I recently returned from a trip to Peru with PhotoFly Travel Club for my birthday (March 2019). It was my first time traveling solo outside the US and my first time going on a group tour, and I would sign up for another PhotoFly tour in a heartbeat. In fact, as soon as my bank account allows it, I probably will.
The itinerary hit top destinations as well as some more off-the-beaten-path locations, and the entire trip was very well-planned. It helped that the tour director Karen was amazing!! She was extremely organized, enthusiastic, level-headed, diplomatic and made the entire adventure easy, safe and fun. The itinerary included a great mix of cultural experiences and archaeological sites, and seemed well thought out. I appreciated that there were optional more difficult activities for those of us who wanted them (like challenging hikes).
The trip overall was an amazing, wonderful experience. It was a very active trip, yet we had a choice of what we got to do like at the beach resort and the jungle.
I loved helping out the orphanages(…)this was a wonderful experience helping with the bridge and allowed us to learn about how many people in Cambodia still live. The general knowledge of visas, passports, health info for regions visited was excellent.
The selection of hotels was also overall very good. I was impressed with the mix and quality of tour guides, live entertainment, and a wonderful experience for photography with other photography enthusiasts. 🙂
I had an AMAZING trip to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana!!! We saw and experienced so much.
The whole trip organization was superb, our leader, Andrew was a lot of fun, easy going and our group was great. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. This was my third trip with PhotoFly – can’t wait for the next one. Excellent group!” Donna from California, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana ’18.
“My wife and I just returned from the Galapagos with Andrew as our leader. We had a great time. The pace was quick and the schedule full of activities. The group was positive and the planning was meticulous.
The group was the right size and the week went way too fast. Double thumbs up!
My wife and I took Photofly’s trip to Greece in October 2021. It was the first time that we had taken a group tour. We had a great time.
We loved Greece. Photofly picked the perfect sites to visit. Outside of the obligatory stop in Athens, the locations were “off the beaten path” compared to the popular islands such as Mykonos. The trip included stops in the islands of Zakynthos & Corfu. It is hard to say which one we liked better. in addition, the trip visited the monasteries of Meteora and quaint mountain villages near the Vikos Gorge. These were very memorable.
The timing was perfect: after the summer crowds and the weather was not too hot or cold. Andrew Skarvinko was the tour director. He has the perfect personality for this role. We also had a local guide that was very helpful.
Just returned from Photofly’s first trip to Croatia.
It was a fabulous trip, very well planned and we had an excellent tour guide who enhanced the beauty of this trip with great knowledge and expertise on Croatia.
Steve J. is a good team leader and is both structured to keep things moving and can also “go with the flow”. Highly recommend Photofly travel club for executing an awesome action packed adventure.
Kenya was amazing! It is a beautiful and inspiring place to be. I was amazed at how safe I felt, how well taken care of we were and how many different things we were able to experience. The people were friendly, welcoming and helpful.
I was struck by how many animals we were able to see, how close we were able to get to them, and how much I learned about each species that I didn’t know before.
Truly, this was a life changing trip for me.”
Tourism was just starting to return to the islands, but it felt like we were the only ones there. The wildlife there is fascinating – from the giant tortoises, iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, and playful sea lions. Our accommodations were top-notch and our local guides incredibly knowledgeable.
OMG – the chocolates and coffee! Andrew was our tour leader, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about him. Super, super funny, patient, caring, thoughtful, diplomatic, organized – Andrew made all of us feel included and taken care of.
My last trip with Steve and company was just a fantastic as the two previous outings. It is obvious that Steve has done his homework. He has all the details to a “t” and the activities are pretty much non stop. To me this is wonderful since being very active presents a plethora of opportunities for great photography. Steve affords us the opportunity to go to places that are a bit out of the way and if you apply your creativity the photo opportunities are endless.
I am an all out photo enthusiast and tend to focus on making images with great zeal. As a result from time to time I will get separated from the group and even get left behind, yet Steve hasn’t left me…thank you Steve!
The trip to Japan was a rousing success. Even though it rained quite a bit this didn’t stop us and I was able to satisfy my photographic goals for the trip. Photographing the snow monkeys, geishas, street photography, Japanese religious rituals, bamboo forest, etc., etc. Riding the bullet train was another experience for the “bucket list” counters.
The people were all great, good camaraderie and lots of good joy and laughter. I could go on for quite awhile, but I will end by saying…great job Steve and see you soon in another great adventure.
Hello all! I recently went on a trip to Kenya with Photofly during the Great Migration. There are not enough stars to rate this trip. It was fabulous. Everything about it was wonderful. Our group was great. Everyone got along superbly and we all became friends, not just travel companions.
The lodgings were excellent, the food was incredible, and Andrew (our guide) was fantastic. And of course the itinerary! Oh… my… goodness.
