After going on a few trips on my own, I’ve learned to become resilient when it comes to doing things without anyone’s help. It was honestly very hard the first time I did and I ended up lost, hungry and no photos with me on it except for selfies! haha :) However, even with everything I went through the first time, I got the hang of it and started to enjoy the experience! Solo traveling is the time to learn more about yourself and how to survive alone. As a blogger who takes pictures and writes for a living, one of the things I forced myself to master is the art of still having instagram worthy travel photos even when exploring a new city :) A lot of you have been asking how in the world I’ve been taking photos when I solo travel and here are my answers! I took note of 5 tips that I wanted to share with you! Here they are:
1. Already scout the place for a good photo angle and take a photo of it without you just for trial. Once you got it, wait for someone to pass and don’t be afraid to ask strangers to take your photo. Angle the photo as how you want it to look like :)
2. BUT choose a stranger who you could trust with your camera. Here’s howI spot trustworthy ones: (I hope snatchers and scammers won’t use this to their advantage though!)
– Pick a TOURIST who’s with their family and possibly someone carrying a baby or stroller. It’s almost impossible for them to run away with your camera with a baby or their children in hand. Unless of course, they do this for a living and hang around tourist spots to steal! lol You can spot a tourist from afar anyway.
– Pick a student who’s on a school group or a group of friends who are taking their OOTDs or Instagram photos as well.
– When abroad and come across a tourist with the same nationality as you, just ask them in your dialect back home, they’ll happy to see someone from their home country and gladly do it! :)
– A tour guide or tourist information officer with an ID. Make sure they have it!
2.5 Don’t forgot to return the favour and tell them you could take their photos too! Especially when they’re a group since one of them is always missing in the group photos :)
3. Bring a tripod. This is how Verniece and I survive when we’re traveling together and while I haven’t tried this myself because I hate bringing it around, I’ve seen a lot of solo travellers abroad doing this! Atleast you can angle the camera however you want it and it’s sure that it’s not blurry. Just make your life easier (don’t copy Verniece and I) and buy a remote that you can just click behind you so you won’t have to go back and forth! :P
4. This is how I’ve been surviving in Korea: Timer shots. I just make sure to bring with me a small plastic or just even the map they give out for free for me to place my camera on when it’s on the ground. You can always tilt your camera upward or downwards and adjust it how you please! :) If it’s impossible to take it from the floor, just look for a place you can place your camera on! Just make sure to keep an eye on it! :)
5. If you have the extra moolah, book a photographer based in the country you’re in! :) I’ve suggested Sweet Escape before but you can always do little bit more research especially when you want a certain look in your photos. Again, just make sure he’s legit especially if you’re a girl because you’ll be giving out information to him/her that you’re solo traveling. You never know, you might even gain a new friend and he/she can teach you a thing or two!
And there are my secrets! Now, you don’t have to wonder how in the world i still get to post photos even when I’m traveling alone! :)