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Member Questions & Prize Draw Winners!

Member Questions & Prize Draw Winners!

Let's talk about winners instead of winters, shall we?

I made a short video with some top questions that have come through our Member Questionnaire, including tours here in Canada, group vs individual tours, how far in advance we publish itineraries, have we been to all of the destinations we're going to before, as well as the winners of our prize draw:

Congratulations to the winners! If you were one of the lucky four, you'll be contacted by Veronica to claim your prize; if any of the prizes aren't claimed by next week's newsletter, we'll draw new winners next week.

Sake: What’s next for Japan’s oldest, most-loved, most-under-threat drink?

Sake: What’s next for Japan’s oldest, most-loved, most-under-threat drink?

It’s your first time in Japan, and you’ve just sat down for a meal with some new Japanese friends. You’ve done your reading about local customs, so you know exactly how all this works.

First will be the appetizers, a gorgeous array of colors on tiny dishes, including the ever-present sashimi (raw fish).

As you nibble, someone will bring the tokkuri, a tall bottle, and a tray of small porcelain cups (sakazuki) - and into each will be poured a few fingers of Japan’s national drink, one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, a unique rice-based drink, a proud survivor of thousands of years of tumultuous Asian history.

What’s Your Soundtrack When You Travel?

What’s Your Soundtrack When You Travel?

It’s 2012, and I’m in a bus, weaving through the Italian countryside - and everything sounds wrong.

Outside the window, a patchwork of green fields undulates towards the horizon. Here and there villages rise from the plain, wrapped around the steepest hills, each capped with a church.

Getting an Authentic India Experience: Where Should You Begin?

Getting an Authentic India Experience: Where Should You Begin?

For some travellers, an “authentic travel experience”’ means staying in a five-star hotel off the beaten path, dining where the locals eat, and dodging hawkers’ vending carts in the streets. How “authentic” your next trip is may not hinge solely on exotic or local experiences, it also depends on what your expectations are before you arrive at your destination.

The Earthquake That Toppled A World Empire

November 9th, 2018
The Earthquake That Toppled A World Empire

It’s just after 9am on the 1st November, 1755, and the church bells are ringing across Lisbon. It’s All Saints Day or Hallowmas - now less well-known than the preceding day, our modern Halloween (a contraction of “All Hallow’s Evening”).

The private and religious spaces of the city are aglow with candlelight.

A Greenlander’s Guide To Icebergs – And Why They’re Never Worth Messing With

November 8th, 2018
A Greenlander’s Guide To Icebergs – And Why They’re Never Worth Messing With

In early July of this year, the inhabitants of Innaarsuit, a tiny island village in northwestern Greenland, looked out to sea and saw an iceberg.

This was nothing new, of course. The vast majority of all icebergs in the northern hemisphere originate from around 20 locations along the coast of this massive country, and they’ve recently been increasing in numbers every year.

Event Recap + Previewing World Travel Market

Event Recap + Previewing World Travel Market

Well, it certainly was a whirlwind week at Wheel & Anchor!

It was wonderful to meet so many travellers this week, both at the Zoomer Show, and in our Wheel & Anchor group that went to see the terrific Come From Away musical.

As mentioned, I'm off to World Travel Market to get the latest pulse of the global tourism and travel industry, connect with our partners from around the world, and scout new experiences to bring to Wheel & Anchor.