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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…

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…

Downhill All the Way: Top 5 Thrilling Descents by Bike

27326

This article was written for Exodus by journalist, traveller and guest writer Dan Hinge. Few things in life are as satisfying as cresting the summit of a craggy peak after a long, winding mountain climb – and all the better on two wheels. But when the summit is still far off and your legs are beginning…

King of the Mountains: Top 5 Cycling Climbs

30650

This article was written for Exodus by journalist, traveller and guest writer Dan Hinge. It’s time to claim your crown.  There are many reasons to climb a mountain. There are the spectacular, vertiginous views from the summit, clouds spread beneath your feet and pierced by the odd neighbouring peak. Then there’s the sense of challenge, and…

India Survival Guide

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Product manager Katherine has travelled extensively around India but before her first trip she felt a little apprehensive about what awaited her… When I first travelled to India back in 1999 I was given all the usual warnings that people dish out for this exotic destination and told in no uncertain terms that I would…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Cannes Film Festival

34598

One of Exodus’ projects, the Donkey Sanctuary, Leh, has hit the big time after being featured in Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. Indian film maker, Dev Aggarwal, was so inspired by his visit to the sanctuary that he made a short film which he called ‘Moved by Love‘. His film was screened at Cannes…

Photo Competition

Hero_trek_Dolomites

Calling all Shutterbugs! From the frozen wilds of Antarctica to the cliff-hugging villages of the Amalfi Coast, we love to see the photos from your adventures – so much so, we want to give them pride of place in our new 2016 brochures. If you have captured an image that will turn heads and drop…

Fall for Europe: The Place to be

36840

All too often overlooked or dismissed, the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” is heavenly for off-beat travelers. If the summer heat is too much, then temperate September and October days are the tonic, with still-warm evenings the perfect time to shrug on a sweater and take an atmospheric wander around quieter streets. Share the sites with fewer people,…

Sun, Sea & Surf – A Family in Portugal

ARTICLE_RANDOM

We stood in line for our flight to Portugal; our destination, the Alentejo coastal town of Vilanova de Milfontes. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Vague images of well-manicured golf courses, busy beaches and loud, open air bars sprang to mind, as I knew that the Algarve region further south…

One Night In: a Riad, Morocco

27070

To step into a riad is to step into a time capsule. Immediately the air cools, the noise of the streets fades away and you’re absorbed into a little historic haven, an oasis of calm in the midst of a whirlwind city. Riads are aristocratic townhouses, shaped around a central courtyard where temperature-lowering fountains tinkle…

Earthquake Relief: Phase One

News_Page_DSC06610

On the 25th April 2015, Nepal shook under the force of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Just days after, a second quake at 7.3 on the Richter scale followed. With 400,000 buildings damaged, the devastation was widespread, but it was the rural areas where the destruction was worst. It’s also these communities that are hardest to…

9 Unbeatable Tips for Desert Trekking

Camping in the desert

The sand dunes looked like the folds of a smooth silk cloth. Wrapped within a Jordanian scarf to shield myself from the sun, I trekked through the desert landscape taking in the gold-coloured sandstone mountains contrasting with green shrubs. I spent 4 days here, wild camping in the Wadi Rum protected area of Jordan. We…

5 Simple Truths All Trekkers Acknowledge

trekking

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single trekker in possession of a well-packed bag must be in want of… well, nothing else actually. Regardless of whether you’re taking on high-altitude summits or almost-flat riverside rambles, there are some simple measures every experienced walker will recommend. With that in mind, here is Exodus’ never-fail…

Turkey on Two Feet

26382

Life in rural Turkey moves at walking pace. The tomatoes are left to ripen naturally, coaxed by the Mediterranean sun. Elderly goatherds hobble their way down meandering mountain trails, accompanied by the soft crunch of hooves. Even the wildlife reflects this: this is where slow-but-steady mountain tortoises luxuriate in the afternoon sun. Nobody here is…

