The World’s Top 10 Most Photogenic Countries to See Before You Die.

Everyone craves a vacation that delivers maximum envy amongst friends. And how do you make everyone jealous? Post incredible vacation photos on facebook of course.

Certain countries look amazing through any photo lens, regardless of how skilled the photographer is. These are the places that burst with exotic portraits of the unknown, mix vibrant colors with obscene landscapes, and unveil a fresh set of vacation negatives.

Random Vacay counts down the world’s 10 most photogenic countries, each more resonant that the last.

10. New Zealand

Impressions of Middle Earth cover New Zealand, the landscapes awash with a blend of the sublime and surreal. It’s nature that dominates your vacation photos; dramatic fjords, ancient forests, exploding geysers, mountain peaks reflected in idyllic lakes… Most impressive is New Zealand’s ability to continually offer a fresh angle. Every journey brings surprise and every corner is more charming than the last.

A Hobbit Hole in Hobbiton.

A Hobbit Hole in Hobbiton.

The aerial view of Queenstown on the South Island.

The aerial view of Queenstown on the South Island.

9. Spain

The country of fiestas and siestas serves up an iconic photo reel of tradition and architectural brilliance. Spain is undeniably fond of its ancient practices; bulls charging matadors in red capes, stone churches lost on mountain passes, vineyards cascading towards the beach. Head to Barcelona and Gaudi’s inspired designs provide additional idiosyncrasy. Then throw in some classic beach plus palm tree shots to get people ultra envious.

Dancers in Pamplona at the festival of the feasts.

Dancers in Pamplona at the festival of the feasts. (credit)

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in the evening.

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in the evening.

8. Jordan

This photogenic treasure showcases an alternative side to the Middle East. It’s not bombs and war. It’s enchanting Bedouin nomads taking their camels through the desert, the lost city of Petra carved into sandstone, and a culture that clings to archaic roots. Come here for indelible portraits and weird barren landscapes.

A Bedouin man in Jordan's desert.

A Bedouin man in Jordan’s desert. (credit)

The famed ancient city of Petra.

The famed ancient city of Petra. (credit)

7. Colombia

Colombia has always been beautiful. The country dazzles with diversity, including rural mountains, tropical reefs, deserted beaches, lost cities in the Amazon, and many remains from forgotten eras. And the people? Colombians are some of the most photogenic in the world, large eyes and jet black hair always coming up on camera.

Steps leading to Colombia's lost city in the jungle.

Steps leading to Colombia’s lost city in the jungle.

San Andres Island reef.

San Andres Island reef.

6. Namibia

Namibia is dominated by desert, rolling red sand dunes spilling into the ocean and engulfing the whole country. Lost amidst the sand are shipwrecks, old diamond towns, and the weather beaten faces of semi nomadic tribes. It’s these interruptions that give Namibia its lofty status on this list of the world’s most photogenic countries. You’re not merely photographing the world’s most beautiful desert, there’s always something in the shot to provide context.

The endless red Namib Desert.

The endless red Namib Desert. (credit)

A Daha woman in the desert.

A Daha woman in the desert. (credit)

5. Croatia

Croatia is like a Mediterranean love story, its cute walled towns filled with streets of cobblestone and intrigue. Sapphire waters lull beneath a vivid sky, homemade schnapps makes every photo better, and 16th century remains mix with super yacht filled harbors. It’s the Mediterranean sunshine that adds the final touch, a thick coating of vibrancy naturally imbued in all of your photos.

Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik. (credit)

Brac, Croatia.

Brac, Croatia.

4. Kyrgyzstan

This mountainous nation in Central Asia is home to nomadic shepherds, hidden lakes, and virtually no roads. The locals travel by horseback, traversing endless mountain passes as they gallop between gurs and babbling rivers. It’s an immersion in a culture that time has forgotten and your photos will combine ethereal alpine landscapes with the enchanting faces of nomadic life. Bring a few lenses because panorama and portrait will be in equal demand.

Nomadic Kyrgyz children watch the sheep.

Nomadic Kyrgyz children watch the sheep.

Traditional gurs where you'll be sleeping.

Traditional gurs where you’ll be sleeping. (credit)

3. Argentina

For photographic diversity it’s difficult to top Argentina. From the glaciers of Patagonia to the tango dancers of Buenos Aries, Argentina revels in an ability to always show its good side. It doesn’t matter how you frame the photo, or even which direction you point the lens, Argentina always looks like a dreamt up destination flaunting its magic.

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia.

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia.

Ischigualasto National Park.

Ischigualasto National Park. (credit)

2. India

On this list of most photogenic countries, nowhere can rival India for vibrancy. Every scene seems to have been enhanced on a photoshop filter, including painted cows, holy babas in monkey temples, snake charmers, the Taj Mahal, endless tea plantations, fishing villages, and scenes from the Karma Sutra. It’s impossible to define the iconic Indian photo. There’s simply too much to enjoy and capture on camera. And while everyone back home will be preconceiving images of India, upload your album to facebook and you’ll definitely show friends plenty of surprise.

The stunning mountain roads of Kerela, India.

The stunning mountain roads of Kerela, India.

Temple goers on the streets of Varanasi.

Temple goers on the streets of Varanasi.

An ancient Hindu temple in Hampi, India.

An ancient Hindu temple in Hampi, India.

Holy Babas at a Agra temple.

Holy Babas at a Agra temple.

A fishing village in the south of India.

A fishing village in the south of India.


1. Morocco

Morocco is like the benevolent genie when it comes to providing vacation photos. How’s this for three wishes? Endless Saharan sand dunes crossed by camels and nomads, labyrinthine mountain retreats, and historic towns doused in exotic old-world charm. Each regal city has its own color and every cafe or hotel is wonderfully decorated with Morocco’s unique style. Everything looks good on camera, even when you’re randomly aiming the lens in a crowded souk. It takes Random Vacay’s vote as number one on this list of the world’s most photogenic countries.

Marrakech's evening market.

Marrakech’s evening market.

Sunset over Essouraira.

Sunset over Essouraira.

Street traders in Chefchaouen.

Street traders in Chefchaouen.