Oct 30

When Solo Travel goes wrong: Photography

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Pick the right destination, choose the right travel supplier - a reliable one! - and plan your trip well from the get go. Expect the unexpected to pop up, sure, that's part of the fun of travel. But one place where I've consistently found issues in the style is in photographing my own experiences...

 

Man visiting Kunming's Green Lake in China, eyes closed for a travel photoMan visiting Kunming's Green Lake in China, eyes closed for a travel photo
Photography might be the ultimate casualty of the solo travel itinerary. I just couldn't keep my eyes open here in China, I also struggled to find help snapping more than a single take or two

 

I resisted selfies like the plague for many, many years. I've warmed to them, trying hard not to take myself so seriously...

 

However, when you're on the road and on your own, sometimes they're the only way to snap a memory of a really cool destination or memorable experience. When you're travelling solo, even accosting a passerby means you don't get so many opportunities for another take!

 

I can never seem to keep my eyes open for the first take...

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