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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.

Scotland: Wildlife of the Highlands and the Islands

By: Justin Peter
In July, 2016 we're headed to Scotland, the seat of Great Britain’s largest wild spaces. Surprising to some, it has been the topic of “re-wilding” debates as many are convinced it contains enough wilderness to sustain the re-introduction of Moose and Brown Bear! While we won’t see these species there yet, we will have the fantastic opportunity to discover the extent and gra...

The Dawn of Civilisation: Pre-Bagan Urban Cities in Myanmar

By: Paula Swart
Limited space still available to join UBC Study Leader Paula Swart on a trip-of-a-lifetime along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River. For more information and to request a detailed itinerary, please click here.At the annual meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in June 2014 in Qatar, it was announced that the Ancient Pyu Cities of Myanmar were officially inscribed as cultural property on the o...

Dubai or Not Dubai? That is the Question

By: Ann Kirkland, Urban Explorer
Confession – I want to sell you a Travel Pursuit to Dubai from March 7 to 13, 2016. Selling does not come naturally to me, but I think this trip deserves an extra push since, if you are anything like I was, Dubai may not be on your radar. My vision of the emirate, such as it was, could be summed up by this anonymous quote, “… an affluent bubble in a cloudless sky, confected in a ...

Two Arctic Birds of Canada's Northwest Passage

By: Jean Iron
About 10 species of birds are hardy enough to stay in the Arctic year round. On our recent expedition to the Northwest Passage, we had exciting encounters with two specialties: Rock Ptarmigan and Gyrfalcon. I was able to take some great shots with my camera and here you'll find a first-hand account of these special moments.   Rock Ptarmigan - Nunavut's Territorial BirdThe ultimate A...

Meet your new tour leader: Dr. Martyn Obbard

By: Justin Peter
We are thrilled to announce that bear expert Dr. Martyn Obbard will be joining our team of tour leaders! Even though you may not have travelled with him before, you may already have been acquainted with Martyn (Marty) through his various appearances on Canadian television. His highest profile appearance was undoubtedly the one he made on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report in 2009, when Rick joined...

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...