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Travel in Focus: 6 Photo Tours for the Adventure Traveler

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 01, 2016

Travel in Focus: 6 Photo Tours for the Adventure Traveler

PHOTO: Torres del Paine (courtesy Tourismo Chile) 

What do you get when you combine incredible experiences with the opportunity to learn to take better photos? 

The answer: a deep, lasting travel experience and beautiful memories, and that’s what photo tours are all about.  

New tour company Travel Vision Journeys is offering active photo adventures for the culturally curious that immerse, inspire and connect travelers with some of the world’s most photogenic places. The tours are led by expert photographers who are there to help guests improve and expand their photography skills while they learn about the people and places they are visiting.

“I have seen a significant increase in travelers who are interested in photography as quality equipment has become more affordable and social media has become more prevalent,” said Lauren Hefferon, Founder of Travel Vision Journeys, a new company offering active photo adventures to destinations like Peru, Brazil, Maine and Patagonia. “Unlike most travel options, photography tours allow for a slow, deep dive into the spirit of a place. It expands the sensory experience as guests move more leisurely, but with greater intimacy and intensity — I call it mindful travel.”

Hefferon isn’t alone in offering these types of journeys. Several companies offer photo-specific tours. They all have a couple things in common – stunning, bucket-list destinations and professional photographers available to help guests snap the best photos possible. 

Here are six of the best: 

Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour
Iceland has just been named one of the best destinations for a luxury adventure by Virtuoso and if you are looking to capture its essence on film, head there with Big Chill Adventures, whose co-founder is professional photographer Mindy Cambiar. In March, gear up for a chilly photo journey chasing the beauty of the aurora borealis as well as dogsledding on the Langjökull Icecap, whale watching, visiting geothermal pools and geologic formations of a recent lava flow and more.

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Ancient Inca Photo Tour
Travel Vision Journeys takes visitors on a Peruvian photo journey through Cusco, the Sacred Valley and majestic Machu Picchu. If you love landscape photography, this is your trip, because natural beauty, colorful culture and rare culinary experiences abound. 

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari
Head to the Hudson Bay with Adventure Life where you will join a remote polar bear cabin camp for an immersive experience in the Canadian Arctic and the chance to photograph these endangered predators, meet Inuit people and discover the magic of the tundra. 

Patagonia Myths, Mountains and Mammals
Ossian Lindholm will accompany aspiring photographers on a Travel Vision Journeys trip in Patagonia. The nine-day hiking and photography tour heads into the Los Glaciares National Park and Torres Del Paine National Park with incredible wildlife photo opps of pumas, guanacos, the Darwin fox, and soaring condors. 

South Georgia Cruise & Photography Symposium
Discover the South Atlantic Ocean on a 17-day journey in South Georgia with Adventure Life. The trip gives travelers more time than most tours in South Georgia to explore the islands and their incredible wildlife. The area is often called “the most staggering wildlife show on earth,” and guests will have ample time to explore pristine landscapes and have some rare photographic opportunities. 

READ MORE: Travel Photography Tips: How To Photograph The Locals  

Luxury East Africa Photo Safari
Next July, photogs can travel with Frontiers International Travel for a 15-day journey in Kenya and Tanzania. It includes the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Masai Mara and one of the most stunning wildlife spectacles on earth – the annual Great Migration. Celebrated travel photographers Barry and Cathy Beck will accompany travelers on this journey.


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