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Olly Leicester

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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…

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…

Pass Go, Collect 5,000m…

34387

The Thorong La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit at 5,416 metres: expectations were literally high. Beginning in blackness, we had left behind the teahouse where we’d snatched a few hours sleep, while our porters stayed up playing cards. This simple wooden dwelling was buzzing with a shared goal: to make the pass….

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…

Travelling Responsibly in Trins

Travelling Responsibly in Trins – Summer 2014

Exodus has been operating holidays in Trins for more than 30 years.  As with everywhere we visit, we aim to support the local community.  One of the ways we provide support in Trins is by making donations to the Steinach/Gschnitztal  Mountain Rescue Team.  The Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers, and provides…

Blooming Marvellous

35723

Chase away those last vestiges of cold, dark winter – spring is here! And to celebrate, we’ve put together our favourite spots for watching the spring colours bloom. Provence, France: Lavender The unmistakeable hue floods Provence every year in late June. The fields are laced with ribbons of purple leaving a sweet, soporific scent in…

Exodus on the Tour De France

tourde4

Here come the wacky racers! No not Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, the peloton isn’t due for another two hours or so.  This is something almost as exciting in its own right, the Tour de France ‘promotional caravan’. And what remarkable vehicles they are! Many of these would put the cars of Dick Dastardly, Muttley…

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…

Me & My Ma!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

I’m just back from walking the Amalfi Coast with my Ma. It’s been such a treat to spend a week with her. Though we’ve been on holiday together innumerable times, we’ve always been with other people – husbands, grandparents, cousins, sisters, friends, children – never just the two of us. This ‘leisurely’ week of idyllic…

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…

Out there: camping adventures that celebrate the great outdoors

34399

There are few, if any, better ways to get in touch with nature than camping. Wake up to the glory of nature and be inspired to get away and get active! The Mont Blanc Circuit Six high passes and seven lush valleys: the Tour du Mont Blanc is an achievement by anyone’s estimations. You’ll need…

Summer Cycles: Hotspots every cyclist should know about

04882

T-shirt weather is approaching, and almost in sight is a time when we can all take to our bikes without worrying about whether a thermal layer will be too much. In Europe, the skiers and the snow itself are retreating, clearing the high passes for some superb Alpine routes. Closer to sea level the coastal…

Walk this Way: summer hotspots every trekker should know

35892

Summer sun is calling, and trekkers will soon be reaching for their light-weight hiking boots and plotting how to make the most of it. But how do you begin to narrow down the best summer walks, when our beautiful planet is covered with awe-inspiring peaks, lush green valleys and rugged, wild coastlines? We’re here to…

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…

Jordan by Bike

27447

Eating up the ochre and gold miles of Jordan’s desert on two wheels is its own reward. The small pleasures of the occasional cool breeze, views you’ll only get from the saddle and the sense of satisfaction as you settle down to a dizzying array of intriguing meze at end of a good day’s cycle…

The Eastern Winter

hero_banner_and_such

Little shot glasses of viscous amber liquid are waiting for us as soon as we walk through the door. Peter proudly tells us it is brewed only in Slovakia, with Tatra stream water. Peter is our leader. The drink tastes sweet and potent. It takes effect instantly. We eat. Most of us try the sheep-cheese…

The Sands of Time

37533

I was convinced they were snake tracks. “Possibly desert foxes, some look like beetles maybe.” our guide Salah soothed me. It was early morning in the desert, the first rays of the dawn dancing upon the sand, and I’d woken up surrounded by various animal tracks. Despite Salah’s reassurances, I still eye the tracks suspiciously….

