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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.

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 ...

Words from Morocco

By: Laurielle Penny
I discovered the gorgeous seaside town of Essaouira - it's a little jewel filled with craft shops, like this shoe store I discovered. Who could resist raffia sandals made to measure? Latif has an array of brightly coloured shoes - pick the style and the colour and he will measure and cut the sole to fit. Latif is the fourth generation of shoe maker here, carrying on a tradition that is still fre...

Nature Photography Tips

By: Tony Beck
Thanks to the world of digital photography, taking pictures has never been easier. Modern cameras are smart, versatile, and intuitive, providing remarkable quality, often in a convenient, small package. But regardless of how easy it is to take a good photo nowadays, it’s still a challenge to achieve spectacular image quality on a consistent basis. The experience of seeing beautiful wildlife ...