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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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Polynesia
February 28, 2017
Video

Scattered across the largest ocean basin on earth, the islands of the South Pacific have wooed adventurers and explorers for centuries. And it’s no wonder why—these remote paradises offer unparalleled beauty; a bounty of exotic flora, birds, and wildlife; some of the world’s most pristine marine environments; and communities where time-honored traditions remain unchanged. Join us as we discover the South Pacific.

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...

Henderson Lorikeet
February 28, 2017
Blog Post

Birds are probably not the first attraction most people think of when dreaming about visiting the Polynesian Islands. But once you get your fill of glistening waters in every possible shade of blue, grand landscapes that tower like skyscrapers, gregarious indigenous cultures, and gorgeous tropical sunsets, the islands’ forests are well worth exploring.

French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands and atolls stretching more than 1,200 miles across the South Pacific. And...

Hornbill Festival
February 15, 2017
Video

This November, we'll be traveling to India by Rail with the Hornbill Festival, with social anthropologist, Shirley Campbell. An annual rite of passage, watch as Shirley describes the festivities with...

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
February 14, 2017
Blog Post

Silk Road Travel is a transformative, transportive experience. You can close your eyes almost anywhere along the historic route through Central Asia and turn back the clock a thousand years. In the corners of your mind you see camel and horse caravans inching towards the horizon, heaving with silks, precious stones, and spices as they amble towards Europe. All around you, terra cotta domes, mosques, and dizzying mosaics vie for your attention.

For many years I had...

Gdansk, Poland
February 7, 2017
Blog Post

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...

Kiel Canal, Germany
January 11, 2017
Blog Post

With all the gridlock on our roadways, we forget that some of the world’s busiest transportation routes aren’t even on dry land. The oldest-known canals date back to 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, where they were used for irrigation. Yet these artificial waterways have played an even more crucial economic role in the development of civilization. By utilizing a series of locks, dams, and other engineered structures, canals create alternative freight channels and regulate maritime traffic of...

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...

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
January 10, 2017
Blog Post

The largest of the four ‘Stans, Kazakhstan is a country of steppes landscaped with vast plains and hilly plateaus crisscrossed by rivers and lakes, including the Aral Sea, within its boundaries. While the geography of the other ‘Stans varies from ruggedly mountainous Kyrgyzstan to the deserts and irrigated fertile belt of Turkmenistan, there is a shared commonality of historical development among the region, with Kazakhstan’s history representational for the region.

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Genghis Khaan
January 10, 2017
Blog Post

The Mogul Temüjin, known to history as Chinggis Khaan or Genghis Khan, was a warrior and ruler of great genius. Regarded by many as the founder of the Mongol nation, he was a soldier of ambition and determination. He was the organizer of the Mongol armies and mastermind behind campaigns that eventually carried the Mongol armies as far as the Adriatic Sea in one direction, and the Pacific coast of China in the other.

Various dates are given for the birth of...

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