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The Bales Worldwide blog aims to give you insights into the rich cultures, local people, breathtaking landscapes and unique experiences that comes with travelling the World. Our team of well travelled experts bring you their personal stories, thoughts and industry news to you weekly.
Egypt - Shh dont tell anyone

Last week I returned from a product trip around Egypt where I was searching for a selection of new Nile cruise boats to add to our portfolio. I made some amazing and exciting discoveries .... Read More

Egypt by Phil Ellis [Product Manager]
Top 5 Alternative Wildlife

For all those animal lovers, we bring our teams Top 5 alternative Wildlife to see around the world and where you can go to discover them..... Read More

Top 5 Worldwide Celebrations

“Enjoy our Bales Worldwide selection of the world's most wonderful cultural celebrations and festivals, taking you from the extravagance of Mardi Gras in Brazil to the beautiful Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. . ..... Read More

Top 5 Worldwide Celebrations
Top 5 Autumn Destinations

Autumn has arrived! Here is our selection of must see places to visit this season, be it for culture, climate or landscapes..... Read More

Top 5 Autumn Destinations
Top 5 new places to see

With five new countries added to the Bales Worldwide collection, discover our top 5 fascinating places to see within these awe inspiring destinations..... Read More

New Places to see
Ethiopia

The sound of my morning alarm shrilled around my hotel room, a noise I normally dread however in this instance I was out of bed in a shot! Today we were heading to Bahir Dar and more precisely Lake Tana home to the fascinating island monasteries.... Read More

Ethiopia, by Phil Ellis, [Africa Product Manager]
Far East Top 5 Temples

Uncover the secrets of Cambodia's Angkor temple complex which lie in the jungles of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province. Here you will find the fascinating Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site and the wonders of the 12th century Angkor Wat Temple.... Read More

Top 5 Far East Temples
Burma - The Golden Land

It’s hard to improve on Rudyard Kipling’s description of Burma as ‘quite unlike any land you know about’. Isolation and pride have helped maintain the countries traditions and the culture magnifies as you explore the ‘Golden Land’.... Read More

Burma by Chris Greener [Far East Sales Consultant]
Uganda - Lake Mburo National Park

Most people go to Uganda to see the Gorillas, but actually there is so much more to see and do in this special place. Travelling across the country means that you get to see the fantastic scenery, which continues to amaze you – one moment you’re.... Read More

Lake Mburo by Susan Forde [Strategy Director]
Botswana

I’ve just come back from a fabulous trip to Botswana staying in the Okavango Delta and Linyanti. We saw a fantastic amount of game and for birders. .... Read More

Botswana by Sarah-Jane Phelps [Africa Travel Expert]
Coorg: The Scotland of India

The line describing this hill station is not mine. That’s how the city fathers have marketed this sleepy little town, nestling at an elevation of 1525 meters on the south-western end of the State of Karnataka.... Read More

Coorg India by Michael Gurrey, [India Travel Expert]
Burma - Aung San Suu Kyi

I first visited Myanmar as a backpacker in the spring of 1995 at a time when western tourists were very much few and far between. I had avidly read all of Aung San Suu Kyi’s books prior to setting foot ... Read More

Burma by Sue Livsey, [Far East Product Manager]
Top 5 TV and Film Locations

We’ve seen countries take centre stage on the cinema screens immersing us with spellbinding landscapes and wonderful stories. So this month, we bring you our Top 5 TV and Film locations where the destinations almost certainly steal the show..... Read More

India - Free Tourist Visas for our Travellers

The Indian government has recently announced that it will be increasing the cost of a tourist visa by more than double. It’s not really an expense that you think about when you consider booking a holiday but all these costs do end up adding up. ... Read More

Top 5 off beaten track tours

Discover the wonders of tailor made travel with our taste of “off the beaten track" locations for inspiring ways to create your perfect journey of a lifetime...... Read More

Bales Worldwide - South Africa

During my trip to South Africa, I had the pleasure of visiting the Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory now ruled by King MsWati III....... Read More

My Nostalgic Nile

Crossing to the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor in the darkness of the Egyptian night, my first glimpse of the lovely dahabiyya Amber with her welcoming lights blazing was a sight to behold and drew collective gasps of admiration from my fellow travellers.... Read More

My Nostalgic Nile by Aisling Bull [Sales Consultant]
Sri Lanka - Arugam Bay

I write this blog from Arugam Bay whilst lying in my hammock enjoying my week long holiday staying in a little wooden beach cabana, going 'back to basics'.... Read More

