Solotravel tips

Use an incognito window to book anything

I’ve personally experienced this! If you’re booking flights or accommodation, open an incognito browser window when it’s time to make your booking. I’ve seen prices gradually increase for flights as I kept checking them, only to watch them drop when I used an incognito window.

Merino is king for cold climates

It’s tough to pack for a trip that’ll take you through warm and cold climates. If you’ll be doing just that, pick up some clothing made of Merino wool. It’ll be lightweight, keep you warm in cold temperatures, cold in hot temperatures, and won’t smell if you wear it for several days in a row.

Ask permission when taking photos

How would you feel if some random tourist turned up at your house or work and started taking photos of you? Ask for someone’s permission before you start taking photos of them — it’s the polite and respectful thing to do.

Add Authenticity

Regardless of where you are in the world, always add touches of authenticity – whether it is by featuring local people or local attractions that make the place unique and interesting. If you decide to take pictures of the locals, make sure to ask for permission first! It’s rude to take photos of people without their approval. Or at the very least, tell them after taking the picture and ask if you can keep it.

Add a Story

If you've had enough of the candid style, well, adding a bit of storytelling can also work wonders. Going to the beach? Then bring your tripod and take a picture of you from the back, as if you’re watching the sunset. You can also for instance attend a cooking class and take a picture of you and the teacher while cooking. When you get home from your trip, you can gather the shots that you think highlight and tell the story of your entire trip and upload them all at once.

Shoot at the Right Time of the Day

If you’re in a foreign place, two of the best times of the day are during dusk and dawn. This is when the light is warmer and softer. At those times, the sky is usually bluer and moderately darker. This will definitely add high definition tone to the scenery: the lights will pop up more vividly and the colors will come out brighter. If you’re planning to take a picture of an open green space, this will add great contrast to the overall look of the photography.

Look for Inspiration

If you have no idea what to expect at your destination and you’re wondering where in the area to take pictures, then search online for the places most commonly visited by tourists. Instagram is one of the best places to do this. Simply type the name of the location in the search bar, and a series of photos taken there will appear. After Instagram, Pinterest can also the best place to find inspiration from.

Shoot in the Right Mode

This is one of my favorite travel photography tips and tricks. Shooting in JPEG and RAW modes will give you better flexibility when it comes to editing your travel photos. However, this also means that you have to make sure you have enough memory for all the photos you’re taking. If you’re planning to take a lot of pictures, it’s a good idea to always bring your laptop, and if possible, your hard drive for extra storage. It will also make organizing your photos a lot easier.

Protect your technology

I used to be disastrous with my tech, but now that I have cases for everything, I’m doing much better. It’s worth getting a shell for your laptop, a keyboard cover for accidental spills, a sturdy case for your Kindle, and a waterproof case for your phone. Replacing tech is expensive and spending a day trying to figure out which island you need to fly to in the Philippines in order to get your laptop repaired is frustrating.