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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.

Up-close and Personal with Big Cats in Tanzania

By: Brian Ratcliff
Having lived with our house cat for nearly 20 years, I watched how he stalked his prey even if it was just a spider walking across the floor. In Tanzania, I was really keen on seeing some of his much larger cousins in their natural habitat.   There are large cats in all of the parks and conservation areas we visit in Tanzania, but as our head local guide and driver Shaba said to me, R...

Classic Music in Vienna and Prague

By: Laurielle Penny
Our brilliant tour leader, Rick Phillips was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on CBC. He’s often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards. As well as broadcasting, for 30 years, Rick has been very active in the adult/continuing education field of classical music.  Rick has selected th...

A Three-Toucan Day at Tikal

By: Jean Iron
Toucans are a New World family of splendid looking birds whose enormous colourful bills are adapted to eating small berries and other fruit. Seeing all three species of toucans found in Belize and Guatemala was a common goal for the members of our latest tour there in March 2014. The conspicuous Keel-billed Toucan is the largest of the three, and is the national bird of Belize. We saw Ke...

My Favourite Ethiopian Moments

By: Laurielle Penny
When I set off to visit Ethiopia last November, it raised eyebrows even in an office where we’re famous for always travelling to ‘off the beaten track’ destinations. Since then so many of our travellers have asked me for my impressions and I’ve loved talking about the country and my experiences. To get the word out, I thought I’d resort to the famous (infamous?) top 1...

Approaching Wildlife with a Camera

By: Tony Beck
When close to wild animals, it's natural for us to get excited. Imagine the thrill when a Red Fox bolts out of the forest and crosses the trail, or a Scarlet Tanager perches in front of you at eye level. But if you're after an aesthetically pleasing photo, overwhelming excitement can distract you from making proper photographic choices. Simple things like crooked horizons or annoying backgroun...

O Canada! In Myanmar

By: Paula Swart
      The Story Behind the Photo:  I always bring a Canadian flag when I travel to Myanmar. We were staying at the Aureum Palace, which is located on the grounds of the former Governor of Burma' Residence in Pwin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo.) During the hot summer months, the British Colonial Government would move from Rangoon to Maymyo because of its coole...