this month’s eNewsletter
Bears, whales, icebergs, 24-hour
daylight and only a few hours flight away. It’s Spitzbergen,
a dream destination yet to be fully discovered. Paul Goldstein
has recently returned from his latest trip there, and –
yes, I know that to those of you who know Paul this sounds unbelievable
– his tales have rarely been more enthusiastic.
in Morocco, is “mountain of the month” in our “10
Great Treks to do before you die” series, whilst our Italian
spokesman Francesco (or Franco, as we like to call him) gives
you a first-hand insight on his home country, Italy.
Our Senior Product Manager Mike
explains why a winter holiday in the Arctic
is less cold than it might initially sound, and Marketing Manager
Crispin helps you find the perfect family
holiday for you and your children.
On the Responsible Tourism side
we give you an update on our Tanzania
Porter Education Project.
Goldstein, wildlife photographer and Polar expert, has recently
returned from his latest trip to Spitzbergen. Despite having
been there at least a dozen times, his enthusiasm has not dimished.
Great Treks to do before you die –
Mt Toubkal Climb
If you are looking for a challenging
trek but only have a week to spare, then an ascent of Morocco’s
Toubkal is difficult to beat. Standing at 4,167m above sea
level, a trek to the summit offers experienced walkers the opportunity
to scale North Africa’s highest peak. Following ancient
mule trails our route passes through Berber villages and intricately
terraced valleys to the jagged granite peaks of the High Atlas.
From the summit walkers are rewarded with dramatic views of
the plains of Marrakech and the teeth-like peeks of the High
and Anti Atlas ranges.>>>
eyes of an
Italy is one of the world’s
most visited countries. Blessed almost year round with great
weather, delicious food, friendly people and a plethora of sites
to visit, one would expect that it’s the perfect country
to live in. Yet, every year there are thousands of Italians
who leave their home country to live somewhere else. Francesco,
our Marketing Executive, is one of them. In this article he
shares his thoughts as an expat. >>>
know that …
On Italy and travels
With more than 40 million foreigners touching
down during just one year to visit some of the most amazing
places in the world. Italy is the fourth most visited country
in the world. Don't be left out, be one of them before you hand
in your passport.
On Italy and pasta
Cooked “al dente” (al-den-tay) literally
means "to the tooth," which is how to test pasta to
see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm,
offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
On Italy and pilgrimage
In medieval times, Archbishops of Canterbury
in particular were expected to make the journey to Rome to receive
from the Pope their palium or stole of office.
In AD 994 Archbishop Sigeric made the journey in person and
kept a detailed record of his return journey called 'From Rome
to the Channel', thus determining the birth of one of the world’s
most famous pilgrim paths, the Via Francigena (the route of
the weather oppressive? Imagine
life in a freezer!
is a favourite time for many Scandinavians - a surprising fact
for those of us from milder climes. Contrary to popular belief
it is not dark all the time, and you aren't house-bound waiting
for temperatures to rise above freezing. Close to the Arctic
Circle, the sun is only below the horizon for a few days
over December and January, and by late March the days are longer
than in the UK.
Minus 20°C represents nothing
else but a great day for snowmobiling,
skiing or ice-fishing. The Arctic cold is a dry cold, which
can feel surprisingly comfortable. Combine that with the Northern
Lights, stunning scenery of frozen lakes and snow-caked
trees, and a beautiful low, clean light, and you have one of
the most magical environments to live in, or to holiday in.
To keep them cosy in the cold temperatures (-40°C is not
uncommon), visitors are given special insulated clothes for
the activities - thermal overalls, boots with extra foam insulation,
furry hats and big mitts. Even the handles on the snowmobiles
To really get to feel the Scandinavian
winter in full, we recommend a night on ice. Our holidays feature
Hotels, the original in Swedish Lapland, and a sprightly
newcomer in French-speaking Quebec.
But for a hands-on experience, real winter adventurers can build
and sleep in their own igloo on our holidays in Swedish
Lapland and our Finnish
Wilderness Week. It maybe -30°C outside, but inside
the igloo you'll be sleeping in a comparably warm -5°C and
a cosy 4-season sleeping bag.
