FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Photo taken by Claudia at  Flytographer  in Lisbon.

Photo taken by Claudia at Flytographer in Lisbon.


ARE YOU REALLY TRAVELING ALONE on your solo trips? WHO IS TAKING PHOTOS OF YOU?

On my solo adventures, I am traveling entirely by myself - although how AMAZING would it be to have the money to hire a full time photographer to travel with me? #goals

Here are some of the ways I capture self-portraits while traveling:

  • Tripod and remote/interval timer. This is great when I’m in an open area (ie: beach, field) and have time to set everything up. For details on the equipment I use, check out my Shop page.

  • Hiring local photographers. This is one of my favorite things to do, because not only do I get amazing photos, but I also get the chance to connect with a local. If there is a location I know I want great photos at but is too crowded to rely on my tripod, I’ll book a 30-minute session with a local photographer to snap some shots. My favorite sites to book through are Flytographer and Localgrapher.

  • Ask a stranger. This can take a little patience, but in a pinch it works. I look for somebody taking photos with a device similar to the one I want to use. If I want an iPhone picture, I look for someone taking Instagram photos on a phone. If I want a photo with my “real” camera, I look for someone else shooting with a “real” camera. If the first stranger doesn’t get it right, I wait around 5-10 minutes and ask someone else!

whAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?

All of my camera essentials are listed on the Shop page!


why solo travel? wouldn’t you rather go with somebody?

I think there are pros and cons to traveling solo and traveling with a buddy. Solo travel makes me feel empowered, and I love having the freedom to create an itinerary with only myself in mind, from travel dates to sightseeing. I do miss having someone to eat with though!

Most importantly, I’ve started solo traveling because it’s easier to plan a trip when I’m not coordinating with other people. When you reach your late 20s/early 30s, everyone has different schedules, budgets, work commitments, family commitments, etc. If I wait around for someone’s schedule to align perfectly with mine, I won’t see all of the places I want to see in this lifetime.


I’M NERVOUS ABOUT SOLO TRAVELING - ANY ADVICE?

Just do it! Pick a place that seems interesting and safe, and I promise you’ll feel like a total badass for making the journey yourself. You won’t regret it!