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Long stay poll results + Travel Trivia IV Winner!

July 11th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

Last week I shared some thoughts about long stay travel and put out a poll to the community to get your input, to which I received many emails and many ideas in the poll - thank you! We'll be doing a webinar about long stays on July 28, which is meant to present some ideas and hear your feedback on them - please join us and share your thoughts 🙂

Also this past week was our interview with Egyptologist and our guide in Egypt, Mohamed Younes, who gave us a fascinating look at life in Egypt before and after the Egyptian Revolution, how it's changed things in the travel sector, and what travellers should know about the security situation there.

Webinar Replay: Tales of Egypt

July 8th, 2020

Gordon is joined by Mohamed Younes for a fascinating look into life in Egypt today, why it's interesting for travellers, and why some misconceptions about Egypt still exist.

Younes is an Egyptologist as well as our gracious and fascinating guide through Egypt in January 2020. Members on the trip very much enjoyed Younes' deep knowledge and perspectives on both historical and modern-day Egypt.

How do you feel about long-stay trips?

July 4th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

This past week at Wheel & Anchor we were discussing travel trends in a post-pandemic world, and the subject of long-stay holidays came up. In an era where the travel portions of trips in airports and on planes is likely to be less pleasant than it used to be, there's a greater incentive to stay a little longer when you venture away from home.

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Finding The Meaning Of Life In The Rice Fields Of Bali

July 4th, 2020

It’s one of the most famous and widely-photographed sights of Bali: ranks of rice terraces fringed with coconut palms, climbing in soft green waves up the side of mountains - like scattered fragments of a vast amphitheatre being reclaimed by Nature.

If you’re visiting Bali, save lots of memory on your phone or camera for capturing these scenes, because everywhere you look, it’ll be gorgeous.

When can we travel again? Thoughts & Perspectives

June 26th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

I've received a large number of emails lately asking my perspective on the question on many a travellers mind - when can we travel again? I've shared some of my thoughts on the matter in the video below:

The bottom line is concept of travel requires going somewhere, and it depends where that somewhere is.

Webinar Replay: The Azores & Porto

June 24th, 2020

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar for our two upcoming trips to the Azores, one 'Weekends' trip in November and one in April with a 5 night extension to Porto:

 

Lyrical, Unpredictable Irish: The Fight To Preserve A Language On The Edge

June 20th, 2020

This must be Polish. Or wait - maybe it’s Russian. Or something Scandinavian? No, the sounds are wrong…

The first time you hear Irish (click here if you want a sample), your brain will do that special dance it does when you can almost hear the words in a muffled conversation, trying to fit sounds to the meanings inside your head.

Is travel even important right now?

June 12th, 2020

2020 has been a tumultuous year so far to say the least, first with the pandemic and then the unrest and social anxiety that has flared up in the past few weeks.

As such the conversations that are ongoing are serious ones with real impact on our lives - how should our societies operate? How will we keep ourselves and our communities safe? What will our cities, towns, workplaces, relationships look like after this?

I think all of it has been emotionally and intellectually challenging because these are questions and situations that pull our attention to the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of Needs - physiological, safety, love & belonging; the collective 'we' has been shaken on all of these fronts and needs attending to.

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