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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. 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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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 to attempt a summit, even...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
October 26, 2017
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It’s tough to know where to start when you’re talking to a guy with a resumé like that of Zegrahm’s cultural geography expert, Ron Wixman.

Do you ask about his 20 years living in tiny villages in the Balkans, which made him an expert on the region? Do you talk about his time as a student in Leningrad, or as a Cultural Geography professor at the University of Oregon? Or do you ask...

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...

Isla del Caño, Costa Rica
October 3, 2017
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Virtually every explorer dreams of traveling to the Caribbean at least once in their lifetime. The region’s vibrant cultures, endless beaches, delicious cuisine, and a vast array of wildlife all contribute to its intoxicating allure, which is experienced by as many as 25 million travelers per year.

However, times have been...

Portobelo, Panama
October 2, 2017
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Guests joining our Canal to Cuba journey spend a day exploring the colonial town of Portobelo, including its UNESCO-designated San Jerònimo (Geronimo) Fort and Castle of Santiago de la Gloria. While recognized as some of the finest examples of 17th-century Spanish military architecture, the fortifications were no match for one...

Bordeaux, France
September 19, 2017
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Sailing aboard the newly refurbished Ocean Adventurer, guests on our upcoming Discoveries of Coastal Europe journey can drink in Western Europe’s dramatic coasts from Lisbon to London. To get the full flavor, they’ll even have the chance to raise a glass or two of the favorite local libations. Here, a toast to the region’s...

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...

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