About Soul Free Travels

an asian elephant crossing a stream in the forest
Mondulkiri, Cambodia © Kelly Renée | Soul Free Images

Inquiring minds want to know

What is & What Are Soul Free Travels?

The story of Soul Free Travels really begins with Photocentric Travels.

Born from our passion for travel, photography, and making a positive difference in our world, we set out creating small group trips tailored to those birds of a feather who love to experience the world through the eyes of a lens. 

On our research trips for Photocentric Travels, we are always laser focused on vetting travel partners, learning about the local culture and getting the lay of the land through personal experience. Sometimes we visit the usual hot spots, but most often, we are seeking those hidden gems and special experiences that truly reveal the essence of a place. We also seek out opportunities on how we, as travelers, can make a positive difference in the places we visit.  

As a result of our travels, we found that people were often coming to us for guidance outside of photography trips. We were helping them to plan trips, advising on how to get deals, and suggesting where to go, what to do, and making referrals. We quickly realized that we could offer better trips, as well as help people achieve their travel goals by becoming true travel advisors with the capabilities of an agency.

Our name came about when trying to describe the feelings that we get when we are traveling. The emotions, like serendipity, contentment and wonderment often come to mind.  There is nothing like exploring your passions, whether it be photography or surfing—whatever it is that gets you motivated and grounded. That feeling of being free to slow down and truly experience life without interference from the daily grind. It’s all of this and more.

This vibe or emotional state, it’s all encompassing and you weave in and out of different states. It usually feels really good, sometimes it gets sad, and sometimes it even ends up being life changing. This vibe, it is so special, we thought we’d like to bottle it and share it with kindred spirits. 

Since we can’t really bottle it, we instead bring our special travel recipes, acquired knowledge and expertise to you— and we call it Soul Free Travels.

Inquiring minds want to know

What is & What Are Soul Free Travels?

The story of Soul Free Travels really begins with Photocentric Travels.

Born from our passion for travel, photography, and making a positive difference in our world, we set out creating small group trips tailored to those birds of a feather who love to experience the world through the eyes of a lens. 

On our research trips for Photocentric Travels, we are always laser focused on vetting travel partners, learning about the local culture and getting the lay of the land through personal experience. Sometimes we visit the usual hot spots, but most often, we are seeking those hidden gems and special experiences that truly reveal the essence of a place. We also seek out opportunities on how we, as travelers, can make a positive difference in the places we visit.  

As a result of our travels, we found that people were often coming to us for guidance outside of photography trips. We were helping them to plan trips, advising on how to get deals, and suggesting where to go, what to do, and making referrals. We quickly realized that we could offer better trips, as well as help people achieve their travel goals by becoming true travel advisors with the capabilities of an agency.

Our name came about when trying to describe the feelings that we get when we are traveling. The emotions, like serendipity, contentment and wonderment often come to mind.  There is nothing like exploring your passions, whether it be photography or surfing—whatever it is that gets you motivated and grounded. That feeling of being free to slow down and truly experience life without interference from the daily grind. It’s all of this and more.

This vibe or emotional state, it’s all encompassing and you weave in and out of different states. It usually feels really good, sometimes it gets sad, and sometimes it even ends up being life changing. This vibe, it is so special, we thought we’d like to bottle it and share it with kindred spirits. 

Since we can’t really bottle it, we instead bring our special travel recipes, acquired knowledge and expertise to you— and we call it Soul Free Travels.

an asian elephant crossing a stream in the forest
traditional house on Lake Toba exhibiting the batak architectural style in Sumatra

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Do The Right Thing

There are all kinds of travel experiences—fun filled cruises, a chill beach vacation, a spiritual journey, thrill seeking adventures—just about every kind of travel has a place and time. Being Soul Free is all about what your travel goals are. We get that— and we work for you to get what you want.

At our core, our true motivations for what we do are altruistic. We do believe that travelers are an incredibly powerful force for good and having the ability to right the wrongs in our world. We believe, the more people travel do, the better off the world is.  We also wholeheartedly believe that one of the solutions to poverty alleviation is entrepreneurship. This is why we make every effort possible to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses whenever we can.

We like to make real impacts, not imaginary ones—and we don’t jump on marketing bandwagons because all the cool kids are doing it. 

Wouldn’t you agree that the great thing about traveling, is you get to have a whole lot of fun while educating yourself about the world AND you are doing a great service to a place when you participate in their economy. Granted, some places more than others, but saving the world by showing up…. it’s pretty easy to do!

While we do offer our opinions and provide insight throughout our website, we do realize this is subjective stuff and we trust that almost all people are capable of determining what is right for themselves. 

