Top 15 Recommended Travel Photos


As I sit down to prepare for our trip to Panama, I’m checking off item after item on the list of things we need to get done before we go. One of the things I still have to complete is a list of photographs I want to make sure I take to remember our trip. I thought I’d share it with all of you for your next adventure!

1. Your boarding pass and passport. This will be a great way to remember the dates that you traveled and to where. Make sure that any personal information is covered, though. You could even include a photo of them laying on your luggage.

2. Your view from the plane. If you’re lucky, you will have a window seat. At least that’s my seat of choice. Take off, in-flight, and landing photos offer the perfect opportunity to capture the view of mountains, the oceans, farm fields or even city lights if you are flying at night.

3. Welcome or city signs. These could be as you are arriving at the airport, as you de-plane, or when you arrive at the city you’re visiting. When we’re driving, I even photograph mileage signs that show how far it is to our destination.

4. Historical landmarks. In most cities there are some types of historical buildings or statues. Take time to read about the history of the places you are visiting. You might learn a thing or two 😉 You could even make it a game to try to find the oldest building in the city! One thing I would advise is that you may want to make sure it’s OK to photograph any government buildings.

5. Outdoor Markets. This could be fresh seafood markets, fresh air markets or even roadside stands. I’m most excited about seeing the seafood market and photographing all the boats and fisherman!

6. The style of buildings around you. In most cities, there are newer parts and older parts that will have different styles of buildings. If you are lucky, you may be able to photograph old and new in the same shot! You can see how the different eras impacted the way things were built. Always be looking up as rooftops and peaks sometimes have amazing details. Even door knobs, doors, and windows can lend themselves to an interesting photograph.

7. The locals. In some countries you may need to ask for permission or tip any locals that you photograph. Some may not mind, but others may take offense or be put off by you photographing them. You are better off asking and giving them a dollar or two. Try learning how to say “May I take your photo?” in the local language. Compliment them on the items they are selling, too. Candid shots are one of my favorite types of photography.

8. City skylines. Long distance shots or up high, city skylines can offer a unique perspective of your surroundings. Find the highest point to get the best view of the city below you 🙂

9. Activities. Things on my list to do while we’re in Panama are to visit the botanical gardens, zoo, Casco Viejo, Bridge of the Americas and the Panama Canal, and to take tours and a ferry ride. Make sure to include any signs calling out where you are.

10. Traditional festivals. Make sure to check with the visitor’s center to see if there are any local festivals happening during the time you will be visiting.

11. Local foods. In every culture, city, or country you are going to find very different types of food. Find out what the specialty is for the area you are visiting. Street vendors offer a completely different take on food that you may find in a restaurant. Don’t be afraid to try new things! Easy for me to say now lol since I’m a chicken when it comes to trying exotic foods.

12. Animals. Who can resist photos of animals? Especially when it’s animals you don’t get to see every day.

13. “From Where I Stand” photos. This is something new I just learned about. A popular thing to do on Instagram is take a photo of the ground, getting your feet in it to show that you were really there. Use #FromWhereIStand

14. Details. Interesting street signs, modes of transportation, where you stayed, local newspaper. This is where you can let your creativity shine. Details are things I get most excited about because they tell even more of a story then just a photo of building. Since Spanish is spoken in Panama, I’m excited to capture the language in many different ways.

15. Sunsets. Do I even need to tell you why this should be on your list?! I’m hoping we get to experience a beautiful sunset every night so I can try to capture it in many different parts of the city. Sunsets are sooooo moody. LOVE THEM!

In addition to all these photos, I also tend to keep any receipts, brochures, postcards, or anything that I could possibly scrapbook or scan into a book. A map of the city or a menu makes for a great background. I actually have a fun craft project that I’m going to be putting together once we get back from our trip 🙂

If you’re on Instagram, make sure you are hashtagging your photos with key words about where you are and what you are doing. This is a great way to get people excited to hear about your trip once you blog about it!

Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anything! I hope you enjoyed this list and if there is anything you think I forgot PLEASE share with me down in the comments so I can add it to my list before our plane takes off on Wednesday!!!


Until next time.

Much love,


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  1. Perfect advice for creating awesome memories! Great post love! Enjoy your trip!


  2. Great tips! Sometimes you forget the obvious stuff. Now to plan my next trip 😉


  3. Wow, what an amazing list. Everyone get out your cameras!


  4. tanyap2014

     /  February 3, 2015

    Ok so foods I never think of capturing for some reason but i do love the architecture of the buildings and it’s always fascinating to me even abandoned ones ha


    • Thanks for commenting Tanya! Lol I’m always taking pictures of food! Wait til you see the abandoned buildings I photograph in panama!!!


  5. randomlittlefaves

     /  February 3, 2015

    Awesome list, Liz!! I love how you suggested things that will really help you remember what you saw, tasted, and felt. Most people just take pictures of the touristy things and call it a day, but there’s so much more to a trip that can be captured on film (well…memory card, lol). Hope you have an awesome trip & I can’t wait to see your photos!!


    • Thanks Vicky!! I just hope I remember to capture all the ideas that are running through my head right now! Should be sleeping but my brain won’t turn off😕 can’t wait to share my trip with all of you!!!


  6. I really love this list! I seem to always forget to take time to take the important pictures while I’m on vacation. But maybe if I had a list with me I’d work a little harder to get them 🙂


  7. AWESOME! What a great list! I forget about a lot of these ideas, but I’m so happy you pointed them out! Needing to mix it up more with my photos!!



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