Pictures of the World: Making it as a Travel Photographer

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Do you dream of traveling the world and getting paid for it? Well, then this may be the career path for you. Travel photography allows you the creative freedom to capture elements of foreign lands that people may not have realized exist. Many countries need fresh content for their tourism industry and this can be where many travel photographers find their niche. Whether it is the beautiful beaches of a scorching hot paradise or the vast beautiful landscape and mountains of an icy wonderland, there are an infinite number things that you can capture for the world to see all whilst taking in any number of different cultures and cuisines along the way. While it may seem like a dream job for many people, there are a number of things to consider if you’re wanting to become a successful travel photographer. Here’s our list of advice to help you make it in the world of travel photography.


First things first, you should make a list of questions you need to be answered and fire up your internet browser for the clearest response. Luckily, nowadays, people have had ample time to experience things and document their successes and failures to help people. Chances are, there will be someone online, able to advise you on almost anything. Look up some message or forum boards on travel photography and they should be able to provide you with a more detailed account of what you’ll need to consider before you take the leap of making travel photography your main source of income.


You shouldn’t expect to be rolling in money from the first time you take a photo abroad. It will take a lot of time and hard work and if you’re wanting to make it your main career you’ll need to have plenty of money saved up for equipment, travel, insurance and also to live on in between jobs. Maybe don’t hand in your resignation just yet – especially if you’ve never even picked up a camera. It will initially be an investment and could be a while before you’re making a considerable profit from it. Just be patient and cautious and keep in contact with your bank and others for advice. Once you’re ready to go on your first trip (advisably just a holiday for some experience), you should look into ways of keeping your money safe abroad. Sites like plutuspocket offer in-depth reviews on a number of money transfer sites like TransferGo. There are plenty of sites online like this designed to review banks and transfer accounts that are designed for use abroad. It’s advised to do your research before you sign up, find out what works best for you.

What Next?

Well, once you have done all your research and have gotten some equipment to get you started, it’s up to you. If you need some inspiration on where to travel to first, just look online for some of the most affordable places to help get you started. You could look into some of the cheapest beach destinations in Europe and get that beach experience whilst not breaking your bank. Go somewhere that fascinates you and do your research for some of the best destinations to take some beautiful shots. Set up social media and even a website to get your brand out there.

The most important thing you can do is practice and experiment to make sure your photographs show something new and don’t just blend in with the rest. Don’t lose your passion for traveling, other cultures and photography and there’s nothing stopping you from taking the travel photography by storm.

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