Sri Lanka, by Amy Cooper [Sales Consultant]
Vietnam - A taste

Vietnam, my first taste of the Far East and l loved every moment. A surprisingly green landscape mixed with pristine beaches such as those of Nha Trang and Danang, and a cultural diversity where old and new come together in perfect harmony.... Read More

A taste of Vietnam by Lynne Raw [Operations Manager]
The Tokyo Skytree – The World’s Tallest Tower

I am afraid of heights so when I realised that my week in Japan would include a visit to the Tokyo Skytree I had very mixed feelings. As much as it would be an honour to head up the world’s tallest tower I also wondered how it might be possible to..... Read More

Japan Skytree, by Charlie Panton [Product Manager]
Colombia - A Natural Beauty

I’m so jealous – I’ve always wanted to go there". – probably the most frequent response by friends when they learnt of my plans to go to Colombia on a fam trip organised by Pro-Export, the tourist arm of the Colombian government. ..... Read More

Colombia, by Sue Livsey [Product Manager]
Wilderness Safaris Explorations

A great piece from our friends in Namibia: Having enjoyed the night views of the city the previous night, the drive to the Namib Desert was amazing... Read More

Wilderness Safaris By Jeremia
Tanzania | The Great Migration

The annual wildebeest migrations across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara are perhaps the most astonishing wildlife pageant in Africa.... Read More

Antarctica - The White Continent

I’d dreamt of going to Antarctica for about 10 years, and it exceeded my expectations in everyway. The initial draw was the undisturbed nature of the region, largely free from the impact of man.... Read More

Temples & Pagodas of China

Visiting China last September I saw many memorable sights but of the temples I visited the most iconic has to be the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. .... Read More

By Gill Thorp [Customer Relations Executive]
Top 5 Spiritual Sites

Explore our top 5 subliminal spiritual sites around the world from the breathtaking Golden Temple in Amritsar, whose domes are covered in 400 kilograms of gold leaf to the more unusual Tanah Lot Temple in Bali, built on the top of a rock in the Indian Ocean, continually shaped by the waves, just a few hundred meters offshore..... Read More

Top 5 Food Destinations

Of all the culinary fare on offer in China, Peking Duck is arguably the most famous and along with a visit to the Great Wall, a must on any visit to Beijing. The secret of this delicacy lies in ..... Read More

landscapes of Patagonia

My first experience of Patagonia came from an incredible 4WD adventure along the southern Carretera Austral; a mostly unpaved road running through the Aysen region of Northern Patagonia. A truly unforgettable experience taking me .... Read More

By Natalie Braithwaite
Staff Story Kat Baghdadi - Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are intriguing, enchanting and in my opinion a once in a lifetime destination. From the beautiful flora & fauna to the most tame of wildlife you will ever encompass. Wildlife sightings on the various islands include .... Read More

Bales Top 5 Must Read Travel Books

This month we have combined our ultimate favourites - travel and literature - showing you our top must-read books. These captivating books bring to life the history and culture of the many wonderful countries around the globe, from the humours of the trials and tribulations of a British retirement home in Bangalore in Deborah Maggach’s..... Read More

Discovering magical Myanmar

Following the recent political changes, Myanmar has been placed firmly on the map as one of the new exciting destinations to visit and it wasn’t hard to see why when I travelled there recently.... Read More

Dan Millls, Operations Executive
Discovering Ethiopia

I have just returned from Ethiopia – what an amazing experience, unlike any other African country I have visited. The influence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church transports you back to the world of the Old Testament and the culture and traditions. .... Read More

By Phelps, Sarah-Jane
Fascinating Myanmar

The perfect words to describe this fascinating country. From the tranquillity of Inle Lake, to the bustling city of Mandalay, the iconic landscape dotted with thousands of temples & pagodas in Bagan. .... Read More

By Amanda Daltrey
The Galapagos

My 7 night cruise around the famed Galapagos Islands was so much more than I could ever have imagined. Wildlife that I had only ever dreamed of seeing such as giant tortoises, sally lightfoot crabs, land iguanas and the mesmerising blue –footed boobies were brought to life in their natural habitat.Read More

By Sue Livsey
Costa Rica

Costa Rica is out of my holiday comfort zone which usually revolves around skiing in Europe but thanks to an adventurous new wife, we decided on Costa Rica for our honeymoon over Christmas. Bales itinerary meant that we would be seeing most of the country and indeed the varied wildlife.Read More

David and Sally Cox
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Discovering Peru

After arriving home safely from a truly amazing experience in Peru, I want to thank Bales for arranging this trip for us....Read More

By Marian Dobbie [Bales Customer]
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