So, what do we stand for?  We sum up all of our credos with four simple words.

DO THE RIGHT THING.

For us, they are words to live by. We do it at home and we do it when away. This is also how we operate as a business and how we roll as people. We also assume that most people are the same as us.

What’s the right thing for us? Well, we think it best to follow the Golden Rule and to take great care of Mother Earth, including all of her creatures, furry and otherwise. That pretty much covers all of the bases. With that, we also believe that everyone should know the joys of travel, so we have a policy of doing our very best to help you experience more of the world, regardless of your budget (within reason, of course). Be assured, we always have your best interests in mind and we’ve got your back from hello.

We do encourage you to go further and to go deeper. We will help you maximize your travel budget and your time out there in the world. We accomplish this with a great deal of passion for what we do. We engage in constant training, conduct extensive research on anything and everything where traveling is involved. We are thoughtful and strategic planners with experience in travel management.  Our relationships with trusted travel partners is also an important factor to putting together memorable travel experiences for our clients. 

We know that trust is earned and we work hard to do just that. We look forward to earning your business and even more so to hearing all about your Soul Free Travels.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Do The Right Thing

Our true motivations are altruistic.

We believe that travelers are a powerful force for good.  Travelers have the ability to right what is wrong in the world—and the more people that travel our extraordinary planet, the better off we all are. 

We also wholeheartedly believe that one of the solutions to poverty alleviation is entrepreneurship. This is why we make every effort possible to support locals and small businesses whenever we can. We like to make real impacts, not imaginary ones—and we don’t jump on bandwagons because all the cool kids are doing it.

The great thing about traveling, is you get to have a whole lot of fun while educating yourself about the world AND you are doing a great service to a place when you show up and participate in their economy. Granted, some places more than others, but saving the world by showing up…. it’s pretty easy to do!

While we do offer our opinions and provide insight throughout our website, we do realize this is subjective stuff and we trust that almost all people are capable of determining what is right for themselves. 

So, what do we stand for?  We sum all of our credos with four simple words.

DO THE RIGHT THING.

For us, they are words to live by. We do it at home and we do it when away. This is also how we operate as a business and how we roll as people. We also assume that most people are the same as us.

What’s the right thing for us? Well, we think it best to follow the Golden Rule and also to take great care of Mother Earth, including all of her creatures, furry and otherwise. That pretty much covers all of the bases.

With that, we also believe that everyone should know the joys of travel, so we have a policy of doing our very best to help you experience more of the world, regardless of your budget (within reason, of course). 

We do encourage you to go further and to go deeper. We will help you maximize your travel budget and your time out there in the world. We accomplish this with a great deal of passion for what we do. We engage in constant training, conduct extensive research on anything and everything where traveling is involved. We are thoughtful and strategic planners with experience in travel management.  Our relationships with trusted travel partners is also an important factor to putting together memorable travel experiences for our clients. 

We know that trust is earned and we work hard to do just that. We look forward to earning your business and even more so to hearing all about your Soul Free Travels.

~ Meet Your Team ~

Kelly

Top 3 Places – Can’t pick! 

Pets – Sadie & Lola, office assts disguised as Chihuahuas & they are the real bosses around the office & pretty much rule the show. 

Past jobs – Music Marketer & Promoter, Finance Director, Sales, Hotelier, Restauranteur, Bartender, Server, Wedding Consultant and travel agency assistant for an Entertainment Travel Agency. 

Places lived – California, Illinois, Indiana, Texas Washington D.C. & Nicaragua.

Kelly is your go to for all things.

Jake

Top 3 Places – Italy, Patagonia & Liechtenstein, especially in winter!

Pets – This is a loaded question. Jake has a 1900 acre ranch with horses, donkeys, cats, dogs, cows, and uninvited guests like snakes. He’s our own Dr. Doolittle. Bowser & Skylar are his dogs. 

Past Jobs – Fashion model (not kidding), sales, and rancher.

Places Lived – Los Angeles, Italy and Texas.

Jake is a trip leader.

 

Robert

Top 3 Places – Italy, Israel and France.

Pets – Working on it, but borrows Sadie & Lola from Kelly whenever he can.

Past Jobs – Contractor, Construction, Jewelry Wholesaler, Sales, Stage Manager, Chef , the Post Office & was also a travel agent in his past!

Places Lived – California and Texas and plans to move to Europe in 5 years.

Robert is a trip leader and our in-house artist that sketched these depictions. Maybe he will do one of you if you send us a pic from your travels with us!

Robert is a trip leader.

 

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