Photography is an art-form that we can all relate to. When people say a photograph is a worth a 1,000 words, cliché as it sounds, it’s absolutely true. I find that, rather than have someone explain a destination to me, I’d much rather see a photograph of it.

That’s just one side of it though, there are then some absolutely talented photographers out there who just know how to nail it! I’m in awe of these people and constantly find myself trawling through the internet in search of these people, swiftly followed by asking myself (once I find said talented people online) “How-She-Do-That?” – complete with open-mouthed look of amazement!

Then there’s the destination. Now, you can always look for ways to improve your photography skills of course (and even learn more about that essential photography exposure triangle – you know; ISO, shutter speed and aperture), you can find lots of photography inspiration to help you improve but the one thing you can’t control or change is the destination. You can’t magically make a desert appear in Iceland or a tropical beach in the centre of London (trust me, if you could, we would have done so a long time ago).

What you can do however, is set yourself up for success, by visiting some of these amazing locations, which quite frankly, do A LOT of the work for you as it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo in these places. Here are 10 locations across the globe that are amongst the ultimate travel photographer’s dream. Seriously, even if all you did was turn up with your iPhone to take photos, you’d struggle to end up with a bad photo in any one of these places!

11 Of The Best Destinations To Travel To For Amazing Photographs


1.) Iceland

Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls in Iceland plus Icelandic Lamb and rainbows (2)

The Northern Lights in Iceland and Hotel Laki - (4)

Dyrhólaey, Iceland - A Photo Diary... (1)

Gotta start with an easy favourite here. This is probably the first answer anyone would give you as a brilliant destination to photograph. Iceland is dramatic and in parts almost surreal. It’s not called the land of fire and ice for nothing.

See more on Iceland here.


2.) Maldives

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Reef Explorers In The Maldives (12)

Dolphins, Sunsets & Cocktails At The Kurumba Maldives (13)

Seriously, it’s such an explosion of colour here. Even the wildlife in the sea is colourful here.

See more on the Maldives here.


3.) Santorini

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The sunsets here are  famed all over the land, as are the colourfully cascading houses dotted across the island and especially in the beautiful town of Oia.

See more on Santorini here.


4.) Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre To Pisa: Italy Road Trip On A Rickshaw (36)

Cinque Terre is hand-down one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Even Italians are proud of and impressed by the beauty of these 5 little towns by the Ligurian sea. (And this is not just some random claim, we had the opportunity on our road trip to show our Italian friend Cinque Terre for the first time and he was blown away by it).

See more on Cinque Terre here.


5.) Thailand

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand. A Photo Diary... (5)

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island, Thailand on Hand Luggage Only Blog (1)

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand. A Photo Diary... (4)

This one was one of the biggest and best surprises of the lot. Didn’t know what to expect, except that it would probably be busy and bustling (it wasn’t but then again, we visited around monsoon season). Almost as soon as we headed out to explore Thailand, I fell in love with it. The landscape here is so dramatic and absolutely breath-taking!

See more on Thailand here.


6.) Monument Valley

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Seriously, everywhere you turn to here is another reason to pick your jaw up from the floor in utter amazement.

See more on Monument Valley here.


7.) Norwegian Fjords

These Are The 8 Fjords You HAVE To Visit In Norway! (2)

These Are The 8 Fjords You HAVE To Visit In Norway! (16)

Fjord Safari... in Flam, Norway (51)

Pinterest sold me on this one and the Norwegian fjord live up to the hype! They’re such a brilliant natural sight to see and are more than enough reason to keep returning to Norway.

See more on Norway here.


8.) London

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Being A Tourist In My Own City - London! (2)

Bit biased here but London does take a pretty picture, doesn’t it? The fact that it has almost 2,000 years of history just waiting to be explored (and indeed, photographed) doesn’t hurt either.

See more on London here.


9.) Sri Lanka

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Scenes from Sri Lanka (6)

This has been one of the latest finds and a rather pleasant discovery this year. Sri Lanka has a surprising amount of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a beautifully expansive  countryside and rather colourful cultures. It’s a place that might not often pop into people’s minds but truly should! (More to follow on the blog on this one soon!)

See more on Sri Lanka here.


10.) Morocco


Bahia Palace... Marrakesh, Morocco. A Photo Diary. (25)

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Bahia Palace... Marrakesh, Morocco. A Photo Diary. (9)

Morocco is colourful, exciting and frenetic! It’s also very regal in a lot of ways (visit the old palaces for a prime example of this) and the city of Marrakesh is one of the best places to visit to experience this. Of course, outside of Marrakesh, there are other places like the Atlas Mountains and the desserts which show you how truly diverse and absolutely stunning the country is.

See more on Morocco here.

