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Doing Our Best
Be Your Best Tours is the natural evolution of my experience in travel. Since 2004 I've been designing and delivering photographic journeys to discerning travellers. Now it's time to make room for people who are happy to leave the camera at home.
This week it's become official, I'm a co-founder of a travel company! Some would say after 15 years of running photo tours maybe this is no surprise, and indeed the foundation of both travel experiences is "Go Slow" in order to make the most of your journey.
My philosophy in business has been to "keep it small". I work in very small teams, I don't hire dozens of staff for a studio and my biggest and most successful partnership was when I married Shellie Froidevaux. My photo tours have always been operated to the smallest possible scale too, with genuinely small groups and working with very small local operators. That intimate connection with my teams from Nepal to Norway has been the foundation of my tours and workshops. Small is good.
"Be Your Best Tours" is a big deal for me, albeit on a very small scale. With the help of my amazing wife Shellie we're building a small set of pure travel experiences. No more than a handful of trips each year; large enough to build a business but small enough to enjoy it. Harmony, but with a touch of Himalayas! we want to share the very best of our travel experience, to create your very best travel experience. We'll do our best to help you be yours.
Sometimes that means gentle walks in nature, without backpacks of course, with a nice room and hot meals at the end of every day. Sometimes that means immersing into the local gourmet culture, with a few light walks to burn off the rice. Sometimes that means blessings from a monk, glimpsing a wild tiger in the jungle, or just standing beneath an aurora as it showers down above you. Our tour designs are a direct reflection of what we love about this planet.
I've enjoyed my time travelling with a camera, and I want others to enjoy these places and share the moments of discovery while walking trails in the Lower Mustang, or attending festivals in Central Bhutan, or watching the Northern Lights over Norway. A joy shared is a joy doubled.
Inspiring destinations that offer something unique for photographers. I love sharing the beauty in this world, and sharing why I think you might want to see it too.
Nepal is a country filled with rough edges. They are numerous, but they are outnumbered. The solution to any problem in Nepal is to simply slow down. Bistari bistari. Slowing down gives everyone a chance to make room, and then move forward. It's the same for photographers.
Expedition Photography Workshops
I’m changing my mix of photography tours and workshops. From 2024, I’m going to be adding a really big ship into the mix. A very lovely big boat that specialises in expedition cruising, and creating unique opportunities for people who love their photography.
This FAQ is for anyone contemplating joining me on an expedition workshop to explore their photography, and explore some amazing parts of the world with me and Heritage Expeditions.
Snow Leopards in Tibet
"The Velvet Queen" is a movie about much more than photographers and snow leopards. It's a call for all humans to connect with our true nature as creatures of the wild.
Covid and Travel
Expectations of a return to international travel are giving many of us something to look forward to. Myself included. As a professional guide however, the reality of travelling in a covid filled world poses a whole new challenge.
Nordlys in Norway
It's been a year since last I was standing underneath an aurora, looking straight up to the sky above as it danced around my head. I'm hoping the global covid situation will allow us to return to Norway in February, but in the meantime I can travel back in time through the photos and a special podcast episode we recorded on tour.
Ewen's Photography Book
"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online. It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.