Adventures at October Half Term
Fresh back from your summer holiday,
it’s now time to think about a family adventure for October
half term. What better way to bribe your children to knuckle
down at the start of the academic year than the lure of distant
shores in just a few weeks time?
a few hours from the UK, choose between our Turquoise
Coast activity holiday in Turkey, where you can sea kayak
over sunken cities, or our Camels
& Kasbahs trip, where you can enjoy Morocco's colourful
souks, palaces and vibrant street entertainment.
If you’ve got the luxury
of a two week break, experience the wonderful wildlife of South
Africa on our Cape
Escapade holiday with whale watching at Hermanus or venture
slightly further afield in the search of the elusive tiger on
Tigers & Temples trip to Northern India. For a holiday
of contrasts, try our Canyons
& Cowboys trip to America’s Wild West, combining
a stay on a genuine cowboy ranch with the glitz and bright lights
of Las Vegas. The possibilities are endless ...
To request a copy of our new
dedicated family brochure please click
For a complete overview of our family holidays please click
If you are particularly interested in our Octobe Half Term Family
of the month – Ferdinand Magellan
maritime explorer Fernando de Magallanes was born in Spring
1480 in Sabrosa, Portugal.
Magellan’s CV is certainly an enviable one. He became
the first person to lead a successful expedition to circumnavigate
the globe, the first to navigate the strait in South America
connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (the strait was
later called “Magellan Strait” in his honour),
the first European to reach Tierra
del Fuego on South America's southern tip and the first
European to land in the Philippines and meet its native people.
It was him who gave the name
to the Pacific Ocean, due to their
On his expedition, Magellan and
his crew made several discoveries that are considered “obvious”
nowadays. For instance, he observed several animals that were
entirely new to European science. These included the "camel
without humps", which could have been the llama, guanaco,
vicuña, or alpaca. A black "goose" which had
to be skinned instead of plucked was the penguin. The full extent
of the Earth was also realized, since their voyage was 14,460
leagues (69,800 km or 43,400 mi). Last but not least, Magellan’s
expedition established the need for an International Date Line.
Magellan died on 27 April, 1521
during the Battle of Mactan, in the Philippines.
Tourism – Tanzania Porter
who have successfully reached the summit of Kilimanjaro will
testify to the importance of their accompanying porters. It
is them who carry all the kit up the mountain and who motivate
trekkers to reach the top. Jim Foster, our local operator in
Tanzania, writes about the importance of educating the porters
to give them a better life, whether it is in travel or not.
End of Season Sale
partners Evans Cycles are the UK’s leading cycle retailer
– stocking the largest range and best brands in the country.
Their experts will make sure you have the right gear to make
the most out of your cycling holiday. Now’s a great time
to take advantage of the great deals in the ‘End of Season
Want to see who is sitting at the Exodus’ telephones?
Then come and meet us at one of our presentation evenings. These
free shows are informative, fun and ideal if you are looking
for a first-hand insight into what an Exodus holiday is really
Award winning photographer Paul Goldstein will host
our next Africa
slideshows on 5 September and 12 September respectively, whilst
on 19 September our Overland Product Manager Ian Picken will
show you the best slides of the Americas,
all taken on our Overland expeditions from Anchorage to Ushuaia.
Don’t miss a night of dazzling
images, provocative commentary, hilarious anecdotes and forthright
opinion. Our slideshows are free and ideal if you are looking
for a first-hand insight into what an Exodus holiday is really
here or on the
links above to reserve a seat on one of our slideshows and to
see our slideshow calendar with information on dates and venues
for the next
month we have to admit that we found it exceptionally hard to
choose a winner for our photo competition, as many of you have
sent us in some very good shots. In the end we decided that
the best picture was the one on the right, taken by Ms Margaret
Beuth, in Rajasthan, India
in January this year. Congratulations Margaret, Paul Goldstein’s
photography book is on the way to you.
To take part in our competition
simply send your favourite pictures to email@example.com and you might be
the next winner! Please remember to tell us when and on which
of our holidays the photo was taken.
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