Thinking about what’s important…

IMG_3360_Resized

Exodus’ new Product Manager for Morocco, Simon Clifford, hadn’t been to Morocco for five years. When he returned, his visit was totally different. The question is, what had really changed …? Coming from a career in luxury travel, I was certainly wondering what to expect from my journey into the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  I’d…

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…

The Place to Be in 2015

The Christmas festivities may be over, but now a new and even more exciting challenge beckons… planning your 2015 adventures! Don’t be overwhelmed by the staggering array of choice though, our travel experts are on hand with the inside track on the best places  to be this year… From the snow-dusted turrets of Bran Castle…

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…

Go Wild Photography Competition – The Winners

ElaineVanOrden_Jaguar_1 - Copy

The results are in! The standard was remarkably high – Paul Goldstein and fellow judge Mark Cawardine spent hours poring over the entries to our Go Wild wildlife photography competition, endlessly debating back and forth which were the very best of this year’s many entries. Eventually, decisions were made. Here are the top 5…  Simon…

Sorry it’s Finnish-ed

23948

I’m not used to waking up in complete darkness – but neither am I used to brushing my teeth on a balcony looking deep into branches of a frozen forest, pine needles glinting in the reflected light from my twin cabin. Yet this was how I started every day at Basecamp Oulanka, wrapped in thermals…

A Land of Ice and Fire…

35309

Since the dawn of the age of cinema, filmmakers have gone in search of the Earth’s most dramatic, visually intense landscapes in which to capture their stories. Of the many incredible locations on film, perhaps the most suited to the big (and little) screen is Iceland – a surreal, otherworldly expanse of volcanic topography and…

Geology Rocks

maelifellssandur plains fjallabak s iceland

Iceland is fast emerging in a blaze of sub-Arctic sunshine as one of the top adventure travel destinations of the moment. Its all-round appeal is undeniable: wintry pilgrimages to see the ethereal Northern Lights, wildlife enthusiasts taking to the seas for a chance to spot Orcas, humpbacks and dolphins cavorting in the waves, or the…

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Olly Leicester

About
  • Australia Sales Consultant
  • Joined 2005

After a couple of backpacking trips to far flung places, the travel industry seemed the obvious path for Olly. Since joining Exodus, he’s been fortunate enough to continue his travels on ‘work’ trips as often as possible. Thanks to Exodus he’s developed a passion for trekking, and has been sent up Mont Blanc, Mt Toubkal, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Stok Kangri, Mt Triglav, and the Inca Trail. He now resides in the Sales team.

Recent Articles

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…

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…

Pass Go, Collect 5,000m…

34387

The Thorong La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit at 5,416 metres: expectations were literally high. Beginning in blackness, we had left behind the teahouse where we’d snatched a few hours sleep, while our porters stayed up playing cards. This simple wooden dwelling was buzzing with a shared goal: to make the pass….

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…

Travelling Responsibly in Trins

Travelling Responsibly in Trins – Summer 2014

Exodus has been operating holidays in Trins for more than 30 years.  As with everywhere we visit, we aim to support the local community.  One of the ways we provide support in Trins is by making donations to the Steinach/Gschnitztal  Mountain Rescue Team.  The Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers, and provides…

Blooming Marvellous

35723

Chase away those last vestiges of cold, dark winter – spring is here! And to celebrate, we’ve put together our favourite spots for watching the spring colours bloom. Provence, France: Lavender The unmistakeable hue floods Provence every year in late June. The fields are laced with ribbons of purple leaving a sweet, soporific scent in…

Exodus on the Tour De France

tourde4

Here come the wacky racers! No not Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, the peloton isn’t due for another two hours or so.  This is something almost as exciting in its own right, the Tour de France ‘promotional caravan’. And what remarkable vehicles they are! Many of these would put the cars of Dick Dastardly, Muttley…

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…

Me & My Ma!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

I’m just back from walking the Amalfi Coast with my Ma. It’s been such a treat to spend a week with her. Though we’ve been on holiday together innumerable times, we’ve always been with other people – husbands, grandparents, cousins, sisters, friends, children – never just the two of us. This ‘leisurely’ week of idyllic…

