Find out if we’ve got your favourite pastime covered in our dedicated special interest vacations travel guide or just search for a few more ideas to help you have a really worthwhile week away rather than just a boring break at the beach. This page is all about what special interest vacations entail and how you can choose between small group and tailor made options to ensure you get the most out of your vacation.
Photography vacation activities
Perfect for anyone who’s ever swooned over an Attenborough documentary; traveling in the company of a specialist wildlife photographer will ensure you actually get photos of dolphins (not splashes) and monkeys (not leaves). Trips range from the classic – following the Big Five across the African savannah, to the elusive – tracking endangered tigers in the jungles of India. Think about the creatures and the landscapes which interest you most; special interest species include wolverines in Finland, orangutans in Borneo, orcas off the coast of Iceland and pandas in their Chinese homeland. If you’re finding it hard to choose a particular species, a trip to Africa or the Amazon opens up a huge range of wildlife – including reptiles and insects, which can shift from creepy to cool when captured close-up.
Our Photography Vacations
Sailing takes you up that bit closer to wildlife, in your own silent, floating ‘hide’.
A photography vacation aboard a sailboat does more than just 'sound cool'. Boats take you to hidden coves, open seascapes and remote islets, while the peaceful vessel gets you up close to bird and seal colonies without scaring off the wild residents. Keep an eye out for passing dolphins, porpoises and whales, some of the most challenging yet rewarding photography subjects!
Walking takes you far from the road, from the bustle, from the buildings – to places still untouched by the human hand.
Walking & snapping
Walking doesn’t whizz you through the wonderful scenery, it allows you to admire the views with every step – mentally framing them, and setting up your shots as you go. You’ll get a feel, literally, for the landscapes, as you observe the terrain underfoot, savour the scent of the wildflowers, feel the breeze and notice details such as a flitting butterfly, or the light bathing a mountainside.
Cultural encountersPhotographing people on your travels requires two very different skills: technical know-how and being confident enough to approach your subject and make them comfortable in front of the lens. This type of vacation is perfect for all those frustrated photographers, who spot National Geographic covers-in-the-making every time they visit a market, yet don’t quite know how to make them happen. Visits to markets and festivals are common, but your vacation may also incorporate unique subjects such as Whirling Dervishes, Burmese artisans at work, Berber villages, Chinese farmers or remote Indian tribes, all in a respectful, unobtrusive way.
Our top Photography Vacation
Photographic trip in the stunning west and southeast Iceland
From £3750 10 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2024: 18 Feb, 27 Sep, 25 Oct
2024: 18 Feb, 27 Sep, 25 Oct
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Nathan Horton, from our supplier Nathan Horton Photography, teaches his guests how to break down cultural barriers: “I can’t tell you how many people come to Cambodia just thinking about photographing Angkor Wat – but nearly everybody goes away having a really good sense of how friendly the people are, and having a good feeling about how interactive they’ve become with the camera. There’s a huge difference between the pictures people take when they first arrive and when they leave. The real difference is seeing people’s confidence grow as they actually engage with people. Cambodia lends itself to that perfectly because the people are genuinely very open, friendly, and engaging.”
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The best time to go on a photography vacation may not always be obvious.
A photography vacation is a wonderful way to learn a new and valuable skill.
Deciding you want to go on a photography vacation is just the beginning.
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With its otherworldly landscapes Iceland could have been designed for photography vacations.
Develop your skills guided by professional photographers along the Varanger Peninsula.
Photographing orangutans in Borneo really is a unique opportunity.
China photography vacations introduce extraordinary landscapes and photogenic people.
Our photography vacations in Spain reveal a bucolic and beautiful side to the country.
Ancient temples shrouded in jungle make Cambodia photography vacations enticing...
Offering a vivid mosaic of landscapes, cultural experiences and architecture, as well as superb local guides, India is a dream for the photographer.
Our travel experts have shared some of their top photography vacation tips.
Beginners’ photography vacations will typically feature slow-paced itineraries.
Advanced photography vacations suit people that are already familiar with their equipment.