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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Zebras at Sunset
November 13, 2017
Blog Post

The best travel adventures do not happen in a flash of instant gratification. Instead, they are the long, meandering journeys that give us more immersive, interactive experiences to savor. Sure, jumbo jets might get you to your destination faster; but once you arrive, I believe that overland adventures are the key to truly exploring the heart and soul of a place.

Slowing down allows us time to get a richer, more in-depth experience. We have an opportunity to...

Grimsey Island
November 7, 2017
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Ah, the dreaded long layover… We all love the convenience of direct flights to our destination. But there are times when long layovers are simply unavoidable, especially when you’re traveling internationally.

Thankfully, most airports these days offer plenty of fun and productive things to do while you wait for your next flight to be called, regardless of whether you’ve landed in the middle of the day, or the middle of the night.

With these...

November 1, 2017
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The Himalayas is a majestic mountain range in every way. One of the youngest mountain ranges, they are home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest mountain on Earth—and also one of the most mystical. It seems to compel thrill-seekers...

Sapporo, Japan
October 19, 2017
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Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

Beer’s dominance of the Japanese market begins with the island-nation’s oldest brand, Sapporo. Brewed in its...

Fish Market, Hokkaido, Japan
October 16, 2018
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Welcome to Hokkaido, the wild side of Japan. The northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago is a place where trees outnumber skyscrapers, and you’re more likely to run into a bear than get stuck in a traffic jam. But the island is probably most famous for its delicious Hokkaido seafood, and the many fish markets where you can taste the local catch at its freshest and finest. Here’s a look at some of the major attractions Hokkaido has to offer.

 

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Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
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I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

The Himalayas
August 14, 2017
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It was a dream come true: I was in Bhutan, hiking up a steep incline to one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Taktsang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clings precariously to the ledge of a cliff face 10,240 feet above sea level, and 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. I began to feel tired, dizzy, and nauseous, which...

Borneo beach
August 4, 2017
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Like a bowl of its popular Sarawak laksa soup, Borneo is a complex concoction that is rich with flavor and rapidly addictive. The third-largest island in the world behind Greenland and New Guinea, Borneo spans some 287,000 square miles—more than Texas and twice the size of Germany. It boasts Southeast Asia’s tallest peak, 13,435-foot-high Mount Kinabalu; one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests; and perhaps the highest diversity of flora on the planet. Among its ...

The Koran, Iran
June 28, 2017
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For many people, Iran is a country commonly associated with violent war and religious extremism. Named one of the countries in the “Axis of Evil” by President George W. Bush, Iran has almost always been covered in a negative light by the international media.

The State Department has also issued an Iran travel...

Dharamsala, India
June 22, 2017
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In March of 1959, a young, bespectacled Buddhist monk born under the name Lhamo Thondup secretly escaped from his home among the snowcapped Himalayas. Leaving “the rooftop of the world,” he disguised himself as a soldier and, along with a retinue of supporters, traveled through the rugged mountain terrain towards freedom and safety.

For two weeks, the world wondered and waited, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. On March 31, he reached Arunachal Pradesh in...

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