UNCONVENTIONAL TRAVELERS is a small, personalized photography tour company that focuses on inspiring travelers to see the world in a new way by experiencing first hand other cultures and lifestyles. We believe that some of the best adventures occur when you are far away from familiar things. Renowned photographer Daryl Hawk will be with you every step of the way showing you his style and techniques to help you get better travel photographs that capture the true essence of the country. We take our guests on extraordinary trips to places unspoiled by tourism where the raw beauty of these places is awe- inspiring and the emotions they create can be life changing. We also go to some classic destinations, but we experience them in a more authentic and in-depth fashion than most other tour groups.

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Our journeys are also perfect for the entire family.


We specialize in small sized tours that will lead you on a magical journey to excite and transform you. These stimulating photographic explorations inspire and connect travelers with some of the world’s most beautiful places. Our groups absorb the authentic culture of a place, immersing the traveler in the local landscapes and capturing its essence through photography while celebrating memorable moments. All levels of photographers are encouraged to expand their perspectives and cultural awareness – all you need is a camera or smartphones and an adventurous spirit.

We travel with a purpose where curiosity is always in motion. We feel we have a responsibility to leave places a little better than we found them and offer some trips that get involved with conservation projects. Discussions and outdoor assignments on these journeys are incorporated in our innovative itineraries. A portion of the proceeds from each of our trips goes towards a climate neutrality initiative meaning our travels have less of a negative impact on the environment and local communities.

We are now excited to also offer two trips geared just for inquisitive high school students. These are excursions to Ecuador and Cuba that will allow teenagers to learn more about other cultures by being immersed within a community while also working on developing their photography skills. We will also being giving back to the areas we visit by working with leaders there to focus on ways we can be of service. This is the perfect opportunity for the mature teenager who wants fulfill their desire to travel while also helping others.


Plan on the following emphasis when you travel with us:

  • the art of engaging the local people who inhabit these faraway lands which ultimately will lead to great photographic opportunities and meaningful relationships
  • the ability to look at life up close by immersing yourself in your surroundings and living every minute in the present moment
  • learning to use your camera as a tool to slow down the world around you; you will learn to look for dramatic light, find strong subject matter for compelling compositions, and creating spontaneity in situations when the opportunity arises.
  • the art of telling stories with your camera, shooting an in-depth documentary with the perfect combination of people, landscapes, architecture, wildlife, etc.

We have trips planned for the 2020 season to the following areas that Daryl Hawk has personally traveled to many times and is very familiar with: Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Patagonia and Peru. True adventure involves the unknown but you want to travel with people who are intimately familiar with a destination. We go to great lengths to show our guests the best that this magnificent planet has to offer. Yes, you can still legally travel to Cuba and we are leading the way in legal travel for Americans! Come travel with us in and become an Unconventional Traveler!