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Meet Our Marathon Trio

Marathon

For the past five years the incorrigible Paul Goldstein has run the London Marathon as part of his Worth More Alive Campaign raising funds to help save Bengal tigers from the brink of extinction. This year, however, he has passed his marathon mantle over to Marketing Executive Elise Wortley and Aviation Executive Lisa Conopo, who…

Fun Facts about Africa’s Tallest Mountain – Kilimanjaro!

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How much do you know about Africa’s highest mountain? Exodus has a long history with Mount Kilimanjaro; it has to be up there as one of our all-time favourite treks. Africa’s highest peak (5584m) and one of few places in the world from which you can see the curvature of the Earth, she is both…

Bears Go To Iceland

SwimmingBear

No, this is not some spurious nonsense about a Polar bear walking into frozen foods specialist! Rather, it is news that a Polar bear has been spotted on land on the northern shore of Iceland. Local store owner Gunnar Asmundur was about thirty kilometres from Husavik – a medium-sized Icelandic community – spotted the bear…

10 photos that will instantly make you want to visit Namibia

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Swathes of undulating dunes as far as the eye can see, watering holes teeming with wildlife and night skies studded with shimmering stars, Namibia is a burnt-orange paradise for wildlife and nature lovers, landscape photographers and thrill-seekers alike. Four times the size of the UK but with just a fraction of its population, Namibia has…

Norfolk Gold

Paul_U2cover

Last weekend, under the expert guidance of Paul Goldstein, fifteen Exodus staff headed up to Norfolk in an attempt to hone their photography skills. Despite a forecast of clear skies and bright sunshine, the group of enthusiastic shutterbugs were warmly welcomed to Castle Farm with bacon butties but gloomy conditions – it didn’t overshadow spirits…

Leader Awards 2014: The Results

Leaders_montage

This year’s Oscars ceremony had nothing on our Leader of the Year Awards last week. What we lacked in glitz and glamour, we more than made up for in pride and pedigree! We received a record number of nominations for our Leader Awards this year with the judges challenged by the longest shortlist yet! After…

New Year Challenges

13641_boot_walking_Alps

All too often the first couple of months of the year are scarred by broken resolutions and shattered fitness aspirations. Don’t let 2015 go the same way; let us awaken your motivational mojo! Travel plans are a powerful motivator – there’s no better way to prompt those gym visits than the promise of the ultimate…

Polar Packing List

Polar_packing_Ant

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” ~ Ranulph Fiennes To get the most enjoyment out of a once in a lifetime journey to the Polar Regions, thorough preparation is key. It is important to take the right kit for the environment and the activities you plan to do during your trip. Although we…

Feeling Blue

DavidCroucher1_CZA

Clouds on the final approach cast a gloomy grey cloak over both the capital and my mood. Insulated in thermal, fleece and Goretex, I shuffled gingerly across the ice-caked tarmac and boarded the bus with little optimism for the evening ahead. Despite Teutonic levels of organisation – I’d timed my arrival midway through the lunar…

Falling for Autumn

Autumn_Appalachians

Autumn is a magical time of year, particularly for outdoor lovers. As the leaves begin to fall, forests turn into a riot of colour, as if painted red and gold. Before the cold of winter sets in, autumn is the perfect time to head out and explore our beautiful planet, from forest-cloaked mountain foothills to…

Signs of the Times

08083_India_genepool

Exodus’ adventure experts have travelled to all seven continents, visiting over 200 countries collectively. Over the past forty years we’ve come across plenty of weird and wonderful things, from peculiar toilets to unusual cultural traditions. Something that always catches our attention though is an amusing sign, so here’s an amuse bouche of the funniest signs…

Family Travel Tips

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Have kids? Do travel! These adventures will be transformative experiences for you and your family, the topic of dinner table discussions and memories for years to come. All it takes is a little planning, a family-sized helping of adventurous spirit and some help from the experts! BEFORE YOU GO Decisions, Decisions Providing your children are…

The Animal Kingdom’s Greatest Migrations

Wildebeest

Driven by a primal urge to feed and breed, many of the world’s wildlife species spend much of their lives on the move. Whether wildebeest in search of greener pastures in east Africa or whales seeking out plankton blooms, these epic migrations are amongst the greatest wildlife spectacles you will ever encounter. Pretty in Pink…

