Three Tips to Rock Your Next Travel Photos

December 04, 2015  •  5 Comments

 

Three Tips to Rock Your Next Travel Photos (City Version)
 
I often wonder if it is only my family or there are more of us out there. Mom used to pack only worn out clothes for us on holiday because we can trash the clothes as we go, bringing home nothing else but souvenirs. The pictures captured the fun time we had, but I would surely not want to share them with anyone else outside my own family. It wasn't until last year, when I traveled to Europe on my own, that I discovered there ​can be so much more than ​regular​​ wanderlust selfies! So here are my 3 important steps to take your ​​travel pictures to the next level.​
 

1 Bring ​Your Best Clothes Forward

Think about the amount of money you are spending on your trip. Add up not only the flight, the lodging and the food, but also the days you are taking off for this trip. The amount of money you spent ​on ​ a day is most likely equivalent to a black tie event, if not more!​ Your trip deserves a black tie treatment.​ ​

So why not put on the cool shades, dresses, or pants you bought for the special occasion? Remember, your holiday is a special occasion! Sure, I also have jeans and a white T with me for every trip, but I also pack clothes that would fit going out on a date in Florence, and clothes that​ makes me feel all romantic when I walk the small streets in Paris and sip on a macchiato at Emporio Armani Caffè in Milan. ​I​nstead of being an outsider observing the habitat of a cool place​, ​l et your clothes be your ticket to melt into a culture​, joining in with the locals. I must admit the kiddish joy I had when I was mistaken as a local in Paris and Milan, even though my French is as broken as broken can be, and I don't even speak Italian. ​

2 Look for ​I​nteresting ​S​pots

It's awesome to take pictures with the landmarks, but as bored as you are when you go through your friends' landmark "I have been there" kind of pictures, you will soon be bored with yours. Look for interesting tiny streets, quiet cafes and old wooden benches with faded paint, often time, these overlooked places capture the history and culture much better than the over commercialised tourists hotspots. Better yet, you don't even have to fight for a space with other tourists to snap away.

 

3 Pose!

Again, you are spending so much time and money on a trip, why not do something extraordinary? Why ​standing like an embarrassed teenager ​wait ing for your senior photos? ​Pose like there is no tomorrow, remember, you don't live there, no one will recognise you, if you think someone is laughing at you, let them laugh, you will have awesome pictures of yourself on holiday where you do not care what the world thinks. It is actually overcoming that embarrassment that helps me to be more authentic. The world will judge no matter what you do, but the world would also celebrate with you when you celebrate who you are. When I was snapping away of myself dancing in front of the Colosseum in Rome and posing right next to an ancient old well in Tuscany, so many people came and chatted with me. Old couples on holiday, handsome gentleman with curiosity, and jolly locals who found it fascinating to see a woman setting up the tripod and camera and then posing as if a team of photographers are snapping away. They all came to talk to me and I made many friends along the way. I think people are captivated when we are passionate with what we do ​, and having a good laugh with ourselves while not afraid of looking silly.

 

So what are you going to pack for your next trip? please show me your holiday pictures! I would love them see them. You can email me or attached your photos in the comments below!


Comments

Yuma Tarui(non-registered)
I don't usually travel but this article stimulated my desire. Thank you for he good tips!
Tara Johnson(non-registered)
Read this with a smile
Bonnie Chan(non-registered)
Awesome! I don't know if I could be as confident as u r while posing, though.
Alex(non-registered)
Wow! What a great ideas! I travel a lot, and never thought about it this, way. But you are right, it is a special occasion, an need special treatment, thank you
Ashlee(non-registered)
What lovely ideas! I feel like an undertone to your message here is that we should actually be PRESENT in our travels. We work so hard to get the time off, then we go and we are ramped up to see these new places but we're tired, right? So we wear the sloppy clothes and we go see the touristy spots we've always wanted to see. But WHAT IF.. we dress nice (feel good about ourselves) and go not just "see" but "experience" new cultures. I love this thought. I have never been out of the country, but I DREAM of traveling. Now when I finally do, I will keep this post in mind. Thank you!!!
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