Due to the travel restrictions in 2020, it wasn’t possible to travel around the world. Therefore, I decided to travel the world through Photoshop. So, please note that all the pictures in this guide are photoshopped. It was a fun project to pass time during the lockdown. I love experimenting with Photoshop and as they say: practice makes perfect. So, I had a lot of fun and learning with my idea of ‘travel the world through Photoshop’!
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Elephants are the world’s largest land animals. Males can grow up to 3m high and they weigh up to 6 tonnes no wonder if you know that they need around 150kg (330lb) of food per day!
And did you know that there are two different kinds of species? The African one and the Asian elephant. You can tell them apart by the size of their ears! The Asian ones have smaller ears and the Africans have much larger ones. The form of their ears is described as being shaped like the African continent.
Unfortunately, these magnificent animals are under severe threat. Around 55 African elephants are killed on a daily basis for their tusks, even though it is illegal to trade in ivory.
Nepal is a majestic country in the heart of the Himalayas. The biggest mountain is Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak with 8.848 m (or 29.028 ft). Mount Everest is named after Sit George Everest, an officer of the British army. He was the first person to measure the height of Mount Everest.
However, the people of Nepal call the mountain 𝘚𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘢. This means “Forehead of the Sky”. The mountain is also referred to as 𝘊𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘢, which means “Goddess Mother of the World”. Personally, I like these names better. The meaning and symbolism behind those names fit this mountain way better.
Nepal is not only known for being the highest mountain in the world. It is also the birthplace of Buddha. He was born in 623 BC in Lumbini, which is now a sacred place of pilgrimage for Buddhists all over the world.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal was build in the 17tj century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It’s considered as the symbol of love, as the mausoleum was dedicated to Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. However, despite its iconic stature, much of its history is still shrouded in mystery.
While we think it’s cute that penguins look like they’re wearing a tuxedo 24/7, their black and white plumage actually serves as camouflage in the water.
The white feathers on their front look like the reflection of the sun on the water surface when seen by predators from below. The black plumage on their back on the other hand is hard to see on the surface. They basically blend in with the ocean and are hard to spot from above.
La Mano, Uruguay
La Mano (the hand) is a sculpture made by Chilean artist Mario Irrazábal in 1982 at Brava Beach in Punta del Este. The sculpture is one of Uruguay’s most recognizable landmarks. It represents the presence of humans in nature, the man who comes to life.
Other names for this sculpture are Emergiendo a la Vida (man emerging into life) or Monumento Los Dedos (monument of the fingers).
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the longest man‑made structure in the world: 21,196.18 km to be precise (13,170.70 miles). However, only +/‑ 8% of the wall is still in a good condition. 1/3 of the wall had already disappeared, mostly because of human vandalism.
There has been said that this longest wall is also the longest cemetery in the world. It took around 2,500 years to build it and more than 1 million laborers were used. Unfortunately, the hard work took the lives of many builders. And some are said to be buried in the long wall. However, no worries, so far there’s no actual evidence that there are corpses buried inside the walls.
So, that was how I came up with the idea of ‘travel around the world through Photoshop’ during the pandemic! Did you have any creative way to satisfy your wanderlust during the time that we couldn’t travel due to the restrictions? Please, let me know in the comments in the below!