Wild Nights Out

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If you seek the best wildlife encounters on the planet, you’ll need to travel to its most remote and inhospitable reaches, but don’t let this put you off. From the towering tabular icebergs of Antarctica to the steaming jungles of the Congo and even the treetops of Borneo’s rainforest, the locations are often as spectacular…

Game of Thrones Travel Guide

After a year of anticipation, Game of Thrones fans are beside themselves as they await the start of hit show’s new season later this month. But fear not Defenders of the Realm – Exodus is here to plug the gap with a Game of Thrones destination guide! From King’s Landing to Astapor, the show’s entourage…

Jungle Jaunts

From the giant to the miniscule, the pretty and the peculiar; our world’s jungles are home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna. From sultry South American tropics, where the earth is carved up by fathomless rivers, to the African Congo, a name so evocative it barely needs further description to lure us beyond…

Tanzania: Did you know?

FW7F5075

You’ve probably heard of Tanzania’s popular safari destination – the Serengeti – but did you know what its name means? Ever wondered which famous singer was born on Zanzibar or how the name Tanzania came into use? Make sure you’re in the know before you go with our quite interesting facts about this East African…

Happy Feet

Though it’s true that all species of penguin live in the Southern Hemisphere, you may be surprised to learn that of the world’s 17 varieties, just six inhabit Antarctica. Of these, only two (Adelie and Emperor) truly make the continent their home. The others (Gentoo, Chinstrap, Macaroni and King) all reside around the Peninsula and…

11 facts you probably didn’t know about Turkey

You’d be forgiven for thinking that tulips come from the Netherlands and the capital of Turkey is Istanbul. As it turns out, though, you’d be wrong… 1 – Turkey isn’t actually called Turkey. It’s officially the Republic of Turkey. 2 – Ankara is the capital of Turkey, not Istanbul. 3 – Istanbul is the only city…

Chocolate Destinations of the World

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In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of artisan chocolate. Taste-conscious consumers are not only demanding higher quality, but also sustainable, ethically-sourced produce. This demand can only mean good news for hardworking cocoa farmers around the world, as well as for those of us with a sweet tooth. So, if you…

Done the Americas? Think again…

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Maybe you’ve tangoed in Buenos Aires, had a go at salsa in Cuba, felt Niagara’s freshwater spray and romped around in Yosemite National Park… …but have you ever considered trekking through Yellowstone in search of wild wolves and brooding bison? Ever pondered over a trip to Guyana to witness the awesome power of the world’s…

Around the World in (slightly more than) 80 words

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How many of us have grown up to fulfill a childhood dream by visiting a place we once read about in a book? Words are powerful. Carefully crafted and woven together, words transport the reader. They fire the imagination, carrying you off to unknown, far-flung worlds, places that linger in daydreams. From Narnia to Namibia, literary journeys…

Women who walk the walk

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It has come to our attention recently that the female trekking fraternity is somewhat underrepresented, with the boys’ high altitude bravado and summit attempts all too often stealing the headlines. However, would it surprise you to know that just over half of Exodus’ walking clients are female? Even our Trekking Product Manager leading the way…

Travel Tipples

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Now it’s officially autumn, it won’t be long before minds turn to the festive season and party planning gets underway. What will you be drinking this Christmas? Quaffing champers with a smoked salmon breakfast, sipping mulled wine around a roaring fire and twinkling tree or maybe a cheeky port or two after the main event?…

Africa: An alternative perspective

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One visit is never enough. Famed for big skies and even bigger adventures, why would you confine yourself to just two or three famous African hot spots? This is a vastly diverse continent where you can experience wildly different climates, extreme eco-systems and living landscapes. Safaris are not limited to the Mara; culture thrives beyond…

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Natasha Preston

About Natasha
  • Email & Social Media Manager
  • Joined 2010

A lifelong wildlife enthusiast, Natasha fulfilled a childhood dream in 2011 when she sat beside a family of Mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her other African highlights include the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru. She has also been whale and dolphin watching in the Azores where she was treated to sightings of Fin and Sperm whales, as well as Bottlenose and Common dolphins riding the bow wave of the boat. Just in the past year she’s ventured around the jungles of Costa Rica, the lush Caribbean island of St Lucia and even explored the frozen wilds of Iceland. Most recently she embarked on a photographic voyage around Spitsbergen where she saw Polar bears, walrus, Arctic fox and even a Blue whale. Natasha’s always thinking about her next wildlife adventure… perhaps Indonesia will be next!

