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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…

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

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

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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…

Top 5 Summer Hotspots

CIRALI, TURKEY Boat on water.

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get away on a sun-soaked adventure. From African safaris to eastern wonders, aquatic adventures to mountain hikes; there’s so much to see and do at this time of year – it’s hard to know where to begin. Despite the overwhelming choice, we’ve managed to whittle…

The Alps Bucket List

With so many gorgeous locations to visit and thrilling activities to take part in, knowing where to begin in the Alps can be a daunting task. If you can’t make up your mind, check out this handy bucket list; our top 5 things to in the Alps before you die! Summit Mont Blanc The ultimate…

150 Years of Yosemite

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite grant in 1864, he couldn’t have known the effect it would have on the American landscape. The grant, designating the area a protected wilderness, was one of the first steps along the road to establishing the USA’s renowned National Park idea, which preserves the integrity of the country’s most…

Costa Rica’s Garden of Eden

Green Iguana, Costa Rica

Tom Shevill travelled on our Discover Costa Rica trip last April… Nestled on a thin strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and channels of lagoons lies Tortuguero National Park – the land of turtles. The beaches here are home to some of the most significant turtle nesting grounds in the world, and the small…

Le Tour!

Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, Pontefract liquorice, Pikelets, Parkin cake, rhubarb, ginger beer and giant mugs of piping hot Yorkshire tea. The Grand Depart of the world’s greatest cycle race is sure to have a very different flavour this July! Yes, this year the Tour de France kicks off in Yorkshire. But though the battlefield is…

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…

Secret Europe

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Underrated, overlooked, off the beaten track – this is what Exodus does best. There’s nothing we like better than finding a hidden gem, whether it’s a tiny restaurant only the locals know about, or a whole region which never seems to hit the headlines. They’re quieter, secluded, and give you the sensation of having stumbled…

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…

Summer Escapes

Adventure: it means something different for all of us. Whatever your definition of adventure, Europe provides it in spades – iconic mountains, thunderous rivers and theatrical coastlines make the perfect playground for an active escape, whatever the activity or the difficulty you desire. Here are some of our favourite European summer adventures; escape the everyday…

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…

Park Life

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The Southern Tanzania Safari (trip code: WYS) offers the opportunity to spend five days of game viewing in three different parks in southern Tanzania. The three parks on this itinerary, Selous, Ruaha and Mikumi, are lesser known than their northern counterparts (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Amboseli), but that only adds to their appeal. Offering spectacular wildlife…

Khan-Do Attitude: Cycling in Mongolia

MCM (45 of 48)

To call Mongolia remote is to do the place an injustice. The world’s most sparsely populated country feels in places as if it contains nothing but the azure sky and the rolling, windswept steppe. Camped in the middle of this wild landscape it is hard to imagine these people once subdued the mightiest armies of…

Top 5 Things to do in Tanzania

Blue and green

There is no shortage of life-changing experiences to be found in Tanzania, from unforgettable wildlife encounters to sublime sunrise vistas. At Exodus, we have a wealth of experience and expertise, earned through years of operating in this awe-inspiring country. We’ve done it all; summited Kilimanjaro, camped on the Ngorongoro caldera and seen mighty elephants and…

Summits and Sunrises

Montblanc

Your legs are aching, your breathing is heavy and there is sweat on your brow. As you march onwards through the crisp mountain air, you glimpse the first light of dawn over the next rise… then there it is. There are few sights more powerfully sublime than sunrise from the peak of a great mountain,…

Put a Spring in your Step

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The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer and the skies are getting clearer – springtime is approaching! Soon, the world will be bursting with the colours and scents of new life. Don’t waste this precious, fleeting gift by shutting yourself in; the only way to truly appreciate the joyous beauty of this…

Jump(er) for Joy

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12th February 2014 The scene: a cold January evening in Edinburgh. The Exodus slideshow is underway, with trekking gurus Andrew Appleyard and Chloe Knott holding the floor on their favourite treks. Andrew is talking about Exodus’ Simien Mountains trek. He changes slide. The image is more remarkable than it first looks – a cursory glance…

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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…

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…

Top 5 Summer Hotspots

CIRALI, TURKEY Boat on water.

