If you would have asked us 4 months ago if we would be going back to India. The answer would have certainly been no.

If you would have asked us 4 months ago if we would ever lead a tour. The answer would have certainly been no.

It is amazing how things change.

photography-tour-leader-dave-in-indiaNow We are Leading a Tour in India!! – more details at Events with ThePlanetD

During our time on Princess Cruises the idea first came into play.  Carrie from Cruise Buzz suggested that we start running our own tours.  Other travel bloggers on the tour that we have great respect for agreed stating that a photography tour would be ideal. We have travelled extensively for a decade and we have very social personalities.  Carrie mentioned it more than once and each time we said we weren’t ready yet, or we aren’t interested in that yet.

When we flew directly to New York for TBEX, Trisha from Travel Writers Exchange told us that she wanted us to meet Chris from the Amateur Traveler. She said that he leads his own tours and that she thinks it would be a great idea for us to run one of our own.  We met him and he was a super nice guy. He told us about his tour and we thought, that is cool, but not for us right now.

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The Summer Went On.

And then, the Toronto Travel Tribe began.  We have met some great people this summer and if you are a believer in that sort of thing…We feel that our plans changed drastically this March because we were meant to get to know the Toronto travel community better.  If we stayed in Asia and moved on to China after Nepal, we never would have met these people and had the amazing opportunities that we had this summer.  Many doors opened to us these past 3 months.

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We had luncheons With PR agencies, we networked and shared knowledge with other Bloggers, we got to know our blogging idol Journeywoman on a personal level and can now call her a friend, we spoke at events on 3 different occasions, we took part in press trips and we got to know the great people at Intrepid Travel Toronto.  We are hoping to build a long and successful partnership with them.

Yes, we feel that our summer in Toronto was meant to be.

The travel tribe people put the idea into Dave’s head that he should lead a photography tour of Toronto.  They also told him regularly how much they love his photography and that we should lead a travel tour of our own somewhere in the world.

That boosted his confidence and after so many people telling us that we would be perfect to lead a tour, we began to soften on the subject.

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Dave Leading the Photography tour in Toronto

We lead a photography tour through Kensington Market with Intrepid Travels and really enjoyed it.  Dave loves sharing his love of knowledge for photography and I love socializing and asking him the questions that maybe others are…

a. too afraid to admit they don’t know
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b. didn’t think of asking that question.

We now know what we need to focus on for India and we are looking forward to leading a tour ourselves in January.

How did this start out?

Mariellen of Breathe Dream Go is an expert on India.  She asked to use one of Dave’s photos to feature on her blog, and Wire India saw it.  I saw their tweet that ThePlanetD’s photography would be a great addition one of their tours.  Mariellen encouraged it and agreed whole heartedly. Thanks Mariellen for suggesting us and for your support!

When we saw their conversation, we said that yes, we would be interested.

A simple tweet has turned into two back to back tours in Rajasthan with Wire India and we couldn’t be more excited.

They had been following our blog for a while and felt that we would be a perfect fit. We went through our favourite places that we visited in Rajasthan and put together an itinerary.  With some suggestions from Wire India and their must see destination and our favourite spots for photography, we feel that this tour will give people the best experience they can have in this diverse, exciting and visually stunning part of India.

We will focus on not only getting that perfect shot that you can finally hang on your wall, but encourage people to integrate with society.  We want to teach photographers that by interacting with the people of India, they will not only capture an unforgettable moment, but create memories to last a lifetime.

A photographer shouldn’t be paying their subjects some rupees or sneaking a shot from afar, they should converse and get to know the people. We came away from India with new friends and fond memories of the people we met.  A simple conversation, a chat during a chai sale or a joke and smile can make for an incredible moment in time.

Discover how to step out from behind the tour glass window and experience India from within instead of as a stranger looking on.

FOCUS offers amateur and aspiring photographers a brilliant opportunity to combine the fantastic sights of Rajasthan with expert tuition in travel photography.

Click provides amateur and aspiring photographers with a slightly different way of exploring Rajasthan.

For more details, dates and pricing visit MyWireIndia.co.uk today!!! We will be hosting two back to back tours.

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    1. davendeb

      Thanks Michael. Now we just have to hope that they sell some spots. That is the next step of the tour, generating interest. As like everything in the travel business, nothing is guaranteed. But Wire India is an excellent company that is putting a lot of effort into making the best tours possible, and we are dedicated to going above and beyond and giving them the best of us, So I think that there will be a good chance for success. Fingers crossed:)

  2. Gillian

    Wow, well that is a change of mind!Good for you for working through the India emotions and finding an opportunity to share your experiences with others along with your photography knowledge. Good luck!

    1. davendeb

      Hi Gillian, yes, it is definitely a change of mind. It’s funny, people were saying it to us all summer, it is like the universe was preparing us to say yes. I wonder what our reaction would have been had we not been told beforehand that we should lead a tour. If we were asked before the idea was planted in our minds, we may have said, no we are not interested in that. Funny how the world works.

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Todd, It has been a busy work summer. I am looking forward to going travelling. I am sure that people are growing tired of hearing about our updates.Travel and adventure will be far more interesting for us and our visitors:)

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Audrey, We are looking forward to going back to Rajasthan and seeing it with new eyes. We had been in India 2 months by the time we hit Rajasthan and didn’t see all that we wanted to see. That was a place that we stayed in our hotel for a few days watching movies trying to catch our breath. . It will be better to be there when we are feeling fresh:) It is definitely colourful.

  3. Catia

    Congrats! That sounds like a great experience, I can’t wait to see some of the photos.

    PS: =D Kensington Market was my old neighbourhood! I stared at that picture for a few seconds wondering why it looked so familiar until I saw the cat on the chair at the top of the pole. Small world sometimes!
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    1. davendeb

      Hey Catia, that is very cool. Kensington is a great location in Toronto. I hope that it remains the way it is, I would hate to see it lose it’s character. So much of Toronto is slowly going corporate. We keep having to go farther and farther west on Queen to get away from the chain stores.. But there are pockets still.

  4. marylouise

    BRAVO!! The two of you will be THE VERY BEST tour guides that MYWIRE travel firm has ever had to give professional experience to their tours. What a splendid opportunity for travelers to India who need some hints on taking the perfect photos of Rajasthan! February is an ideal time to be in North India with no rain and exceptional blue skies. I will be in Jaipur in February and will wave to you from the ramparts of Amber Fort!!! love to both of you Marylouise

    1. davendeb

      Thanks MaryLouise, you have been an inspiration for us for India. You care about the conditions there as much as you care about the people. We are looking forward to seeing it all again and I will definitely see you too!

    1. davendeb

      Thanks Amy! You are the best. We are looking forward to leading the tour. It always means a lot coming from people that we respect like you and the other media peeps at the luncheon. We were at a media lunch yesterday and shared the news with people. We felt confident when they genuinely said that they think we would be perfect to lead a tour.

  5. Leigh

    Good job Dave & Deb. You are becoming the masters of creating an exciting life. All your hard work is paying off in a very big way. How exciting for you.

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