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  1. Really helpful tips! I’m currently on a year long, round-the-world trip and started off SO excited for travel photography. I still am, but have discovered I just don’t have the time and energy for it like I originally planned. It’s so difficult to juggle blogging, photography, and still actually go out and see sights (in the midst of researching destinations as I go). I’d love to be able to research shots and use a shot list… but now I’m too tired in the mornings to get up for golden hour anymore. I admire anyone who’s able to put these travel photography tips to use while on extended long-term travel. Maybe I’ll find that balance one day 🙂

  2. Hi Adrienne, we know that feeling! It can be hard to balance your travels when you’re also wanting to blog or run a business! When you slow down and recharge, maybe you’ll find that energy again?

    We often find we get tired when moving quickly around the place, so try and work in stops in places for a fortnight or longer. Next jaunt, we’re planning some one month or longer stops already … No idea what we’re doing in the meantime, but we have the stops in place!

    1. That’s very true. The pace we’re going at isn’t TOO fast…but we could definitely go slower. We’re trying to see as much as we can in one year while keeping up with the blog and business. Gotta remember though that those cities we want to visit will still be around during our lifetime. Although choosing what to cut out is so difficult =/. One month or longer stops do sound like a tempting workable pace. Happy travels on your next jaunt! 🙂

  3. Indeed! Since you’re working as you travel, is there any reason you don’t just add another year onto your trip and slow down?

    It’s definitely too hard to cut things out 🙂

    1. Because we left a dog behind (got him before we decided to start traveling) and miss him terribly. Family is currently taking care of him, but we’re thinking of moving to Taiwan after our RTW trip to learn/improve our Chinese and bring our dog with us. Also, parents and grandparents keep bugging us to have a baby haha.

      1. That’s dangerous talk, that family+baby talk! We get it every time we’re back in New Zealand 🙂 Good luck with finding that balance for the rest of your trip!

  4. Hi Adrienne,

    Thanks for your comments on the podcast. I know it can be difficult to get up during the golden hour each day, but there’s nothing that says you can’t get up early and then take a nap in the middle of the day – when the light is typically at its worst – to make up for the lost sleep. I’ll often do this and not feel a bit guilty.

    There are so many advantages to getting out early, just some of which are: better light, less tourists, cooler weather, greater opportunity for chance encounters with the locals, and although I’ve never seen any statistics, I would imagine that the crime rate in most cities is very low early in the morning!

    Safe travels, Ralph

    1. Ralph, you make excellent, convincing points. I’m in Hong Kong right now fighting heat, humidity, and rain…but will be in Europe soon. Come Barcelona, I will get up at those loathsome hours to avoid the crowds, harsh sun, and greet that golden light. Good point about less crime at that hour too. I’d believe it. This should improve our travels in Europe during peak season too. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  5. I got some of my best pictures at 5-6am from 3rd floor of hotel in HCMC (Saigon). Camera on tripod, the early morning activities of the Vietnamese riding motor bikes, bicycles to their place of business. The variety and excitement of these amazing people going to work with their merchandise. If you’ve been their, then you know what they are able to carry on a motor bike or bicycle. I’m planning a 6 month journey/video/photograpy trip this fall. India, Egypt & Asia are on the map.

  6. Congrats!… on your 200th podcast, Happy Birthday and thank you for the tips about taking photos…
    it’s so frustrating to see something so beautiful to then take a shot of it and for the picture to turn out mediocre, these tips will help that problem we have, not to mention it will get us up early for one of our favourite things while sipping on our morning coffee- watching the sun rise! 🙂

    Nancy and Shawn

    1. Thanks Nancy and Shawn! We can’t believe we’ve made it so far … enjoy those morning coffees, and make sure you share some of the shots with us 🙂

    2. Nancy and Shawn, glad you enjoyed the tips. If you’ll put them into practice I can almost guarantee you’ll see your photography go to another level, even if just incrementally. I need to come up with an invention that allows you to shoot AND have your coffee with you! All the best, Ralph

  7. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for travel photography

    1. Hi, glad to hear that! We’re happy to help you out… Looking forward to seeing some of your own travel photos one day.

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