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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…

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

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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…

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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…

One Night In: The Trans-Siberian Railway

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Not just one night, but five: the definitive journey by rail is the Trans-Siberian. The longest railway in the world passes three countries, five time zones and over 4,700 miles of track. Epic is, for once, not an exaggeration. From roubles to noodles, the train traverses Russia from Moscow’s Red Square before snaking through Mongolia…

Korean Cuisine

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New for this year, we have welcomed South Korea onto the Exodus map with open arms and hungry bellies. On top of ancient history, modern cities and phenomenal landscapes, Korea’s food is one of its main lures. Join us on a brief culinary buffet through some of the best dishes this fascinating country has to…

Safari So Good

36833

Travelling is always exhilarating: the initial journey full of anticipation, knowing there will be new things to see, different cultures to experience, and new, mouth-watering foods to sample. But never has it been more exciting than on my way to Tanzania this summer with my partner Chris and his ten year old son Ed. This…

Family Brochure: Cover Story

The hotly anticipated 2015-16 Family Adventures brochure is here, and the eagle-eyed may have spotted a familiar, friendly face on the back cover … Exodus’ very own Managing Director, travel expert and father of three: Pete Burrell.   The Burrell Family, As Seen In… “I have a love of the world’s wild places, and have…

Feeling Blue

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…

Top 5 Cuban Rides

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1. Topes de Collantes – Cuban Highlights Ride - day 6 What makes this ride unique is the awesome variety of scenery and terrain that you’ll experience over the course of the day. Leaving Trinidad and its nearby beaches behind, an incredibly scenic transfer journey winds up a serpentine road through ever changing jungle scenery. Most…

One Night in Casas Particulares

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Whilst the island of Cuba is a friendly and exciting patchwork of colour and creativity, unfortunately the same cannot be said for some of the state-run hotels that still provide the vast majority of accommodation for tourists. They can be a bit of a drab affair in some destinations, and often accentuate the already significant…

Top Five: Halloween Haunts

Halloween_landscape

With the spookiest time of the year upon us, Adventure HQ is getting into the spirit of things. We’re forever haunted by the spectres of visas, stamps yet to go in the passport and the ghoulish task of grappling with the age-old question: where next? But more than anything, we’re getting thrills off the creepiest…

Exodus’ Cycling Experts

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We pride ourselves on our pioneering collection of adventures, each year going bigger and better than the year before, and 2015 will be no exception. To celebrate the arrival of new cycling brochure, we asked our cycling experts to tell us a bit more about their new two-wheeled offerings. Their responses shed light on the…

The Tortoise and the Hare – Cape Argus Cycle Tour

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013

It was with great excitement and only a little trepidation that the Exodus duo of Andy Ross and Andrew Appleyard set off to Cape Town for the 37th Cape Argus Cycle Tour. This annual tour is the world’s largest timed cycle event, with as many as 35,000 riders challenging themselves on the hilly 109km route. Although…

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…

Tea Off Time!

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The steaming cup comes with a side order of smirk. The chipped cup is with no saucer, held out by Dawa, a young man who gives birdlike jerks of encouragement. His eyes twinkle in a way ill-designed to put anyone at ease. Beside him, rock-steady Pasang has folded his fingers into a tent across his…

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…

Our Top Ten Travel Reads

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The world of literature and the world of travel are natural bedfellows. The reasons for this are many; practically, reading is a great way to spend downtime when abroad, a necessary tool for filling those few spare moments. The bond between these two fields runs deeper than that, though. The real power that books and…

Haiti Revealed

There is an undiscovered place in the Caribbean that is different from all others. Exotic, entrancing, colourful, vibrant, mysterious and unexplored, it’s a place that despite years of turbulent history and tragic natural disasters is back on its feet, stronger and prouder than ever before. The place is Haiti. Let go of any preconceptions and…

Follow the Leader

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Of the many factors that go into making our adventures great, perhaps the most important are our leaders. A good leader can be the difference between a fun holiday and an unforgettable one, and Exodus only works with the very best leaders – those whose expertise, experience and charisma have proven themselves time and again….

Underrated and Understated – Sri Lanka

Ele needed a good wash

“Are we there yet?” “Almost” I replied. My fellow travellers, Ameera (11 years old) and Hassan (8 years old), were growing impatient. Outside the airplane window the ever-changing landscape rolled by but secure in their seats, the children were eager to get going. Sitting on the plane, we had no idea what to expect from…

Festivals of India

Ian Robertson Cham

India is a land of exotic flavours, vivid colours and rich cultural traditions, epitomised by the many spectacular festivals held across the country. Bonfires roar and crackle, fireworks paint the sky and ceremonial dancing abounds. From the myriad lights of Diwali to the frolicking colour-fights of Holi, the festivals of India capture the sublime magic…

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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.

