Top 10 Travel Photography Destinations 2019

There are great photo ops wherever you go—and you don’t have to go far.

However, it does help when you find yourself surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, charming cities and picture-perfect moments that you’ve never encountered before.

We’ve researched and prepared shot lists for the top 10 places that are perfect for expanding and honing your travel photography skills. If you’re looking for that ‘next place’ to see and capture, look no further than this list.

1. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Milky way at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lupins on the lake shore. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Mount John’s Observatory, Mount John. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Recommended shot list:
– Lake Tekapo
– The Church of the Good Shepherd
– Mount John
– Stargazing in Tekapo (Dark Sky Reserve)
– Lake Alexandrina (15 minute drive away)

2. Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu city, Bhutan
Dochula Pass. Thimphu, Bhutan
Thimphu Market. Thimphu, Bhutan

Recommended shot list:
– Dochula Pass
– Buddha Dordenma
– Domkhar Palace
– Tiger’s Nest (Takstang) monastery
– Thimphu’s ‘Weekend Market’

3. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Medina. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Medina. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Cascades d’Akchour, in Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Recommended shot list:
– Old City and Medina
– Rif Mountains
– Cascades d’Akchour
– Plaza Uta el-Hammam
– Ras el-Ma

4. Lijiang, China

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Lijiang, China
Tiger Leaping Gorge. Lijiang, China
Lijiang Ancient City. Lijiang, China

Recommended shot list:
– Tiger Leaping Gorge
– Lugu Lake
– Lijiang Ancient City
– Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
– Dry Sea

5. Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain
Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Barcelona, Spain

Recommended shot list:
– Las Ramblas
– La Barceloneta
– Pedraforca
– Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)
– Sagrada Familia

6. Kyushu, Japan

Hashima Island. Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
Takachiho Gorge. Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
Mt Aso Caldera. Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

Recommended shot list:
– Hashima Island (Nagasaki Prefecture)
– Yutoku Inari Shrine (Saga Prefecture)
– Takachiho Gorge (Miyazaki Prefecture)
– Mt Aso (Kumamoto Prefecture)
– Beppu (Oita Prefecture)

7. Patagonia, Argentina/Chile

Bariloche in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Patagonia region, Argentina
Fitzroy and Laguna-De-los-Tres in Los Glaciares National Park. Patagonia region, Argentina
Puerto Varas with volcano Osorno in background. Patagonia region, Chile

Recommended shot list:
– Bariloche (Argentina)
– Puerto Varas (Chile)
– Los Glacieres National Park (Argentina)
– Puyuhuapi (Chile)
– Marble Caves

8. Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca city. Oaxaca, Mexico
Hierve el Agua. Oaxaca, Mexico
Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Oaxaca, Mexico

Recommended shot list:
– Oaxaca’s Zocalo (main square)
– Hierve de Agua
– Ancient Mitla Ruins
– Templo de Santo Domingo
– Zona Arqueológica de Monte Albán

9. Porto, Portugal

Porto city. Porto, Portugal
Ribeira—the old town of Porto. Porto, Portugal
São Bento Train Station, Porto, Portugal

Recommended shot list:
– Waterfront at Bairro Da Ribeira
– The Dom Luís Bridge
– Mercado do Bolhão (market)
– Vila Nova de Gaia
– São Bento Train Station

10. Sapa, Vietnam

Temple on Fansipan Mountain. Sapa, Vietnam
Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls). Sapa, Vietnam

Recommended shot list:
– Fansipan Mountain
– Mu Cang Chai (rice terraces)
– Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls)
– Sapa Main Market
– Muong Hoa Valley

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