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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Polynesia
April 28, 2018
Blog Post

There are over 10,000 Polynesian islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. The region is generally defined by a triangle stretching from Hawaii in the north, to Easter Island in the east and New Zealand in the west. The main groups of Polynesian islands include the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and various others.

In addition to their geographical location, these islands are tied together by their similar languages, cultures, and belief...

Tahiti, French Polynesia
February 28, 2017
Blog Post

Polynesia draws visitors with the promise of its dazzling beaches, coral coves brimming with tropical fish, rich Tongan heritage, and warm hospitality. Whether you are walking in Gauguin’s footsteps on Tahiti, exploring the underwater world while diving exquisite reefs, or simply getting away from it all beneath a warm South Pacific sun, these books will enrich your journey to the South Sea Islands.

The Happy Isles of Oceania

By Paul Theroux. In this wickedly funny and open...

Trivandrum, India
February 14, 2017
Blog Post

India is a vast, teeming, and colorful country with a rhythm entirely its own. Though you will see the rapid pace of modern change in the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, India’s heart still beats to an ancient rhythm.

For many foreign visitors, India travel can be daunting at first. The combination of crowds, chaos, and culture shock is both exciting and...

Gdansk, Poland
February 7, 2017
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In 1961, the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa was recovered from the Baltic Sea. King Gustavus Adolphus had spared no expense in building what was to be one of the most powerful warships of its day, carrying more than 60 cannons on two gun decks and decorated with exquisite sculptures of mythic gods and mermaids.

Sadly, the Vasa sank on its maiden voyage not far from the Stockholm harbor. More than 300 years later, its...

Ultimate Galapagos
January 10, 2017
Blog Post

The Importance of Eco-Friendly Adventures

Traveling has never been easier than it is now. With budget airlines, accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets, and tours available to the most remote corners of the world, the number of people traveling outside the US is increasing every year.

But long-haul travel often...

Polynesian Tattoos | Dan & Micki Kaufman
January 3, 2017
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For at least 2,000 years, Polynesians have decorated their bodies with tattoos. Known variously as tatau, moku, patutiki , and uki, tattooing served as a form of communication among peoples across Oceania. The body artwork identified which island group one came from, as well as their genealogy, social status, and individual accomplishments. It was also used to gain protection and strength from the gods....

Faces of Polynesia
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. Here, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of the world's most remote regions,...

Tallinn, Estonia
December 19, 2016
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For many, a European cruise evokes images of Greco-Roman ruins and sun-soaked rivieras. Yet more adventurous travelers are now turning to the Baltic region, and for good reason. Few destinations boast such a concentration of history, heritage, cultures, and natural phenomena, as evidenced by its vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indeed, among the nine countries that border the Baltic Sea—Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Finland—more than 30...

Serendip Sanctuary, Australia
December 5, 2016
Blog Post

As with so many things these days, we’re often faced with an array of choices, with no clear-cut answer on which is the right decision for our needs. For travelers, one of these issues is how to speed through the airport with ease, simplicity, and speed, so we can get through security and on to our destination (and vacation!) in the quickest possible manner.

We’ve researched the various methods and offer you a primer on what’s available and how it may pertain to...

Tripe Soup, Romania
November 29, 2016
Blog Post

Situated on the crossroads of East and West, Romania has been conquered and occupied by a variety of different civilizations over the centuries—Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian—while trade with other European countries, such as France, Italy, Poland, and Russia, have also had a profound effect on the language and culture of Romania. Today, this mélange of cultural influences are evident in traditional Romanian food.

On our upcoming expedition,...

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