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Aeroe – a photogenic fairytale island in Southern Denmark

Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger […]

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Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger than its body”, offering thousands of kilometres of coastline and beaches. In fact there is said to be about 10.000 islands in Denmark – not including the Faeroe Islands and Greenland, that are both a part of the Danish kingdom.

Some islands are large enough to not really feel like islands at all – but there are so many smaller ones to explore, that most Danes haven’t even been visiting themselves. So where do you start? The answer is Ærø – which withouth Danish letters transforms to the easier pronounced Aeroe. An island in the South Funen Archipelago, not far from the North of Germany, and connected by car-carrying ferries from Svendborg and Faaborg on the larger island of Funen, and from Fynshav in the southern part of Jutland.

Romantic Ærøskøbing

Why exactly Ærø you may ask? And the answer is simple. Because this 88 km2 island is extremely photogenic and picturesque, and acts like an all-you-can shoot buffet for any trigger-hungry photographer. After all it’s one of Denmark’s most romantic islands, and is therefore also a very popular wedding-destination – with its capital Ærøskøbing known as the best kept 17th century town Denmark has to offer.

A highly charming capital clad in colours and cobbled streets, and packed with exciting details to go hunting with your camera. Not at least on a sunny summer’s day, when the ice cream shops draw long queues across the idylic squares – and visitors enjoy their smoked fish dishes at tables outside. Another unique Ærø speciality is the neatly decorated doors and frames, which are like art individual art pieces, and make for a nice collection of photos on a walk around town.

Colourful beach huts

Not far from the town centre of Ærøskøbing a string of multi-coloured beach huts will attract further attention, and they will beg for you to photograph them, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. So will the beach huts and houses at Erik’s Hale (Erik’s Tail) near the cosy town centre of Marstal. Including the iconic red and green hut with the thatched roof – known to be used on guidebook covers. Marstal is the second most populous town on the island, located on the eastern tip. A favourite with visitors arriving by sail boat, and a place where you can learn more about the island’s maritime history at the local museum.

Travelling to the other end of the island you will come across the 16th century manor Søbygaard, which is another photogenic highlight – reflecting its tiled roof in the moat, while being surrounded by some of the island’s most scenic nature. A nature worth exploring by car or bike, but if you depend on public transport you will be delighted to know that all busses are free on the island.

Photos and text by Brian Schæfer Dreyer / travelooneyblog.com

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Breaking Down 6 of the Most Beautiful Photo Ops in Central America

If we’re talking about some of the most underrated spots for nature photography, Central America is most definitely up there. Breathtaking landscapes. Fabulous flora. The list goes on and on for tourists willing to make the trek. Unfortunately, Central America has somewhat of a bad reputation due in the eyes of the public and travelers […]

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If we’re talking about some of the most underrated spots for nature photography, Central America is most definitely up there.

Breathtaking landscapes. Fabulous flora. The list goes on and on for tourists willing to make the trek.

Unfortunately, Central America has somewhat of a bad reputation due in the eyes of the public and travelers at large.

Source: Mari Marakatti

Although tourists should certainly keep an eye on warning advisories for certain areas, there’s also no denying that the region attractions millions of tourists per year. Given the sheer amount of expats relying services such as Remitly to send money back home to Central America, these areas rely on such payments in addition to tourist dollars in order to thrive. As such, many locals in the regions want visitors to help sustain the local economy.

As long as you do your homework in regard to safety and don’t mind the occasional hike, you can find some amazing spots sprinkled throughout Central America to take the perfect photo.

But what spots are worth your time and attention? We’ve broken down six of the most beautiful, tourist-friendly sites for starters.

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Lake Atitlan (Guatemala)

When’s the last time you took a picture of a volcano? In addition to the famed San Pedro Volcano, you can get up close and personal with colorful, quaint Mayan villages. Oh, and the view of the sunset over the Lake is really something to behold.

Copan (Honduras)

If you’re on the hunt for shots of Mayan sculptures and ruins, this is the place for you. Wildlife photographers will likewise find plenty to see in Copan, as the area is notable for its stellar birdwatching.

Pacaya (Guatemala)

Representing another popular hiking hotspot boasting yet another volcano, those who trek to the top are rewarded with a stunning stream of smoke that makes for a fantastic photo op. The nearby hot springs that you’ll encounter during your journey are likewise a nice added aesthetic bonus.

Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica)

Seeing a trend here? Although this volcano is indeed inactive, it still makes for a nice snapshot in addition to the nearby mountains, rivers and waterfalls for nature lovers. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, this spot is a must-see.

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Ambergris Caye (Belize)

For those seeking the traditional island vibe for a photoshoot such as white sands and crystal clear waters, look no further. Extremely friendly to tourists, this is also a great spot for those seeking underwater snapshots given the island’s world class snorkeling and scuba diving.

Monteverde (Costa Rica)

Representing a world-class tropic forest, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve boasts an incredible journey through jungle-like conditions. Perfect for those who want to see wildlife including birds and monkeys, visitors are also quite literally surrounding by eye-popping plant life every step of the way. In short, Monteverde practically screams “natural beauty” at every turn.

Don’t totally count out Central American when it comes to snagging your next awesome snapshot. Even if you only get to check out one or two of these spots,the photos you bring home will be that much more valuable as you were willing to take the road less traveled.

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