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Natasha Preston

Wildlife enthusiast and keen trekker...

Addicted to Altitude

Trekking the Mont Blanc Circuit - Brevant Mountains

Creaking glaciers carving their way down to pine forests and flower-flecked meadows, ancient shepherds’ hamlets perched beside glassy lakes and hundreds of peaks to conquer. More beautiful than you could ever imagine, how could you not fall in love with the Alps? Tour leaders Mark and Carey Faulkner have a passion for walking, for Mont Blanc, and…

Celebrating 90 Years of Sir David Attenborough

The one and only David Attenborough!

2016 has been a bad year for celebrity royalty, with numerous great losses racking up from the entertainment world – Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman. But thankfully there’s at least one stalwart of our screens still going strong: the inimitable David Attenborough. An increasingly rare example of a genuine, passionate man who is famed and loved…

Monthly Photo Competition – Winners’ Gallery

Exodus Monthly Photo Competition

Take a look at the illustrious Winners’ Gallery from our monthly photo competition. Each one has been specially selected for the prestigious prize because it tells a story. Whether it is capturing a tender moment between a mother gorilla and her infant, the beautiful smile of a local market stall owner, or an unusual perspective on…

Exodus to Launch Driverless Overland Expeditions

Artist's impression of driverless overland truck

Leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels is set to embrace new technology within the motor industry by applying the driverless concept to their overland trucks. Following the success of Google’s self-driving car, and the UK government giving the green light on driverless pods whisking passengers along the Thames Path this summer, Exodus is delighted to be working in…

Specialist Photography Wildlife Holidays

Camera and a telephoto lens for wildlife photography

Do you love wildlife? Are you a keen amateur photographer? Or, at least, are you keen to learn more? Then our inspirational range of specialist photographic wildlife holidays might just be for you. From the frozen expanse of the Arctic tundra, where polar bears roam the ice, to the steamy jungles of the Pantanal through…

Dos & Don’ts of Travelling in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is world-renowned for the warmth of the welcome it gives every visitor to its shores. But how best to navigate a cultural landscape so different to your own, whether avoiding potential pitfalls in polite society or sussing out which of the vast array of activities and attractions are well worth the effort? Avoid…

Family Travel Show Ticket Giveaway!

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We have 40 tickets to give away for this year’s Family Travel Show at London’s Olympia. The only event in the UK solely dedicated to family travel – it’s the perfect place to get your tribe inspired for the next big adventure! With hundreds of travel experts all under one roof, plus lots of fun…

WIN Cycle Show Tickets

MCM (19 of 48)

Whether you have just caught the cycling bug over the summer, or are a seasoned rider looking for the latest gear to add to your collection, you don’t want to miss this year’s Cycle Show! To help you get there, we’re offering three lucky cyclists the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to this…

Exodus Wins The Sunday Times Travel Editor’s Award for Nepal Appeal

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The prestigious accolade was awarded on Tuesday night (8th September) for our emergency relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Nepal earlier this year. Our appeal has been hugely successful, raising over £260,000 (incl. GiftAid) to date. We can’t take all the credit though, or even most of it. That honour goes to you. Without…

Nepal: The Road to Recovery

Himalayan Mountains, Nepal

News of April’s earthquake in Nepal hit everyone at Exodus very hard. We have a long history with this mountain kingdom, over forty years, and few were more devastated than our Managing Director Peter Burrell. Pete makes little secret of the fact that the Himalayas are his favourite place on Earth. Indeed it was during his…

How Much Do You Know About the Great Migration?