This was absolutely my BEST vacation ever! I will definitely travel with this group again.”
“Just back from Kenya with Photofly and it was fabulous. Traveled to several excellent safari locations, took lots of pictures, saw an incredible array of wildlife. Hotels were all excellent, drivers Joseph and PoPo were excellent game spotters. Karen a great liaison. Shot a video: Lions Mating. Sex! Romance! Domestic violence! youtu.be/iAF5AUDlm1Q This was my 4th Photofly trip and they have been uniformly spectacular.”
Fantastic destinations and experiences with fantastic new friends! You will come back with memories and photos to cherish from the experience of a lifetime!
I was super-impressed at the planning put into the trip. I really feel that I couldn’t have found a better deal anywhere else. The amount of stuff that we got to do, as well as the accommodations were way above what I had expected prior to departure.
I am looking forward to traveling with your groups again in the future.
My trip to Costa Rica was a first with Photofly and for the country. I had high expectations because I needed a break from the isolation of working at home and COVID restrictions. The trip exceeded my expectations and was a superb experience with both the travel company and the country.
Traveling alone, I wanted the trip to be carefree and well-planned. It was! I met a wonderful group of people and laughed more than I have in some time. Because Photofly specializes in small group tours (mine was 12 people) you have the opportunity to get to know everyone on the trip.
The tour guides are knowledgeable, entertaining and organized. All of our accommodations were first class. We had lunch/dinner in ‘off the beaten path’ places. The food was 5-star. Tourism is a major industry so everyone was happy to have us; however, the ‘Pura Vida’ (Pure Life) attitude of the people is year-round. Costa Rica has low COVID numbers because they are unwavering in their cleanliness protocols: constant temperature checks, masks required in public places, social distancing guidelines, and sanitation stations throughout the country.
Among the many sites, were several species of monkeys swinging in the trees, sloths, toucans, iguanas, crocodiles, many types of birds and majestic waterfalls. We also hiked to the summit of Arenal Volcano. There were many more highlights too numerous to mention in this post. Ziplining was unlike anything I’ve experienced in the US. If you like adventure, hiking, and nature you will love this trip!
Steve’s tour of the Big Island of Hawaii was excellent! It was billed as an adventure and photography tour and did not disappoint.
The accommodations were first rate. The schedule contained a good mix of land and sea experiences but was flexible enough to entertain some changes.
From swimming with sea turtles to hiking a dormant volcanic crater, from tasting Kona coffee on the mountainside to eating Mahi fish tacos at the marina, from beach combing next to a pounding surf to watching the sunset in silence atop Mauna Kea, it was all good…
Book a tour with Steve, bring your spirit of adventure, and be confident that he will deliver what he advertises.
I’ve taken two trips with Photofly. Each one was well thought out and left me with lasting memories. An emphasis is placed on experiencing the true culture of a place, which is what really attracted me to the PhotoFly Travel Club. I didn’t want to just be a tourist.
I wanted to experience things, and go off the beaten path a little, but also with like-minded people! Photofly delivers! … I’ve met wonderful people both times I’ve traveled with the group, and trust that I will meet more wonderful people in the future. Tour prices are reasonable, and the option to have a roommate and not pay a single supplement is really great…”
I recently went to Ireland joining Steve Juba’s PhotoFly Travel Club. It was my first group travel experience. I had a great time with the group, made some new friends and just had a lot of fun seeing all the beautiful sites. I thought all the accommodations were perfect, the right combination of city and country locations. I also thought the trip offered a good blend of things to do, enough to please everyone.
We had interesting tours of beautiful castles, gardens, toured the Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery in Midleton, the Guinness Brewery, enjoyed guided nature hikes and river walks. We kayaked on Kenmare Bay and enjoyed many other activities. The tour bus we traveled in was very comfortable and the bus driver, Patrick, kept things lively with his great sense of humor and he was also very knowledgeable of all things Irish. Along the way Steve, our trip leader, knew of plenty of great spots for photo opportunities.
He would ask the bus driver to stop the bus and we would all jump off with cameras in hand so we could snap away making for great photos and plenty of good memories too. I also thought the food was quite good (I did not realize I would enjoy Irish pub fare…quite tasty with a pint of Guinness…so no complaints from me).
Breakfast was included everyday so we could hit the ground running. We enjoyed some traditional lively Irish entertainment as well. I definitely recommend PhotoFly Travel Club and I am looking forward to my next adventure with them.
WOW and WOW! Every minute of each and every day was delightful, much more than I ever dreamed a tour could provide.
Andrew and Medani were amazing, knowledgable, funny, helpful, inclusive, and more (could go on and on). The tour was impeccably designed to offer us a wide range of experiences and photo ops at every turn. They took us to places I would not have thought to go on my own, and gave us the ‘inside scoop’ on all our adventures.
