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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.

What's your choice for the next catalogue cover photo?

By: Justin Peter
The summer is a busy time for us at the Worldwide Quest office as we’ve been putting together our Quest Nature Tours catalogue with exciting line-up of tours for 2016-2017. One of the tasks that we face each year is choosing the cover photo for the next catalogue, and this process sometimes leads to vigorous debate in the office! As usual, we’ve narrowed our selection of photos down to...

Cappadocia Vs. Fiction

By: Miranda Hueston
Have you ever been reading a book or watching a movie and found yourself wishing that you could be transported to these beautiful fictional lands? Cappadocia in Turkey is world-famous for its “fairytale landscape.” But, what exactly does such a landscape entail? Its unique otherworldly features may border on overwhelming to the curious traveller who doesn’t know what to expect. W...

The Unstoppable Diane and Doug Clement

By: Samantha Clark
We’d like you to meet one of the most passionate and energetic couples we know: former Olympians Diane and Doug Clement. This week we had the pleasure of welcoming this unstoppable duo from Vancouver to our office in Toronto, as they’re leading our upcoming tour with alumni UBC titled Japan: Food, Fitness, and Healthy Ageing.   Diane and Doug are currently in Toronto to get ...

Has Two Leaves. Dies Hard.

By: Justin Peter
One of the truisms (and clichés) we hear about desert environments is that their resident life forms are specialized to survive and even thrive under difficult conditions. It isn’t generally difficult to imagine how a desert organism’s shape and behaviours make sense insofar as they contribute to its survival; for instance, it is intuitive to us that a cactus stores water when ava...

Dubai's Cultural Metamorphosis

By: Ann Kirkland, Urban Explorer
In just a few short decades Dubai has been transformed from a sleepy trading village into a regional powerhouse for commerce and finance — and it has the skyscraper-filled skyline to show for it. It boasts the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which handily surpassed the CN Tower when it opened in 2010 (828 metres to 555 metres).After the shock of the sheer unlikely physicali...

Our Top Travel Memories

By: Lynette and Roger, Worldwide Quest clients
One of my favourite memories of a Private Journey is visiting the Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock Pagoda and Temple in Myanmar at sunset. We had our wonderful guide U Shan with us who we knew from a previous trip. He guided us to the temple taking local transportation which Buddhist pilgrims use. I was able to purchase gold leaf which I, along with many other pilgrims, rubbed onto the precariously balan...