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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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top things to do in Japan
July 24, 2018
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Living in Japan, I learned that the country is an intriguing place that’s full of rich contrasts.

Ancient buildings coexist alongside emerging technologies. There’s delicious traditional cuisine and more modern, adventurous snacks. You can explore rural lands where things are done as they always have been, and cities that are rife with change, urban sophistication, and a passion for kawaii (cute).

With all the contrasts of this complex culture...

Antarctic Cruise
July 18, 2018
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Antarctica is a dream destination that tops the bucket list of nearly every nature-loving traveler. A truly off-the-beaten-path adventure, an Antarctic cruise offers an extraordinary chance to explore one of the world’s last truly pristine ecosystems.

This opportunity has become even more precious in recent years, as the southernmost continent has become increasingly vulnerable to the catastrophic effects of climate change. There was a time when people who dreamed of cruising to...

Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Indochina
July 2, 2018
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Indochina– the geographical area of Southeast Asia that’s bordered by India to the west and China to the north– offers a melting pot of indigenous cultures.

Comprised of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, this area was deeply influenced by its neighbors, as well as by French colonizers. However, the name of the region didn’t originate until the early 1800s.

When you travel to Indochina today, there are an array of deep and rich cultural,...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
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From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

Culture, history, and things to do in China
June 18, 2018
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China is home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, and its rich history is a deep well from which to draw.

Chinese farmers have been growing grains and domesticating animals for over 7,000 years now. Artisans have been making distinctive pottery, baskets, and woven hemp cloth for nearly as long. The wheel was actually invented in China, as were paper, gunpowder, compasses, and alcohol. The umbrella. Silk. Cultivated tea. Porcelain. Bronze. The kite. The list goes on…

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Africa travel FAQs
June 5, 2018
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An African safari is high on many traveler’s bucket lists, offering an opportunity to encounter wildlife and interact with people from ancient tribal cultures. We’ve been helping people plan their perfect safari for nearly 30 years and have compiled this list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate the ins and outs of travel in Africa.

1. Is Africa safe for tourists?

Most African countries are safe for tourists to visit, especially when traveling...

Culture of Sri Lanka
May 21, 2018
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Before it was known as Sri Lanka, the country was called Ceylon. Before Ceylon, Arab traders called it Serendip. It’s a lovely name for a beautiful country that is also referred to as, “The pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

Located just south of India, on the path of maritime trading routes that traversed the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has long been exposed to diverse cultural and religious influences. Today, the country’s ethnic mosaic...

Ethiopian Birds
May 15, 2018
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When most people think of Ethiopia, usually it’s the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the indigenous tribes of the Omo Valley (including the Hamar and Karo people) that spring to mind.

But did you know that the birds of Ethiopia include a total of 924 species, of which 23 are endemic to the country? And...

worlds best cultural festivals
May 1, 2018
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If you want to get an overview of a destination’s traditions, cultural festivals are often a great place to start.

Whether it’s art, dance, food and wine, music, or religion you’re most interested in, festivals offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. Check out our guide to 10 of the world’s best cultural festivals, from South America and the South Pacific to Africa, Asia, and Europe: 

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dine around with Travcoa
April 27, 2018
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In 2017, our sister company, Travcoa, moved their headquarters from Los Angeles to the Zegrahm office in Seattle. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on an outstanding lineup of expeditions that offer luxurious accommodations and immersive cultural experiences in some of the world’s most exotic locations.

Many years ago, Travcoa created the most generous and flexible travel dining plan imaginable: dine wherever you wish, and we’ll pick up the bill! Zegrahm keeps this tradition...

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