The PERFECT Souvenirs!

Photos are the best travel souvenirs, because they give you memories that can last a lifetime! You don’t outgrow them or break them or lose them like t-shirts, or keychains, or magnets. So today, I want to share some of my FAVORITE travel photos.

What’s the secret to the perfect travel photo? (1) Draw inspiration from the local landscape, (2) Dress to complement your surroundings, and (3) Enjoy every moment!

I took a moment to compile some of my favorite travel photos here. Let me know what you think!

8. Saint Paul de Vence, Côte d’Azur, France

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All white everything!

Nestled atop a hill in the French Riviera, Saint Paul de Vence is an idyllic and quintessentially French town. It was here that American writer James Baldwin took refuge for the last seventeen years of his life.

As I strolled through the streets, I took a seat on these steps, and I felt a lot like the French Riviera itself — effortlessly glamorous and chic.

As a solo traveler, I do not always have access to a great photographer. For this moment, I used an Anker selfie stick.

7. Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

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From Cairo, with love! ❤

Whenever I travel to iconic places, I always have in mind the pictures that I want to take! I stopped buying loads of souvenirs a while ago. Now, I stock up on memories and photos galore!

I found this pose on Pinterest, and I loved it so much that I had to recreate it.

6. Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

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Look Ma, no hands!

Sometimes, a great photo is about trusting your photographer! I told my tour guide that I wanted to take a photo that would make my friends and family DIE with envy, and he delivered!

I NEVER would have thought to stand on the camel’s back on my own (it was a LONG way down!). But I trusted my photographer, and it paid off!

5. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Feats of strength and agility at Bondi Beach

Although I frequently travel alone, I do (occasionally) have the privilege of traveling with family or friends. In August 2016, I took a trip to Sydney, Australia with my mother. We stayed at an AirBnB that was walking distance from the beach, and it was heaven! … even though we went in the middle of winter.

Whenever I feel that my photos are getting too repetitive, I mix things up with a back bend or a handstand! What are some of your go-to travel poses?

4. Centro Galego, Lisbon, Portugal

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Queen of the world!

Lisbon is, without question, one of my favorite cities in the world! And this view is one of the best in the city. In this picture, I was at a reception after presenting research at a conference. Part of the reception took place on the roof, and I snapped this picture to mark the occasion!

3. Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy

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A little help, please!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is such an iconic travel shot! For YEARS, this was my absolute favorite travel photo. As the years have passed, I have made room for other photos, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart!

2. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Twin Towers

In 2012, I traveled to Paris for the first time, and I was SO excited! I wanted to wear scarves and a beret, eat ALL the baguettes, buy ALL the clothes, and bask in the glory of the City of Light. Most of all, though, I wanted this photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. *Click*

1. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Eva del Aire, literally!

My FAVORITE photo is from my trip to Incredible India. I was at a conference in New Delhi, and a colleague and I decided that we HAD to see the Taj Mahal.

So we booked a full-day tour through Amin Day Tours (approx. $120). This included a roundtrip train ride between Delhi and Agra, an air conditioned van with driver, a Taj Mahal tour guide (and photographer!), a buffet lunch, and a trip to the Lost City.

When we were at the Taj Mahal, the guide/photographer asked, “Do you want to fly?” Then he worked his magic, and this was the result!

Would you like to know more about the stories behind the photos? Check out my vlog!

Want to Get the Perfect Travel Photo?

(1) use a selfie stick,

(2) ask fellow travelers for assistance,

(3) ask again if the strangers take bad pictures,

(4) mix things up if your poses get too repetitive,

(5) check Pinterest for inspiration,

(6) take pictures from multiple angles,

(7) hire a trusted guide when needed.

ALSO now that I learned how to use picture-in-picture editing, no more camera-to-camera holding! 😎

¡A volar!

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