Hello! I’m Ray Vüilsen and I share my love of travel and photography skills with small groups far off the beaten track. We go to the most beautiful regions in the world while our travelers get a crash photography course tailored to individual needs, whether beginner or advanced (visit my Instagram). If you care about having a memorable, responsible and aware travel experience, come with us and you will find a way to genuinely connect with local people and nature!
What makes it Unique?
Safe & Small groups (3 to 8)
Connect with local people
Flexible travel: feel free
Far off the beaten tracks
Crash 30h Photography course for all levels
Responsible & Authentic experiences
Transparent & Fair pricing
International open minded crowd
Have an Impact, leave no trace
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 orders and I find it unfair how commissions are usually handled.
Instead I believe in free travel, where the unexpected has its place and travelers have their word. This makes each trip a different and unique experience. In our trips we use transparent pricing, genuine recommendations 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. No more rip-offs and frustrating negotiations.
That’s why I kicked off photo adventure travel. We like authentic experiences to understand local culture and to learn and exchange with them. We 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.
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 your camera is. From a luminous sunset to a colorful chameleon, from an inspiring portrait to a shooting star.
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! We are an international crowd that loves meeting different people to have a good time together and enjoy life. And we also care about where we go and who we meet, looking for an impact but leaving no trace.
With us you will hike to remote areas and villages, chat and cook with locals, kayak through magic rivers, discover virgin beaches, understand fragile ecosystems and learn to preserve them, snorkel and surf in sublime seas... and, most importantly, realize how important it is to take care of nature to make sure future generations can also be part of it.
We dare to explore remote areas of the world and are excited to do so; we like to experience the world freely, and to take care of the environment and the people who surround us. Harmony and fairness define us.
"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!"
Diana P. (Romania)