Photography by Natalia Horinkova
Rio de Janeiro
I stay always in home stays (owned by locals) so I get as close to the local culture as possible. I usually travel with smile, as it’s a universal language.
I LOVE TRAVELING BECAUSE…
it teaches me a lot about the local culture, but also about myself.
What made you decide on this destination?
It was work that took me here. I have never considered Ghana before, as I was always interested in the eastern Africa and I think because I had no expectations, it surprised me in the best possible way.
How did you determine your route?
When it comes to work trips, the itinerary is usually taken care of. I am pretty lucky in that sense because they show me the best of the country. Even though my itinerary was sent long before I travelled, after my arrival, they sat down with me and we went through everything and adjusted it a little bit. They are very flexible people and welcoming.
Best form of transportation?
Walking! Doesn’t matter what country you are in. For long distances? Buses (very safe) or local cars – if you want to get places faster.
Highlights and favorite things?
Visiting the local projects and meeting so many amazing people. Kids in the school performed for us, we visited cornfields and talked to farmers, and we even visited a hospital where some of the foreign volunteers work.
Under the radar must-see or do?
Kakum National park, Cape Coast and the slave castle. If you are a surfer or want to learn to surf, Kokrobite beach is a must.
Being called up on a stage with professional dancers. This happens to me wherever I go in Africa, because I stick out of the crowd like a sore thumb.
Did you encounter any challenges leading up to or during the trip?
It’s Africa and everything runs on Africa time. It’s not a real challenge if you have been there already, but coming to Africa for the first time, can test your patience.
2 words that sum up your experience.
Welcoming and open hearted people
Looking back, what do you miss the most?
Without a doubt, the people.
Make sure not to stay in one place, visiting the coast is a beautiful experience, but going inland is completely different. It’s green and lush with red dirt.
DESCRIBE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHY AESTHETIC
Capturing the real moments. I love people watching. I like to chat to people and getting to know them and their culture. I always ask for a photo after. I feel like people open up to you more after a small talk, opposite to when you just show up with your camera in front of their face.
I see lot’s of copy cats on Instagram. Stay original! Travel is more accessible these days and while we all go to see the same tourist attractions, look at things from a different angle. Just be you, the right people will find you.
Natalia Horinkova has made traveling her lifestyle and career. She photographs the most genuine people and locations by capturing unforgettable moments and sharing local stories. She loves an adventure and approaching traveling with another perspective. During the month of July, you can find Natalia biking 1,300km in 30 days to Malawi fundraising money to support Partners in Health projects in Malawi.