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Meet Our Marathon Trio

Marathon

For the past five years the incorrigible Paul Goldstein has run the London Marathon as part of his Worth More Alive Campaign raising funds to help save Bengal tigers from the brink of extinction. This year, however, he has passed his marathon mantle over to Marketing Executive Elise Wortley and Aviation Executive Lisa Conopo, who…

Fun Facts about Africa’s Tallest Mountain – Kilimanjaro!

FW7F5075

How much do you know about Africa’s highest mountain? Exodus has a long history with Mount Kilimanjaro; it has to be up there as one of our all-time favourite treks. Africa’s highest peak (5584m) and one of few places in the world from which you can see the curvature of the Earth, she is both…

Bears Go To Iceland

SwimmingBear

No, this is not some spurious nonsense about a Polar bear walking into frozen foods specialist! Rather, it is news that a Polar bear has been spotted on land on the northern shore of Iceland. Local store owner Gunnar Asmundur was about thirty kilometres from Husavik – a medium-sized Icelandic community – spotted the bear…

10 photos that will instantly make you want to visit Namibia

pres 0009-3-3

Swathes of undulating dunes as far as the eye can see, watering holes teeming with wildlife and night skies studded with shimmering stars, Namibia is a burnt-orange paradise for wildlife and nature lovers, landscape photographers and thrill-seekers alike. Four times the size of the UK but with just a fraction of its population, Namibia has…

Norfolk Gold

Paul_U2cover

Last weekend, under the expert guidance of Paul Goldstein, fifteen Exodus staff headed up to Norfolk in an attempt to hone their photography skills. Despite a forecast of clear skies and bright sunshine, the group of enthusiastic shutterbugs were warmly welcomed to Castle Farm with bacon butties but gloomy conditions – it didn’t overshadow spirits…

Leader Awards 2014: The Results

Leaders_montage

This year’s Oscars ceremony had nothing on our Leader of the Year Awards last week. What we lacked in glitz and glamour, we more than made up for in pride and pedigree! We received a record number of nominations for our Leader Awards this year with the judges challenged by the longest shortlist yet! After…

New Year Challenges

13641_boot_walking_Alps

All too often the first couple of months of the year are scarred by broken resolutions and shattered fitness aspirations. Don’t let 2015 go the same way; let us awaken your motivational mojo! Travel plans are a powerful motivator – there’s no better way to prompt those gym visits than the promise of the ultimate…

Polar Packing List

Polar_packing_Ant

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” ~ Ranulph Fiennes To get the most enjoyment out of a once in a lifetime journey to the Polar Regions, thorough preparation is key. It is important to take the right kit for the environment and the activities you plan to do during your trip. Although we…

Feeling Blue

DavidCroucher1_CZA

Clouds on the final approach cast a gloomy grey cloak over both the capital and my mood. Insulated in thermal, fleece and Goretex, I shuffled gingerly across the ice-caked tarmac and boarded the bus with little optimism for the evening ahead. Despite Teutonic levels of organisation – I’d timed my arrival midway through the lunar…

Falling for Autumn

Autumn_Appalachians

Autumn is a magical time of year, particularly for outdoor lovers. As the leaves begin to fall, forests turn into a riot of colour, as if painted red and gold. Before the cold of winter sets in, autumn is the perfect time to head out and explore our beautiful planet, from forest-cloaked mountain foothills to…

Signs of the Times

08083_India_genepool

Exodus’ adventure experts have travelled to all seven continents, visiting over 200 countries collectively. Over the past forty years we’ve come across plenty of weird and wonderful things, from peculiar toilets to unusual cultural traditions. Something that always catches our attention though is an amusing sign, so here’s an amuse bouche of the funniest signs…

Family Travel Tips

28692_Family_USA

Have kids? Do travel! These adventures will be transformative experiences for you and your family, the topic of dinner table discussions and memories for years to come. All it takes is a little planning, a family-sized helping of adventurous spirit and some help from the experts! BEFORE YOU GO Decisions, Decisions Providing your children are…

