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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.

Reporting from the Camino de Santiago

By: Marsha Faubert, Worldwide Quest client
We are now two thirds of the way to Santiago and looking forward to completing the journey we began together only one week ago. After meeting in Madrid, our group made our way to Leon where we were met by our guide Jason, an expat Brit who has made Spain his home. His love of the country and his knowledge of the language, history and culture have expanded our experience of the Camino beyond the pi...

Spain's Living Legacy

By: Justin Peter
Spain may not be one of the first countries that comes to mind when we think of prime nature travel destinations. Indeed, we tend to think of Spain mainly as a destination of cultural interest. But Spanish geography and history have aligned in favour of nature and wildlife in many different ways: numerous internal mountain ranges often defy all but rudimentary human settlement and serve quite lite...

Making the Most of a Cooking Class

By: Samantha Clark
Exquisite dining experiences combined with hands-on culinary learning is the finest way to discover a country’s culture. If you cook only occasionally or are a professional chef, you can always reap the benefits of cooking classes – especially in other cultures! Follow these tips to make the most of your learning experience.  Tip #1: Make good notesYou’re going to ...

Spotting a Galapagos Oddball

By: Justin Peter
It was a little past 10 o’clock at night and the air was balmy and pleasant. We had had a satisfying first day of discovery in the Galapagos and all of us aboard the M/Y Beluga had retired to our cabins as our vessel transited towards the island that we would visit the next day. I was in my cabin adjacent to the upper deck, still awake and seated comfortably with the lights switched off as I...

India and its Afterglow: Reflecting on my Travels

By: Ann Kirkland
Our days were full of paradox and mystery. One does not return from perhaps the most spiritual and sensuous place on earth having “made sense of India.”In sifting and percolating my impressions, I am reminded of a continuing theme in one of the books we read, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, awarded the best Booker Prize winner of all time. An event from a person’...

Return to China

By: Sherry Kirkvold
It was just a couple of weeks ago I heard Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. I looked up to see those beautiful birds winging their way to the south, marking another change of season. They made me think of the stately Black-necked Cranes and my upcoming trip to China. The only alpine crane, Black-necked Cranes are one of the world's rarest birds and revered as symbols of luck and happiness. The last...