I felt like we experienced the country from a ‘local’ perspective, and it was beautiful. I felt very safe and extremely well taken care of. Oh, and did I mention the ‘mandatory optional tea’ (HA!) that was served EVERY PLACE WE ARRIVED! Delicious and welcoming! From colorful local markets to the Sahara desert to the Atlas Mountains…we saw it all!
Every trip we take with PhotoFly delivers not only a great value for the money, but a great adventure! We just returned from Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. These are not countries we had ever thought of visiting; however, I know that Steve Juba puts together trips that provide a unique perspective to interesting places so we went!
What a great trip! Not only were these countries beautiful, we learned so much about the people and the history of this part of the world…and we had such fun! Great food, rooms, top-notch guides and a schedule that provided time to relax!
After seven trips with Photofly, I can say we have never been anything but delighted with the adventures! Each trip had its own flavor, but all were carefully crafted to ensure the guests had a great time!
“What fabulous trips! We love traveling with PhotoFly Travel Club! Steve Juba puts together great trips!
They are interesting, fun and affordable. We have been twice to Hawaii and Africa with the Club and we are ready to go to Eastern Europe and Australia.
This is a wonderful way to see the world without the stress of planning all the details. If you are looking for a great way to see the world, while having a great time, you need to travel with PhotoFly Travel Club!”
“I’ve traveled to more than 30 countries and had previously done all of the planning myself. This time I opted to go with PhotoFly to Patagonia and I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks to our guide Andrew S., I spent zero% of the time planning and 100% of the time enjoying the trip! Andrew is an excellent guide. He is energetic, enthusiastic, positive and funny. He is organized, very knowledgeable on information relevant to the trip and he is a great communicator.
I highly recommend Andrew and PhotoFly to anyone who is looking for a first rate, stress free vacation that leaves you with wonderful afterglow feelings of having had a great experience.”
Seldom have I ever attached to a tour since I prefer individual exploration and have plenty experience to comfortably and confidently navigate the world on my own. The Photofly trip I took was really great, and I would certainly do another group trip again with them.
This is not your usual run-of-the-mill canned tour. Steve is warm, engaging, humorous, very personable and likable. He spent a lot of time and energy interacting and socializing with each individual person on the trip and setting the tone for great group dynamics.
I could tell that Steve is genuine in his interactions with a very real, down to earth enthusiasm for being with people and traveling together.
He is very welcoming of all demographics and adds that very personal touch to the entire trip. This comes from an independent traveler who usually doesn’t do group trips, but whose experience with Photofly has changed that!
The Best of Bali & Komodo trip was an incredible adventure & great experience. We saw a lot of the top destinations & sights of several Indonesian Islands. We got to hike, snorkel, eat, shop, see many off the “beaten path” authentic places in Bali.
Oh and of course take LOTS of gorgeous pictures. The tour guides were kind, patient, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about their locations. I would definitely recommend traveling with Photofly & Steve Juba. I liked the mix of the group including all ages, interests & various backgrounds. I’m looking forward to my next trip!” Donna from Texas, Bali ’16
“I did the South African safari to Entabeni and it was excellent with the wildlife and accommodations. There was excellent coordination prior to departure and during the trip with both the Photofly Team Leader and the safari Ranger guide. I would highly recommend the trip.
Steve Juba and Photofly gave us an amazing experience! Our South African 2014 Safari was completely what we were told it would be.
The Wildside camp put us right in the middle of all things natural from giraffes, warthogs, baboons, assorted deer outside our tent door to birds, butterflies and an amazing variety of flora. The twice daily game drives with Aubrey, our expert guide, helped us see and learn the behaviors of all the animals in the reserve; lion, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, elephant, rhino, hippo etc.
We look forward to our next adventure with Photofly and Steve.
I had an incredible time on the Lake Adventure with Steve and Jud. They chose a truly special and remote spot- a treat in itself because I’d never been before, and had everything already set up when I got there- tents, a great campfire, yummy food…there were windsurfing lessons, sailing, swimming, volleyball nets for whatever I wanted to do and a great group of people to do it with.
Breakfast was epic with chocolate banana pancakes- soooo good (all the food was excellent.)
I’d go on any trip they put together, why wouldn’t I, they made it all so easy. thanks 🙂
I recently came back from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with PhotoFly Travel Club. This was a life changing experience.
We were able to choose how much and in what way we wanted to give back, whether it was just time spent at an orphanage, participating in providing shoes for village children who had none, teaching ESL for an evening, visiting remote one room schools to distribute educational supplies, to hands-on projects like working side-by-side with remote villagers helping to build a bridge to enable children to walk to school.
