When my family travels, it’s all about food and photos. What spicy meatball dish can we share at an authentic restaurant that makes us feel like we’ve stepped back to 1950s Italy? What crazy statue can we find and pose in front of? What quaint ice cream shop can we visit before taking a leisurely stroll through stone streets? How many different photographs can we take and how many meals can we squeeze into a single day?
I love traveling to new places with my family during the summer – even if it just means a quick day trip in state. There are so many exciting and vastly different places to see around this country and the world at large. Traveling, more than anything, is just good for the soul.
We try to take trips at least twice a year. Although our excursions are definitely on a smaller scale now, I plan on venturing out farther once the kids are older. Here’s my list of the “top six” places I’d like to visit and photograph with my family – or maybe a few of my friends if I can tear them all away from their obligations at the same time.
1. The Grand Canyon: 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon is a landmark everyone should see at least once in their life. I took a trip there when I was a little kid, but I haven’t been back in decades. This is definitely a place I’ll want to take the kids when they get older and can truly appreciate it (and keep up while we hike!). Fun fact: the rock at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is said to be approx. 2 billion years old.
1. Paris: J’aime Paris! (That’s I love Paris, for non-Francophones.) While exploring Paris, you can feel the magic and history in the air, plus the city lights and chic clothing make for lovely photographs. Paris truly is the city of love (or l’amour!) And the “Eiffel Tower photograph,” although cliché, is a classic for a reason amongst family photo albums – it’s one of the most beautiful sites in the world!
3. Antartica: There’s nothing more epic to photograph than massive pure white landscapes that appear untouched by mankind. Antarctica truly feels otherworldly. Far from your run of the mill vacation, a trip to Antarctica will have all of your friends dying to see your photographs upon your return.
4. India: From the beautiful bay of Palolem to the Kanha National Park, India boasts unparalleled tourist attractions. Plus, India is home to the Taj Mahal, one of the most breathtaking sights that exists. It took more than 20 years to build this magnificent structure, so it’s definitely worth photographing!
5. Hawaii: I doubt there’s anywhere closer to paradise than the islands of Hawaii. Though I’ve never been, a few of my closest friends have taken long vacations there. With wondrous hikes to explore, and majestic and startling volcanoes to see in person, Hawaii has loads of photos ops and potential adventures.
6. Venice: Visiting Venice is like stepping back into an old world. Wander in and out of charming bookstores and cafes, and enjoy some of the best food. The best Venice photo op: viewing the city from a new perspective on a classic Venice boat tour.
Summer is the perfect time to explore these grand cities full of new adventures and photo ops, but you can enjoy experiencing different cultures and atmospheres all year long.
What picturesque spots am I missing? Let me know in the comments below!