The Great Migration in action on the Mara River

The Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. Each year huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate from their breeding grounds around Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, through the Serengeti and up into Kenya’s Masai Mara before completing their circle of life the following spring. We find this phenomenon so fascinating, we…

Photography Kit List for Safari Shutterbugs

Exodus clients on Photographic Safari with Paul

You’ve done the hard work finding and booking your perfect photographic safari. Now you’re just starting to write that all-important packing list and wondering ‘what exactly do I need in my camera bag?’ We understand nobody wants to travel with more baggage than they really need, but likewise, you don’t want to miss out on that…

The Great Migration Through A Lens

The migration arrives at the Mara River in Kenya

News just in from our International Sales Manager Andrew Appleyard – the migration has arrived in the Masai Mara! Our wildlife experts have been waiting with baited breath for news of the migration’s whereabouts. While our Marketing Director Jae missed out by just a couple of weeks, it was Andrew that was lucky enough to…

International Tiger Day

India_tiger_

Here at Exodus we are incredibly passionate about wildlife and the conservation efforts to save it. On 29th July we’ll be shining the light on just one species that desperately needs our help, a species close to the hearts of everyone working at Exodus, and one that is teetering on the edge of extinction – the…

Le Tour de France Competition

TdeF_strawman_hero

Who do you think will ride to victory in this year’s Le Tour de France? The sun is shining and our cycling department is buzzing with excitement – this can mean only one thing – it’s Le Tour de France time! Now in its 102nd year, Le Tour is one of the greatest sporting events…

Monthly Travel Photo Competition

Exodus Monthly Photo Competition

Calling all Shutterbugs! If you’ve been on an Exodus adventure and captured an inspiring shot that will make people say “wow – I want to be there!” – enter our photo competition and you could win a £50 Bob Books voucher PLUS a £50 Exodus holiday voucher. From the frozen wilds of Antarctica to the…

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

Desert elephant Namibia

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…

Tour de France in Numbers

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198 riders, 22 teams, 21 days. It can be only one thing – the Tour de France! Now in its 102nd year, the Tour de France is one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world. Broadcast across 188 countries, the iconic cycling race is watched by more than 3 billion people on TV, while…

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 this year 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: In Search of the Northern Lights

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. Clouds are notorious for obscuring the mesmerizing dance of the northern lights. Despite Teutonic…

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Natasha Preston

About Natasha
  • Content & Social Media Manager
  • Joined 2010

A lifelong wildlife enthusiast, Natasha fulfilled a childhood dream in 2011 when she sat with a family of Mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her other African highlights include the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru. She’s been whale and dolphin watching in the Azores where she saw Fin and Sperm whales, as well as Bottlenose and Common dolphins riding the bow wave of the boat. In the past couple of years, she’s ventured around the jungles of Costa Rica, the Caribbean island of St Lucia and even explored the frozen wilds of Iceland. Last summer she embarked on a photographic voyage around Spitsbergen, and already this year she’s trekked Mt Toubkal in Morocco and Mt Kinabalu in Borneo.

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Addicted to Altitude

Trekking the Mont Blanc Circuit - Brevant Mountains

Creaking glaciers carving their way down to pine forests and flower-flecked meadows, ancient shepherds’ hamlets perched beside glassy lakes and hundreds of peaks to conquer. More beautiful than you could ever imagine, how could you not fall in love with the Alps? Tour leaders Mark and Carey Faulkner have a passion for walking, for Mont Blanc, and…

Celebrating 90 Years of Sir David Attenborough

The one and only David Attenborough!

2016 has been a bad year for celebrity royalty, with numerous great losses racking up from the entertainment world – Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman. But thankfully there’s at least one stalwart of our screens still going strong: the inimitable David Attenborough. An increasingly rare example of a genuine, passionate man who is famed and loved…

Monthly Photo Competition – Winners’ Gallery

Exodus Monthly Photo Competition

Take a look at the illustrious Winners’ Gallery from our monthly photo competition. Each one has been specially selected for the prestigious prize because it tells a story. Whether it is capturing a tender moment between a mother gorilla and her infant, the beautiful smile of a local market stall owner, or an unusual perspective on…

Exodus to Launch Driverless Overland Expeditions

Artist's impression of driverless overland truck

Leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels is set to embrace new technology within the motor industry by applying the driverless concept to their overland trucks. Following the success of Google’s self-driving car, and the UK government giving the green light on driverless pods whisking passengers along the Thames Path this summer, Exodus is delighted to be working in…

Specialist Photography Wildlife Holidays

Camera and a telephoto lens for wildlife photography

Do you love wildlife? Are you a keen amateur photographer? Or, at least, are you keen to learn more? Then our inspirational range of specialist photographic wildlife holidays might just be for you. From the frozen expanse of the Arctic tundra, where polar bears roam the ice, to the steamy jungles of the Pantanal through…

Dos & Don’ts of Travelling in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is world-renowned for the warmth of the welcome it gives every visitor to its shores. But how best to navigate a cultural landscape so different to your own, whether avoiding potential pitfalls in polite society or sussing out which of the vast array of activities and attractions are well worth the effort? Avoid…

Family Travel Show Ticket Giveaway!