It’s activities like these, and attention to detail like dining at non-profit restaurants, that set this experience apart from all others. Don’t worry tho, there was plenty of time for typical vacation activities like hanging out on the beach, in the cities and wandering around places like the Killing Fields, MeKong Delta and a little place called Angkor Wat.
I highly recommend PhotoFly Travel Club for your next action packed adventure vacation. Steve and crew rock!
My trip to Costa Rica was a first with Photofly and for the country. I had high expectations because I needed a break from the isolation of working at home and COVID restrictions. The trip exceeded my expectations and was a superb experience with both the travel company and the country. Traveling alone, I wanted the trip to be carefree and well-planned. It was! I met a wonderful group of people and laughed more than I have in some time. Because Photofly specializes in small group tours (mine was 12 people) you have the opportunity to get to know everyone on the trip.
The tour guides are knowledgeable, entertaining and organized. All of our accommodations were first class. We had lunch/dinner in ‘off the beaten path’ places. The food was 5-star.
I have taken six trips with Photofly travel club. I have traveled to the Galapagos islands, Australia, Croatia, and the Amazon to name a few. My latest trip was a Kenya safari in Africa for 10 days.
Steve takes care of every detail and I’m always confident I will like the trip and meet new friends on each trip. I now have lifelong friends from traveling with Steve’s group. Some people bring $10,000 cameras and some bring a point and shoot camera, it really doesn’t matter what your photography level. Steve is happy to help if you want to expand your knowledge with cameras, settings and lenses.
I think Photofly is a really good deal for the price that he charges especially Kenya is all inclusive with all meals for 10 days and lodging. it’s very hard to beat when you compare it to the other travel groups. I plan on doing many more trips with the group in the future.
This was my second trip with PhotoFly and both (Greece and Morocco) were terrific! As were both Steve and Andrew. They went with the flow, figured things out on the spot and never let us doubt that they knew what they were doing–even if they didn’t!
Love the smaller group (15) and even the longer bus rides gave me a chance to re-group and re-charge.
Our stops were sometimes questionable, but then I realized that it was part of the culture, part of getting into some of the nitty-gritty of the country and part to give us a break from the bus. Definitely well-planned and diverse.
I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica. The trip was awesome. So much adventure!
The guides were fantastic, and the group was well-organized. My fellow travelers were all helpful and friendly, and we saw some things that were definitely off the beaten path. It was a very active trip with a lot of hiking and walking, but there were also opportunities for relaxation.
“Hello all! I recently went on a trip to Kenya with Photofly during the Great Migration. There are not enough stars to rate this trip. It was fabulous. Everything about it was wonderful. Our group was great. Everyone got along superbly and we all became friends, not just travel companions.
The lodgings were excellent, the food was incredible, and Andrew (our guide) was fantastic. And of course the itinerary! Oh… my… goodness. This was absolutely my BEST vacation ever! I will definitely travel with this group again.
If I could travel with this club 2-3 times a year, I would do it in a second. Just got back from my very first trip to a safari in Kenya. It was a fantastic and exhausting experience. Our organizer Steve made sure we got to see a huge portion of the country thus increasing our chances of seeing as many animals as possible.
Long car rides from one location to another but the rewards of seeing lions, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, zebras, a variety of birds, etc., etc., were completely worth it. My only regret was not being able to enjoy the beautiful hotels we stayed at a little longer.
We entered these beautiful oasis/shangrilas in the middle of vast open land only inhabited by wild animals. Amazing places and the Kenyan people were so welcoming and kind. Last but not least, our safari drivers were phenomenal. Joseph, Dixon and Popo, thank you for taking such good care of us.”
I took my third tour with Photo Fly In September to Iceland.
Just like the two before, I had an amazing time. The group was great, Tricia our tour leader was awesome and the local tour guide from Iceland, Osi, was also great. We saw the most amazing places in Iceland. It was the most beautiful country I have visited. Photo Fly always finds the most unique locations on the tour. Just spectacular. All the hotel accommodations were top notch and we had wonderful meals.
PhotoFly does all the work for you. I highly recommend Steve and his Photo Fly team
Thanks for all your hard work. The trip was great and so was the price! We really enjoyed it and I especially appreciate your acknowledgment of my b-day and my cake!!We are hoping to do another trip with you in the future!
Galway was great, I really loved the location of the hotel and the whole area we were in. It was nice to have such a spacious bus to travel in (Our trips are always small and private–on this one we had a 40 passenger bus all to ourselves. Only 10 of us!-Steve, Club Organizer). Lots of photo ops, I appreciated the quick photo tips you gave me.
Thanks for a fabulous trip and for posting the photos. It was great to relive the trip. Your travel club is awesome. I hope to make another trip with your club in the near future.
Loved the fact that the hotels weren’t some big name conglomerates but felt more like little hidden gems.