Top 10 European Travel Photographers we Follow at GoGo Places

Travelling the world and taking photos is easy. Travelling the world and taking photos that make people sit up and pay attention? That’s hard. And it’s getting harder too.

Photography used to be a profession that was challenging to get into because of the costs of equipment, and now with Instagram on your phone everyone is a photographer. So, to stand out from the background noise is twice as difficult as it once was.

These 10 European Travel Photographers have somehow managed to do just that:

Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas is one of Norway’s finest photographers and something of a household name in photography. His series of photographs shot in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, called Kiera was awarded a National Magazine Award in 2007. His ability to set the scene and make a photo tell a story is unrivalled and that’s why National Geographic and Newsweek number among his clients.

Matthias Derhake

Preaching responsible tourism Matthias is a German with an eye for the unusual and is carving out a name for himself on social media as he does so. His blog is interesting though you may need Google translate if you want to pick up all the nuances of the text within.

Tom

This Dutch photographer, known to the world as TravelTomTom is one of the most popular photographers on Instagram. He’s done things you wouldn’t believe in order to get the perfect shots and has taken over 100 flights to see multiple countries and continents.

Travelling Weasels

You get two for the price of one with the Travelling Weasels. Laura is from the United Kingdom and Tanbay is German and they’ve been on the road for a long time taking photos and seeing the world and all it has to offer.

Johnny Ward

Johnny, an Irish photographer, recently managed to complete a full tour of the world. That is he’s set foot in every single country on earth. His images from Yemen (his 2nd last country) are truly incredible and the photos from Norway (where he celebrates the end of the trip) are coming very soon.

Will Hatton – The Broke Backpacker

One of the first and best known digital nomad photographers, Will Hatton tells inspiring stories of his life on the road with no money and just a camera for company. With over 50,000 Instagram followers, he’s definitely doing something right.

Claudio Giovenzana

Claudio is an unusual photographer best known for his travel work which includes his teddy bear. He also makes most of his living from Shutterstock work which is very different from most professionals who try to earn their crust from selling directly to magazines or clients. It does mean, however, that Claudio’s work has been widely viewed because of the ease of accessibility of his shots for commercial use.

Silvia Lawrence

Silvia is both European and American as she holds passports from both Norway and the USA. However, she’s stopped travelling and chosen to make herself based in Norway for now and that tilts the scales to full European. She’s photographed over 70 countries and her travel stuff is widely followed.

Marie Hennechart

Marie is a French photographer who’s been taking travel photos for more than twenty years. Her portfolio includes work published in Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Wall Street Journal to name but a few. She’s based out of Montmartre in Paris but from the looks of her website, she rarely stays still long enough to appreciate it.

Davide Petilli

Last but very definitely not least on our list is Davide Petilli from Italy. He’s been travelling the world for years now in search of the perfect travel shots and his sense of whimsy and individuality really sets him apart from many other photographers. His use of black and white is very strong but it’s the colour shots that show just how much creativity Davide can bring to bear on his work.

Summary

These 10 photographers are all brilliant in their own way. It will be interesting to see what the coming years have in store for photography – as the competition to create incredible images becomes ever more intense.

If you’re a digital nomad, whether it be in Europe or elsewhere, you have to start recording your memories and hopefully these photographers will inspire you to take better snaps yourself.

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10 Undervalued Up and Coming Digital Nomad Locations for 2017

Digital nomadism is here to stay but where should an aspiring or established nomad go to get the best bang for their buck and still keep things interesting? Chiang Mai and Ubud are over and that’s a good thing – there’s a whole wide world to see before you hang up your laptop.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in Asia

Half of the list goes to Asian destinations and that’s because they’re often the least expensive. It’s worth noting that this may come at the compromise of quality of life compared to many other places.

Udon Thani, Thailand

What’s so great about Chiang Mai, anyway? Thailand’s not some backwater dump; it’s a big modern country. Udon Thani has a ton of advantages over Chiang Mai:

It’s closer to Laos so border runs for visas are easier;

The accommodation costs are much lower and you can get a swish pad in the city centre for half the price of a condo on Nimman;

It has a ton of great nightlife and it’s on the doorstep of one of Thailand’s UNESCO world heritage sites.

