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So… let me just be honest, I could write the best article in the world explaining to you why you should travel, but realistically, you’re still not going to. Since I am a photographer and a visual learner, I thought it would be best to show you why you should travel. In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter where you go, it’s the fact that you’re getting out in the world. There are millions of places that you can visit and it doesn’t even have to be far from home.

 

Here are 20 images that I hope will inspire you to get out and see some of the beautiful world we live in!

 

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Batu Caves, Malaysia

 

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Paris, France

 

Long An, Vietnam

 

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Cairo, Egypt

 

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Jerusalem, Israel

 

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

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Maafushi, Maldives

 

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Cairo, Egypt

 

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

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Berlin, Germany

 

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Salla, Finland

 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

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Budapest, Hungary

 

Ben San, Vietnam

 

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Istanbul, Turkey

 

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Jerusalem, Israel

 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

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Prague, Czech Republic

 

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Malé, Maldives

 

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Phuket, Thailand

 

ALL IMAGES © MARINA DOMINGUEZ

IMAGES CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT FROM PHOTOGRAPHER.

 


 

Bio Photo Marina 150x150 UPDATED: Taking A Chalkboard Around The World (PHOTOS)Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her best friend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world.

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more.

Suomenlinna, Finland

Visit Finland, But Don’t Miss Suomenlinna (PHOTOS)

 

If you are lucky enough to visit Finland, you will undoubtedly leave a few days to explore Helsinki, which has endless museums, restaurants, beautiful neighborhoods, amazing design districts and the like, but just off the coast of Helsinki lays the cities most visited attraction, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna.

Suomenlinna, Finland

Constructed in 1748 while under Swedish rule, the fortress was meant to stop the Russian expansion into Finland. Unfortunately, Finland would fall to Russia in 1808, however the island became part of the new Finland in 1917 following the Russian Revolution. The island itself still plays home to 900 local residents and many active Navy members as well as a few restaurants, a visitors center, hostel, art gallery and brewery.

Known for being a beautiful picnic spot during the summer, Suomenlinna offers a year round escape from Helsinki which seems worlds away while strolling through the quiet and picturesque historic walkways around the main island. Since the 1980’s Suomenlinna has been known as an upscale avant-garde community with many artists in residence, summer art camps for children and a popular summer theater, regularly sold out.

Interestingly enough, there is also a penile rehabilitation program on the island where prisoners who have pledged non violence are allowed to work in a volunteer program to get them back on their feet – who would have thought? I prison system built to help people?

The ferry leaves from Market Square in the middle of Helsinki for Suomenlinna regularly, up to four times and hour during the summer season and takes 15-20 minutes, a gorgeous ride we actually wished was a bit longer!

One of the most picturesque areas of Helsinki to be sure, a trip to the old sea fortress of Suomenlinna is a must whether you visit in the winter or summer months, and while we loved out winter stroll around the island, we cannot wait to get back to Finland and explore the island again during the summer.

Remember, this article is part of our “Finland Fridays” series to make sure to hashtag any questions or comments with #FinlandFridays34

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

Suomenlinna, Finland

 

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Suomenlinna, Finland

 

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Suomenlinna, Finland

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Suomenlinna, Finland

 

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Innsbruck, Austria

Why You Can’t Miss Innsbruck, Austria (PHOTOS)

 

Every young traveler dreams of not only visiting Europe at some point but also of finding the quintessential European city full of charm, history, character and heart. While most traveling chose to visit Paris, London or Rome if they get the chance to hop across the pond, there are many smaller cities worth a visit, which is why you can’t miss Innsbruck, Austria if you have the chance to visit.
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Innsbruck isn’t Austria’s largest or most commonly visited city yet offers those who visit some of the most authentic European experiences that can be found anywhere. Innsbruck offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, as well as sledding, which is ridiculously fun. Ever been to an igloo party on top of a mountain? Innsbruck offers a slick mountain top restaurant right above the city which hosts weekly DJ hosted parties in a gigantic igloo. There is nothing like standing by a fire with a glass of hot wine looking over the majestic city lights below.
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Europe is known for its cuisine and Innsbruck doesn’t disappoint with amazing authentic restaurants as well as many Asian, Mexican and delicious burger places. Walking around the amazingly picturesque downtown area will give you a great sense of history and the many bakeries, cheese and meat stores that line the alleys offer some of the best bites to eat during your day.

