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New Zealand - 4 Wheels & 8 Weeks

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In 1990 and with a total budget of $800, we pick up a Morris Minor from an auto dealer in Christchurch. This is where my husband, Matthew, spent his youth and where we first met and we are here for two months to visit this small nation in the South Pacific.

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Cloud Forest and Coffee Culture of the Colombian Andes

Cloud Forest and Coffee Culture of the Colombian Andes

by Francine Clohosey

I am overlooking and nestled into the Andean Cloud Forest. Bio Habitat Hotel, located at the top of a mountain outside the town of Armenia offers me comfort for the night. The fireflies flickering outside the window bring back a childhood memory of sneaking out late at night to the nearby forest just to catch a glimpse of the bioluminescence created by these miraculous tiny terrestrial invertebrates. 

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Great Apps for Birding

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I had the good fortune of spending 8 days in Belize with legendary bird guide Roni Martinez who has been working as a natural history guide since 2004.

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Diving the Meso-American Barrier Reef

Diving the Meso-American Barrier Reef

A mere 18 hours separates the icy streets of Vancouver (even less time from Toronto or the large American cities to the South) and the islands and islets that grace Belize’s Barrier Reef. Stretching from Mexico to Honduras, this is the world's second-longest Barrier Reef.

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Greenland - Open for business

Photo credit: Greg Hemmings

Photos by Greg Hemmings

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend an SIUA INUvation Showcase in Nuuk, Western Greenland for small and medium sized businesses. I was part of a team from mainly Canada whose business interests ranged from tourism, film, artisan products to fashion.

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The Evolution of Communication Technologies

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My NZ tel number is 027 618 6384. It is the fourth mobile number for me in a year. I have enjoyed the convenience of purchasing a SIM card upon arrival in countries where I spend three or more weeks.

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Bizarre wildlife makes Australia a surreal spectacle

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If Salvador Dali were to chose one country in which to locate his dream world of unusual creatures, I’m certain is would be Australia. Drifting alone for the last 60 million years, Australia’s flora and fauna have adapted and evolved in isolation. Strange survivors are found here that are absent elsewhere on earth. Nearly one-half of Australia’s 800 plus species of bird are endemic as are most of the mammals.

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Report from Copán Valley, Honduras

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Currently I am traveling with a small group of Canadian and US travellers in the Copán valley in Honduras. While not wanting to wish away time in what I have found to be a remarkable

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Costa Rica's Community-based Ecolodges

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January to April marks a great exodus of Canadians to Southern destinations, and the popularity of Costa Rica among tropical travellers is not surprising. You are never more than one hour from a National Park or private reserve teeming with plants and wildlife or a few hours from a beautiful coastal retreat. Couple this with a well-educated and peaceful host population and you have the makings for an ideal trip.

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River Journeys in Asia

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There are numerous fans of river cruising and I have recently joined their ranks. My previous interactions with riverways were exciting, yet restricted to half-day adventures. This changed when I sailed along the Brahmaputra River for a week in April 2016.

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Welcome to Tours of Exploration Travellers' Tales Blog

Welcome to Tours of Exploration Travellers' Tales Blog

We are pleased to launch our new Travellers' Tales blog and invite you to follow along or contribute your stories to this new venture. You have been included in our first subscribers list since we have crossed paths over the years – either as fellow travellers, friends and colleagues, or industry specialists.

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Bagan, Myanmar – the process of becoming a UNESCO heritage site

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Shock and disbelief best describe my reaction on learning from Khin, my site guide, that Bagan was not one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

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Maintaining a way of life on Inle Lake

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I have returned to Inle Lake, a place I visited 30 years ago as a young backpacker.  In the mid-eighties, a seven day visa was all the time the Government of the Burmese Republic allowed.  

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Greetings from Jinhua, China

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I am back in Jinhua for another teaching term, this time only for three weeks as I am teaching a condensed Strategic management course on resorts and hotels to the 3rd year diploma students who graduate soon. My schedule aligns nicely with another Royal Roads instructor – D'arcy Dornan who is here from Brasil. We are collaborating nicely as we teach the same group of students at opposite times.

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Coast to Coast to Coast

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Memories of VIA rail travel in Canada

When my daughter graduates this spring from the University of Saskatchewan I am leaning towards taking VIA rail. I must convince my husband of the virtues of long distance train travel. The difference in our levels of enthusiasm might be explained in part by differences in our past experience with train travel, and in part by our cultural identity.

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News from Bhutan

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Nestled in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet lies the sparsely populated mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Roughly the size of Switzerland the nation is fondly referred to by the Bhutanese as Druk Yul – land of the Thunder Dragon.

For 15 days, our small group of Canadian and US travellers traversed Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar in the lesser-traveled eastern area and made our way to Paro in the west. Our journey took us through five of the six main Dzonghags (districts) of Western Bhutan – Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Thimpu, Unemployment and Ha. All are located in valleys ranging from 1306 – 2700 m.

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