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…

Out there: camping adventures that celebrate the great outdoors

34399

There are few, if any, better ways to get in touch with nature than camping. Wake up to the glory of nature and be inspired to get away and get active! The Mont Blanc Circuit Six high passes and seven lush valleys: the Tour du Mont Blanc is an achievement by anyone’s estimations. You’ll need…

Summer Cycles: Hotspots every cyclist should know about

04882

T-shirt weather is approaching, and almost in sight is a time when we can all take to our bikes without worrying about whether a thermal layer will be too much. In Europe, the skiers and the snow itself are retreating, clearing the high passes for some superb Alpine routes. Closer to sea level the coastal…

Walk this Way: summer hotspots every trekker should know

35892

Summer sun is calling, and trekkers will soon be reaching for their light-weight hiking boots and plotting how to make the most of it. But how do you begin to narrow down the best summer walks, when our beautiful planet is covered with awe-inspiring peaks, lush green valleys and rugged, wild coastlines? We’re here to…

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…

Jordan by Bike

27447

Eating up the ochre and gold miles of Jordan’s desert on two wheels is its own reward. The small pleasures of the occasional cool breeze, views you’ll only get from the saddle and the sense of satisfaction as you settle down to a dizzying array of intriguing meze at end of a good day’s cycle…

The Eastern Winter

hero_banner_and_such

Little shot glasses of viscous amber liquid are waiting for us as soon as we walk through the door. Peter proudly tells us it is brewed only in Slovakia, with Tatra stream water. Peter is our leader. The drink tastes sweet and potent. It takes effect instantly. We eat. Most of us try the sheep-cheese…

The Sands of Time

37533

I was convinced they were snake tracks. “Possibly desert foxes, some look like beetles maybe.” our guide Salah soothed me. It was early morning in the desert, the first rays of the dawn dancing upon the sand, and I’d woken up surrounded by various animal tracks. Despite Salah’s reassurances, I still eye the tracks suspiciously….

Thinking about what’s important…

IMG_3360_Resized

Exodus’ new Product Manager for Morocco, Simon Clifford, hadn’t been to Morocco for five years. When he returned, his visit was totally different. The question is, what had really changed …? Coming from a career in luxury travel, I was certainly wondering what to expect from my journey into the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  I’d…

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…

The Place to Be in 2015

The Christmas festivities may be over, but now a new and even more exciting challenge beckons… planning your 2015 adventures! Don’t be overwhelmed by the staggering array of choice though, our travel experts are on hand with the inside track on the best places  to be this year… From the snow-dusted turrets of Bran Castle…

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…

Go Wild Photography Competition – The Winners

ElaineVanOrden_Jaguar_1 - Copy

The results are in! The standard was remarkably high – Paul Goldstein and fellow judge Mark Cawardine spent hours poring over the entries to our Go Wild wildlife photography competition, endlessly debating back and forth which were the very best of this year’s many entries. Eventually, decisions were made. Here are the top 5…  Simon…

Sorry it’s Finnish-ed

23948

I’m not used to waking up in complete darkness – but neither am I used to brushing my teeth on a balcony looking deep into branches of a frozen forest, pine needles glinting in the reflected light from my twin cabin. Yet this was how I started every day at Basecamp Oulanka, wrapped in thermals…

A Land of Ice and Fire…

35309

Since the dawn of the age of cinema, filmmakers have gone in search of the Earth’s most dramatic, visually intense landscapes in which to capture their stories. Of the many incredible locations on film, perhaps the most suited to the big (and little) screen is Iceland – a surreal, otherworldly expanse of volcanic topography and…

Geology Rocks

maelifellssandur plains fjallabak s iceland

Iceland is fast emerging in a blaze of sub-Arctic sunshine as one of the top adventure travel destinations of the moment. Its all-round appeal is undeniable: wintry pilgrimages to see the ethereal Northern Lights, wildlife enthusiasts taking to the seas for a chance to spot Orcas, humpbacks and dolphins cavorting in the waves, or the…

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