"I was exploring Ait-Ben-Haddou, an ancient town in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, and enjoying the sandy desert breeze. When I climbed to the top of the fortress, I was met with a stunning view of the surrounding valley and couldn’t resist taking a picture. I felt so tiny among the centuries-old ruins, and the landscape inspired me so much that I could easily see why many directors have chosen to film movies and TV shows here. The experience reminded me that, even though we’re such small and imperfect creatures, what we do can remain in history for ages and leave an impact on future generations. I’m happy to live in a world that lets me travel, not just across continents but also through time." Want to see more of Morocco? Click the link in our bio for our official travel guide.
📷 @olehslobodeniuk 📍Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco 🇲🇦
All around the world, billions of people are just trying to live healthy and fulfilling lives. But according to the U.N., it’s easier to be happy in some countries than in others. In honor of the International Day of Happiness, we’re looking at the measurable factors that contribute to different countries’ “World Happiness Scores” in hopes of identifying the harder-to-quantify characteristics that make life a little sweeter in nations around the world. Click the link in our bio to learn what happiness means to cultures across the globe.
📷 @alinatsvor 📍Amsterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱 #passionpassport
"I took this photo last January, when I was exploring New Zealand with my family and girlfriend. It was a beautiful morning, and somewhat surprisingly, the small town, the river, the mountains, and even the nearby sea were all silent. I wanted to capture the moment and translate how it made me feel into a photo, so as I sipped my morning coffee in front of our temporary apartment, I decided to send up my drone. New Zealand is easily the most beautiful country I’ve ever visited, and to me, this picture shows off the very best of it."
Want to discover the most beautiful photo spots in New Zealand? Click the link in our bio!
📷 @ferditakesphotos 📍Haast, New Zealand 🇳🇿
Grab a pen — your next European adventure might require a bit of paperwork.
Beginning in 2021, citizens of the 61 countries (including the U.S. and Canada) currently allowed to enter the EU without a visa will need to register through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before embarking on their European getaways. Click the link in our bio for more. 📷 @dy_ellie 📍Porto, Portugal 🇵🇹 #passionpassport
"I spent two weeks in the Faroe Islands looking for waves to surf. The coastline of the Faroes is incredibly dramatic, surrounded by steep bluffs on all sides. It was incredible to take in, but it made my search for waves challenging. There was more than one instance in which I went to a location that looked excellent on a map, only to discover that in order to reach the beach, I'd have to scale an impossible 600-foot cliff. The Faroe Islands may not be a traditional surf-trip destination, but that was exactly what made it so memorable for me." Want to take a virtual tour of the Faroe Islands? Click the link in our bio.
🎥 @benweiland 📍Faroe Islands 🇫🇴
Hoping to foster stronger bonds between artists and communities, photographer @amandabjorn has started leading all-women art trips within Latin America. As she explains, this new creative endeavor is curated for artists, dreamers, people-watchers, and storytellers. It’s not for travelers seeking packed tour buses or lavish hotels but, rather, for those in search of moments tucked between side streets and food stalls. Wanting to learn more about these intimate art trips, we sat down to ask Amanda a few questions. Click the link in our bio for more. #passionpassport
Any sales managers based in NYC out there? We’d like you to join our growing team! The ideal candidate is the type of person who knocks on doors, cold-calls prospective clients, tirelessly brings new opportunities to life, and loves to travel. Click the link in our bio to learn more (or send this post to a friend who’d be perfect for the job). #passionpassport
📷 @alexstelma 📍New York City, USA 🇺🇸
"This photo represents one of the holiest experiences in Islam — the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims complete in their lifetime, so long as they’re physically and financially capable of making the journey. At this moment, the pilgrims were circling the Kaaba and reaching out to touch its door, all in the hopes of earning blessings and good wishes. As I snapped this photo, I cried in gratitude. I felt so united with millions of other Muslims around the world, all orienting their lives around their beliefs, and so determined to live well. I won’t soon forget that experience or those feelings.”
Unsure of how best to respect Islam while traveling to practicing countries? Click the link in our bio.
📷 @mfarizidris 📍Al-Haram Makkah, Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
As winter finally draws to a close, travelers are making plans and packing their bags for spring break. If your funds are tight, you might (mistakenly) believe that a weeklong getaway is unaffordable and out of the question. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive locations worth visiting in March or April, so we’ve put together a guide for spring breakers on a budget. Click the link in our bio to discover your ideal springtime destination!
📷 @tannerlarson_ 📍Madeira, Portugal 🇵🇹 #passionpassport
"I love driving up Skólavörðurstígur Road and seeing the Hallgrímskirkja church come into view. It’s a special site for us locals, as we don’t have many tall buildings here in Iceland. It stands at 244 feet (74.5 meters), and the facade’s design is said to be inspired by the columns of basalt rock that you see around natural wonders like the Svartifoss waterfall. Instead of taking the elevator to the top of the church like most people, I wanted to capture the structure in a creative way — so I trudged out in the snow with my drone and came up with this shot. I think it showcases Reykjavík's most iconic landmark in a beautiful light.”
Ready to experience Iceland's beauty firsthand? Click the link in our bio for a comprehensive guide to the Land of Fire and Ice.
📷 @arnar.tomasson 📍Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland 🇮🇸
"I had always heard that one of the most memorable things to do in Myanmar was to fly over Bagan in a hot air balloon, but nothing could have prepared me for it. Watching the sun rise over so many incredible temples, the silence, the morning mist, the feeling of floating over that much history — it was simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was amazed by the beauty of this country."
📷 @mary_quincy 📍Bagan, Myanmar 🇲🇲
*Note: While Passion Passport will continue to post photos on social media and even cover Myanmar editorially, the government is allowing ethnic cleansing to occur while denying its existence. Passion Passport appreciates the beauty of Myanmar’s people and its lands, but supports U.N. resolutions to end military campaigns against Muslim Rohingya.
Over the past few years, photographer @andrewknapp has traveled around the world with his dog, Momo. But despite the glamor of globetrotting for photography’s sake, traveling with a dog comes with its own set of challenges. For this reason, we sat down with Andrew to ask him about the realities of life as a traveling dog-owner, author, and photographer. Click the link in our bio to learn more. #passionpassport