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get away on a sun-soaked adventure. From African safaris to eastern wonders, aquatic adventures to mountain hikes; there’s so much to see and do at this time of year – it’s hard to know where to begin. Despite the overwhelming choice, we’ve managed to whittle…

The Alps Bucket List

With so many gorgeous locations to visit and thrilling activities to take part in, knowing where to begin in the Alps can be a daunting task. If you can’t make up your mind, check out this handy bucket list; our top 5 things to in the Alps before you die! Summit Mont Blanc The ultimate…

150 Years of Yosemite

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite grant in 1864, he couldn’t have known the effect it would have on the American landscape. The grant, designating the area a protected wilderness, was one of the first steps along the road to establishing the USA’s renowned National Park idea, which preserves the integrity of the country’s most…

Costa Rica’s Garden of Eden

Green Iguana, Costa Rica

Tom Shevill travelled on our Discover Costa Rica trip last April… Nestled on a thin strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and channels of lagoons lies Tortuguero National Park – the land of turtles. The beaches here are home to some of the most significant turtle nesting grounds in the world, and the small…

Le Tour!

Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, Pontefract liquorice, Pikelets, Parkin cake, rhubarb, ginger beer and giant mugs of piping hot Yorkshire tea. The Grand Depart of the world’s greatest cycle race is sure to have a very different flavour this July! Yes, this year the Tour de France kicks off in Yorkshire. But though the battlefield is…

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…

Secret Europe

32058

Underrated, overlooked, off the beaten track – this is what Exodus does best. There’s nothing we like better than finding a hidden gem, whether it’s a tiny restaurant only the locals know about, or a whole region which never seems to hit the headlines. They’re quieter, secluded, and give you the sensation of having stumbled…

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…

Summer Escapes

Adventure: it means something different for all of us. Whatever your definition of adventure, Europe provides it in spades – iconic mountains, thunderous rivers and theatrical coastlines make the perfect playground for an active escape, whatever the activity or the difficulty you desire. Here are some of our favourite European summer adventures; escape the everyday…

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…

Park Life

29985

The Southern Tanzania Safari (trip code: WYS) offers the opportunity to spend five days of game viewing in three different parks in southern Tanzania. The three parks on this itinerary, Selous, Ruaha and Mikumi, are lesser known than their northern counterparts (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Amboseli), but that only adds to their appeal. Offering spectacular wildlife…

Khan-Do Attitude: Cycling in Mongolia

MCM (45 of 48)

To call Mongolia remote is to do the place an injustice. The world’s most sparsely populated country feels in places as if it contains nothing but the azure sky and the rolling, windswept steppe. Camped in the middle of this wild landscape it is hard to imagine these people once subdued the mightiest armies of…

Top 5 Things to do in Tanzania

Blue and green

There is no shortage of life-changing experiences to be found in Tanzania, from unforgettable wildlife encounters to sublime sunrise vistas. At Exodus, we have a wealth of experience and expertise, earned through years of operating in this awe-inspiring country. We’ve done it all; summited Kilimanjaro, camped on the Ngorongoro caldera and seen mighty elephants and…

Summits and Sunrises

Montblanc

Your legs are aching, your breathing is heavy and there is sweat on your brow. As you march onwards through the crisp mountain air, you glimpse the first light of dawn over the next rise… then there it is. There are few sights more powerfully sublime than sunrise from the peak of a great mountain,…

Put a Spring in your Step

Untitled-1 copy

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer and the skies are getting clearer – springtime is approaching! Soon, the world will be bursting with the colours and scents of new life. Don’t waste this precious, fleeting gift by shutting yourself in; the only way to truly appreciate the joyous beauty of this…

Jump(er) for Joy

Untitled-1

12th February 2014 The scene: a cold January evening in Edinburgh. The Exodus slideshow is underway, with trekking gurus Andrew Appleyard and Chloe Knott holding the floor on their favourite treks. Andrew is talking about Exodus’ Simien Mountains trek. He changes slide. The image is more remarkable than it first looks – a cursory glance…

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