The Call to Adventure

hero

The lights of Kas rise steeply from the waterfront. The moon reflects from the bay’s rippling black waters. The air is humid, yet cool, the streets alive with late-night chatter and the furtive movements of cats. We are awoken by the call to prayer, a tumbling cascade of Eastern scales and semitones. Kas is transformed…

Why Vietnam is Better than the Internet for Families

36866

There’s no denying it, far away is exciting. Vietnam holds all the mystery and anticipation of an exotic adventure to the other side of the world – it’s catnip for kids. But for mums and dads with one eye on the practicalities, it’s a safe, clean, sensible destination too. People here are friendly, children are…

Going where no Exodus man has gone before: Mont Blanc Summit

36539

Die-hard peak bagger and Exodus sales expert, Alistair Grice takes on Mont Blanc to the put the Exodus curse to rest once and for all… They said it could never be done. Well at least not by one of the Exodus crew; not one successful summit attempt in 10 years was a shameful record I…

A Leader’s Perspective: Volunteering in Morocco with Baraka

34457

Baraka is a registered charity partner that Exodus have been running trips with for many years now. It’s founder, Andy McKee, is one of Exodus’ longest serving leaders. Emily Chrystie, one of Exodus’ newest leaders, joined Andy for a volunteering trip last month in Morocco, getting hands on with the project work there – especially…

Find Your Perfect Self-Guided Escape

30356

Maybe you’re wondering what the best self-guided walking holiday in Europe is, or where will two wheels help you make the most of seeing the sights in a slightly unusual way, entirely at your own pace. Perhaps you just want some inspiration for which destination is calling for you this summer. We’ve collected some of…

Head over Handlebars: Self-Guided cycling in the Loire

31840

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. So what did data guru Oli Mills make of the many chateaux when he escaped his data crunching to try Cycling in the Loire Valley? France was bathed in gorgeous sunshine as we slowed to a halt at the gate of Chateau D’Amboise. Famous for once housing…

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…

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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…

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…

Downhill All the Way: Top 5 Thrilling Descents by Bike

27326

This article was written for Exodus by journalist, traveller and guest writer Dan Hinge. Few things in life are as satisfying as cresting the summit of a craggy peak after a long, winding mountain climb – and all the better on two wheels. But when the summit is still far off and your legs are beginning…

King of the Mountains: Top 5 Cycling Climbs

30650

This article was written for Exodus by journalist, traveller and guest writer Dan Hinge. It’s time to claim your crown.  There are many reasons to climb a mountain. There are the spectacular, vertiginous views from the summit, clouds spread beneath your feet and pierced by the odd neighbouring peak. Then there’s the sense of challenge, and…

India Survival Guide

India_Holi_34930

Product manager Katherine has travelled extensively around India but before her first trip she felt a little apprehensive about what awaited her… When I first travelled to India back in 1999 I was given all the usual warnings that people dish out for this exotic destination and told in no uncertain terms that I would…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Cannes Film Festival

34598

One of Exodus’ projects, the Donkey Sanctuary, Leh, has hit the big time after being featured in Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. Indian film maker, Dev Aggarwal, was so inspired by his visit to the sanctuary that he made a short film which he called ‘Moved by Love‘. His film was screened at Cannes…

Photo Competition

Hero_trek_Dolomites

Calling all Shutterbugs! From the frozen wilds of Antarctica to the cliff-hugging villages of the Amalfi Coast, we love to see the photos from your adventures – so much so, we want to give them pride of place in our new 2016 brochures. If you have captured an image that will turn heads and drop…

Fall for Europe: The Place to be

36840

All too often overlooked or dismissed, the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” is heavenly for off-beat travelers. If the summer heat is too much, then temperate September and October days are the tonic, with still-warm evenings the perfect time to shrug on a sweater and take an atmospheric wander around quieter streets. Share the sites with fewer people,…

