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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Photo Essay: FireWorks with Chef Michael Smith

By: Amanda Butler
It is often said that we overlook what is in our own backyard. I was recently confronted with this truism while leading our culinary tour for University of Toronto alumni travellers on Prince Edward Island, after I had been away from there for 7 years. I used to live on Prince Edward Island (PEI) during the early days of my career and, having been fortunate enough to visit over 25 countries since ...

Top 10 Reasons I love Japan

By: Prof. Henry Yu
Our specially designed tour to Japan and South Korea is a cultural mosaic of the traditional and the contemporary. Professor Henry Yu lent his expertise to help us design exclusive signature experiences to maximize your understanding of how ancient and modern influences affect everything from food, clothing, and architecture, to social customs and language. Our route from Tokyo to Seoul includes v...

A Unique and Authentic Canadian Experience at Fogo Island Inn

By: Judi Cohen
I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend last summer at Fogo Island Inn situated on an island off an island in Newfoundland, Canada. Getting there was part of the experience, with a flight to Gander, Newfoundland followed by a 45-minute ferry ride from the ferry launch in Welcome to Fogo Island. I have heard Zita Cobb, the visionary who founded Fogo Island Inn, speak several times about the F...

Festival of Birds 2017: Recap + Winner!

By: Justin Peter
We were so pleased to be a part of the recent Festival of Birds at Point Pelee National Park. This beautiful park is rightly considered a bird migration hotspot of international significance and thousands of nature lovers had an opportunity to enjoy the annual rites of spring here. What were some highlights from this year’s festival?   The Birds! This is surely not a surprise. ItR...

Bhutan's Zhiwa Ling hotel: centuries-old traditions meet luxury in the Paro valley

By: Ian Shanahan
If you believe that positivity is contagious, then you’ll want to stop by our office and chat with Worldwide Quest President Lewie Gonsalves about his past visits to Bhutan. This relatively small Himalayan nation borders Lewie’s home country of India, and he has developed a profound connection to its scared places and alpine vistas. In 2005, a new luxury hotel was constructed in the h...

Carleton's Most Interesting Man on Campus

By: Laurielle Penny
This November, Rod Phillips is leading our Chile and Argentina Wine Tour. Watch this video to get to know the most interesting man on Carleton's campus!Rod Phillips has taught at Carleton since 1989, and gives a popular course on the history of alcohol each year. He also judges in wine competitions in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, and regularly travels to wine regions around the world. ...