The Animal Kingdom’s Greatest Migrations

Wildebeest

Driven by a primal urge to feed and breed, many of the world’s wildlife species spend much of their lives on the move. Whether wildebeest in search of greener pastures in east Africa or whales seeking out plankton blooms, these epic migrations are amongst the greatest wildlife spectacles you will ever encounter. Pretty in Pink…

Wild Nights Out

33808

If you seek the best wildlife encounters on the planet, you’ll need to travel to its most remote and inhospitable reaches, but don’t let this put you off. From the towering tabular icebergs of Antarctica to the steaming jungles of the Congo and even the treetops of Borneo’s rainforest, the locations are often as spectacular…

Game of Thrones Travel Guide

After a year of anticipation, Game of Thrones fans are beside themselves as they await the start of hit show’s new season later this month. But fear not Defenders of the Realm – Exodus is here to plug the gap with a Game of Thrones destination guide! From King’s Landing to Astapor, the show’s entourage…

Jungle Jaunts

From the giant to the miniscule, the pretty and the peculiar; our world’s jungles are home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna. From sultry South American tropics, where the earth is carved up by fathomless rivers, to the African Congo, a name so evocative it barely needs further description to lure us beyond…

Tanzania: Did you know?

FW7F5075

You’ve probably heard of Tanzania’s popular safari destination – the Serengeti – but did you know what its name means? Ever wondered which famous singer was born on Zanzibar or how the name Tanzania came into use? Make sure you’re in the know before you go with our quite interesting facts about this East African…

Happy Feet

Though it’s true that all species of penguin live in the Southern Hemisphere, you may be surprised to learn that of the world’s 17 varieties, just six inhabit Antarctica. Of these, only two (Adelie and Emperor) truly make the continent their home. The others (Gentoo, Chinstrap, Macaroni and King) all reside around the Peninsula and…

11 facts you probably didn’t know about Turkey

You’d be forgiven for thinking that tulips come from the Netherlands and the capital of Turkey is Istanbul. As it turns out, though, you’d be wrong… 1 – Turkey isn’t actually called Turkey. It’s officially the Republic of Turkey. 2 – Ankara is the capital of Turkey, not Istanbul. 3 – Istanbul is the only city…

Chocolate Destinations of the World

IMG_3371

In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of artisan chocolate. Taste-conscious consumers are not only demanding higher quality, but also sustainable, ethically-sourced produce. This demand can only mean good news for hardworking cocoa farmers around the world, as well as for those of us with a sweet tooth. So, if you…

Done the Americas? Think again…

26980

Maybe you’ve tangoed in Buenos Aires, had a go at salsa in Cuba, felt Niagara’s freshwater spray and romped around in Yosemite National Park… …but have you ever considered trekking through Yellowstone in search of wild wolves and brooding bison? Ever pondered over a trip to Guyana to witness the awesome power of the world’s…

Around the World in (slightly more than) 80 words

book1

How many of us have grown up to fulfill a childhood dream by visiting a place we once read about in a book? Words are powerful. Carefully crafted and woven together, words transport the reader. They fire the imagination, carrying you off to unknown, far-flung worlds, places that linger in daydreams. From Narnia to Namibia, literary journeys…

Women who walk the walk

women1

It has come to our attention recently that the female trekking fraternity is somewhat underrepresented, with the boys’ high altitude bravado and summit attempts all too often stealing the headlines. However, would it surprise you to know that just over half of Exodus’ walking clients are female? Even our Trekking Product Manager leading the way…

Travel Tipples

tip1

Now it’s officially autumn, it won’t be long before minds turn to the festive season and party planning gets underway. What will you be drinking this Christmas? Quaffing champers with a smoked salmon breakfast, sipping mulled wine around a roaring fire and twinkling tree or maybe a cheeky port or two after the main event?…

Africa: An alternative perspective

af1

One visit is never enough. Famed for big skies and even bigger adventures, why would you confine yourself to just two or three famous African hot spots? This is a vastly diverse continent where you can experience wildly different climates, extreme eco-systems and living landscapes. Safaris are not limited to the Mara; culture thrives beyond…

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