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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.

O Canada! In Myanmar

By: Paula Swart
      The Story Behind the Photo:  I always bring a Canadian flag when I travel to Myanmar. We were staying at the Aureum Palace, which is located on the grounds of the former Governor of Burma' Residence in Pwin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo.) During the hot summer months, the British Colonial Government would move from Rangoon to Maymyo because of its coole...

Jaguars Are Invisible, or So I Thought!

By: Dave Euler
Never in my wildest dreams, or in my 30 years as a wildlife biologist, or even in my years of traveling in South America, did I think I would see a real, live, wild Jaguar.  Jaguars are elusive nocturnal hunters, shy and wary.  They are seen by very few people as they hunt for agoutis, hares and peccaries.  Furthermore, when our Brazilian guide told us we had a chance to see th...

An Update from Vietnam

By: Samantha Clark
A group of hungry explorers are currently learning about the flavours of Vietnam on a culinary tour. One client, Lynette shared her fresh experiences and photos with us! 'Thought you would like to see a few pictures of us today trekking though the communities of Cat Cat and Sin Chai in the Sapa area after our second cooking class. The exercise was great after eating our amazing lunch which w...

Memories of Borneo

By: Geoff Carpentier
Borneo is a wonderful destination – simply put, not to be missed! I had the privilege of leading the last Quest tour to Borneo and I have a couple of particularly memorable moments that I’d like to share. Part of the adventure involves a boat ride on the Kinabatangan River to look for birds, reptiles and mammals. On one of these rides, we encountered a herd of Pygmy Elephants, feeding ...

Spare Beauty and Epic Literature in Iceland

By: Mark Cwik
Iceland is stark and stunning. It’s everything the travel brochures say it is: beautiful in a way that’s hard to imagine without visiting. When I travelled to Iceland a few years ago, I couldn’t get enough of the glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and gorges, the vast lava fields and the miles of Icelandic moss. You find that your supply of superlatives quickly runs short when you sta...

Unearthing India Through Literature

By: Samantha Clark
As the winter months drag on, our desire for the warmth of a crackling fire, hot tea and a good book certainly grows. We've compiled a list of page-turning literature that is sure to heighten your knowledge of the mysterious lands of India.   A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, a novel selected as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century by the Modern Library....