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!
Beijing to Kathmandu by Bob Withers - Tour leader in China
"I have probably run this tour more times than any other tour, yet I still do not tire of it.
It is a relatively long tour (28 days) encompassing most of China, plus Tibet and finishing in Nepal.
On Friday night Imaginative Traveller had its annual Christmas party. As always there was plenty of food, music and dancing (and maybe some wine as well!) but in addition to this we also hosted a Christmas raffle in support of our ongoing work with local grassroots projects around the World.
In E-tracks we have requested you to send in your travellers tales. They can be as short as long as it takes to share your experience...
Blogmole loved this little tale of Kevin Latimer's recent trek in China:
Thailand visa information
With immediate effect the Thai immigration authorities have changed the way that they issue visas. Up until now it has been possible to obtain a stay of 30 days on arrival, through both land and air borders. This now only applies to visitors arriving by air.
At the moment both the international and domestic airports in Bangkok remain closed. It is unfortunately not possible to say when they will open, but it is likely that there will be further disruption after this point as 100,000 plus tourists attempt to leave Bangkok.
The following tours are departing from Bangkok this weekend:
Journey through Laos 6 December
Highlights and Hilltribes 6 December
Northern Adventure 6 December
Elephants and Adventure 6 December
Kanchanaburi Extension 4 December
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Meet our professional photgraphers - Part 1 - Sharon Hickey
At what age did you own your first camera?
My parents gave me my first camera when I was 18. I was going over to England and Europe for a holiday before coming home to Sydney to study. Needless to say I stayed away for 2 years and had a great time with my camera.
Cameras then kept creeping back into my life until I started photographing for a living.
One of the unique aspects of trravelling with Imaginative Traveller is the services of our worldwide Destination Managers, who actually live in and are passionate about the region they represent. Using their in-depth personal local knowledge they design your journey from start to finish and will be on hand in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.
Here is a quick fire question and answer with Hans, our Destination Manager based in India. Look out for all of our Destination Managers being focussed on over the next few weeks.
Emma a consultant from our Sydney office has returned from an awesome ‘Inca Adventure’. Lake Titicaca is a place with such personality, each island has it’s own unique charm; the floating reed islands made by the Uros people, the welcoming wave of the islanders of Amantani and the ancient customs of beautiful Taquile Island, loved it!
Only 11 days left to book your 2009 tour at 2008 prices!
Massive tip from Travel mole: if you are looking at booking a tour that is currently in our 2008/09 brochure, then you should really book BEFORE 31st OCTOBER 2008! This means you will still pay 2008 prices, from the 1st November we will switch to the new prices and although still excellent value there, is a natural increase.
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Join us on one of our worldwide adventures coming up over the next few months - all guaranteed to depart, all at 20% off.more info