Shocker - the Maldives is rad.

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travel photography
travel photography

So I recently went on vacation to the Maldives, as you might remember from a previous post about taking photos on vacation. It takes around 30 hours of travel to get from the West Coast of the US to the Maldives, and trust me I had to think about that for a while. Would it be worth it to spend that much time just getting to and from a place? Aren't there other tropical destinations closer that would be just as beautiful and basically the same? Well, I don't know about you, but I have an insatiable desire to see and experience as much of this big ole world as possible. Luckily, I'm partnered up with a guy who feels the same, so we went for it.

It was, without a doubt, worth every long minute of travel. The Maldives is an Islamic country in the Indian Ocean surrounded by India, the Middle East, and Asia. One of the best parts about this for us (as the only 2 Americans on the island that was our resort) was the sense of being a minority, which never happens in the country that we live in. It's so nice to be with people from completely different backgrounds and have the sense that at least for this one week, we are very similar. We have come to this beautiful spot to celebrate life, enjoy the fruits of our labor, and appreciate it all. I think it can be easy to feel like the world is so gigantic and people who live so far away must be very different. Any time I can make the world feel small and that I can feel connected to others as different as possible, I love it. You feel me?

travel photography, pool, ocean
travel photography, pool, ocean

I took about 1300 picture on this trip. Which is so not like me!! I like to really self edit even as I'm shooting. I'm a total disciple of Cartier-Bresson and the decisive moment, so this is just crazy. But everything I saw was so stunning. And it changes all day long with the light, and every day as the weather changes. So editing this has been completely overwhelming to say the least. Some of my best advice to people is to NOT SHOOT EVERYTHING because then choosing your favorites becomes too tedious and you never do it. Hence the situation I'm in. I am excited to pick the absolute drop dead best images and add them to the Shop, but I'm not there yet. In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to show the gorgeous resort/island we stayed on. I'm a big fan of photography as a temporary escape. If you are too, enjoy!

travel photography, water villa
travel photography, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa

This place did such a perfect job of being gorgeous yet simple and classy. Love the clean wood everywhere and neutral palate. These photos are of our water villa, but the rest of the resort followed the same vibe.

travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa

PS I could start an Instagram account titled Jeff on Bikes and have material for years. There's a lot. All over the world.

Anyway! The best part about this vacation was how much we were in the water. I'm a water sign and can not ever get enough. We started every day with a swim or snorkel off the deck. Also, what a cool idea to put a hammock over the water right?

travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa
travel photography, shangri la, indian ocean, water villa

And this is the view we got coming and going to our villa. Just turquoise water everywhere you look. My idea of heaven for sure.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Next week I should have some of my prints ready in the Shop - stay tuned! Be sure to share this post with any tropical vacation loving people you know!