Sun, Sea & Surf – A Family in Portugal

ARTICLE_RANDOM

We stood in line for our flight to Portugal; our destination, the Alentejo coastal town of Vilanova de Milfontes. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Vague images of well-manicured golf courses, busy beaches and loud, open air bars sprang to mind, as I knew that the Algarve region further south…

One Night In: a Riad, Morocco

27070

To step into a riad is to step into a time capsule. Immediately the air cools, the noise of the streets fades away and you’re absorbed into a little historic haven, an oasis of calm in the midst of a whirlwind city. Riads are aristocratic townhouses, shaped around a central courtyard where temperature-lowering fountains tinkle…

Earthquake Relief: Phase One

News_Page_DSC06610

On the 25th April 2015, Nepal shook under the force of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Just days after, a second quake at 7.3 on the Richter scale followed. With 400,000 buildings damaged, the devastation was widespread, but it was the rural areas where the destruction was worst. It’s also these communities that are hardest to…

9 Unbeatable Tips for Desert Trekking

Camping in the desert

The sand dunes looked like the folds of a smooth silk cloth. Wrapped within a Jordanian scarf to shield myself from the sun, I trekked through the desert landscape taking in the gold-coloured sandstone mountains contrasting with green shrubs. I spent 4 days here, wild camping in the Wadi Rum protected area of Jordan. We…

5 Simple Truths All Trekkers Acknowledge

trekking

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single trekker in possession of a well-packed bag must be in want of… well, nothing else actually. Regardless of whether you’re taking on high-altitude summits or almost-flat riverside rambles, there are some simple measures every experienced walker will recommend. With that in mind, here is Exodus’ never-fail…

Turkey on Two Feet

26382

Life in rural Turkey moves at walking pace. The tomatoes are left to ripen naturally, coaxed by the Mediterranean sun. Elderly goatherds hobble their way down meandering mountain trails, accompanied by the soft crunch of hooves. Even the wildlife reflects this: this is where slow-but-steady mountain tortoises luxuriate in the afternoon sun. Nobody here is…

The Call to Adventure

hero

The lights of Kas rise steeply from the waterfront. The moon reflects from the bay’s rippling black waters. The air is humid, yet cool, the streets alive with late-night chatter and the furtive movements of cats. We are awoken by the call to prayer, a tumbling cascade of Eastern scales and semitones. Kas is transformed…

Why Vietnam is Better than the Internet for Families

36866

There’s no denying it, far away is exciting. Vietnam holds all the mystery and anticipation of an exotic adventure to the other side of the world – it’s catnip for kids. But for mums and dads with one eye on the practicalities, it’s a safe, clean, sensible destination too. People here are friendly, children are…

Going where no Exodus man has gone before: Mont Blanc Summit

36539

Die-hard peak bagger and Exodus sales expert, Alistair Grice takes on Mont Blanc to the put the Exodus curse to rest once and for all… They said it could never be done. Well at least not by one of the Exodus crew; not one successful summit attempt in 10 years was a shameful record I…

A Leader’s Perspective: Volunteering in Morocco with Baraka

34457

Baraka is a registered charity partner that Exodus have been running trips with for many years now. It’s founder, Andy McKee, is one of Exodus’ longest serving leaders. Emily Chrystie, one of Exodus’ newest leaders, joined Andy for a volunteering trip last month in Morocco, getting hands on with the project work there – especially…

Find Your Perfect Self-Guided Escape

30356

Maybe you’re wondering what the best self-guided walking holiday in Europe is, or where will two wheels help you make the most of seeing the sights in a slightly unusual way, entirely at your own pace. Perhaps you just want some inspiration for which destination is calling for you this summer. We’ve collected some of…

Head over Handlebars: Self-Guided cycling in the Loire

31840

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. So what did data guru Oli Mills make of the many chateaux when he escaped his data crunching to try Cycling in the Loire Valley? France was bathed in gorgeous sunshine as we slowed to a halt at the gate of Chateau D’Amboise. Famous for once housing…

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…

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