How to Take Amazing Travel Photos

I love traveling, but honestly who doesn’t? There is one part of traveling that I tend to get a little annoyed with and that is the constant want and then time spent taking photos. I personally am a go, go, go kind of person and hate waiting around for people to get that perfect shot and it cuts into your travel time to see other things. However, I have found one easy way to get around this issue and still get great photos.

Sunset at Venice Beach

Here is my simple trick, get a GoPro, start recording and never stop. You can edit photos straight of the videos you take and it is quick and easy to do! That is by far the easiest way I have found to get jaw dropping amazing photos without even trying. The candid ones of the people you are traveling with are always hilarious too. Check out some of my favorites below!

Biking in Madrid, Spain
Bathing in Budapest
Jumping for joy at the Colosseum
Bubbles in Barcelona

If you are now thinking about getting a GoPro, check out this link to their latest version on Amazon!
There are also a few accessories I recommend if you’re looking at getting a GoPro. First off a handler will make is really easy to carry your GrPro around and to make sure it is always strapped to you. Check out the link below if you’ve interested in that!


The second accessory that I really enjoy using is a chest strap. It really helps get those action shots when you need your hands free. I love to where it when I go biking. Check out the link below for the chest strap!

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Action shot of biking in Madrid


So if you love traveling and want those draw dropping photos with ease, I definitely recommend a GoPro! It’s easy to capture and edit photos and then you could have photos that look like this!

Sunny day in Cinque Terre



Solo Travel in Cinque Terre

When I was studying abroad in Venice, Italy I wanted to make sure that I spent at least one weekend traveling completely on my own. I was a little nervous about it, however after months of traveling I was pretty confident that I would be perfectly fine. So I hopped on a bus Friday after class and headed from Venice to the town of La Spezia in the Cinque Terre region. I had decided to stay in a one bedroom airbnb because I wanted to have a relaxing weekend and since it was pretty late I just headed straight to bed.

The next day I woke up at the crack of dawn and went out to search for breakfast. I wanted to get started hiking the five towns of Cinque Terre so I grabbed a couple pastries to go and headed straight to the train station.

My hike started out at the first town of Monterosso al Mare. The sun was just starting to rise and it was the perfect cool temperature for hiking. The hiking conditions in Cinque Terre are definitely a little more advanced than I originally thought. They do vary and they would not be considered extreme however at the time I was hiking without an ACL in one of my knees because I had injured it and I thought I might have bitten off more than I could chew. Regardless, I continued on.

Town of Vernazza

The second town I came to was the town of Vernazza. It was a beautiful little town and I sat down and had a coffee at a seaside cafe to give myself a little break. I was only there for a little because shortly I was off to hiking to the next town Corniglia.

In Corniglia I stopped to have lunch and people watch. It was interesting to see how touristy these towns had become and how there were just buses and buses coming in to drop people off. It kind of makes me sad seeing all of it however I myself am a tourist so I understood still.

While hiking to the four town, Manarola, I met this amazing elderly couple. They had retired and were living in San Diego and were just hiking out here for fun. It was amazing getting to meet them and chat. I’ve noticed that when you are traveling alone more strangers will talk to you. It’s nice in a way to meet new people. It’s actually strange that I feel less alone when I travel alone.

Hiking through the vineyards

I didn’t stop long in Manarola because I would worry if I did then I would just give up. The last town to hike to was Riomaggiore. This hike was by far the worst. It was one mile straight up hill and then one mile straight down hill. I was a little worried I wasn’t going to make it however, I did, and I treated myself with some gelato at the end.

14 miles and 10 hours later, I had officially hiked all of Cinque Terre. I was on the train headed back to La Spezia and I had planned to go to the store, buy some pasta and wine, and cook for myself in my airbnb. I also really just wanted to lay on the couch because I was so tired.

My evening was amazing, the view from my balcony was breathtaking and it was incredible to be able to sit there alone and really just think and be at peace.

Dinner on the balcony

The next day I just did a little sightseeing around La Spezia, talked to come locals, and then I headed back to Venice. It was an amazing weekend and I learned how to stand on my own and be more independent. I highly recommend if you are traveling, make sure you go and spend some time traveling alone, it might just change your life.

Stopped in at a coffee shop in the morning

Best Travel Apps

Years ago, before people would go traveling to a new country, or even just a new state, they would have to make sure that they have read up on the new place and have all different kinds of maps. Luckily, in this day and age, instead of lugging around books and pages everything you need can be easily head in your hand.

I studied abroad for four months last spring and these are the most useful apps that I found. Some of these work best when things have been downloaded offline so make sure you plan ahead!

  1. Google Translate. This is THE MOST useful app when it comes to traveling to a country with a different language. You can download and convert to and from any language and download the entire dictionary offline that way even if you don’t have WiFi or service you can still use it!
  2. Rome2rio. This app helps you find the best way to get anywhere! It shows you by walking, by train, by flying, by driving and it will show up with the train times and flights. It is by far the easiest way to get an easy estimate of how long it will actually take to travel somewhere.
  3. Sygic Travel. This is the best app for finding what to do in a ton of different cities. It gives ticket prices, best times to go, and tips and tricks! It is really the most helpful if you are traveling to a city that you don’t know a whole lot about.

The best part about all of these apps is that they are all free! I hope this helps in your travels!