The world we live in is a mystifying and enchanting place and if you have the drive to explore it, then you are sure to find yourself in some amazing places. But sometimes it’s not about the places, it’s about the people. The faces of the thousands of lives that you come in contact with while you’re on the road can stay with you as long as the memories of the destinations themselves. There are times when it seems that you catch something special in a photograph.When you look back at the glossy paper, or the computer screen, you see something more than a two dimensional image. Sometimes it almost seems as if you can see a person’s history, hardships and humanity gleaming behind the face that the camera managed to capture.

These fleeting moments are perhaps nothing to those who find themselves victim to the truth of the lens, but in them you can find something real. In the eyes of despair, you can see hope. In the face of adversity, you can find a hero, and in the depth of poverty, you can find triumph. These photos have moved us and we consider ourselves blessed to have been touched by these faces, and to sometimes share in the lives behind them. These are the people of our world and the many faces of travel.

Many Faces of Travel 

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Pilgrimage To The Himalayas – Kathmandu, Nepal

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Desert Boy – Mut, Egypt

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The Ibo Boy By The Boat – Ibo Island, Mozambique

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A Man Lost In Thought – Mandalay, Myanmar

A Stern Glance From The Nile - Luxor, Egypt

A Stern Glance From The Nile – Luxor, Egypt

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Face Paint – Quirimbas, Mozambique

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Fishing Friends – Inle Lake, Myanmar

travel photos of boy running in Morocco

Run Home – Tangier, Morocco

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Mother And Child – Quirimbas Island, Mozambique

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A Man And His Wagon - Delhi, India

A Man And His Wagon – Delhi, India

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The Last Of The Ifugao – Banaue, Philippines

travel photos child in mozabique

Eyes Of Wonder – Mozambique

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Face Of The Pa-U – Inle Lake, Myanmar

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Jimmy The Falucca Captain – Aswan, Egypt

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A Hard Sell – Delhi, India

travel photos, children in Africa

The Smiles Of Faith – Mozambique

travel photos man in india wearing headscarf

The Worried Eyes Of A Chai Wallah – Rishikesh, India

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Beads Of Prayer – Inle Lake, Myanmar

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One Happy Panda – Chengdu, China

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The Modern Face Of A Tribe – Cape Town, South Africa

young boys smiling in Africa

The African Beach Life – Mozambique

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The Chai Guy – Rishikesh, India

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The Weathered Face Of The Intha Woman – Inle Lake, Myanmar

As you can see, not all faces that stay in your mind are human, but each one has its own story. Some people travel for the sites, the sounds, and the smells, some for the for the culture, the cuisine and the chaos, and others for the friends, the families and the faces. If you can manage to travel and absorb a little bit of all of these elements, then you’re bound to have rich experiences along the way. Travel is such a powerful tool for expanding one’s mind and the perspective of our planet. If you take a little bit of it home, if you cherish the little moments that make it special, then it’s bound to move you. In these faces you can feel at home, while being a thousand miles away. These are the faces of travel, and the reason we continue to do it.

Author’s Bio:

travel bloggers nick and darieceNick & Dariece

Nick & Dariece have left everything behind in search of cultural experiences, beautiful beaches and off the beaten path adventures. They call themselves Goats On The Road and their website for budget backpackers encourages others to pack their bags and leave the ordinary behind. Visit Goats On The Road and get excellent tips for the adventurous budget backpacker! You can also follow along on their adventures on Facebook & Twitter.

 

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26 Comments

    1. Nick - Goats On The Road

      Thanks Shalu! I think the faces of India are the most photogenic of all the places we’ve been. India is full of amazing photo opportunities and even better opportunities to share in the lives of the people you photograph. I wish I had your Mysore City Guide when I was there!
      Dhanyavad!

  1. Charu

    Happiness is not about millions of dollars and you have shown this beautifully! I am doing one on the Faces of Jordan shortly because I saw so many people joyous in the middle of the desert, with absolutely nothing. Love this post! Well done.

    1. Nick - Goats On The Road

      Thanks a lot for the comment. I would LOVE to see a post like this for Jordan. We also have some great people pictures from there but the best of them are not of faces. The desert is full of happy people and with the backdrop of barren land, I’m sure the pics are stunning.

  2. Leif Winkelstein

    An amzing set of pictures from around the world. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to continue my travels! Best wishes and good luck out there.

    1. debndave Post author

      They are beautiful aren’t they! I love looking at photos of people. We always find people around the world to be so happy and friendly. This captures them perfectly.

  3. Toni-Lee Furlotte

    Beautiful pictures! When I looked at each and every picture,I tried to imagine what was on their minds. My top 3 are…
    Run home-Morocco,Beads of Prayer-Myanmar, and The Chai Guy-India.

  4. Tom

    Fantastic photos I have been following your travels and stories on your web site goats on the road you two are really living the dream.

  5. James McCormick

    I love how nick and Dariece have captured more than just “sites and sounds” of their travels and find true cultural experiences through the people they’ve come across along the way.

  6. Addison S.

    Thanks for giving the rest of us the opportunity to enjoy your talent with the camera. I’ve always wondered what it is that makes Asian and African faces so photogenic? Each and every one has a fascinating story to tell. Great work.

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