Frontier Travel

The Miracle of the East

Friday, 16 January 2015 13:52

Mountain Gorilla, Virunga National Park,Congo, Tropic Air

If you've seen the film, then you’ll know exactly what this post’s about: the makings of a latter day miracle.

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Tigray Community Tourism Walk

Monday, 02 June 2014 12:16

 Tesfa Tigray, walking in Ethiopia

If harmony and peace of mind are what you are looking for the Tesfa Ethiopian walking tour in Tigray is for you. Trekking in this very special part of the world offers a holistic sense of one’s place in the universe. There is something immensely gratifying about the simple act of walking alongside one’s fellow man/woman in a landscape that is biblical in both its scale and its history. Travelling in the traditional mode puts you in touch with yourself, your fellow creatures and your ancestors.  It’s not only a way of getting closer to the real culture of the Ethiopian highlands – it can be a way of getting closer to oneself.

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The African Front

Monday, 13 January 2014 12:22

Will Jones, horseriding, Webb Valley, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

If asked, I always say that Journeys by Design is first and foremost about frontier travel. By this I mean not that we steer away from so-called luxury travel (and I use the term advisedly), but rather that we are a company for whom the spirit of the frontier informs everything we do.

It’s a bold statement, and one, I’m well aware, tagged by myriad travel companies, the sum of which, in my opinion, has the effect of devaluing what it means to travel to areas virtually untouched by tourism . So, what does frontier travel really mean? 

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Walk Ethiopia

Friday, 17 January 2014 10:10

Will Jones, walk Ethiopia, priest in rock church

Having recently returned from a walking safari in Tigray, Ethiopia, I am convinced of two things: one, walking really is good for the soul; and, two, it generally works best when done in the company of friends and family.

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How Old is Too Young?

Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:29

Family horse riding in Africa

Having travelled extensively with my family, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, I am frequently asked as to what constitutes a safe age to travel. 

Obviously, the answer will inevitably come down to personal choice, a choice based on your own beliefs vis-a-vis children and travel, and on your own children’s characters – some six year olds are going on ten, while others need watching like a hawk. Personally, I have travelled with children as young as four, though obviously not everywhere.  

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