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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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The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
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It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

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,...

Wild Norway & Svalbard
November 9, 2017
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Hollywood has produced plenty of doomsday films, usually with a scientist-hero concocting some scheme to prevent an existential disaster from destroying the human race. In reality, our survival is based on something much more elemental: seeds.

The Global Seed Vault on Svalbard is a secure storage facility that holds the largest, most diverse collection of food crop seeds on earth. Located in an abandoned coal mine deep within a mountain beneath the permafrost, the...

Who was Ferdinand Magellan?
September 14, 2017
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Glaciers account for some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. There are glaciers on every continent on Earth; but the most impressive are usually found in polar and high alpine regions, where cooler temperatures allow them to grow to colossal sizes. The Patagonia glaciers are among the most iconic scenes of life in southern Argentina and Chile. There are countless glaciers in Patagonia, creating a vast adventure playground for anyone with a love for exploring sublime...

Antarctic Sunset
July 25, 2017
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On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Despite the brevity of this phenomenon, its rarity makes it an experience stargazers do not want to miss....

Esfahan, Iran
May 31, 2017
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Travel to Iran is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The country will blow you away with its natural beauty, millenary historical heritage, and especially the friendliness of its locals. The Persian people will lavish you with smiles and warm welcomes from the moment you step off the plane in Tehran.

However, life in Iran is quite different from what we’re used to in the West; it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local customs before you travel...

Exploring South Georgia
March 6, 2017
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When most people think about the history of global adventure, it’s generally males whose names come to mind. Marco Polo, Ernest Shackleton, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Teddy Roosevelt are all icons, and rightly should be. But what about the female explorers and conservationists who defied archaic cultural mores and boldly dared to go where no women had gone before?

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is...

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....

Bran Castle
October 28, 2016
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Despite numerous natural and cultural attractions—including seven Saxon-built fortified churches and the historic center of Sighisoara, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Transylvania region of central Romania is forever linked with the infamous legend of Dracula.

Romanians can thank (and for many years, they cursed) Irish author Bram Stoker for that notorious distinction. It was his Gothic horror novel, Dracula, published in 1897, that gave...

Tiger, India
October 6, 2016
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Living amidst the forests of Asia, tigers are the largest felids on Earth, reaching up to 12 feet in length and upwards of 575 pounds. They are also one of the most critically endangered species, occupying less than 7 percent of their historic geographic range.

Perhaps the best place on the planet to see these incredible creatures is India; indeed, it is home to nearly half of the remaining cats in the wild. Thanks to a highly successful conservation effort,...

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