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Shinkansen – The Japanese Train That Outclasses Most Airlines

December 18th, 2020

On the 16th November 2017, the Tsukuba Express train, running between Tokyo and Tsukuba, closed its doors and departed Minami Nagareyama Station, just north of Tokyo, at exactly 09:22 and 20 seconds.

If you’ve never been to Japan, you may think this is fantastically precise - which of course it is, but it’s also typical of Shinkansen, the bullet train network, which will be one of our primary modes of transport for our Land Of The Rising Sun tour in 2019.

Shinkansen is a marvel of timeliness.

A Humble Request for Your Assistance

December 12th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

It's time again for our annual Trip Inspiration Survey, and I'd like to make a humble request for your assistance, as it's especially important this year.

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Webinar Replay: Incredible Rail Journeys (Part III)

December 11th, 2020

Check out the replay from Part III of our series on Incredible Rail Journeys, where we looked at two rail routes crossing Australia: The North-South Ghan and the East-West Indian Pacific:

Check your newsletter for the link for Part IV!

Post-Pandemic Travel: Looking Forward To A World Of Firsts

December 5th, 2020

You never forget your first time. 

My first sight of France was from the deck of a ferry, carrying myself and 20 other school-trippers, plus teachers, towards a disastrously unruly visit to Paris and the Loire Valley. We clung to the guardrail, transfixed by the French coastline.

Your LiveAways Questions Answered

December 4th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

Last week we debuted our 2021-2022 LiveAways Inspirations piece, where we gave a more in-depth look at the long stay destinations we first mentioned back in August.

Some Inspirations for Travel Next Winter

November 28th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

Some months ago we ran a webinar on 'Long Stay' travel and the likelihood - and appeal - of it becoming more of a trend in travel post-pandemic. We had a great response from our community about the idea of spending more time in some more interesting destinations than the traditional 'down south' options, and since then we've been pulling together more information on how it might all work.

Webinar Replay: Unusual River Cruises: Southeast Asia

November 28th, 2020

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar about some river cruises you may never have considered, including the Chindwin River in Myanmar, the Brahmaputra in eastern India, and the Red River in Vietnam:

Check your weekly newsletter for our upcoming webinars!

 

Vaccines, Hope & the Remarkable Power of Collective Action

November 21st, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

In the midst of these challenging times it appears we have made a momentous breakthrough with not one, but two vaccines showing an efficacy rate beyond what many of us even believed was possible.

There's still a lot to be unearthed and understood as far as the vaccines go, to say nothing of the worldwide logistical challenges of getting them out, but I wanted to share a few thoughts on the bigger picture of this story of trial, tribulation, and the possibility of what we can accomplish when we work together.

Return Of The Iron Rooster: The Timeless Appeal Of Train Travel

November 20th, 2020

It's fair to say that this year will remain memorable for most of us for a variety of reasons, not all of them pleasant. But for me, 2020 will always be the year I discovered the joy of train journey videos on YouTube. 

Yes, it's a thing. And it's a popular thing.

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