Welcome to the Imaginative Traveller Blog! This is a brilliant means for us to communicate directly with you. We will be able to keep you updated on the latest Imaginative Traveller news, events, trips, fascinating snippets of info from life on the tour leader front, how our overseas Destinations Managers spend their average day, humorous tales from tours, staff trip reports and just general Imaginative Traveller gossip. So check it out and let us know what you think!
My Spitzbergen Experience by Sue Bevan
Kurban Bayram is a four day festival in Turkey where sacrificial sheep are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the poor.
The Bayram takes place two months after Ramazan Bayram (Ramadan) and, as during Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking alcohol for the four days.
We recently asked our tour leaders and staff which was their favourite country to travel - whether leading a tour or from a more personal point of view. One country consistently came out on top - Mongolia.
The origin of shaking hands
The Hard Sell
One of our travel reps recently travelled on tour with us to Varanasi where she experienced the ultimate in dogged perseverance!
We recently asked our tour leaders which tours were their favourites and one in particular kept cropping up - Journey Through Tibet. A 22-day tour encompassing China, Tibet and finishing in Nepal. It covers a lot of territory, however, you also get to see some amazing facets of this part of the world:
• All the famed highlights of Beijing (Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall) and Lhasa (the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple plus the Sera and Drepung Monasteries
Imaginative Traveller has obtained confirmed gorilla trekking permits on selected trips and departure dates in December 2009 and January 2010
These gorilla trekking permits are selling fast for the Christmas and New Year period, but Imaginative Traveller has managed to secure some CONFIRMED gorilla trekking permits, for selected tours and departure dates.
Rough Guides and Imaginative Traveller have teamed up to offer you the chance to win a dream safari for two in Tanzania (UK residents only).
This once in a lifetime adventure travel experience – to celebrate the publication of Rough Guides’ Earthbound – will deliver you deep into the truly spectacular settings of Tanzania’s greatest wildlife habitats.
The endangered Mountain Gorilla joined Facebook and My Space as part of a fundraising programme launched by the Uganda Wildlife Authority last weekend to help save the species. They are hoping that fans will befriend a gorilla or follow it on Twitter in return for a minimum donation of $1. The money will be used to hire extra rangers to protect the gorillas and safeguard their habitat.
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