13 Dec The Five Best Places I Went in 2017
2017 was a big travel year for me. From Asia to Africa, I saw and experienced things that will stay with me for rest of my life.
During my travels, I happened upon views which were nothing short of incredible. From perfect beaches to awe-inspiring mountains, I brought home thousands of images to show off to friends and family. However, I really wish I could have sent some of these pics as a postcard. Those sold in the shops abroad depicted common sights that were a dime-a-dozen.
Shortly after arriving home, though, I read about and downloaded the Photo Postcard app. This service – MyPostcard – lets you take your best pics and turn them into a custom postcard, which you can then send to friends and family around the globe. Want to get shots on vacation that will make your friends jealous? Here’s where you’ll want to go for the best photo opportunities in the world.
A popular choice for rookie and experienced travelers alike, Thailand continues to reel in visitors simply because it has so much to offer them. Temples, beaches, jungle-clad mountains, exotic food – all these make not only for an action-packed vacation, but also a myriad of photo ops.
RECOMMENDED: The Grand Palace in Bangkok, The White Temple near Chiang Rai, and numerous complexes found in the cities of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai are all excellent cultural attractions.
Those seeking amazing beaches will love what they’ll find on Koh Kood, Koh Nang Yuan (just off Koh Tao), and in Krabi province.
Want to experience Africa, but not ready for the tougher aspects of travel on this underdeveloped continent? South Africa is a great place to get your feet wet, as its infrastructure makes experiencing its cultural and natural attractions that much easier.
RECOMMENDED: Cape Town is a great starting point, as it will allow you to tick Table Mountain, Camps Bay Beach, and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach off your list. It is also within a day’s drive of the Garden Route, which offers excellent surfing, shark cage diving, and epic coastal views. If you have time and money, go on safari within Kruger National Park, as it will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap pics of lions, rhinos, elephants, and giraffes in the wild.
Conventional wisdom dictates Europe can be an expensive place to travel – in practice, however, some of its destinations are a better value than others. Compared to countries further west, Croatia grants its visitors a taste of old world charm for much less of a financial hit.
With many of its coastal towns dating to medieval times (or earlier), there are plenty of charming buildings to capture, but that’s not all. Croatia’s pebble beaches, towering mountains along the Dalmatian Coast, and entrancing lakes will also cast their spell on visitors.
RECOMMENDED: Dubrovnik and Split both had architecture epic enough to make it into the hit TV show, Game of Thrones. Both are worth your time, but visit the former if you are short on time.
Once you have had your fill of Croatia’s coast, check out the waterfalls and mesmerizing lakes of Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Try to visit in shoulder season to avoid the soul-crushing crowds of peak season.
While no longer the global colossus it was a couple of centuries ago, the UK is still a nation rich in diversity, history, and nature. From the seemingly infinite tourist attractions of London to the hauntingly beautiful mountains of the Scottish Highlands, there is no shortage of photographic subjects here.
RECOMMENDED: Looking for a killer shot of Central London? The View from The Shard and the London Eye will give you an elevated perspective, but at substantial cost. If you are on a budget, the view from the crest of Primrose Hill can’t be beat – bring a quality zoom-in lens and you’ll be able to get a crisp shot of London’s entire skyline.
Edinburgh is a can’t miss stop for photographers. While you’ll have the opportunity to get plenty of amazing shots of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, be sure to also head up Arthur’s Seat. Not only will the hike do your body good, but the view from the top of this 852-foot tall peak will give you some outstanding views of the city, sea, and countryside below.
North America is often derided for its lack of cultural attractions, and rightfully so. Outside of a handful of hot spots like Quebec City and New Orleans, many cities in the USA and Canada are guilty of bulldozing what few historic buildings they had in favour of ‘urban renewal’. Thankfully, Mexico has not gone this route for the most part, as there are many grand cathedrals, Pre-Columbian ruins, and spacious plazas which give its countless cities and towns a leg-up over their neighbours to the north.
RECOMMENDED: Those looking to get lost in an authentic Mexican town will want to check out Guanajuato. Most gringos hang out in nearby in San Miguel de Allende, leaving this place’s pedestrian-friendly streets to domestic Mexican tourists, university students, and intrepid travelers.
Looking for a beach resort with character? Give Puerto Vallarta a try. While its Hotel Zone can be a zoo similar to other tourist meccas in Mexico, Zona Romantica is a pleasant departure from this scene. With cobblestone streets, street food carts, and local buses which you can take to isolated beaches further down Jalisco State’s mountainous coast, you’ll be able to relax and get plenty of great shots during your stay here.