• Turkmenistan: the enigmatic jewel of Central Asia

    Turkmenistan is sort of Central Asia’s North Korea, which isn’t a slogan any tourism board would be rushing into print, but let us explain.

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  • Lights, camera, travel: 7 iconic film sets you should visit this year

    By James Shackell

    “There’s no place like home,” Judy Garland says in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, before clicking her heels and picturing sleepy Kansas. And while these words are enshrined in cinema history, we think Dorothy might have had a different approach to travel if she’d seen a few of the movies in our list below.

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  • Peregrine picks: 7 of Asia's best markets

    Image courtesy of Tartatin2009, Flickr

    There’s likely no finer place to really get to know the culture of a destination than a market. And when it comes to markets, Asia has some of the best in the world (followed closely by South and Central America!)

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  • The sense of adventure: 4 fantastic treks in Asia

    Asia is incredibly diverse in its landscape and topography – from volcanic ranges and snowy peaks to sun drenched beaches and tropical rainforests.  It’s also home to some of the best, most rewarding and scenic treks the world has to offer.

    Here are four of our favourites.

    Wilson Trail, Hong Kong

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  • An insight into Uzbek culture

    Uzbekistan is a jewel in Central Asia’s crown. Abundant with culture and natural resources, the country serves as a perfect example of the region’s enigmatic allure. Home to three of the most incredible cities in Central Asia – Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara – Uzbekistan also plays host to the type of natural wonders that leave travellers’ jaws gaping in awe.

  • South Korea's great outdoors

    When you think of South Korea, it's generally images of the bustling metropolis of Seoul that spring to mind. But we want to change that.

    To us, South Korea is a country full of surprises, dotted with misty mountains, unspoiled fishing ports, bustling markets and sleepy country villages. Take a sneak peek into our newest destination.

    And if you're feeling particularly adventurous why not check out our new trip to North Korea. 

  • Snapshot of Mongolia

    At the time of writing, Mongolia is sitting 34th in the 2012 Olympics medal tally. Judo champ Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal beat Dex Elmont of Netherlands to take home Mongolia's first bronze medal.

  • We send the Royals on holiday

    On Saturday 2 June this year, the Queen will celebrate 60 years on the throne. Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee are happening right across the UK, culminating in a special event this weekend.

    So when all the ceremonies, parties, soirees, processions and concerts wind up, we figure a few members of the Royal Family could do with a holiday.

    See where we think they should go to shake off the shackles of royal duty and let their hair down (well, those of them who still have hair...ahem, William).

    The Queen and Prince Philip

  • Connecting girls, inspiring futures: International Women's Day 2012

    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? 

  • Cherry blossom season in Japan

    Monique Engler says from the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. The cherry blossoms come and go, but not without being noticed.

    Everyone stops. The whole country drinks sake until they can’t walk, and stare at the blossoms until the last pale petal floats to the ground. Wandering into Yoyogi Koen, or in fact any park in Japan, you can’t help but be swept away with the merriment as thousands of people celebrate this annual occurrence.

  • Our Yunnan adventure: Tony and Olga Hammock

    Peregrine adventurers, Tony and Olga Hammock, recently returned from the 10-day Yunnan Explorer trip. They took some fantastic photos, which they've kindly offered to share with the Peregrine community. Here are a few of our favourite shots, with a little caption about each one from Tony:

  • Feast cookalong: Kung Pao chicken

    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:

  • A spin on the traditional family holiday

    We all know there's nothing quite like packing up the kids, bikes, boogie boards and cricket bats for a trip to the beach during summer. But it's not until you've taken a wrong turn, the kids start fighting or you leave the dog at the service station that you remember how much effort it can be.

    So why not try something different and take a family trip where all the hard work is done for you. It shouldn't just be the kids who get to kick back and enjoy the ride. Create some memories together and save your sanity at the same time!

  • 3 ghoulish festivals around the world!

    In honour of the upcoming Halloween celebrations, we look at three festivals around the world that celebrate the dead. They're not as morbid as you think!

    Near Death Festival 
    Every year in Las Nieves, Spain, people who have suffered a near death experience in the past year attend the Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme. This is a Mass in celebration of the Patron Saint of resurrection.

  • Why we love it: Japan

    This is the next in our Why We Love It Series. We are using this series to showcase some wonderful blogs written by passionate Peregrine staff members. Each blog focuses on a different destination, and today's is about Japan:

    Japan...what a place! Definitely a world of its own. From the moment I arrived I loved it. Tokyo is a crazy, exciting, addictive place, from the neon lights and outrageous fashion to the busy streets and flashing games arcades. I had so much fun there.

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