Behind The Lens: The Stories Behind Some of My Favourite Travel Photos

Halle, Belgium
This photo was taken in Hallerbos, Halle, Belgium – it’s literally a magical forest for me and visiting every year with my boyfriend has been a tradition of ours since I moved to Belgium. It’s so nice for me to get back to nature every once and a while and remember that it’s not all about skyscrapers and man-made masterpieces. Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are free, wild and un-kept.
Paris, France
This photo was taken on a girls’ weekend in Paris with my sister and friend – and it turned out surprisingly well given that I was taking it without looking and with the wrong hand. I like this photo not because of how it looks, but because of the memory attached to it; drinking cheap (and fairly disgusting) wine in front of the shining lights of the Eiffel Tower with my one of the most important people in my life (my sister).
Vienna, Austria
This was taken at the Danube Tower cafe as I sipped my latte and indulged in the most amazing desert I’ve ever had in my life. I was completely alone on my first ever solo-adventure and this moment was one of those “exhale” moments where the world just seemed to stand still and I could really appreciate how blessed I was (even though it was a really rainy, foggy day!)
Paris, France eiffel tower kiss
Probably the cheesiest photo we’ve ever taken was the one on our first ever trip together. We had taken a lot of trips with other people or to see each other but we’d never gone on an adventure by ourselves. Our 36 hours in Paris went by so fast but I absolutely adore this photo (especially because I took it and I usually am awful at taking selfies!)
british columbia, canada
This is one of the most emotional shots I have, even though it’s just a highway in the mountains of British Columbia (Canada). I had been apart from my boyfriend for months and was really starting to hate Canada (simply because it wasn’t Belgium where I wanted to be because he was there). My sister and I (with some friends) took a road trip and this photo made me fall in love with my home-country at a time when it was the last place on earth I wanted to be. Having to be apart from my boyfriend after almost a year of living together felt so awful, but this road trip (and this shot) made me realize that I was so blessed to call Canada “home” and that I needed to enjoy what time I had there.

 

anxiety
This photo was taken literally minutes after I had a huge anxiety attack in the bathroom of a pub in Paris, France. This is just me, trying to be silly and shake off the anxiety. I’ve found a lot of different ways to cope with anxiety while on the road, but sometimes all I can do is ride out the wave of anxiety until it’s over and then go on with my day.

 

Although I didn't take this photo, it was taken the day my life changed - as cliche as that sounds. It was the first time I ever moved abroad, I had to go without my cat which was so hard - but I was going to live with my boyfriend in Belgium after a long 1.5 years of long distance. This was such an emotional roller coaster of a day, but it means so much to me.
Although I didn’t take this photo, it was taken the day my life changed – as cliche as that sounds. It was the first time I ever moved abroad, I had to go without my cat which was so hard – but I was going to live with my boyfriend in Belgium after a long 1.5 years of long distance. This was such an emotional roller coaster of a day, but it means so much to me.

 

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I love this photo (taken in Alberta, Canada) because the car just looks so small next to this giant mountain. It makes me realize how small we are in comparison to this big, beautiful earth.

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