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Incredible photographs to capture around the world before you turn 30


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Most of us view taking photographs as a key component to travelling, a way to capture memories as well as to keep friends and family visually up-to-date on social media, and, perhaps also to show off the cool experiences we are having.

There are many incredible destinations around the world that you must capture before the age of 30. You may ask: why before the big three-zero? Of course, there is no rule, but it is likely that teenagers and 20-somethings have fewer commitments than they will do later in life. Many young people are yet to settle down and have children or dependents to consider, and students especially are notoriously open to trying new things. Perhaps we simply have more energy.

Here are 15 incredible photos you must capture before your thirties.

1. Angkor Wat at sunrise, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 Credit: Chloe Connolly

Southeast Asia is perfect for the novice traveller because of its accessibility, cheap prices, and a multitude of things to see and do. For these reasons, the majority of backpackers in this part of the world are in their 20s.

If you happen to visit the largest religious monument in the world (and you most likely will), it is absolutely necessary to be there for sunrise. The colours in the sky behind the silhouette of the temple are outstanding.

2. The limestone mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Another essential destination to visit for the perfect snapshot are the viewpoints in Ti Top Island, Cat Ba Island, and Cua Van Fishing Village.

3. The Bali Swing, Ubud, Bali

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The famous Bali Swing in Ubud is a must-visit if you are craving the perfect Instagram shot.

4. Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan

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Believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism, the monastery can be found 3,120 metres above sea level. Climbing up to this spot requires fearlessness, stamina, and determination.

5. The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Many people say that when it comes to India, you need to start young because you will want to re-visit over and over again, all thanks to the country’s vastness and diversity. A good place to start is the Taj Mahal, an iconic landmark, which is at the top of most tourists' bucket lists.

6. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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The breath-taking beauty that is the Great Barrier Reef is under threat; some scientists predict that the world’s largest coral reef, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world could be extinct by 2050 if we don’t do something drastic to change this.

With corals dying at an alarming rate, the next few years are the time to capture its beauty (without causing more damage to it, of course) before it is too late.

7. Al-Khazneh Temple, Petra, Jordan

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If you plan on visiting the stunning Petra in Jordan at some point in your life, you should really do it soon. The iconic Al Khazneh temple could look very different in just a few years’ time due to weather erosion and tourists touching its surface.

8. The sunset at Café Mambo, Ibiza, Spain

Credit: Chloe Connolly

Watching the sunset from Café Mambo will start your all-night party off the right way. Ibiza is famous as one of the best clubbing locations in the world.

9. The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Photographing the most recognised monument in the city of love is not something that should wait for the post-30s. It is a staple image in Europe and the world.

10. The neon lights of HafenCity Universität metro station, Hamburg, Germany

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The colour-changing LEDs in the relatively new metro station provide an opportunity for vibrant snaps, reflecting the up-and-coming quarter of HafenCity.

11. Haiku Stairs, Oʻahu, Hawaii

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Otherwise known as “the stairway to heaven,” the Haiku Stairs are a steep and adventurous hiking trail in Hawaii with a total of 3,922 steps.

12. The Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA


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Brooklyn Bridge is one of the top locations for a skyline snap in the Big Apple. Visit the city in your 20s to make the most of its liveliness, late-night shopping, and its many sightseeing (and picture) opportunities.

13. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Walking to the ancient Inca city, Machu Picchu, is physically demanding but nevertheless one of the most spiritually magical experiences.

14. The colours and costumes of Rio Carnival, Brazil

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Immerse yourself in the craziness that is the biggest carnival in the world. The parades, full of revellers, floats and extravagant adornments, are just waiting to be photographed.

15. The Lake District National Park, England 

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Last but not least, the most popular national park in the UK offers mountains, sparkling lakes, and endless beauty. On our doorstep, there is no excuse to not explore this stunning area while we are young and capture its beauty. 

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