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Scotland’s Ancient Brochs: A Baffling Mystery On A Colossal Scale

If you ever want to fluster an archaeologist or tour guide while you’re exploring Scotland, ask them what a broch is (pronounced “brock”, except with a softer “ck” than you’d normally use elsewhere). 

Their brow may furrow. They may adopt a slightly pained expression, purse their lips and squint into the middle distance.

Announcing our 2020 Adriatic Coast Program!

Greetings from Prince Edward Island!

I'm partway through my East Coast trip, where I've been meeting members in the Maritime Provinces and I made a short video with to announce the release of our 2020 program to Slovenia, Croatia, and the Adriatic Coast:

Things mentioned in the video:

Wheel & Anchor Weekends: Havana webinar - register here

Trip Outlook 2021 Part 2 webinar - register here

Cheers!

Shinto: How Japan’s Religious Soul Is Surviving An Age Of Change

You’re on a tour of Japan’s most famously modern city, and in the Shibuya district, the centre of pop culture and, seemingly, all the city’s noise and light. Or you’re elsewhere, surrounded by towers of glass and steel, plastered with more advertising (paper, digital and neon) than you’ve ever seen in one place, everything racing and chaotic…

Wherever you are in Tokyo, you can turn a corner, and be plunged into calm and tranquility.

Presenting the peaceful beaches in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh Phangan is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 70 kilometres from the mainland. With an overall area of 167 square kilometres, it’s the fifth largest island in Thailand. The beaches there are some of the most stunning and serene in the world, living up to the cliche of dazzling white sands under cobalt-blue skies.

2021 Trip Outlook Part 2 + en route to the East Coast!

Greetings from the Toronto Pearson Airport (en route to Halifax)!

I made a short video with some thoughts about airports and a few notes about our East Coast events, August print newsletter, and part 2 of our webinar series Trip Outlook 2021:

Things mentioned in the video:

East Coast events: Find them here

Trip Outlook 2021 Part 2 Webinar: Register here

Cheers!

Taking A Life-Affirming Dip In The Dead Sea

It doesn’t feel like any water you’ve ever stepped into.

It looks the same, certainly: the same wind-tugged waves dancing to the horizon, the same blue as the endless Middle Eastern sky you’re under right now. It’s perhaps a little warmer than you’re used to, but at first glance, it’s just another big, beautiful lake in a fascinating corner of the world…

And then you sink into it.

Previewing the 2021 Lineup!

Greetings from Thailand!

I made a short video this week about what we'll be discussing in this week's webinar about our programs for 2021:

If you can join us on Thursday, please do - your input is extremely important to us as we continue to build our community of travellers.

Three Ways To Break The Ice Like A Travel Writer

You’re in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by the exciting bustle of a new culture, all your senses a whirl - but right now, all you want to do is make a new friend.

It’s so easy to feel lonely in a new part of the world - which is one of the advantages of travelling in a group, with a knowledgeable guide leading the way and making introductions everywhere you go.

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