Stories

Get inspired by stories and reflections on travel as an experience, a lifestyle, and an identity.

Your not-so-usual things to do in Egypt

November 21st, 2018

First time going to Egypt? Of course you’ll visit the Pyramids and the iconic Sphinx in Giza, and travel down the river Nile. It’ll be foolish to skip those not-to-be-missed wonders; they’re some of the reasons why Egypt is one of the most visited places in the world.

Member Questions & Prize Draw Winners!

November 17th, 2018

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?

November 17th, 2018

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?

November 17th, 2018

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?

November 14th, 2018

In India, there’s so much to see, hear, and feel that hopping from one place to the next is sure to surprise, confuse, and inspire. In your quest to capture the full breadth of experiences in this incredible country, where should you begin?

Days in Delhi
Vast and diverse, the capital city is a good place to start.

What I Learned at World Travel Market + New Programs (Part 1)

November 10th, 2018

I've just returned from a whirlwind week in London at World Travel Market, the premier global event for travel industry professionals to network and connect.

It's a place to meet old and new partners, attend seminars on the latest trends in travel, and find new and exciting travel experiences from all over the world.

The Earthquake That Toppled A World Empire

November 9th, 2018

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

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.

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