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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. 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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Is Myanmar safe for travel?
October 26, 2018
Blog Post

A Balanced Look at the Realities of Traveling to Myanmar

 

Located east of India in Southern Asia, Myanmar was isolated from the rest of the world for more than half a century. Ruled by a brutal military dictatorship, its borders were permanently closed, and the country was traumatized by one of the longest-running civil wars in modern history. 

In 2011, Myanmar (which was formerly known as Burma) fully embraced democracy. Its borders were...

Transportation in Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is characterized by its punctuality, superb service, and the large numbers of people using it.

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Things To Do In Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

With all the contrasts of this complex culture, what should you see and do on your trip to Japan?

Here are a few places we recommend for first-time travelers.

Tokyo

Meiji Shrine (Tokyo) - Located in the Shibuya neighborhood, the Meiji Shrine honors the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (Japan’s 122nd emperor, who opened Japan to the west...

Food and Wine in The Iberian Peninsula
October 15, 2018
Blog Post

Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of The Iberian Penninsula

The Iberian Peninsula includes Spain and Portugal, two of the most dynamic countries in Europe. There, centuries of conquests, migrations, and trade have created a cultural diversity like few other places on the continent.

From foggy, rain-swept, and bagpipe-playing Galicia in Northern Spain to steamy Andalucia in the South (where the traces of centuries of Arab domination are still present in...

The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
Blog Post

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,...

Path of the Vikings
September 13, 2018
Blog Post

Along with the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Samurai warrior caste of Japan, and the Zulus of southern Africa, the Vikings of Scandinavia are widely regarded as one of history’s greatest warrior cultures.

The Viking era has been a staple fodder of popular culture for decades, from films (How to Train Your Dragon, Outlander, Valhalla Rising) and...

Starfish
September 10, 2018
Field Report

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Cairns, Australia 

Today, everyone met at the Cairns Shangri-La Hotel for our Great Barrier Reef trip. Once everyone was settled into their rooms we made our way to the Salt House Restaurant and Bar for dinner. A fantastic menu was set out for us and we all enjoyed our meals, wine, and conversation. After dinner it was time to head back to the ...

View of a neighbor from the Ocean Adventurer
August 27, 2018
Field Report

Thursday, July 12, 2018 
Oslo, Norway / Longyearbyen / Embark Ocean Adventurer

Having gathered for dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Oslo Airport yesterday and met with our expedition team, this morning we took the short stroll to the airport terminal to join our flight to Svalbard. Four hours later, after a brief stop in Tromsø, we stepped from the plane into the cold damp air of...

Hallgrímskirkja
August 21, 2018
Field Report

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland / Narsarsuaq, Greenland / Embark Hebridean Sky

Having gathered and met our fellow travelers and expedition staff in the Hilton Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík the previous evening, our Greenland to Iceland adventure began today with a tour of the most northerly capital city in the world. We took in views of Reykjavík from atop the hot water tanks of Perlan and visited...

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