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The Worldwide Quest Blog

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

Curious about Oman?

By: Laurielle Penny
Until the late 1970s, Oman was well hidden and very little was known about the country. But that’s not to say the Oman is one of the more conservative countries in the Middle East. Quite the contrary; buildings show both Arabic and English names; there is no income tax; education and health services are free. The country is ruled by the monarch the Qaboos bin Said al Said. Contrasts abound h...

Northwest Passage Bound - on a little row boat

Our voyage in the well appointed Ioffe this August may very likely be passing a much more ambitious expedition in the likes of crew member Kevin Vallely who will be part of a team of 4 men planning to row the Northwest Passage. Their goal is admirable:  collect scientific data for Fisheries and Oceans Canada that will help provide 'early warnings' of how the Arctic is changing....

Off the Beaten Track in Venezuela

By: Justin Peter
Venezuela has garnered media attention for its abundant petroleum resources and sometimes colourful political figures. But it is otherwise a 'quiet' nation as far as headlines are concerned, even more so as regards its value as a nature-based holiday destination. This is a shame since this tropical country has many features that make it an excellent place well worth exploring. From the landforms, ...

Change of Plans

A March 2013 decision to permit small knives back on planes has been reversed “after extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, law enforcement officials, passenger advocates, and other important stakeholders” by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in the US. A revised list has been posted to help you with what you can and cannot take on board...

Forever Lonesome

The world-famous Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George who was the last of his kind when he died in June 2012, will be preserved in consultation with the American Museum of Natural History.  George was an icon for biodiversity conservation and will be on display at the Museum for a limited time starting this winter before he is returned to the Galápagos.  ...

Cambodian Finger Dancing

A cultural resurgence is a beautiful thing.  Particularly in the case of the ancient Cambodian finger dance.  Painstakingly recorded by experts who studied wall carvings from the thousand year-old temples in Angkor Wat, and nearly obliterated during the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970's, the finger dance is now becoming a common sight at public ceremonies.  Another good reason to hea...