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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.

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

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....

Recommended Reading: Flight By Elephant

By: Samantha Clark
As we ponder the possibilities that await us in Myanmar next March, it's only natural that we are curious about the history and crave context. Our tour leader, Paula Swart recommended this gripping read for us: Flight By Elephant by Andrew Martin, the untold story of World War II's most daring jungle rescue. The full synopsis is as follows:'The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, e...

Marooned Among the Polar Bears

By: Justin Peter
Early last November near Churchill, Manitoba our Quest Nature Tours group was watching two Polar Bears at close-range from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy, a hulky vehicle specially designed to allow us to safely watch Polar Bears, which are the largest of the world’s eight bear species, weighing upwards of 1,800 pounds. They had been unenthusiastically chewing on seaweed on the shore of ...