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The Odysseys Blog

Treat Your Feet: the Best Shoes for Travel

When exploring a new location, you’re on your feet for a good portion of the day. And experienced travelers can attest that having the right footwear can make the difference between a memorable journey and a sore-footed slog. Treat your feet right with these travel footwear recommendations. 

Essential Knowledge: Passports and REAL ID

We will keep this post current as states continue to roll out REAL ID-compliant licenses and grant extensions. Below are the answers to some basic questions about passports, government-issued IDs, and the REAL ID security program.

Travel the Ancient and Exotic Silk Road

The Silk Road – it’s a route whose very name conjures up visions of exotic bazaars, shimmering traditional clothing, and camel-riding traders ferrying precious wares across the central Asian plains.

Curious About Your Next Trip? Browse our Destination Insights

When perusing a tour page in search of your next destination, don’t forget to take a look at the Destination Insights tab. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, fascinating historical insights, fun facts, or just a compilation of beautiful scenes from the country or countries visited on tour, our carefully curated Destination Insights have it all.

A Few Methods to Stay in Touch While Traveling

An old adage has it that traveling is good for the soul. But while you’re out exploring the world, remember to check in with your loved ones from time to time, if only to share the latest photos from your exploits. Here we present a few methods (some new, some tried and true) for staying in contact with people back home.


Tour Director Profile: Isabel Ramos, Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country blessed with dramatically contrasting scenery and climates, a fact which our featured tour director, Ecuadorian Isabel Ramos, appreciates. A guide and tour director for almost 24 years, Isabel says she lives in paradise. Read our blog to find out why.

Into the Land of Happiness

We have all kinds of guests on our tours, including published authors! We were delighted to see this New York Times piece from Jennifer Moses, in which she recounts her and her husband’s 30th-anniversary trip on our Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal and Bhutan small group tour.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Colombia Right Now

With beautiful natural scenery, traditional colonial villages, incredible wildlife, and welcoming residents, Colombia should rank at the very top of your travel wish list. If you can tear yourself away from the photographs, you’ll find five great reasons to make this South American gem your next destination.

Sunrise in the Jungle: Guatemala’s Tikal at Dawn

Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala lies Tikal, an ancient Maya site that was only discovered in 1848, but traces its history back to the Late Preclassic era of 400-300 BCE. This mystical archaeological site was once the most important site in the Maya universe, with jungle-clad ruins of palaces, temples, ball courts, and ceremonial platforms.

Discover Laos, Southeast Asia’s Hidden Treasure

When planning a trip to Southeast Asia, the options are almost overwhelming. It’s a region steeped in history, with religious traditions dating back millennia and dozens of fascinating subcultures to learn about. Read on to learn more about Laos, Southeast Asia’s hidden treasure.


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