Here's part two of Ewen Bell's blog about Burma. Read Part 1 here to get the whole story.
After four days in Burma I had learned almost nothing of the country or its people. My tour guide was Junta Government approved, a well to-do girl of significant privilege and very little imagination. She was not unaware of the political drama that has unfolded in Burma during recent decades, but was clearly unaffected by it. So one afternoon I escaped the organised tour to search for the real Yangon, and I found him sitting beside a stupa.
Today is International Women's Day and to celebrate this year's theme Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures we asked the ladies in the Peregrine office a couple of questions about some of their most inspiring journeys. From trekking to Everest to road tripping through the USA the Peregrine girls are a very well-travelled bunch!
What’s been your most adventurous holiday to date?
The silver screen has immortalised many destinations across the globe, from the lost island paradise in The Beach to the iconic bridge from the World War II classic - The Bridge on the River Kwai.
With Oscars buz z in the air, what better reason to add a destination to your wishlist than to visit some of the unique and iconic places that have inspired filmmakers and movie-goers for decades!
Here are our top 5 iconic movie destinations:
1. Gorillas in the Mist – Rwanda
Tom Neal Tacker writes for Naked Hungry Traveller, an Aussie online magazine that bares the truth on travel experiences with stories, reviews, news, tips and pics.
Vietnam stretches for nearly 1,500 kilometres from its northern border with China to its vast Mekong River delta in its southern extremity. A mountainous spine bridges the northern, central and southern regions.
Peregrine's Managing Director, Glenyce Johnson, went on our 12-day Burma Unveiled trip over the new year. Glenyce loves to travel, and has visited over 100 countries. So it's pretty impressive that she has now placed Burma in her top 10 list of favourite places!
We sat down to chat with her recently, and heard some fascinating stories about this increasingly popular country:
Once you've chosen a destination and booked a trip, the next big decision is about packing. There's so many different opinions out there about what's best. But you are the only one who knows what is right for you.
Here's a couple of the most common debates when it comes to packing, and some pros and cons for each option. Roll clothes or fold them? Suitcase or backpack? Read our handy guide and make your decision wisely...
Alix Clark is the editor of SBS food magazine Feast. In this regular series, she will choose a different dish from Feast magazine and recreate it in her own kitchen. With Chinese New Year celebrations upon us, we've chosen a Malaysin curry laksa:
For Peregrine travellers, it's always been important to get off the beaten tourist path and see a destination with the guidance of a local tour leader, allowing them to experience things they may not get the chance to see or do while travelling on their own.
While this style of travel continues to grow, we are also seeing that travellers wat to immerse themselves even further in local cultures, experiencing even richer and deeper interactions within their chosen destinations.
The event was a fabulous night of food, champagne and music. And it was all due to the efforts of Nam (pictured above), a KOTO graduate. Nam organised the fundraiser as part of his Diploma of Business at Box Hill Institute. He approached Sofitel on Collins who kindly agreed to support the evening.
For many of us, Christmas is about more than just the food and the swapping of gifts - it's about being with family. And what better way to reconnect with one another than creating a tailored itinerary and visiting the destination of your dreams!
Michelle McCallum spent Christmas 2010 with her husband and kids in Borneo. They decided on a Private Group tour with Peregrine, which means they chose the dates then worked with us to create their perfect itinerary. Here is their story: