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What's Hot for Summer
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Monkey Mayhem
Top 5 Slovenian Secrets
On Board the Book Boat
Photo Competition
Photographic Safaris
Burma-frost Thawing
Rock of Ages
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EPISODES: The Exodus eNewsletter
Dear Travellers,
Welcome to the May edition of Episodes – your monthly dose of Exodus’ news from around the globe.
May is National Walking Month, and as such we’ve been celebrating! From the Isle of Wight to the Lake District, Exodus trekkers have travelled up and down the UK spreading the gospel and celebrating the wonders of discovering the world on foot.
Some of them really went the extra mile to demonstrate their love of life a la pied; our trekking connoisseur, Alistair Grice walked 72 miles around the Isle of Wight’s rugged coastline in 24 hours, while Valerie Parkinson took celebrating Hillary and Tenzing’s 60th anniversary to the extreme by summiting Everest’s North Col on 8 May – now that is dedication! Check out her expedition blog here.
Whether you like to see the world on foot, two wheels, from a boat, 4x4 or even a hot air balloon, this month we have plenty to whet your appetite for adventure; I pick my favourite summer holidays without the jet lag, Gina shares her Slovenian secrets and Anna bikes through Burma. There is even a little monkey business from Tom in Guyana!
Happy travels!
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  Natasha Preston - Editor
Natasha Preston
Editor
 
What's Hot for Summer
The Alps in Bloom
Still deliberating over where to spend your precious time off this summer?
Don’t waste it flopping on a Mediterranean beach somewhere with your nose in the latest trashy novel, or beside a swimming pool in a Caribbean all-inclusive resort, make more of your time away and get under the skin of the country you are in.
You don’t have to head off to far-flung lands to trek amidst sky-piercing peaks, witness wildlife in its natural habitat or have your senses overloaded by a new culture.
If you are looking to get away and do something different but want to avoid lengthy flights and jet lag, here are a few ways to make the most of your summer…
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WIN a Sri Lanka holiday for two!
Since the launch of our Feel More Alive microsite, we’ve received over 3000 uploaded moments. We couldn’t be more thrilled and have loved reading every single one. If you haven’t entered your moment for this month, what are you waiting for?! You could WIN a trip for TWO to Sri Lanka, the tear drop of the Indian Ocean.
How to enter:
1. Click the ‘Enter Now’ button below
2. Scroll to the bottom of the Feel More Alive site and click ‘enter now’ to go to the entry form
3. Fill in your details with an inspiring travel moment and photo or video
4. Use your Facebook account to populate your details or fill in the short form manually
5. Press ‘Submit’ and your moment is entered!
And while you’re there, why not have a read through some of the other inspiring moments already loaded. Good luck everyone!
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WIN a Sri Lanka holiday for two!
 
Monkey Mayhem
"Monkeys!" exclaims one of my companions as he points to the canopy below. We’re sat on some rocks on the edge of Turtle Mountain staring out at a sea of trees. To the left of us a young Red Howler monkey and Black Spider monkey are chasing each other playfully through the branches. There are more monkeys warming themselves in the early morning sun and various birds flying by; the moment is idyllic.
By Tom Harari who delves deep into the Guyanese jungle to find the giants within…
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Howler and Spider monkeys frolicking in a tree in Guyana
On Board the Book Boat in Laos
“We gazed across small villages with agricultural plots and bathing buffalos on the shore, as we slowly sailed to Luang Prabang, an important UNESCO site situated on a peninsula formed by the mighty Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers. Children in Laos reading donated books
The isolation of many of these villages means education for children in rural communities is limited and illiteracy is high. Having heard about the Laos River Village Project from our Tour Leader, some of the group were keen to get involved and booked a place on the Book Boat departing the next day..."
Exodus' Megan Devenish takes a cruise along the Mekong to see our latest responsible tourism project in action.
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Photographic Safaris with Paul Goldstein
Wildlife holidays and a keen interest in photography are a match made in heaven! If you are looking to get more time behind the lens to hone your skills and get your money's worth out of that expensive SLR, join Exodus' award-winning photographer, Paul Goldstein as he guides you through the art of pixel perfection on a photographic safari in 2014.
Kenya Photographic Safari: 10 January 2014
Spitsbergen in Depth: 14 June 2014
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Photographers on Paul's Spitsbergen charter last year
 
Burma-frost Thawing
‘Burma by Bike’ – my excitement was initially clouded by apprehension. With the release of the ‘The Lady’ from house arrest in 2010, the end of the tourism boycott and a period of relative stability, the number of visitors to Burma has rapidly increased, turning from pariah to a must-see destination. I was afraid I’d find a country invaded by tourists and slowly losing its authentic character.
However, after the first friendly waves from local adults on the side of the road shouting ‘mingalabar’ followed by young children high-fiving us, I soon realised I was mistaken.
Anna Dambrosio takes a ride off the beaten track to unearth Burma’s hidden gems…
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Anna in front of the temples of Bagan
 
Rock of Ages

"The thing about winter in the UK is that it is cold. Freezing cold. On the spur of the moment after trudging through the snow to my office I booked Exodus’ Week in Jordan. It sounded so perfect. Only five hours away from the UK, yet 15 degrees warmer. Jordan has history and culture in bucket loads and the itinerary meant I could really get under the skin of the country in a short time, and without having to fly halfway across the world."

Frequent Exodus traveller, Natalie Amos, swaps the great British chill for the warm, golden hues of Jordan...
 
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Natalie in Petra's stone windows
 
 
Late Getaways
Join us on 25 June in London for an evening of Polar Journeys with Paul Goldstein - places are FREE!
£100 off Turkey Holidays in June
Discover la Isla Grande with Exodus
WIN a Sri Lanka Holiday for Two - Enter our Feel More Alive competition today!
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SLOVENIAN SECRETS
Top Five: Slovenian Secrets
"Exodus would like to introduce you to Slovenia, the pinnacle of getting off the beaten track without bidding farewell to infrastructure. A small emerald nestled on the bridge between western and eastern Europe, it’s barely larger than Wales and yet this country packs a real punch: Lonely Planet calls it “a mouse that roars.” This is landscape off the scale, the ragged ribbons of the Julian Alps, the dark ancient forests and churches worthy of a gothic novel even in the sunshine, and an indisputable vibrancy of colour than would make an artist blush. Yet somehow this travel gem has remained a secluded secret."
By Exodus' Gina Lawrence
PHOTO COMPETITION
This month's winner is Tim Hutchin who took this shot in Jordan
 
This month's winner is Tim Hutchin who took this incredible shot on our A Week in Jordan trip.
Why Tim's shot is a winner...

“Tim sent us a decent portfolio of Jordan, very decent in fact but this stood out. Most importantly every time we think we have seen every shot from Petra, someone comes along and surprises us. Tim did more than that, this is excellent, no real idea of scale which adds to the composition, brilliant depth of field, intricate marbling across the stone and a wonderful kick up the arse to all those who have walked past and missed this shot.”

 
Congratulations Tim - you have won a £50 Bob Books voucher.
 
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