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The Legendary Black Dragon Pool

By: Ariel Mizrahi
On our Inner China tour, we skip the standard tourist attractions and delve into lesser known locations and cultures to seek off-the-beaten-trail experiences. One of the stops we make on route is at Black Dragon Pool – a magical pond in Jade Spring Park. Located at the foot of Elephant Hill, the Black Dragon pool is a short walk north of the Old Town of Lijiang, and serves as the town’...

"Beyond the Beaches" in the Dominican Republic

By: Pete Read
Our 2018 trip to the Dominican Republic was wonderful. First, let me confess that while it is called “Beyond the Beaches”, we did visit a couple of fine beaches with shimmering sands and swaying palms. But since our main focus was to explore the natural features of the island beyond, we spent much of our time exploring a variety of habitats to find the country’s most interesting ...

Martine's Top 5 Highlights from Ethiopia

By: Martine Saldsman and Ariel Mizrahi
The country’s famous “13 months of sunshine” slogan is not just about the weather. So much is magical about Ethiopia from the rock cut churches ‘built by angels’ to the immense big sky landscapes of the north, to the scent of frankincense accompanying the coffee ceremonies. We had a wonderful time on our recent trip to Ethiopia, and wanted to share with you our top 5 ...

Sounds of a Ger

By: Julian Dierkes
For any visitor to Mongolia who has the chance to sleep in a ger, that is probably a highlight. I enjoy it every time I have a chance.One of the aspects that often makes it a very enjoyable experience are all the little noises around the ger.Sometimes you’ll be able to see stars through the roof flap and that makes listening to the noises even more enjoyable.Obviously, a free-standing ger is...

A Glimpse into the Golden City’s Exquisite Desert Festival

By: Ariel Mizrahi
There is no better way to immerse oneself in Rajasthani culture than to attend the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. A three-day annual event, the Desert Festival usually takes place during the month of February in the city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, the ‘Golden City’ is recognized for its yellow sandstone architecture, which covers the town in warm hues...

5 Reasons to Book your Polar Expedition Cruise with Worldwide Quest

By: Laurielle Penny
When looking for the best polar expedition cruise, we know there's a lot of information out there to digest and many choices to make. Who should I book with? What route should I take? Does booking with Worldwide Quest mean that I will pay a marked-up cost? To the last question, we are happy to answer a straightforward 'no'. Besides that, there are some other very good reasons to book your polar ex...