Venice Beach, CA
Travel is not a reward for working, it is education for living.
Seek out the locals! They are your best resource and offer tips for a truly authentic experience. Also, journaling and taking time to enjoy the sunrise and sunset somewhere I have never been.
I LOVE TRAVELING BECAUSE…
Travel fuels my creative spirit and provides me with memories I can cherish for a lifetime.
What made you decide on this destination?
The opportunity to travel in Mozambique actually came to me through my photography work.
How did this trip come together?
I was invited to join the @projectRAIZ collective – a group of leading US women designers and social entrepreneurs – to travel to Swaziland and Mozambique and connect with rural artisans in Africa. Our mission was to empower, employ and support artisans from the local communities and provide them with access to a global marketplace. I was invited to photograph the beauty of the culture and landscape while documenting our group of US designers collaborating with rural artisans.
Best form of transportation?
We hired a local friend to get us around and rented a kombi van that could fit our group of 9. I also noticed that a lot of the locals in rural towns hitchhike, called boleia in Portuguese (the native language in Mozambique). If you’re not traveling alone and are able to speak in Portuguese this might be worth asking around about.
Highlights and favorite things?
One of the biggest trip highlights was visiting Tofo Beach. The remote beach occupies a stretch of beautiful sandy shoreline along the Indian Ocean. The area is slowly starting to attract groups of expats, surfers, and adventure-seeking tourists, though it remains mostly undiscovered. You’ll only find a handful of beach cafes, shops and boutique hotels – but all are worth checking out! I had one of the most delicious papaya smoothies of my life at Casa Azul.
Under the radar must-see or do?
Take a boat trip from Tofo Beach for the day. Mozambique is full of beautiful offshore islands and for about $30 USD per person it’s easy to find a local willing to take you out for the day. There’s a good chance you could snorkel with whale sharks on your trip too! The best time of year to see them is November through April, but they’re there year-round. Tofo actually has one of the largest whale shark populations in the world and is also known for its diving.
Waking up one morning to a migration of hundreds of humpback whales just offshore, fully breaching out of the water. It was unexpected, beautiful, spiritual. All the feels.
Did you encounter any challenges leading up to or during the trip?
Inter-African flights certainly presented some challenges. The local airline LAM has even gained a nickname by the locals “Late And Maybe”. Flights in and out of the smaller villages use this airline and yes, there’s a very good chance your flight will be late and maybe even cancelled for the day. Just keep an open mind and be willing to go with the flow.
3 words that sum up your experience.
Remote, enriching, authentic.
Looking back, what do you miss the most?
The feeling of adventure. Of waking up to the unknown every day. Everything was so new. The sounds, the smells, the sights. And the people were amazing, I’ll never forget their warm smiles.
Learn some Portuguese before you go! Most of the locals we encountered could speak some English, but when we made an effort to speak Portuguese the locals saw you as more of a friend than a tourist.
DESCRIBE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHY AESTHETIC
I love to capture the beauty in life’s simple moments and I am always drawn to clean compositions in nature. This world and our day-to-day life can be full of chaos and distractions. Through my photography, I seek to give people a mental escape and a place to find calmness.
Define an aesthetic and voice that is true to you and stay consistent.
Carley Rudd is an imaginative soul who shares her creative expertise in the fields of photography, visual strategy, art directing and PR. An image maker & influencer she has directed photo-shoots, produced visual content for brands and conceptualized social media campaigns – creating exceptional work . Carley lives in Los Angeles and travels the world sharing her passion for the simple things in life and her love of the outdoors – capturing the beauty that crosses her journeys.