We have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work for a tour company, Ya’lla, on numerous occasions. We shoot video and still pictures of the tour groups, buses, and all sites for Ya’lla to use in their marketing materials. With the video, we edit it and make a marketing DVD, and duplicate 1000’s of that DVD, which Ya’lla uses to mail out as samples for prospective interested travelers.
Ya’lla Tours, owned by our client and now good friend, Ronen Paldi has got to be one of THE best companies to travel with if you’re looking to do a group tour.
Ronen’s tour guides in each location are top-notch, well-educated, and well-spoken. Not to mention, Ya’lla’s tours are planned with some of the best hotel accommodations, food, and site-seeing around. Unfortunately for those of us at Lifework Media, we’ll never travel so well again. How will we ever have a great vacation without comparing it to the fabulous hotel rooms and food from Ya’lla’s tours!!?
On top of it all, Ronen is quite a kick to spend time with. Born and raised in Israel, he is definitely unique and entertaining!
Now, I am most certainly NOT the type of person to want to do a tour when I travel. I just want to be able to do and go where I want, when I want…and I don’t always want to have to be cheery and talkative. Sometimes I’m inquisitive when I travel. Other times I just want to watch everything else. Usually, I want to take a million photographs, and do it without people getting in the frame.
When I first went on one of Ya’lla’s tours to shoot, I was quite anxious over the nerdiness of traveling with tourists on a bus and being those “flashy Americans.” I soon got over that, because traveling with a tour group is absolutely AWESOME! We’ve ended each trip with a bunch of new friends throughout the United States, and that more than anything, is the most rewarding part of the job. If you haven’t tried a tour when you’ve traveled, give it a shot! And you should use Ya’lla when you do!
1- you never have to worry about where you’re going next
2- you never have to worry about how you’re going to get there, navigate small roads or maps, or buy tickets
3- you don’t have to read!!! The tour guide has all of the knowledge you’d ever need, so you can learn about what you’re seeing without getting sick by reading in the car on the way!
4- you never have to worry about missing an important site or thing to see (it’s hard when traveling to an unknown location to sift through the books and figure out the best and most worthy places to see in the short amount of time you have.) We’ve done that plenty of times and it’s not fun! Especially when you get home and realize you went to a tacky tourist trap but missed an important site. Eeek!
Long story short, here are some of my favorite photographs I took while in Egypt. I’ll be posting ones from when we traveled to Turkey and Greece with Ya’lla as well, so check back!