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That Golden Sun Still Shines: A San Francisco Love Story

By: Melanie Blake
What happens when you love a city but it doesn’t love you back? Local writers had gathered in San Francisco’s Make-Out Room, with its Saturday-Night-Fever-meets-natural-history-museum vibe, to read their stories about a city that, by many accounts, was losing its unique spirit. San Francisco has attracted adventurers, eccentrics, and strivers of all stripes since its days as the half-f...

Holiday Recipes from Around the Globe

By: Sara Feeny, Private Journeys Travel Planner
Treat your guests this holiday with some international favourites from Morocco, Argentina and South Africa! With my own gatherings with family and friends in mind, I've scoured the internet for recipes that are sure to impress. Sfenj are swoon-worthy Moroccan beignets. Though they are available in markets year round, their popularity skyrockets around Hanukkah time. Little sister to traditi...

Notes from the Field: Justin’s Scouting Trip to The Gambia

By: Justin Peter
It was with considerable anticipation that I went to The Gambia earlier this month on a reconnaissance tour. It was my second visit to this West African country. While The Gambia is tiny, I believed that I had missed much during my first visit in early 2016. On that quite leisurely visit, I remained in the ‘Lower Country’, the region closest to the Atlantic Coast – a region that ...

No Mere Discord of Flags

By: Melanie Blake
[This essay brings together Melanie Blake's reflections on the June 2016 tour The Pity of War and ideas she's been exploring as part of a larger project on literature about war. Learn more about Melanie's upcoming tour, Belgium & France: English Poets of WWI.]Down in the trench, it was easy to imagine the rain would keep falling forever and the swath of sky above would remain the same uniform ...

Introducing RCGS Resolute: A New Polar Vessel

By: Laurielle Penny
Expedition cruising continues to evolve! Our polar partners at One Ocean Expeditions are celebrating their 10th anniversary of exploration! To mark the impressive occasion, we're excited to announce an expansion and enhancement of our expedition cruising fleet. In November 2018, a purpose built polar expedition vessel RCGS Resolute will join the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov to o...

10 Things You May Not Know About the Dominican Republic

By: Pete Read
A few months ago, I went on a a scouting expedition in the Dominican Republic (DR). In anticipation of our new tour in February 2018, here are some things I wanted to share with you (all photos are taken by yours truly!):10. The first place Christopher Columbus landed in the New World in 1492 was Hispaniola. It consists of two countries - The Dominican Republic which occupies the eastern two-thir...