance. (if you’re interested, The Dovekeeper is a fantastic novel about it)
Bethany Beyond the Jordan is a UNESCO site believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. It was one of the most peaceful spots I’ve ever entered.
A trip to Jordan is not complete without seeing Petra, especially the iconic Treasury.
Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto is literally covered in gold, making it one of Japan’s most famous.
On a slightly colder trip to Antarctica, I loved photographing the wildlife. This lonely penguin held my attention for a while as I watched him make his way up the ice.
And this flirty seal was one of my favorite animal watching experiences while there.
You can never go wrong with a beach vacation. I took this at sunrise in the Dominican Republic.
HERE IN THE UNITED STATES . . .
If you haven’t been to the nation’s capital, it’s a must. And if you can get to the reflecting pool as the sun comes up, it’s magnificent. I took this photo during the peak of cherry blossom season (although you can’t see the pink blooms, I promise they’re there).
Washington has lots of stunning views. I took this one from the top of the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The Mall is a must when you’re in town.
The Constantino Brumidi fresco draws your eyes upward when you’re in the Capitol Rotunda.
And if you enjoy the outdoors, just outside of DC is Great Falls, which features (you guessed it) lots of rapids, but also some great hiking.
The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia is known for its classicly southern resort decor. And its relaxing surroundings in the Shenandoah Valley offer lots of opportunities for fishing, hiking, and exploring.
The baths in Hot Springs, Arkansas are a really interesting respite from summer weather.
If you’re going to be in Los Angeles, you must check out the Beverly Hills Hotel – starting with its red carpet entrance, it’s a legend.
If the mountains are more your speed, you cannot go wrong with a trip to the Tetons in Wyoming.
Or a trip to Colorado. I took this on a hike near Maroon Bells, just outside of Aspen.
Or Utah. This was an amazing overlook near St. George.
Whether it’s in your backyard, across the country, or around the world, there are so many beautiful places begging to be explored. I hope these travel photos inspired you, even a little, to get out there and go on an adventure!!