Udan Thani

Battambang, Cambodia

Cambodia has surprisingly good internet even if it is a little bit pricier than the rest of the region. Battambang, however, is the perfect place for nomads who need to get work done:

It’s the cheapest city in Cambodia for rents;

The city itself has some of the finest French colonial architecture in Asia;

Beer, food and transport are among the lowest cost in the world;

Visas and work permits are insanely easy to obtain and renew.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Those looking for perfect, always on and high speed internet shouldn’t consider Mandalay for a few years yet. Those with a little more freedom to choose, however, should consider:

The city has much lower rental costs than in Yangon;

It’s in the heart of some of the most unspoiled territory in Asia;

Myanmar has only recently opened up and you’ll be among the first long-term visitors to Mandalay which means getting the “real vibe” before it’s overrun by tourists.

Kochi, Kerala, India

Goa is so last year and it’s lost much of its appeal as both a tourist and digital nomad destination. Kochi in Kerala is the rising star to take its place:

Still very much untouched by nomads but a major city all the same with all the amenities that brings;

Not far from the beach and the province itself offers a ton of temples, mountains and other places of interest to explore;

It’s always warm without ever getting to the point of unbearably hot.

Zhuhai, China

Zhuhai is an up and coming city on China’s Southern Coast. It offers easy access to the comforts of Macau without the prices of Macau:

Fantastic internet availability and a wealth of cheap places to work from;

A chance to see the Chinese boom take place around you;

A vibrant expat community to make up for the lack of nomads there at the moment.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in the Rest of the World

It’s fair to say these are likely to be a little more expensive than the Asian destinations but, at the same time, they do offer a higher overall quality of life.

Katerini, Greece

Greece is more expensive than you might think but Katerini bucks the trend and has the lowest cost of living of any town in the country and there’s a lot to be said for the place:

It’s only 6 km from the beach and there are a lot of beaches to choose from;

It’s surrounded by places of historical interest such as the ancient city of Dion;

There are great transport links to the rest of Greece;

Thessaloniki nearby is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Slavonski Brod, Croatia

The name doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but this small student city is low cost and surprisingly good value too:

Pleasant year round temperature and an easily walkable city;

Weekends are when the students come out to party and the weeks are pleasantly relaxed;

There’s a ton of cafes, clubs, shops and galleries and the internet is great too (check out our previous blog regarding co-working spaces).

When visiting Croatia your first point of call should be GoGo Places. Check out our list of homes – all affordable and competitive prices too.

Santa Marta, Colombia

It’s Medellin that’s getting all the attention at the moment but Santa Marta is cheaper and it’s got great beach access. Internet may be a bit patchy though:

Some of the best scuba diving in South America and the jet skiing is good too;

Get in touch with the life (and death) of Simon Bolivar one of the most significant figures in South American history;

It’s a  great place to learn Spanish cheaply and the bars and restaurants are great.

Lipari Island (one of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily)

Lipari is the largest, busiest and most accessible of the Aeolian Islands. Visitors arriving from the mainland will likely experience it as a relaxing introduction to island life.

The town is so quaint and picturesque – even the tiny little cobblestone streets leading directly to the sea looks like it was plucked directly out of a children’s storybook.

A busy little port with a pretty, pastel-coloured seafront and plenty of accommodation, it makes the most convenient base for island hopping.

It is cheap and cheerful;

Easy public transport options available

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town remains Southern Africa’s most popular destination and for good reason. It’s low cost and the only place in Africa with reliable and high speed Internet:

Good and cheap transport (which you will need as Cape Town is a big city);

Museums, botanical gardens, beach access, and nearby safaris;

Great nightlife, co-working spaces and endless things to do.

Summary

If you want to get off the beaten path and hit up a nomad destination which offers great value for money and a wealth of things to see and do, why not check out one of these 10 locations?