11.) South Africa

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Midnight Lions, Skittish Giraffes And The Deadliest Of The Safari Big 5 In South Africa (41)

Arriving On Safari In South Africa... (Definitely Not Your Average Airport Transfer!) (19)

The scenery here is as diverse as the country is large! Almost every stop in South Africa is a brilliant photo opportunity, whether that’s animal watching on safari, city exploring in Cape Town or road tripping across the Garden Route. South Africa is a photographer and indeed a traveller’s dream!

See more on South Africa here.

Over to you – what travel destinations are your absolutely favourites for photographs?

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  • yes to all of these places! My boyfriend has been hinting about going to iceland so that may be next on our list! =o)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      No way! You’re going to LOVE Iceland! It’s such an amazing country to visit! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Lotte

    This is a terrible post to read while drinking my coffee at the start of a busy workday. 😉 Lovely shots as always!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! 😉

      Thanks so much Lotte – we’re itching to get back to these ASAP! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Such beautiful locations! Definitely makes me want to quit writing on my thesis and go travel instead (:
    Camilla |

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! How about writing your thesis from these destinations? Plus, when your tired of typing you’ll be able to head out and explore some remarkable places! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • You guys are incredible photographers! I wish my photos looked like that.
    Daniela @

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Thank so much Daniela – that makes us feel so happy! So glad you like them as much as we did taking them! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Love these photographs guys – I love all your photos though! Hands down the best places I’ve been to photograph are New Zealand and Japan. Not sure if you both have been, but I know you would love them if you haven’t! New Zealand especially is just so picturesque everywhere you look 🙂 You probably get asked all the time, but what camera do you use?

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Sophie! That’s so, so kind of you to say! 🙂

      New Zealand and Japan>>>>>>> HELLO!!! You’ve no idea how badly we want to explore those two places! We’re going to need some tips from you! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The first two are on my list. I’ll go eventually, oh yes.

    I always say this but you should come over, the landscapes are so diverse in this tiny little country, it’s amazing you get a bit of everything in one place. 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’ve no idea how much we’d love to! Hopefully soon! We’ve booked our first South American adventure later this year! So excited for it!!!

      How is the planning for NZ going? Bet you can’t wait!!!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Oh, that’s so cool!! Where are you going? (if you can say).

        It’s going slow but steady. I AM DYING TO GO RIGHT NOW. Why does the calendar move so slowly, honestly? 😀

        • HandLuggageOnly

          We are heading to Peru. We really can’t wait! There’s so much more we need to experience in South America! 🙂

          Tell me about it! Time will fly when you’re having fun.. but when you’re waiting for a trip, it ends up being an eternity! Haha!


          • Peru!! So close yet so far awaaaaay! (Fun fact, everything looks pretty close in South America but it’s super far away).

            At least it allows me to have time to plan for things slowly and not panic about any of it. Which is good. I’m buying the tickets this week so then I can start planning where to stay and how to move around. I don’t really like planning :p

            • HandLuggageOnly

              We had the same thoughts in Australia… why is everything so close but the plane takes 4 hours to fly across it! haha!!!

              Milford Sound is supposed to be stunning in NZ 🙂

              • Ah, geography!

                yes! My friend lives near there, so I’m def. going 😀

  • Definitely want to see the Northern Lights It’s defo one for my bucket list!



    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is a lovely natural spectacle. It almost leaves you speechless! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • So many of these places are on my bucket list! Iceland and Norway just look incredible for nature sights!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They really are Rachel – you should definitely see about visiting these when you’re planning a longer trip! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Eric Bravo

    This is an awesome list! Definitely have to visit Santorini & Sri Lanka! You guys make it look gorgious

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Thanks so much Eric – both places are so stunning! Real dreamy destinations! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • I can totally see why all of these are on the list, such gorgeous photos!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Vanisha – they really are beautiful places to experience! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Completely agree with Iceland, Morocco, Thailand and London! Laos and Japan photograph beautifully too. And you guys have made me really want to visit Cinque Terre.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’ll love Cinque Terre Emmie – such a picturesque area to visit in Italy! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • pat.

    I agree the arctic aurora is a natural wonder well worth any wait.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Definitely! So glad you like it as much as we do Pat! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Cinque Terre looks like a dream!

    Diana |

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s a stunning area of Italy to explore! You’ll love it Diana 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The photography here is most certainly stunning!
    Jabeen x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Jabeen! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Going to Iceland this month! Cannot wait!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! You really will love it! Like we said, def keep us up to date on how much you enjoyed it – what a wonderful country to visit!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I can’t wait to visit Iceland this September! Photography is a huge motivation for my travel.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh! You’re going to LOVE it! September is the PERFECT time to visit too! 🙂

      Have an amazing time!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Adding these to my bucket list now! Thanks for the suggestions!
    =) Bridget

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! Glad you like them Bridget! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx