World Journeys Blog

Calgary Stampede

Unleash your inner cowboy and buckle up!  I recently joined the more than 1 million visitors at the self-proclaimed ‘greatest outdoor show on earth’. The Calgary Stampede is two mad weeks of the world’s largest rodeos, parades, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuck wagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.  It’s Fieldays on steroids! The atmosphere is fantastic, fuelled each morning by pancakes […]

The Great Migration is on!

Millions of wildebeest can now be seen flooding the plains in East Africa as these great animals move in search of greener pastures. The Great Migration is a nine-month cycle of movement where wildebeest accompanied by zebras, gazelles and impalas are on the move, crossing rivers with hungry crocodiles lurking in the waters. It is […]

Silversea’s World Cruise

116 days, 62 ports and 25 countries.  Silversea’s World Cruise is a voyage like no other, encircling the globe in the supreme comfort of a luxurious and intimate small ship. On January 6, 2017, Silver Whisper will set sail on this epic voyage from San Francisco, across the Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge, a gleaming […]

Good news for Gorillas

When you think of Rwanda, images of its dark past are evoked but as the country looks to its future, the country is making a miraculous transformation. Home to Gorillas, volcanoes, mountains and jungle – it’s one worth considering. Especially to see the Gorillas – what’s not to love about these powerful and striking, yet […]

Elly in Africa

Baboons running amok at the side of the road, endless streams of people walking alongside the road – I must be back in Africa. Flying in to Victoria Falls Airport I headed to the aptly named Elephant Camp in the Victoria Falls National Park. It was superb, the staff really look after you and I […]

Making the most of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu evokes images of trekking through impenetrable jungle in search of an ancient city shrouded in mountain-top mist. Thankfully, in reality, The Lost City has already of course been found, and is meticulously manicured by the local Incan people and their llamas! Machu Picchu is a scenic 5 hours by train from Cuzco, arguably […]

An obsession with Alabaster

I love cruising on the Nile; a good dose of history and culture each morning as you explore, but afternoons are spent on deck watching fishermen busy with their nets, a farmer with his buffalo staggering up the bank with a precarious pile of sugarcane and young men playing football on a rough pitch overlooking […]

Travel to Ecuador

Ecuador’s Top 10 Every time we go to Ecuador, we experience places that are so varied it’s hard to believe it is all on one continent, let alone in one country. After our many years of visiting this special place, here are the World Journeys top 10 places and experiences: 1. The Galapagos Islands 1,000km off the coast […]

Organic Bhutan

Bhutan was voluntarily isolated for many centuries in an effort to hold on to valued traditions, and only opened its borders in 1960. This resulted in many of its traditional farming and production methods surviving the Industrial Age, with the fourth Dragon King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, stating that Bhutan’s economy would be measured […]

Muscat Ramble, Oman

People were astonished to hear I was taking my children to Oman but having lived and travelled a great deal in the Middle East, I knew we would love it. I use the term ‘children’ loosely; they are 19 and 16 now, independent, well-travelled, smart and funny, and not likely to pass up a Mum […]