As a travel photographer, I often get asked how I afford to travel so often and still maintain a steady income. The truth is, I have found ways to make travel photography work on a budget.
Here are 5 tips I have for anyone looking to do the same:
1. Join a travel photography group
One great way to save money on travel photography is to join a travel photography group. These groups typically offer discounts on travel photography gear and services, as well as discounted or free travel photography workshops. This is a great way to meet other travel photographers and learn new techniques.
2. Use AirBnB
AirBnB is a great way to find affordable accommodation when traveling. Not only can you find cheap places to stay, but you can also find unique places to stay that offer a more authentic travel experience. I often use AirBnB when traveling to find places to stay that are off the beaten path.
3. Use public transportation
Whenever possible, use public transportation to get around when traveling. Not only is it usually cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a car, but it also gives you a chance to see more of the local area. I always make sure to use public transportation whenever I can when traveling.
4. Bring your own gear
If you own a DSLR camera, bring it with you when you travel. This will save you the money you would otherwise spend on renting a camera. Additionally, if you have any lenses, bring those as well. The more gear you bring with you, the less you will have to spend on renting gear while you are traveling.
5. Find free or cheap activities
When traveling, find free or cheap activities to do in your spare time. This could include things like visiting a local museum, taking a walking tour, or even just exploring the local area. There are often many great things to see and do in a new place that don’t cost a lot of money.
By following these tips, you can save a lot of money on travel photography without sacrificing the quality of your photos.