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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…

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…

One Night In: The Trans-Siberian Railway

34506

Not just one night, but five: the definitive journey by rail is the Trans-Siberian. The longest railway in the world passes three countries, five time zones and over 4,700 miles of track. Epic is, for once, not an exaggeration. From roubles to noodles, the train traverses Russia from Moscow’s Red Square before snaking through Mongolia…

Korean Cuisine

37029

New for this year, we have welcomed South Korea onto the Exodus map with open arms and hungry bellies. On top of ancient history, modern cities and phenomenal landscapes, Korea’s food is one of its main lures. Join us on a brief culinary buffet through some of the best dishes this fascinating country has to…

Safari So Good

36833

Travelling is always exhilarating: the initial journey full of anticipation, knowing there will be new things to see, different cultures to experience, and new, mouth-watering foods to sample. But never has it been more exciting than on my way to Tanzania this summer with my partner Chris and his ten year old son Ed. This…

Family Brochure: Cover Story

The hotly anticipated 2015-16 Family Adventures brochure is here, and the eagle-eyed may have spotted a familiar, friendly face on the back cover … Exodus’ very own Managing Director, travel expert and father of three: Pete Burrell.   The Burrell Family, As Seen In… “I have a love of the world’s wild places, and have…

Feeling Blue

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…

Top 5 Cuban Rides

_MG_3641

1. Topes de Collantes – Cuban Highlights Ride - day 6 What makes this ride unique is the awesome variety of scenery and terrain that you’ll experience over the course of the day. Leaving Trinidad and its nearby beaches behind, an incredibly scenic transfer journey winds up a serpentine road through ever changing jungle scenery. Most…

One Night in Casas Particulares

_MG_5002

Whilst the island of Cuba is a friendly and exciting patchwork of colour and creativity, unfortunately the same cannot be said for some of the state-run hotels that still provide the vast majority of accommodation for tourists. They can be a bit of a drab affair in some destinations, and often accentuate the already significant…

Top Five: Halloween Haunts

Halloween_landscape

With the spookiest time of the year upon us, Adventure HQ is getting into the spirit of things. We’re forever haunted by the spectres of visas, stamps yet to go in the passport and the ghoulish task of grappling with the age-old question: where next? But more than anything, we’re getting thrills off the creepiest…

Exodus’ Cycling Experts

shutterstock_156811934

We pride ourselves on our pioneering collection of adventures, each year going bigger and better than the year before, and 2015 will be no exception. To celebrate the arrival of new cycling brochure, we asked our cycling experts to tell us a bit more about their new two-wheeled offerings. Their responses shed light on the…

The Tortoise and the Hare – Cape Argus Cycle Tour

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013

It was with great excitement and only a little trepidation that the Exodus duo of Andy Ross and Andrew Appleyard set off to Cape Town for the 37th Cape Argus Cycle Tour. This annual tour is the world’s largest timed cycle event, with as many as 35,000 riders challenging themselves on the hilly 109km route. Although…

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…

Tea Off Time!

IMG_2673

The steaming cup comes with a side order of smirk. The chipped cup is with no saucer, held out by Dawa, a young man who gives birdlike jerks of encouragement. His eyes twinkle in a way ill-designed to put anyone at ease. Beside him, rock-steady Pasang has folded his fingers into a tent across his…

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…

Our Top Ten Travel Reads

33542_Thailand_island

The world of literature and the world of travel are natural bedfellows. The reasons for this are many; practically, reading is a great way to spend downtime when abroad, a necessary tool for filling those few spare moments. The bond between these two fields runs deeper than that, though. The real power that books and…

Haiti Revealed

There is an undiscovered place in the Caribbean that is different from all others. Exotic, entrancing, colourful, vibrant, mysterious and unexplored, it’s a place that despite years of turbulent history and tragic natural disasters is back on its feet, stronger and prouder than ever before. The place is Haiti. Let go of any preconceptions and…

Follow the Leader

BO-HIRES-21

Of the many factors that go into making our adventures great, perhaps the most important are our leaders. A good leader can be the difference between a fun holiday and an unforgettable one, and Exodus only works with the very best leaders – those whose expertise, experience and charisma have proven themselves time and again….

Underrated and Understated – Sri Lanka

Ele needed a good wash

“Are we there yet?” “Almost” I replied. My fellow travellers, Ameera (11 years old) and Hassan (8 years old), were growing impatient. Outside the airplane window the ever-changing landscape rolled by but secure in their seats, the children were eager to get going. Sitting on the plane, we had no idea what to expect from…

Festivals of India

Ian Robertson Cham

India is a land of exotic flavours, vivid colours and rich cultural traditions, epitomised by the many spectacular festivals held across the country. Bonfires roar and crackle, fireworks paint the sky and ceremonial dancing abounds. From the myriad lights of Diwali to the frolicking colour-fights of Holi, the festivals of India capture the sublime magic…

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