People often ask us how we are able to photograph popular sites that do not include tons of other tourists.
The answer is simple – know when to go.
A good travel consultant will be able to advise you on when to vacation where to avoid the masses.
I have seen tons of pictures taken by tourists of beautiful beaches, cities and monuments but the problem is, the beauty is hidden by people or boats or kiosks. And when I read bad reviews of destinations that I have visited and absolutely adored, it is always the same complaint – too crowded.
People flock to places that are filled with tourists. It makes sense. Everyone wants to see the coolest, most talked about places in the world.
Timing is everything. Sure…most people know that if you go somewhere during off season, there will not be as many visitors as opposed to traveling during peak season. I myself am a big fan of off season traveling. However, you don’t always have to miss out on the best time of year to visit just because everyone else will be visiting at the same time.
Here are some of the places (usually taken over by other tourists) that I have visited at the perfect time for capturing the moment…no strangers included 🙂
First up, the infamous Maya Bay, Thailand. The trick for this hot spot is not the time of year – this place is crowded no matter the season. It is the time of day that is important. If you want to see this beautiful beach without the clutter, you have to get there no later than 7am. I arrived at that time and there were no other visitors and as you can see from my pictures, it was worth every minute of lost shut eye!!
Next I take you to The Great Wall of China. Season does matter here. November is a great time to visit China. It’s chilly, but you will be doing lots of walking so November keeps you cool. The wall is HUGE. We’re talking over 13,000 miles. With that said, there are lots of entrances. The most popular (most crowded) entrances to the wall are those closest to the city of Beijing. Some visitors do not have the time to travel too far outside the city due a short visit. However, if you can handle the the ride, you will be able to visit this spectacular site with minimal tourists. Enter the wall at Mutianyu for your best chance of seclusion.
Let’s stay in China for a bit. The ever so popular Forbidden City has over 14 million visitors a year! Here are my pictures taken in November…only a few tourists seen in them. And folks….if you have not been to China, you MUST add this remarkable destination to your bucket list.
Europe in the summer is crowded. Very crowded. But everyone loves the weather in the summer. I visited Hungary in May and it was perfection all around….the weather, the prices and the lack of mob scenes. From Budapest to Lake Balaton, your camera will LOVE Hungary in May.
We head to the land of trolls and vikings. Iceland of course! This destination is one that is best to visit during low season if you want to ensure your photos will not be filled with strangers. Iceland’s peak season is in the summer for long days & northern lights. But if you can stand the cold, you will get the most bang for your buck by heading there in winter or very early spring. I visited in March and absolutely loved it! The Blue Lagoon was pretty much empty, I was the only soul on Landeyjahofn Black Sand Beach, Porsmork was empty, I crossed paths with only a few people at Thingvellir National Park as well as all the famous waterfalls & there were plenty of open chairs at the bars in Reykjavik.
Thanks for reading all!