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Inside knowledge: A travel expert tells all

Glenyce Johnson is the Managing Director of Peregrine, and she's also one of our most passionate travellers. Glenyce has been to over 100 countries, and her next big challenge will be to tackle the Camino Trail in Spain next year.

I sat down to chat with Glenyce and was swept up in her world of adventure, exploration and discovery. I also learnt that you can never underestimate the power of a good gin and tonic at the end of a long day!

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Cultural spotlight: The women embroiders of Ayacucha, Peru

Peru is yet to tally on the 2012 Olympics leaderboard, but we want to take this opportuity to shine a cultural spotlight on the central Andean mountain region of Ayacucho. 

The name Ayacucho means Death Corner, and sadly this name became very fitting during the 1980s when terrorist organisation, the Shining Path bought violence and devastation to the region.  

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See Nepal, without all the trekking

Ken is our new Destination Manager for Asia. He's been there, seen it all and got the stories to match. We sat down and asked him about our new 11-day trip, Colours of Nepal. It's our way of showing you the best of Nepal without all the trekking. You'll even see Mt Everest from an incredible scenic flight! 

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Why we love it: Tibet

It's time for another in our popular Why We Love It series. This time we're taking you inside Tibet. These blogs were all written by passionate Peregrine staffers who fell in love with a particular place around the world.

Take a journey into this exotic and increasingly popular destination:

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Travel product review: Logitech Ultimate Ears 200

Here’s the first in our new series of product reviews. We’re gonna highlight a bunch of useful bits and bobs that can help improve your travel experience. From gadgets, luggage, clothing and accessories, these products have all gotten the thumbs up from Gecko’s.

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The Gecko's Olympics: Best places to eat, shop and party

Everybody’s talking about it, everybody’s excited about it, everyone’s watching it…so we’re jumping on the Olympics bandwagon too! What’s not to love? There’s overachievers and underdogs; tales of success and tales of woe; some of the world’s fittest people all in one city and the chance to learn about some seriously underrated countries (Kazakhstan, anyone?).

To get in the spirit of things, we’re handing out a few medals of our own:

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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.

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Top 5 trips for the mind, body and soul

Tired of pounding the pavement? Is the man gettin you down? Sounds like it's time to recharge, refresh and take a journey for the mind, body and soul.

Now don't freak out - it doesn't mean you have to wear tie-dye pants and grow your armpit hair. We just think you could do with a bit of rejuvenation. You don't even need to be religious to make the most of a spiritual journey. Just be prepared to open yourself up to a deeper travel experience.

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A photographic journey through southern Africa

Blazing sunsets, rolling sand dunes, smiling faces and some of the world's best wildlife - you can see it all on our 19-day Delta, Dunes and Falls trip.

Our PR expert Jane has just returned from this very trip, and we wanted to share some of her favourite images. Often it can be hard to put an African experience into words, because it is truly one of the most incredible places on earth. 

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