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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Polynesia
April 20, 2017
Blog Post

As travelers, we always tell ourselves: “It’ll never happen to me.” It’s a comforting thought! But thousands of travelers each year experience some kind of trouble overseas, whether that be dealing with lost luggage, last-minute trip cancellations, or something more serious which requires emergency medical treatment.

Yet still many travelers question if travel insurance is worth it; some people dismiss the importance of travel insurance and think of it as an...

Cape Verde
April 17, 2017
Blog Post

In ancient times, the world was believed to end at the Strait of Gibraltar. The Atlantic was a wild, threatening expanse of waves, monsters, and mysteries; few seafarers dared sail its waters. But by the late Middle Ages, European ships began crossing regularly, eventually encountering the largely uninhabited islands of Macaronesia.

Macaronesia (derived from the Greek words for “Islands of the fortunate”) consists of...

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
April 12, 2017
Blog Post

When Englanders look to escape their busy everyday lives, many hop a ferry or turboprop for the short trip to the Channel Islands. Located in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy, the easy-going archipelago welcomes with its windswept coasts and beautiful beaches, colorful fishing villages and cattle-dotted fields, bird-filled wetlands and more sunshine than any other place in the British Isles.

So it is difficult to imagine that these bucolic...

Narsaq, Greenland
April 11, 2017
Blog Post

It’s common knowledge that Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 in order to celebrate the planet and educate people about the need for environmental protection. But how much do you know about Earth Day facts and history? Here, we’ll delve into the origins and evolution of this holiday, which date back to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s ecology movement. We’ll also discuss ideas for Earth Day activities for anyone who wants to do their part to preserve the planet’s beauty for future...

Neko Harbor Antarctica
April 6, 2017
Blog Post

We've been exploring the Antarctic region for over 20 years. In that time, we've honed an incredible trip—from Zodiac cruises among massive icebergs to hikes along glaciers, and all of the wildlife you get to see, our trips are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To help give you a better understanding of what one of our Antarctic cruises is really like, we offer you a day in the life: ...

Sylt Island, Germany
April 5, 2017
Blog Post

When you think of the Baltic, you likely picture stunning architecture and rich history; but did you know this region is also home to surprising natural beauty? Read on for some of our favorite natural highlights:

  • The beautiful, wind-swept island of Sylt is the northernmost point of Germany. Not only will you spot the unique-to-the-region...
Sark, Channel Islands
April 4, 2017
Blog Post

In 2016, we embarked on our first-ever Discoveries of Coastal Europe expedition; and it was a hit! From the variety of choices guests had each day to our stellar expedition staff, we received rave reviews; so much so, we’re repeating this itinerary in April 2018. But, don’t take it from us; read a round-up of what our guests had to say:

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Hanoi
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hanoi, Vietnam

After some long hours (or days) of travel, we arrived in Vietnam at last! The Hotel de l’Opera’s lovely breakfast served as the meeting place for our group, as we gathered together for the first time before quickly scattering on our first day’s adventures. One group set off for the morning Hanoi City tour, beginning at the Ethnography Museum, where we...

Queenstown, New Zealand
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday - Saturday, January 19 - 21, 2017

Queenstown, New Zealand / Milford Sound / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, surrounded by stunning scenery. Some of us enjoyed a walk about town before we all met up for drinks, dinner, and introductions from Expedition Leader, Mike Messick. The following morning, the birders went off in search of black stilts...

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
March 27, 2017
Blog Post

Although it’s typically thought of as one of the planet’s coldest places, global warming in Antarctica is raising temperatures at an alarming rate. In late February 2017, the temperature in one area of Antarctica was the same as in Cairo, Egypt. Around the same time, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced a new record high—63.5º F had been recorded at an Argentine Research Base on the Antarctic Peninsula.

That’s stunning, especially when you consider...

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