Going to a new place can test a photographer's skills and ability to adapt. Going to a new place as just a tourist is one thing, but when you want to capitalize on the new experience, new culture, and capture all these amazing moments in high quality photographs, it can be a challenge.
I am fairly new to the photography scene and have many years ahead of me of learning and growing, but what I saw from my trip to Colombia is that it's easy to be overwhelmed with what subjects to shoot. So many new experiences are happening and you want to capture it all!
First tip of advice I would offer is to do your homework BEFORE you leave. Learn what you will see, and specifically what you want to capture. Be aware of the time of year and seasons you might encounter. This will give you an idea of what to expect, but be aware you can't learn it all from research. Living the experience brings on a new level of awareness, prepare to adapt.
I highly recommend keeping things simple, and enjoying the trip. Nothing would be worse than stressing about getting the perfect shots on what would be a very exciting trip.
I believe that the different paths we take both physically and in the choices we make are very unique from person to person, and there is so much to learn from everyone. They create who we are as an individual, and as a photographer they leave us with memories of places we've been, and how we got there. They are easy to capture because we are always on a road leading somewhere.
Please comment below, and share some of the unique places you've been able to visit. And also any additional travel tips you might have when going to a new place.