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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

5 River Cruise Essentials

By: Laurielle Penny
I’m not a cruise person! The idea of hundreds of people crowded together and regimented activities holds no appeal. So when I travelled on the Upper Mekong researching our charter voyages, I needed to make sure my 5 essentials were met on our Pandaw river cruiser:  1. Small numbers: A maximum of 28 guests means enough variety to make it interesting but never feel crowded. &...

A Daring Adventure and the Trip of a Lifetime in Antarctica

By: Judi Cohen
In the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. Travelling to Antarctica aboard One Ocean Expeditions’ Akademik Sergey Vavilov was most certainly one such adventure! Beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina, we sailed the infamous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. We all came prepared with patches, pills and wristbands of all sorts, and when the s...

Greenland meets Vietnam: The Quiet American

By: Colin Donald
As part of our occasional series on the great reads in Pandaw's onboard library, Colin Donald considers the classic novel of the dying days of L'Indochine Francais.For his fans Graham Greene was not just a novelist, he was a literary prophet who foretold the currents of 20th Century history.Much of that perception rests on The Quiet American (1955), Greene's middle-period novel set at the height o...

Beyond “In Flanders Fields”: Seeing WWI Poetry Anew

By: Melanie Blake
What happens when large numbers of literate soldiers are “plunged into inhumane conditions?” (1) World War I was the first global conflict in which (with some exceptions) most soldiers could read and write. The result was an outpouring of novels, memoirs, plays, songs, and above all, poetry. More than 2,000 British and Irish poets wrote war poetry. (2) Writing alongside them were soldi...

Japan: A Mysterious Blend of Modern and Traditional!

By: Judi Cohen
Timeless temples and shrines, gorgeous scenery, futuristic space age towers and bullet trains......What I love most about Japan is that it is a country of opposites: blending the ancient with the modern, and the exotic with the familiar...I want to share with you some of my most memorable moments in Japan that have inspired me to return again and again in search of new and unique experiences.Mt Ko...

On the Road from Cusco to Lamay

By: Michaela Trimble
There’s a sweet shuffle amidst the cobblestoned streets, sounds of flutes can be heard all around, and an ancestral hum of life seeps through every cracked door: It’s nighttime in Cusco, but the city couldn’t be more alive. Nestled within the lush Andean highlands, Cusco is a high altitude wonderland where life still holds a lineal delicacy. At the start of our Lares Adventure, t...