There’s nothing like looking at photographs of exotic locale to have you pining for a trip abroad. If you’re currently wondering where to go on holiday we have seven fantastic travel photos to inspire you. The hardest part? Narrowing it down to just one destination.
There’s a reason sunsets are popular when it comes to travel photography; they deserve to be celebrated and not just glimpsed from a tower block as you pack up after a long day at the office. Santorini offers some of the most spectacular in the world and the village of Oia is the best place to catch them. Don’t miss the beautiful blue-domed churches; the Church of the Holy Cross in Perissa is perhaps the most famous.
Sun, sea, sand and seclusion: these are the ingredients for a perfect getaway, and something Railay Beach on the Thai island of Krabi has in spades. The gorgeous, golden sands can only be accessed by boat and we recommend making like the locals and travelling in a long-tail for the full experience. Should you tire from sunbathing there’s a surprising amount to keep you entertained, from sea-kayaking around the limestone caves to snorkelling in the shallows.
Buckets of spices piled high, the scents of cardamom, saffron and tuberose lining the air, and the excited chatter of stallholders and locals haggling for a bargain. You can just feel the excitement of the market in this photograph! Souvenir shopping could be exciting anywhere, but in Arabia’s souks it’s something else entirely. Be prepared to haggle, drink copious amounts of mint tea and rummage for that perfect bargain. Luxor offers the perfect mix of sightseeing and shopping with its enthralling souks, located close to Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings, where Tutankhamun’s tomb can be found.
Can graffiti ever be classed as art? Photos can make us look at somewhere we thought we knew in an entirely new way, and show that sometimes you don’t need to travel far to find a new perspective. So, if you thought you knew London with its historic buildings, high teas and pretty palaces, think again. Head to Shoreditch for a new take on the capital; you could take a graffiti tour, drink cocktails from gramophones and even enjoy breakfast in a café that just sells cereal.
This is a shopping centre ceiling. We feel the need to mention it because if a shopping centre is this grand, can you imagine what the rest of the city is like? This is Milan where the police wear Armani, Dolce and Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli own restaurants, and the apertivo hour is a way of life. Don’t visit the city without taking in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper at Santa Maria della Grazie, but also be prepared to look for detail in the most unusual places – hey, if a shopping centre has it!
You don’t need to take a long flight to Africa to see monkeys in the wild. Gibraltar has an exotic troop of Barbary apes and is less than a three hour flight away. These cheeky chappies love clambering all over holidaymakers and are often obliging when it comes to posing for pictures. Visit them on a daytrip from Spain’s Costa del Sol or the adjacent Costa de la Luz.
Meeting new people is one of the highlights of travelling abroad and often it’s their hospitality that can really make your trip special. On a countryside school tour in Jamaica you’re bound to be met with beaming smiles and dozens of questions from inquisitive children. However, pull up a seat and order a rum punch from a beachside bar and you’ll find the locals are just as happy to talk and share stories of their lives – the perfect way to while away an afternoon.