 

Innsbruck, Austria

 

Innsbruck, Austria

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While still a small city, Innsbruck played host to be the 1964 and 1976 winter Olympics and many of the sky slopes built are still in use today. If you visit Innsbruck during the winter months, you will be hard pressed to walk through town on a weekend morning and not see many of the locals loading up their cars and heading for the hills. Located in the Inn Valley, Innsbruck is literally surrounded by some of the most impressive mountains we have seen, and when covered in snow they provide one of the most breathtaking surroundings you could imagine, you will feel as though you are in a postcard.

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Innsbruck, Austria

 

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While Innsbruck might not be on your list of must see cities in Europe, it is located only an hour and a half train ride from Munich, Germany and can even be explored in a day trip. While we would spend at least 2-3 days in the city, much can be done in a day, such as visiting one of the many castles outside of the city, enjoying an amazing schnitzel lunch and walking the beautiful banks of the river that flows through the middle of town.

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Innsbruck, Austria

 

Innsbruck, Austria

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Ask the locals for their recommendations, as there are endless hidden nooks and crannies around the city filled with uber authentic dining options. Innsbruck also offers some great nightlife options including dance clubs for the younger generation (or old people looking to be awesome) as well as an opera house for the older generation (or youngsters looking to be pretentious haha).
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Innsbruck offers plenty of hotel options, from high end to budget and the train system all throughout Europe is impeccably clean, efficient and easy to use. We took the train in from Rome and left via train to Venice for Carnivale.
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One of our favorite European cities by far, the air is clean, scenery drop dead gorgeous, people warm and options endless for an authentic and memorable European holiday.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Off The Path Adventure in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Off The Path Adventure in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Like many people, I dreamt of visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the Khmer temples of Angkor Wat. Ever since I saw the movie Tomb Raider, the temples of Angkor quickly became my romanticized destination and I vowed to visit it. In October of 2013, after traveling through Taiwan and Thailand with my friends, I decided to make a quick side trip out to Siem Reap by myself. There is no place like Angkor Wat, to have the greatest off the path adventure, so I jumped right in.

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“Without the need to follow a set schedule or to accommodate the needs of a larger group, this was my nirvana…”

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On many of my prior trips, I preferred the freedom that comes with solo travel and the excitement of getting lost in an unknown land. Rarely do I hire tour guides. Instead, I prefer to wander around on my own pace, take in the local sights and let my eyes do the exploring around me. Without the need to follow a set schedule or to accommodate the needs of a larger group, this was my nirvana. For me, solo travel was the only way I wanted to experience Ta Prohm, a temple within Angkor Wat. That was my intention until I arrived.

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Off The Path Adventure in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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With my trusty Nikon camera in tow, I arrived at the ancient ruins in Angkor. Instantaneously, a local approached me and beckoned me to follow him. Traveling in Southeast Asia for the last two weeks, I had become numb to hawkers and touts, learning to completely zone them out. But for some reason, I decided to accept his offer. It was easily the best decision I could have made on the entire trip.

He led me through me through mazes of tiny corridors and rubble, stopping me at every photo opportunity and pointing out the best angles for amazing shots. He led me through small crevices and into places that regular tour groups don’t go through. With my heart pounding, I felt like an explorer, experiencing things for the very first time and eagerly taking it all in. As we climbed out of the backside of the temple, the guide told me to climb onto the top of the crumbled ruins to get a magnificent view of Ta Proh. I felt like Angelina Jolie from Tomb Raider; minus the nice body, hot shorts and blazing guns. But otherwise, I can now call myself a Tomb Raider!

Off The Path Adventure in Angkor Wat, CambodiaThe vantage point from the top was absolutely stunning. Getting to see the entirety of the famous Ta Prohm from a view where only a handful can say they have experienced is a once in a lifetime opportunity. After snapping a few photos, I climbed back down and the guide led me back to the center of the temple where the majority of tourists were.

Could I have seen all this on my own without hiring a guide? Sure. But would I been able to safely navigate the complex maze of corridors without his guidance? No. With so many jutting stones and slippery steps, I didn’t know if it was safe or not or if regular tourists were even allowed to enter those areas. While I don’t condone trespassing, the experience was memorable. Lastly, was it worth the $10 USD? Absolutely! The photos and memories I was able to capture was worth every penny, and more…

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andy blake Off The Path Adventure in Angkor Wat, CambodiaAndy Blake is the co-founder of Tripque.com, an online travel guide that writes down his traveling experiences. He is a self-taught photographer from San Francisco, Bay Area. Andy quit his job to chase his passion as a jetsetter and full-time photographer specializing in concert, glamour, fashion and landscape. You can also follow Andy on Twitter and Instagram.
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