Top 10 Photography Bucket List Outside the UK
Updated: Jan 3
So, I’ve written about my UK photography bucket list but of course I want to see and photograph places outside the UK as well. I thought I’d share my bucket list for outside the UK and maybe some of these places will inspire you
1. The Rocky Mountains in Canada
Now I have wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains in Canada since I was a little girl and that is all thanks to my grandparents. They had gone on holiday to the rocky mountains and had gone on the train journey through them and had brought back a video (yes a video not a dvd) of the trip. Alright it was the video that the company that ran the train created rather than a home video that my grandparents had done but it sparked in me the desire to see this amazing place, even before I discovered my love for photography. And that desire has never vanished although whilst I was with my ex-husband it was something I never thought I would see. But once I met my other half and discovered that this is a place he wants to visit to it sparked that desire once more.
The amazing landscapes and the wildlife are just something that I am determined to see at least once in my life. And of course, photograph.
Now this photo is actually mine as I once I had a few brief hours in Lisbon back in 2017. But this trip sparked a love for this Portuguese City, so much so that I have added it to my bucket list as I have every intention to return to it. This time to actually stay in it and take more photos and to explore the city in more detail. Now I will say this is a very hilly city, in fact it is known as the city of the seven hills, however this hilly location means that you get amazing views from many different points in the city.
Not only does Lisbon have amazing views but it also has fantastic architecture and the vibrancy of the place is just fantastic.
Now this one is down to my daughter who was watching one of her favorite programmes, Go Jetters, and in one episode they visited Paris and rescued the Eiffel Tower. If you don’t have kids or your kids haven’t watched this then you don’t know what you are missing out on😂. Anyway, whilst watching this particular episode I mentioned to her that Paris is not only a real place, but the Eiffel Tower is real to. This got her all excited and asking to go and see the Eiffel Tower, which I have agreed to.
However, after I agreed to this, I actually started doing some research into the Paris Christmas market as this was all in the lead up to Christmas last year and I discovered that the Eiffel Tower is lit up at night and seen some photos of it that look stunning. Well fair to say I had to add it to my bucket list after that.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
This is another bucket list entry I have seen on tv and have been left inspired to go and see the place for myself. Now the programme that inspired me I think (but don’t quote me on it) was called Scandimania from many years ago. It was a documentary by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, in which he investigates the good lifestyle they have in Scandinavian countries.
The episode in Copenhagen left me so intrigued that I have wanted to visit for a few years now and I am determined that at least once I will visit. Camera in hand of course.
5. Valencia, Spain
This is somewhere that my mum and stepdad have gone every year for the last three years so that they can go and see the motorbike racing. And they come back every year raving about how great the city is and how much I would love it for the photography.
So out of curiosity and being the dutiful daughter 😊 I have decided that Valencia has to be on my bucket list. If I am able to I will go at the same time as my parents it would be a bonus as I also enjoy motorbike racing. So, if I can go and see them over in Valencia in person as well as get some photos of what has been reported to me as an amazing city that would be a bonus.
6. Man and woman sculpture in Butami, Georgia
I think it was on Facebook I first heard about this sculpture and was left in awe of it and after doing some research into it I have felt compelled to go and see it ever since.
The statues of a man and a woman passes through itself and for a brief moment becomes one, as shown in this video. Apparently, it is based on a novel that was written in 1937 by Kurban Said, in which a Muslim boy and Georgian princess fall in love but in the end are separated by Soviet Russia invasion. The sculpture ends up with the man and woman facing away from each other which represents this forced separation.
7. Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge, Germany
Again this is another bucket list item which I think I first heard about it on Facebook and I remember think wow, where is that as I’ve got to take photos of it. Turns out it’s in Germany.
This bridge was commissioned in 1860 by a local knight to stretch over some water and its reflection creates a perfect circle. It was basically made for photographers, like me. The bridge and others like it was called the devils bridge as it was deemed that they were so dangerous that is must have been Satan that built them. Although of course it was man that built it.
8. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
This is probably one of the most iconic bridges in the world, as it should be at 1.7 miles long with construction starting in 1933 and finishing four years later in 1937. When construction was completed it was not only the longest suspension bridge in the world but also the tallest with a height of 227 meters.
It is still a functioning bridge today 82 years after it was opened, not only is it open to traffic but also to cyclists and pedestrians. But it is not only a functioning piece of local infrastructure but unsurprisingly it is also a tourist attraction. So much so that on the San Francisco side of the bridge there is a visitor centre.
Although when I go to America and specifically San Francisco I will be visiting many attractions around the area. I won’t be coming home without one or two of my own photos of this iconic bridge
9. Kaulana’ahane trail, Hawaii
This one is a slight tweak on my original bucket list. This is the trail that takes you almost to the top of the stairway to heaven. However, it is now illegal to take that route due to the weather taking some of the stairway out and leaving it unsafe. So, there are apparently guards at the bottom of the stairs and if you are caught using them it’s a $1000 fine. Not something I want to pay.
But from my research on this trail it still gives the chance to see some amazing views and get some incredible photographs.
10. TT on the isle of man
Now this is on the outside the UK bucket list as the Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom.
This is partly on the bucket list because my other half has such a strong interest in motor sport, and one of his dreams is to actually become a published motor sport photographer. But also, because from being in my teens I have wanted to see this event, thanks to my step-dad as already mentioned I have an interest in motorbike racing although I’ll admit not as much of an interest as my mum and step-dad. So, I have every intention of going to the Isle of Mann one day not only to watch the TT race but to photograph it, hopefully well.