On my most recent trip to New Zealand I set out to do something a bit different with my travel photos. I had travelled there before and was capturing a lot of the same images again. This time I wanted to capture a bit more character in my photos. This time I boughgt a mascot.
A little fluffy brown and white alpacca to be precise. I spotted it in a souvineer shop and literally could not walk away from stroking its soft alpacca wool (I was literally fondling it in the shop for about 15minutes). So I made an impulse decision to buy it and immediately christened it to be the trip mascot. Having a mascot was a great idea, it was a funny personal joke between myself and my boyfriend, it confused friends and family back home, and it made some sections of our travels more memorable with a little alpacca in the photo.
At one point in our trip we pulled up by the stunning turquoise lake that is Lake Pukaki. I wanted to get my alpacca out for a photo but was a little embarrassed, you know, being 22 and all. There were quite a few people and I thought I’d get a few strange looks. That was until a car pulled up next to us. A man steps out, walks over to the edge of the lake and takes a photo OF HIS TEDDY!! So naturally, feeling less ashamed I jump out too with my alpacca and get the snap I was after.
Mascots are a fun and easy way to add a bit of character to your travel photos. They can be a little reminders of home in every photo or, like me, they could be acquired on your travels and be a part of the overseas adventure.
Driving in Wanaka
Have you ever used a mascot for your travel snaps? I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below!