How to Find the Best Photo Spots and Inspiration When You Travel

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Many people like to come back from a trip with great pictures. These might be of you in the photo, such as selfies, or more destination pictures that you could print to display at home, or share with your friends and followers on social media. Some destinations are incredibly easy to photography, and it’s unlikely you’ll miss any of the best spots, whilst others need a bit more research. Here are all the ways to find the best photo spots and inspiration when you travel.

1. Search for photo articles on Google

To start with look on Google and you’ll often find heaps of awesome posts telling you the best spots for photography for your destination. Simply search “Best photography spots in [destination]” and you should get lots of good results. However, if you’re visiting a more obscure and lesser-visited destination then you may find fewer articles.

2. Look at postcards

Another great way to find photo spots when you travel is by looking at postcards in shops. These will often be outside local gift shops which will be littered around major tourist attractions and in the centre of cities.

Postcards and gift shops - CC0 Pixabay
Postcards and gift shops

3. Look at photo calendars

Head into shops and look at calendars. These will have many of the classic shots of your destination and are high quality, meaning they are great for inspiration and to give you ideas.

4. Get ideas from Instagram

Instagram is a fantastic way to get ideas for where to take photographs when you travel. Check out local photographers, hashtags, or filter by the location and you should see some amazing photographs. Of course the intention of getting inspiration and ideas on photo spots isn’t about copying other photographers, rather to get ideas and then create your own unique version.

5. Use a Photo App

Apps can also be a great way to find the best photography and Instagram spots when you travel. One particular app you could consider is the NoFilter app which provides an interactive map along with markers indicated where to take photographs. In the app there are currently over 5,000 photo spots in destinations all around the world, and these are growing every week.

The app allows you to sign up if you wish and in doing so you could also contribute and help other photographers and travellers too, as well as showing off some of your fantastic pictures.

Note: This is a sponsored suggestion, but one that we have tried and would recommend.

NoFilter Screenshot

6. Look in travel books

Travel books, in particular of the destination, are great for getting ideas on where to take photos. So before you travel pop into a bookstore, or visit your local library and spend some time looking and doing your research. Another option is to buy a book which you could then take with you.

Stack of Travel and photography books
Travel and photography books

7. Ask locals

Locals can sometimes know incredible photo spots, and these might be of lesser-known locations. You could ask in your hotel, in restaurants, shops, or just any other local that you spark up a conversation with. Sometimes if you do a city tour the guide might be able to also give you some great ideas.

8. Look on Google Earth/Google maps

Google Maps and Google Earth can be great tools to find places to capture your shots. Do some research before arrive and look out for parks, hills and other vantage points. It’s also worth saving spots on your map so that you can refer to them once you’re at your destination.

9. Look on Stock sites

Finally, consider looking on stock photo websites. These will often be some of the highest quality photographs of that destination and should give you plenty of inspiration for your upcoming trip.


Written by

Mike Clegg

Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website.

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