#SwellAdventures in Seoul

S'well covers the adventures of a photographer on a trip from Canada to Seoul


This year, we’re resolving to finally cross some vacation destinations off our bucket list. Let our latest S’well Adventurer be your inspiration. Jonathon Smith is a photographer based in Calgary, Canada, who has a love for getting outdoors to get the perfect shot. Read on to learn more about his knack for adventure and see his visual travel diary as he goes from Canada to Seoul and back.


S'well covers the adventures of a photographer on a trip from Canada to Seoul


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Jonathon Smith. I’m a photographer who lives in Calgary, Canada. I was raised in Calgary so going on adventures and exploring was always easy with the Rocky Mountains being so close.


Tell us about your #SwellAdventures.

The locations in the photos are from Seoul, South Korea and the Canadian Rockies. In Seoul, I took my photos at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza which is probably one of my favourite architectures in the world. The plaza is designed by Zaha Hadid who is my favourite architect. If you are ever in Seoul, be sure to put the plaza on the top of your to-do list. Another location is Moraine Lake, located in the Canadian Rockies. The water is unbelievably blue, with spectacular reflections of the sun on the mountain peaks during summer mornings.


Why did you choose that destination?

I choose Seoul for its amazing architecture and the Canadian Rockies for the pure natural beauty.


Which S’well did you take with you?

While in Seoul, South Korea, I travelled with White Marble which was one of the best decisions because the hot weather would have otherwise turned my cold water into tea.


What do you keep in your S’well?

Usually water. Always have to stay hydrated.


S'well covers the adventures of a photographer on a trip from Canada to Seoul


What’s been your favorite adventure to date?

My favorite adventure to date has been a trip to Iceland last fall. I drove all around the island visiting magnificent waterfalls, hot springs, and geothermal geysers. The comfortable fall weather on the South side of the island was a complete contrast to the heavy winter weather on the North side of the island.  Overall, Iceland is most unreal and unearthly country I’ve ever visited.


What are your other adventure/travel essentials?

My camera, a notebook and my laptop.


Have any good adventure tips or tricks you’d like to share?

Step out of your comfort zone and take a chance.  Do your research, leave the “tourist” at home, and take the plunge (on something safe that does not have a high probability of killing you).




What is the next #SwellAdventure on your bucket list?

Hong Kong and Iceland are the next #SwellAdventures locations on my bucket list.


How did you first get started in photography?

I started photography in my teens when I began to realize there was always a story to be told when traveling.


What’s the most inspiring city you’ve travelled to?

Tokyo, Japan – this city has so much fluid motion it gives the appearance of being alive and a sense of direction in the always-moving city.  When speaking with the locals, it is not difficult to the feel the pride they have for the city. I have visited Tokyo four times this year and look forward to visiting it again.


S'well covers the adventures of a photographer on a trip from Canada to Seoul


You can follow along on the rest of Jonathon’s adventures on his Instagram. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us by tagging @swellbottle and using #SwellAdventures.

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