World Journeys Blog

The Colours of India

From sleek modernity of New Delhi and the glorious palace hotels of Rajasthan to the ethereal glow of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the vibrant colour, scent and sounds of India never fail to impress. I have never travelled anywhere else with such an intensity of colour as is found in India.  Our fondness for […]

It’s all about the Journey

If group travel conjures up images of hordes of tourists following a guide with a megaphone, think again! Small group travel today can be the ultimate way to travel to some of the world’s most exciting, challenging and exotic countries. I am in the enviable position of hosting small groups of Kiwi travellers each year […]

Trek to the Sun Gate

Trekking through impenetrable jungle in search of an ancient city shrouded in mountain-top mist….the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu ticked all my boxes for the perfect holiday – including a real sense of adventure and some physical activity to counter-act my fascination with foreign food. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that actual searching […]

African Discovery

The first of many African countries to gain independence from England in 1957, Ghana is today the most stable and successful of the West African nations. By African standards the country is diminutive at around 80% the land area of New Zealand, albeit with a population of some 27 million. However, what it lacks in […]

Atacama Adventures

From the air the Atacama Desert resembles the surface of Mars we have all become so familiar with. The driest place on earth, the land reflects many beautiful hues of orange, red and yellow, dotted with volcanoes and high mountains of the Andes chain. After a flight of nearly 2 hours north from Santiago, you […]

Exploring the Andes

World Journeys Director Chris Lyons is currently hosting a small group of Kiwis on a Grand Tour of South America, and reports back on their experience on the Andean Explorer between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca in Peru. Ten hours sounds like a long time on a train, but in when it’s the very comfortable Andean […]

Grand Tour of South America

After arriving in Cuzco, to allow easy adjustment to altitude, the World Journeys group went straight to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a drive of about 90 minutes and some 800 metres lower than Cuzco. On the way we stopped at the little farm at Awankancha, where visitors can learn about the llama, alpaca […]