The early bird gets the worm. How does this apply to travel photography? The most fundamental element of great photography is light, and soft, warm morning light produces stunning photos.
Turning on your camera's "grid" feature will display a grid directly on your LCD screen making it simple to compose using the Rule of Thirds.
Tripods allow you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds (waterfalls, low-light, stars, and so on) without having to worry about camera shake.
A better sense of scale is also created by using a human element. You can get a better feel of how big those mountains are by placing your subject in the distance or using a wide angle lens.
Basically, you're trying to direct people further into your photo by using the land, objects, or other elements to take them to the main subjects. Roads, rivers, hiking paths, alleyways, and mountain ridges are all great examples of leading lines.
Don't be shy, but always be respectful and polite. Make friends with locals or do some research before your trip to seek out off-the-beaten path locations.
Always keep learning. Try different lenses, different poses, play with your composition or ND filters. Maybe try to shoot an epic timelapse. Stay Fresh!
Take notes, take courses, make friends with people who are doing what you would like to be doing. Absorb what you can. Put yourself out there and just keep at it.
THE ADVENTURE DISPATCH
1. WAKE UP EARLY (like, super early) 2. RULE OF THIRDS 3. USE A TRIPOD 4. USING HUMAN ELEMENT 5. LEADING LINES (RULE OF 3RDS) 6. ASK THE LOCALS 7. MIX IT UP 8. LISTEN. LEARN. SHARE.