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 ;)
During the trip I will deliver a
10h photography workshop in 3 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.
Catalunya Climb Photo Retreat
Dates: Flexible Dates
Duration: 4 days
Group: 3 to 4 travelers
Price: Ask for a quote
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.
What climbing level is required? A good physical condition but no previous knowledge or experience is required.
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.
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 (...) (far from the tipical tourist path) and made possible some very intense encounters with wildlife, nature and local people."
Emi T., France – "What made the trip really special to me was that there was a great bunch of people and a friendly atmosphere at all times. A special thanks to Ray for always caring about others during the trip. I loved the photography workshops that he taught with a lot of passion and didacticism."
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!"
The UIAGM High Mountain Guide will deliver a both practical and theoretical climbing course covering
sport and alpine climbing as well as autonomous rappel.
Beginner or expert climber, the instructor will help you progress regardless of your level. Equipment and climbing insurance are included.