How To: Travel Solo (and Take Your Own Photos)


Let me set the scene for you. You’ve finally on a solo adventure somewhere (high-five, by the way) and you’ve already got an idea (or two) for a photo (or twenty…thousand). So how do you capture this moment? Because it’s definitely not going to be a selfie.

Option 1: The DIY Self Portrait

This is my preferred option. It’s pretty self-explanatory - you set up your camera (or phone) to frame your shot and then hit the timed shutter and run back into position. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now, this is a little exhausting with all the back and forth so let me offer a few tips for how to make this a bit more seamless.

First, get yourself a tripod. I’ve had a lot of success with both a compact, taller tripod as well as a smaller, flexible, adjustable tripod where the legs can wrap around uneven surfaces or even poles/handrails/random structures.

Second, get yourself a wireless/bluetooth remote, or a camera with in-app capabilities that allow you to control the shutter from your phone. If you’re using an iPhone, there are really inexpensive remote options out there (like this one, or this one with a selfie stick, or this one with a gorilla pod). I use a Sony a6000 and cannot praise this affordable remote enough.

Option 2: The Selfie Stick

Okay, I know I said it wasn’t going to be a selfie but let’s face it, sometimes there just aren’t any other available options. Tried and true, it’s time to accept that the selfie stick isn’t going anywhere. What you can do is minimize the appearance of the stick in your photos and videos, at least! The GoPole extension features a clear tube that at least removes the obvious black stick from your pics.

Option 2: The Good Samaritan

If you’re ready, willing, and able to ask a local or fellow traveller to help you with your photo, I say go for it! You never know who you’ll meet. Before you ask, figure out how you’d like to frame the shot. Then, show them where to hold and point the camera, and that way they’ll just need to click the shutter.