Last year I travelled to 11 countries in 5 weeks (crazy, I know!), visiting Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Malta, Belgium, Germany, and Czech Republic. The trip was planned for 4 weeks, but we missed our flight home and it turned into almost 5! We flew between every country, since flights are so cheap in Europe. 17 plane rides!
We mostly stayed in hostels and it's my absolute favorite. It's cheap, usually right in the center of town, and the perfect way to meet people and find activities! We also used AirBnb and Couchsurfing a few times. My favorite restaurants on the trip were Glo in Reykjavik, Flax & Kale in Barcelona, and Avocado in Athens, Greece.
In some countries we enjoyed more outdoor activities like hiking and chasing waterfalls in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In Greece, Italy, and Malta we spent much of our time just relaxing, wandering the streets, and swimming in the crystal-clear ocean! And other times we were tourists in big cities and did things like see the Acropolis of Athens and the famous Gaudi houses of Barcelona.
We spent three days in Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, which is a picturesque beach town perched on a cliff. Our first day we befriended a group traveling from Australia and New Zealand, and the next day we got 10 of us together to rent a boat for two hours and cruise along the Amalfi Coast. We went cliff jumping, swimming in blue grottos, and exploring sea caves - it was amazing!
Be wise about how you spend money at home and learn to live minimally. I personally don't shop very often and keep my wardrobe simple, and I try to cook my own meals at home as much as possible. I also don't spend money on luxury things like getting my nails or hair done. And don't waste your money on drinks every weekend!
Secondly, I have taken a risk by choosing to work for myself. I do freelance photography full-time at home, which allows me the freedom and flexibility to travel a few times a year. I'm a big believer in the saying, "If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs." By putting in the hard work to create your own wealth and be your own boss, you will make more in the end and be able to incorporate travel into your lifestyle!
Lastly - I never stay at hotels! When I travel I either stay with friends or reach out to fellow photographers from social media for a place to stay or I stay at hostels which are never more than $40 a night. Skip the hotel and use that money to buy yourself a plane ticket for your next trip!
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The turquoise waters of the Bahamas, the dramatic Rocky Mountains, the vistas of Iceland- endless romantic images pop into our minds when we think of destination weddings. And that is why, almost every wedding photographer at some point wants to give them a go.
So we’re going to tell you how to find them, book them, and prep for them.
The formula is simple.
clients you love + photography you are excited about + doing it your way = happy photographer
We think a shift should be made in photography. A happiness shift. You likely got into photography because you love taking photographs. And then the reality of making a living at it started to creep in, and you became bound to jobs you didn’t really want to do, because you needed the money. We’ve been there, and yep, it stinks.