Depression is a real psychological condition that, for many, can be completely debilitating. One photographer – Michael Loffer – fights his depression in part by traveling around the world and taking beautiful photos.

Many commenters on reddit, where he posted his photos, took issue with the idea that he was suffering from depression while engaged in such a seemingly costly and enjoyable pastime. But he insisted that he had managed his wonderful trips through thrift – by couch-surfing, hitch-hiking, not partying and living cheap – both at home and abroad. And, unlike most photographers, who use high-quality SLR cameras, he shoots with a $300 Nikon AW 100.

Loffer wrote that the moments he photographed “breathed a little life” into him. Whether or not you’re suffering from depression, we hope they brighten your day, too!

More info: Facebook (h/t: Biggieholla)

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Yuanyang, China

Lijiang, China

Machu Picchu, Peru

Zhangjiajie, China

Colca Canyon, Peru

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Sapa, Vietnam | Cocora Valley, Colombia

Yangshuo, China

Maya Bay, Thailand

Annapurna circuit, Nepal | Banos, Ecuador

An ancient small town where they filmed part of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – Hongcun, China

Proboscis monkey, Borneo

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Zhangjaijie, China

Annapurna circuit, Nepal

Sapa, Vietnam

Mount Kinabalu