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The best part of the travel is meeting fun and interesting people coming from all over the world. People ready to share and explore. People you will probably keep in touch with after the trip.
That’s why we pay special attention at the selection process to ensure teams have similar interests and affinities. Thus, previous to the travel experience, we
shortly interview applicants to build teams and make the best experience for you. Don’t worry, it’s really easy ;)
In my trips, I use transparent pricing and make sure guides are fairly paid: you will know how much and who is being paid and you will have total freedom to choose what to do or not.
The whole trip will cost you around 1115€ to 1315€ + flights plus your flights. You will only need to pay a fraction of this to confirm your spot. The rest will be spent on site and paid directly to the local guides and providers.
You will have plenty of options for you to choose and
make your experience super-budget or mid-range, depending on what you can afford for this trip.
During the trip I will deliver a 30h photography workshop in 8 modules complemented with practice sessions consisting on one-to-one and group mentoring, photo review and editing. There is really no limit to what camera gear you take: DSLR reflex, mirror-less, compact or mobile. Regardless of your camera level, I will help you make the most of it.
Sri Lanka Photo Adventure
Dates: As soon as possible
Duration: 11 days
Group: 6 to 8 travelers
Price: 1115€ to 1315€ + flights
Do I need to book my flights? Yes, you need to book your flights to Colombo according to the dates and meeting point. The first meeting will be on the 2nd of April 2021 at 20:00 PM and we will say bye on the 12th of April at 20:00PM.
Do I need to book my accommodation? Yes, but don't worry, I'll suggest clean, well located and affordable places. Also, if you would like something more special, you are free to book what best suits your needs. This is not an agency trip, meaning... you are Free ;)
How are we going to move around? I will facilitate the process of renting a van from a trusted local driver.
I'm a beginner in photography. Can I join? Absolutely! This is about meeting interesting people and exploring places through a new lens. Beginner or pro, it doesn't matter. The only requirement is to be motivated and interested in photography. Check my
Instagram to find out more about my pictures.
I hate tours. Is this for me? Good news, this is not an organized tour. I have been to this destination before and the suggested location allows us to make the most of our days. I will be giving you options constantly and you are free to decide what you do every day. I will also share with you my favorite authentic activities carried by trusted third parties.
I'm excited! How can I join now? Easy! Fill in the quick form below and we will have a short conversation. We take selection very seriously to build international teams which have similar interests and affinities so you get the best experience!
Who am I?
Hello! I’m Ray Vüilsen and I share my travel and photography skills with small groups (4-8 international participants) far off the beaten tracks. We go to the most beautiful regions in the world, while you get a crash photography course for all levels (visit my Instagram).
I’m passionate about travelling but, honestly, agency trips usually s***. I'm just not the kind of person who likes to follow people and I find it unfair how commissions are usually handled.
That’s why I kicked off photo adventure travel. I like authentic experiences to understand local culture and to learn and exchange with them. I like to be creative, to deal with the unexpected and have fun with it. Together we explore secret natural locations away from tourists and we enjoy and are grateful for this privilege. We
care for the environment and the development of local communities. We meet extraordinary local people and take unbeaten paths. We share and learn. We live.
My concept of travelling is far away from the classical one. It’s much more close to
how friends (good friends!) would travel: I have a plan and I suggest many options for activities, accommodation and restaurants, but you choose and make the decisions. This makes each trip a different and unique experience.
As you guessed, photography is an awesome tool to make this experience even more powerful! All through the travel, I’m going to teach you
how to make amazing photos and create meaningful stories, no matter how experienced you are or how expensive is your camera. From a luminous sunset to a colorful chameleon, from an inspiring portrait to a shooting star. And trust me, this destination is a good place to fall in love with photography...
In the last 10 years, I have explored with groups of 4 to 8 people really cool places such as Peru, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Caribbean, Lapland, Brazil and Greece... and many others! I love meeting different people to have a good time together and enjoy life. And I also care about where we go and who we meet,
looking for an impact but leaving no trace.
Cynthia W., Germany – "In the spirit of trying to reconnect with the craft, I signed up for a photography trip to Sri Lanka, led by Ray Vüilsen! And it was absolutely amazing! If you're looking for a way to re-engage with photography, start from scratch, or just travel with a bunch of fun people, check out Life Instants - Travel & Photography for incredible independent travel (...)"
Julia M., Germany – "I just arrived from my trip with Ray Vüilsen and honestly it was the best holiday of my life. He knows to create a warm welcome, took us to the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka (far from the tipical tourist path) and made possible some very intense encounters with wildlife, nature and local people."
Diana P., Romania – "Much more than a trip or a photo workshop! Life Instants is a holistic experience of discovering new places and people, living adventures, and learning how to capture what you see and feel with your camera. Will definitely do it again and again!"
Itinerary & Activities
Colombo – Wilpattu – Trincomalee – Arugam Bay – Ella
This experience has been conceived to let you connect to the millenary cultures, snorkel in crystal waters and watch for whales, spot elephants and take a chance on the world highest concentration of leopards, relax and surf on pristine beaches & savor the harmonious tea plantations.