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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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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...

Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
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Are you a cultural traveler? Always interested in history, art, architecture, music, and, of course, food?

There’s no better way to delve into a place than through its culture and cuisine. Here are our top 10 foodie travel destinations for cultural connoisseurs:

1. ALASKA

Alaska is known for its deep history and majestic landscapes. The state’s cultural history includes indigenous Alaskans (229 tribes, including the...

Treasures of Japan with South Korea
April 30, 2018
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A look into the rich culture of Japan and South Korea

If you have any interest in culture or history, Japan is a truly fascinating destination to visit. This island nation holds on tightly to its ancient traditions, yet still manages to keep up (and often lead the way) with modern advances in technology and fashion.

From its vibrant cities to its sacred shrines and temples, Japan harmoniously blends the old with the new....

travel expeditions for 2019
April 19, 2018
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New and Unique Trips Around The World

Unlike other tour operators, Zegrahm’s calendar of expeditions changes from year to year. 2019 is no different, with 15 brand-new itineraries that have been carefully curated to immerse you in the culture and natural history of each exotic destination.  

We recently caught up with Director of Planning, Jon Nicholson, to find out more about the trip planning process and the exciting new expedition lineup....

Sicily Coastline
April 19, 2018
Blog Post

Sicily really has everything. You could easily spend months exploring Italy’s largest island, hiking its mountains and volcanoes, exploring beaches and smaller outlying islands. But there would still be plenty left to discover in the layers of history and culture that make Sicily what it is today– a diverse, culturally-rich destination.

Because of Sicily’s position on the edge of the Italian map, only few tourists ever make it this far. Those who do usually only visit...

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