37555_family_travel_show

We have 40 tickets to give away for this year’s Family Travel Show at London’s Olympia. The only event in the UK solely dedicated to family travel – it’s the perfect place to get your tribe inspired for the next big adventure! With hundreds of travel experts all under one roof, plus lots of fun…

WIN Cycle Show Tickets

MCM (19 of 48)

Whether you have just caught the cycling bug over the summer, or are a seasoned rider looking for the latest gear to add to your collection, you don’t want to miss this year’s Cycle Show! To help you get there, we’re offering three lucky cyclists the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to this…

Exodus Wins The Sunday Times Travel Editor’s Award for Nepal Appeal

CK_Nepal_28205

The prestigious accolade was awarded on Tuesday night (8th September) for our emergency relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Nepal earlier this year. Our appeal has been hugely successful, raising over £260,000 (incl. GiftAid) to date. We can’t take all the credit though, or even most of it. That honour goes to you. Without…

Nepal: The Road to Recovery

Himalayan Mountains, Nepal

News of April’s earthquake in Nepal hit everyone at Exodus very hard. We have a long history with this mountain kingdom, over forty years, and few were more devastated than our Managing Director Peter Burrell. Pete makes little secret of the fact that the Himalayas are his favourite place on Earth. Indeed it was during his…

How Much Do You Know About the Great Migration?

The Great Migration in action on the Mara River

The Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. Each year huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate from their breeding grounds around Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, through the Serengeti and up into Kenya’s Masai Mara before completing their circle of life the following spring. We find this phenomenon so fascinating, we…

Photography Kit List for Safari Shutterbugs

Exodus clients on Photographic Safari with Paul

You’ve done the hard work finding and booking your perfect photographic safari. Now you’re just starting to write that all-important packing list and wondering ‘what exactly do I need in my camera bag?’ We understand nobody wants to travel with more baggage than they really need, but likewise, you don’t want to miss out on that…

The Great Migration Through A Lens

The migration arrives at the Mara River in Kenya

News just in from our International Sales Manager Andrew Appleyard – the migration has arrived in the Masai Mara! Our wildlife experts have been waiting with baited breath for news of the migration’s whereabouts. While our Marketing Director Jae missed out by just a couple of weeks, it was Andrew that was lucky enough to…

International Tiger Day

India_tiger_

Here at Exodus we are incredibly passionate about wildlife and the conservation efforts to save it. On 29th July we’ll be shining the light on just one species that desperately needs our help, a species close to the hearts of everyone working at Exodus, and one that is teetering on the edge of extinction – the…

Le Tour de France Competition

TdeF_strawman_hero

Who do you think will ride to victory in this year’s Le Tour de France? The sun is shining and our cycling department is buzzing with excitement – this can mean only one thing – it’s Le Tour de France time! Now in its 102nd year, Le Tour is one of the greatest sporting events…

Monthly Travel Photo Competition

Exodus Monthly Photo Competition

Calling all Shutterbugs! If you’ve been on an Exodus adventure and captured an inspiring shot that will make people say “wow – I want to be there!” – enter our photo competition and you could win a £50 Bob Books voucher PLUS a £50 Exodus holiday voucher. From the frozen wilds of Antarctica to the…

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

Desert elephant Namibia

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…

Tour de France in Numbers

tourde4

198 riders, 22 teams, 21 days. It can be only one thing – the Tour de France! Now in its 102nd year, the Tour de France is one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world. Broadcast across 188 countries, the iconic cycling race is watched by more than 3 billion people on TV, while…

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 this year 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: In Search of the Northern Lights

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. Clouds are notorious for obscuring the mesmerizing dance of the northern lights. Despite Teutonic…

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