Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you looking for wildlife or landscapes? Start by identifying the style of photography that interests you most. Is there a general region, park, or part of the world that you would like to visit/see? From there it’s all in the style, do you want to hike and be active, or would you like the shot selections to be more easily accessible without hiking? Would you like to camp or stay in more luxurious lodging? Choose from our extensive collection of domestic and/or international trip options that offer the right combination of what you are looking for. Feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable Photo Adventure Specialists if you have questions.

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.

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!

If you have any diet restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, kosher or Atkins, please note these on our booking form beforehand 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.

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.

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 field oriented as we spend a lot of time outdoors shooting and honing our photography skills.

At Backcountry Journeys we believe that the trip leader is one of the most crucial aspects of a successful photo trip and 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 that not only you leave with the shots you wanted, but that also you are a better photographer. 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 here.

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 cultural and natural history of the areas in which they guide, and are happy to share this knowledge as a part of our tour offering.

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. Please note that trip prices are the same for all participants regardless of whether you are actively photographing.

Choosing Your Trip

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.

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

'Standard' tours will involve very little hiking or extensive walking. The majority of our shots on 'standard' style tours will be designed so as to require little physically from you to get to "the shot." If you register for a 'standard' tour, please expect that shots that require hiking or extensive scrambling will NOT be on the itinerary, even if they are nearby.

'Hiker-Photo' tours are still photography-based and as such daily activities will be designed around the photography schedule. Please reference the day-to-day itinerary in the trip packet to ensure that you are familiar with the amount, and difficulty, of hiking, involved so that your expectations will properly be met.

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. We research hotels through recommendations, Trip Advisor, and by scouting an area extensively before offering a tour.

Booking a Trip

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.

The best way to reserve your spot on a trip is to simply fill out our online reservation form which is accessible on each trip page. Simply hit 'Book Now' and fill out the form along with your deposit which can be paid via credit card or paypal. We will confirm your reservation and send you a welcome email along with trip & travel information. 

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

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 InsureMyTrip

To book your reservation with Backcountry Journeys a deposit is required for each person on a trip. Depending on the trip, deposits are usually 30%-50% of the trip cost. If booking within 120 days of departure full payment is required in order to make a reservation. Please note: Your final balance will automatically be charged to the card you used to initially book the trip 120 days prior to the departure date. We will send a reminder email a few weeks out. If paying via check, money order, wire transfer or Paypal we will send a payment reminder before the 120 day due date.

Our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Guests who wish to have their own room they will be charged a Single Supplement fee (in most cases) provided there is room availability on the desired trip.

The Single Supplement is a fee added to the trip price which secures a private room with no roommate for guests who prefer to room alone. Single Supplements will vary trip to trip, so please reference the trip page on the website, and/or ask your friendly Photo Adventure Specialist.

If you are open to rooming with another solo traveler please let us know at the time of booking. It may be possible to connect you with another solo traveler in order to share a room.

We are happy to arrange nights before and/or after your trip. Just ask!

Trip Preparation

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 and will meet in the hotel lobby.  At this orientation meeting, we will prepare for the days ahead with a group welcome dinner.

For all international trips, you will need a passport that is valid at least 6 months from your return date. Please reference individual trip packets for additional information on passports, visas, currency, cell phones, etc. as that varies between countries.

Since guests arrive from different places on different flights and at different times, we’ll meet for the first time at our scheduled pre-trip meeting/dinner site, details of which are provided in individual trip itineraries that are available on our website and in trip packets. Airport transfers are typically not included unless provided by the hotel - although we often utilize hotels that have free airport transportation. On some international trips you will be met be a Backcountry Journeys staff member upon arrival. Detailed meeting instructions are provided with your final trip documents.

On most trips we can typically deliver you directly to the airport after your trip - just ask!

A packing list will be included in your trip packet that you will receive at the time of booking. There is also a packing list as a part of a detailed itinerary that can be requested at the top of any trip page on the website if you’d like to see a packing list for a particular trip prior to booking

Gratuities for your Backcountry Journeys guides are not included in your trip price nor are they compulsory. They are however customary and a nice way to thank them for a high level of service. We recommend tipping guides 10-20% of your trip price (Tips will be divided and shared by your guides if there are more than one). We ask that you tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.

We do not offer equipment rentals at this time. We recommend inquiring online at BorrowLenses.com as they offer a great selection of photography gear to choose from. Often they can ship gear directly to our arrival hotel.