Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a few of the questions generally asked about our photography tours, workshops & safaris. This list should help answer some of the basic questions you may have, however, please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions – we would love to have you join us in the field!

What are your group sizes?

Backcountry Journeys specializes in small group photography experiences, so we keep our group sizes from 4 to 12 participants, depending on the location and trip type. Often you’ll have two or more trip leaders to help ensure each guest gets quality one-on-one photography instruction.

Do I need to be a professional photographer?

Definitely not. But professional photographers are certainly welcome to join as well. We offer photography tours, workshops & safaris that cater to all levels and abilities. Our trips are largely field oriented as we spend a lot of time outdoors actually shooting and honing our photography skills.

Who are your guides?

At Backcountry Journeys we believe that the trip leader is one of the most crucial aspects of a successful photo trip. We pride ourselves on hiring the most personable, engaging and well-rounded photo guides. Our trip leaders are professional photographers with considerable experience leading groups in locations around the world, and are excellent photography instructors. Our professional trip leaders are always by your side while shooting in the field to guide and educate – ensuing that when you leave a Backcountry Journeys trip, you not only are a better photographer, but also that you have the shots you wanted going in. Our photography pros are familiar with a variety of camera systems including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji and more. You can read about our trip leaders by clicking here.

Will my guide know much about the places we are visiting?

While photography takes center stage on our tours, we visit amazing places (often National Parks) that hold a tremendous amount of fascinating natural and cultural history. All of our guides are knowledgeable about the history of the areas in which they guide, and are happy to share this knowledge as a part of our tour offering.

Who goes on these trips?

Anyone with a sense of adventure and an interest in exploring our natural world is welcome on our photography trips. You don’t even need to be a photographer!

The average age of our guests is 40 to 75 years-old, although we certainly do get older and younger people on occasion.

Often our groups are a good mix of like-minded couples and solo travelers. Many of our guests are return clients however first-time guests quickly fall in love with our style of group travel. Our trips are enjoyable and we believe a huge part of the success of Backcountry Journeys is our fun, laid back travel style – our goal is to make sure your vacation is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t soon forget!

What about non-photographing spouses / partners / friends?

Backcountry Journeys trips are great for couples or a group of friends, even if not everyone is “a photographer”. As long as you have the patience and an interest in the natural world our trips are a blast whether or not everyone wants to participate in all the itinerary activities. That choice is yours.

Where does my trip begin?

When you register for a photography trip you will receive an information packet that details when and where you will meet your guide and group on day one. This meeting normally takes place in the evening on day one, in the hotel lobby.  At this orientation meeting we will prepare for the days ahead with a group welcome dinner.

What are the accommodations like?

It depends on the tour location. We strive to offer the best available accommodations which usually include upper mid-range hotels. On some of our trips we stay at rustic eco-lodges, some of our trips are based in rural villages and sometimes we camp in the wilderness – so there are lots of options!

We’re always upfront about what to expect and give details/links to accommodations so you’ll know what you’re getting in advance. We research hotels through recommendations, Trip Advisor, and by scouting an area extensively before offering a tour.

Are meals included?

Most meals are included. Included meals will be noted on the itinerary. We believe great food and sharing meals with like-minded new friends is a HUGE part of the experience!

What about special dietary needs / preferences?

If you have any diet restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, kosher or Atkins, please note these on our booking form before hand and we will accommodate your dietary wishes and needs. We typically like to utilize restaurants and supermarkets that offer rich, whole, and healthy foods. Accommodating dietary restrictions sometimes does require advance notice, so please be thorough and timely with any requests.

What First-Aid and Safety Precautions do you take?

Your safety is our top priority, followed closely by great photography and of course, fun. Our guides, some of which are certified Wilderness First Responders, are equipped with first-aid kits and have years of guiding experience. On some tours the guide will also carry a satellite phone if no cell-service is available in the region.

What is included in the price?

Each tour is a bit different, but most tours include lodging, meals, transportation, and all photographic instruction. For trip specific details please refer to the individual trip’s page for the trip you are interested in booking.

Do you offer equipment rentals?

We do not offer equipment rentals at this time. We recommend inquiring online at as they offer a great selection of photography gear to choose from.

How do I book a tour?

Click here to access our Upcoming Photography Tours, Workshops & Safari’s page. You may also call one of our Photo Adventure Specialists at 928-478-1521

Do you recommend Travel Insurance?

Yes! We strongly recommend protecting your travel investment by purchasing a trip insurance policy that includes emergency evacuation coverage. Life happens, and travel insurance can provide you with trip cancellation/interruption, travel delay, medical expenses, emergency assistance, air flight, baggage and baggage delay coverages. Medical coverage purchased with your policy is crucial and required if you do not have health insurance. While we do not recommend or endorse anyone specifically, you will likely find several good options for travel insurance plans at

How quickly do your trips sell out?

Many of our tours often sell out over a year in advance – occasionally before we post the tour on our website. You can sign up for our email Newsletter to be notified immediately when new trip dates / departures are posted.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Click here for our Terms & Conditions.

What is your mailing address?

Click here for Contact Information.