They make a pleasant change from the clichés of Chiang Mai, Prague, Ubud, etc. and will give you a chance to develop your identity as a digital nomad without breaking the bank.

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7 Must Read Books for Every Digital Nomad

With the disruption of the workforce continuing unabated, many are now beginning to realise that old career paths aren’t as stable as they used to be.

At the same time, some have also heard about the rise of the digital nomad, who are professionals that use worldwide internet connectivity to complete work or run a business from anywhere on the planet.

Seeing pictures of them getting it done at beach bars on the other side of the world is enough to make others want to join their ranks.

If you wish to achieve this goal as well, reading well-written books will go a long way towards providing you with the knowledge needed to become a digital nomad.

Below, we will highlight seven books that will equip aspiring location independent professionals with the information that they will need in order to build a business or recruit a client base that will allow them to operate from anywhere in the world.

The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Although you could set out on your digital nomad journey without reading The Four Hour Work Week, you would be missing out on learning about the path that one of the pioneers of the movement blazed on his way to becoming location independent.

From the opening chapters, Tim Ferriss makes the case that retirement is an antiquated notion at best and that it would be best to focus our efforts on creating a lifestyle that allows us to use our time any way we see fit.

As you progress through the book, he lays out the groundwork for freedom-minded individuals to find their own way to location independence, all while peppering in success stories that will make you ask, “If these people made it happen, what’s my excuse?”

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Like the idea of a life of perpetual travel, but think that it is out of reach for you? Rolf Potts will shatter your perception of it being a fundamentally expensive endeavour by laying out how even those of meagre means can make it happen.

An efficient read at only 240 pages, Vagabonding delivers massive value by showing you how one can finance their travels with relative ease, adjust to life in a foreign country, deal with common frustrations, and cope with reverse culture shock upon returning home.

By reading this book, not only will you be convinced that this life is possible, but you will be better prepared for the realities of coping with cultural norms that differ from your own.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Even if you plan on entering the digital workforce as a freelancer or remote worker, there are a number of tasks that you will now have to perform that was handled by your former company.

In essence, you are now your own business, so you need to act like an entrepreneur, even if you don’t consider yourself to be one.

While it only covers basic technical issues of working for yourself, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! acts mostly as a metaphorical kick in the butt for those needing a spark to get up off their duff and seek out opportunities that will ensure a long and fruitful career away from the 9-5 paradigm.

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Unlike Crush It!, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman does get into the nuts and bolts of being in business for yourself.

Aiming to be a DIY substitute for those that are unwilling to shell out many thousands of dollars for a traditional MBA, it breaks down the basics of sales, marketing, negotiation, productivity, operations, and so on.

It also addresses issues that haven’t been adequately covered by staid academic programs that have changed little since the mid-20th century, which also makes it a valuable book for those that already have a business degree.

All things considered, this book is a must-read for all digital nomads.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Despite having time and mobility freedom, you’ll still need to please your remote employer, clients, or customers if you have any hope of sustaining this lifestyle in the long run.

To do this, you will need to internalise a philosophy of creating delight for everyone that you work with; in our opinion, reading Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is the quickest way to internalise these principles.

As the CEO of Zappos (which was acquired by Amazon in 2009), Tony applied lessons learned from the science behind happiness to improve relations with clients and employees.

As such, this read will also be valuable if you end up hiring outsourcers/employees, making it a great book to keep in your rucksack/suitcase as you travel the world and grow your location independent business.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Written by serial entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity is a guide that implores you to challenge the assumptions that society has laid out before you, and to life a live that fits you rather than shoehorning yourself into someone else’s mould.

Based on the example that Chris has set over two decades of self-employment, you can travel to every country in the world, volunteer to help make it a better place, work on that passion project, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You are the writer of your own play – not someone else.

Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This book, by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime and anywhere in the world.

With 326 reviews averaging a 4-star rating and with high ranking on Amazon, proves this book is selling in the ten of thousands monthly. It can be downloaded as an e-book, purchased as a hard copy of audio file.

It explores the “working from home” model very clearly and will certainly give you food for thought, if you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad and is a must read.

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