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Havana Good Time

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Intoxicating and visceral, there’s no denying La Habana is one of a kind! With 500 years of chequered history etching its mark on the Caribbean’s largest city, Havana is an intriguing and unconventional capital, home to some 2 million resourceful Habaneros. A place where crumbling colonial facades and rundown ration shops are juxtaposed with ornate…

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

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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…

Winter is Coming

Game of Thrones fans may still be reeling after the season finale, but fear not Defenders of the Realm! From King’s Landing to Astapor, we’re taking you to the show’s most dramatic and stunning locations. We even venture beyond The Wall, for the truly brave adventurers among you. Mdina, Malta Used as the royal city…

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?

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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…

Life’s a beach

Patara Beach

Beaches have been badly abused the world over. For the adventurous traveller, their reputation lies in ruin; tattered or battered, overrun with tourists and sanitised into uniform, globalised sameness. Yet with something in the region of 217,490 miles of coastline in the world, there must be some escape. Where the aqueous world and the earth…

An appetite for travel

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Exodus staff are united by an appetite for adventure, but this pioneering spirit extends much further than just getting active on holiday. For us travel is about being immersed in new cultures, pushing personal boundaries and discovering new sights, sounds, and of course, flavours. If like us, you enjoy testing your taste buds as well…

Top 5 festivals around the World

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There are few ways better to get under the skin of a new destination than by joining in with the local festivities. Delve into long-upheld traditions and learn about intriguing customs celebrating alongside like-minded travellers and local people alike. From the colourful flamboyance of Brazil’s Rio Carnival or India’s Diwali to the sublime natural beauty…

Top 5 winter warmers

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A winter holiday doesn’t have to be all about the ‘chill factor’. Sure there’s plenty of snow-based activity to keep you busy on an Exodus winter adventure, from cross-country skiing to igloo building, but there’s also plenty to enjoy during the downtime. Whether you’ve been charging along the Arctic Circle on a dogsled, crossing Icelandic…

Top 5 temples by bike

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Here are five top temples to visit by bike. Temple of Artemis, Turkey The goddess Artemis was the daughter of Zeus, goddess of the hunt, wilderness and childbirth, and was generally considered a goddess of women. Her temple Ephesus in ancient Turkey was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and much of…

Top five UNESCO newcomers

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The UNESCO World Heritage list informs many holiday choices, providing a world-recognised watermark for outstanding places. It’s a blue print for some, the chance to link up areas of natural beauty, historic significance or outstanding human achievements. Exodus’ diverse range of adventures have always encompassed visits to long-standing UNESCO World Heritage favourites around over the…

Top five set-jetting holidays

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From your first Disney cartoon to your favourite Oscar-winning epic, the big screen can play a huge role in crafting and shaping our travel dreams. Using sweeping wide-angle shots of high impact landscapes, unique perspectives of glittering cityscapes and intimate close-ups of mysterious cultures to captivate us, filmmakers transport us to new worlds that can…

Top five places in the World to watch the sunset

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All too often overlooked back home where it slowly falls behind an all too familiar backdrop, but a magnificent sunset is always a special occasion when travelling. There is something magical about those fiery shades sweeping across an evening sky that brings a sense of calm and serenity to those fortunate enough to witness the…

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Natasha Preston

About Natasha
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  • 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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Havana Good Time

CUB10_225

Intoxicating and visceral, there’s no denying La Habana is one of a kind! With 500 years of chequered history etching its mark on the Caribbean’s largest city, Havana is an intriguing and unconventional capital, home to some 2 million resourceful Habaneros. A place where crumbling colonial facades and rundown ration shops are juxtaposed with ornate…

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…

Winter is Coming

Game of Thrones fans may still be reeling after the season finale, but fear not Defenders of the Realm! From King’s Landing to Astapor, we’re taking you to the show’s most dramatic and stunning locations. We even venture beyond The Wall, for the truly brave adventurers among you. Mdina, Malta Used as the royal city…

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…

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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

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…

Life’s a beach

Patara Beach

Beaches have been badly abused the world over. For the adventurous traveller, their reputation lies in ruin; tattered or battered, overrun with tourists and sanitised into uniform, globalised sameness. Yet with something in the region of 217,490 miles of coastline in the world, there must be some escape. Where the aqueous world and the earth…

An appetite for travel

app1

Exodus staff are united by an appetite for adventure, but this pioneering spirit extends much further than just getting active on holiday. For us travel is about being immersed in new cultures, pushing personal boundaries and discovering new sights, sounds, and of course, flavours. If like us, you enjoy testing your taste buds as well…

Top 5 festivals around the World

fest1

There are few ways better to get under the skin of a new destination than by joining in with the local festivities. Delve into long-upheld traditions and learn about intriguing customs celebrating alongside like-minded travellers and local people alike. From the colourful flamboyance of Brazil’s Rio Carnival or India’s Diwali to the sublime natural beauty…

Top 5 winter warmers

warm1

A winter holiday doesn’t have to be all about the ‘chill factor’. Sure there’s plenty of snow-based activity to keep you busy on an Exodus winter adventure, from cross-country skiing to igloo building, but there’s also plenty to enjoy during the downtime. Whether you’ve been charging along the Arctic Circle on a dogsled, crossing Icelandic…

Top 5 temples by bike

temp1

Here are five top temples to visit by bike. Temple of Artemis, Turkey The goddess Artemis was the daughter of Zeus, goddess of the hunt, wilderness and childbirth, and was generally considered a goddess of women. Her temple Ephesus in ancient Turkey was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and much of…

Top five UNESCO newcomers

un1

The UNESCO World Heritage list informs many holiday choices, providing a world-recognised watermark for outstanding places. It’s a blue print for some, the chance to link up areas of natural beauty, historic significance or outstanding human achievements. Exodus’ diverse range of adventures have always encompassed visits to long-standing UNESCO World Heritage favourites around over the…

Top five set-jetting holidays

jet1

From your first Disney cartoon to your favourite Oscar-winning epic, the big screen can play a huge role in crafting and shaping our travel dreams. Using sweeping wide-angle shots of high impact landscapes, unique perspectives of glittering cityscapes and intimate close-ups of mysterious cultures to captivate us, filmmakers transport us to new worlds that can…

Top five places in the World to watch the sunset

sun1

All too often overlooked back home where it slowly falls behind an all too familiar backdrop, but a magnificent sunset is always a special occasion when travelling. There is something magical about those fiery shades sweeping across an evening sky that brings a sense of calm and serenity to those fortunate enough to witness the…

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