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When Likemindedness Goes Wrong

November 14th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

Well, the rollercoaster that is 2020 continues to tear along at breakneck speed (can you believe we're six weeks from Christmas?), but there have been some glimmers of good news in recent weeks.

This past week you probably heard about the preliminary results from Pfizer's vaccine trials; if you haven't, there's a good analysis of it in the World Stories links below.

Webinar Replay: Incredible Rail Journeys (Part II)

November 14th, 2020

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar about some of the world's most incredible train journeys, this one looking at two Rovos Rail programs taking you across southern Africa:

Coming up we have a webinar about unusual river cruises, looking at 3 river cruises in Southeast Asia you may not have heard of.

The Dark Night of the Traveller’s Soul

November 7th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

I've just returned to Koh Phangan in the sunny south after a brief visit to see friends and explore the northern parts of the country. As I mentioned last week, with the borders still effectively closed to 99% of travellers, the government has been trying to stir up some domestic tourism, and I decided to indulge them and time my trip so that I could check out the famous Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.

The Noble Way Of the Samurai: Fact Or Fiction?

November 7th, 2020

"The Samurai lived by a code of honor, not unlike the code that you live by. It’s called the Bushido. It was never written down; was always something the Samurai knew, and it was handed down from one warrior to another. One of the tenets of the code is about justice.

Webinar Replay: Incredible Train Journeys (Part I)

November 6th, 2020

Check out the replay from part one of our series on the world's most incredible train journeys, where we looked at the Orient Silk Road Express, the Al-Andalus in Spain, and the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway:

Check your newsletter for the sign up link for part II!

Talking to Locals about Tourism in Northern Thailand

October 31st, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

Although the borders remain closed here, the government here has been encouraging domestic tourism, and so I took the opportunity to do some exploring in Northern Thailand, including a trip to the former backpacker mecca of Pai, and some poking around the hills and caves near Chiang Mai.

Webinar Replay: The Holy Land: Israel & Jordan

October 28th, 2020

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar about our November 2021 program to explore Israel & Jordan, which will be followed by our Egypt & the Nile trip:

For all upcoming trips, click here

Flying to Bangkok in Uncertain Times

October 24th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

In a word, I'd call it 'eerie'.

On Thursday I took my first flight in over seven months, travelling from Koh Phangan in the sunny south of Thailand to Bangkok. I put together a few short clips I made of the journey, which was certainly a different experience from every other trip I've made here in Thailand.

Look Harder, Stay Foolish, Tick It Off: How To Go Exploring During A Pandemic

October 24th, 2020

It's late October here in the Scottish archipelago of Orkney - and that means another kind of lockdown is descending. 

The rain is blasting against the window like a washing-machine on rinse, and the wind is, as they say in these parts, "blowing a hoolie". When I step outside with my rucksack to go buy groceries, I'm immediately flung into next door's garden.

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