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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Long drive days are an inevitable part of an overland trip, and are just as much a part of the adventure as the incredible activities and sights that await at the end of the drive. For many years now we have been advised about the dangers of immobility on long haul flights and the need to get up and move around, but what about on long drive days? The World Health Organisation warns that “prolonged immobility, whether by car, bus, train or air, can lead to pooling of the blood in the legs, which in turn may cause swelling, stiffness…

As 2016 draws to a close we take a look back at our new trips launched this year and explore the highlights of each route. Trans Himalaya China Loop - Xi-an to Xi-an via Tibet Lhasa - Potala Palace Now a museum and World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was built as the centre of Tibetan Government in 1645, and was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The palace towers over Llasa and at 3750m above sea level, is said to be the highest ancient palace in the world. It consists of the White Palace and the ‘golden-roofed’…

We've all seen the icon photos of the romantic Taj Mahal, the idyllic tropical beaches of Goa and the temples of Kathmandu... but this epic sub-continent has so much more to offer than the usual tourist route. We take a more in-depth look and explore some of the lesser-known sights and facts that you will encounter on a Dragoman journey round Incredible India and our new Nepal loop... River Dolphins The ‘Mother Ganges’ is well known as a sacred river for Hindus who travel from all over India to bathe in its waters, or consecrate their deceased loved ones on the funeral pyres…

2016 has been a very busy year in our truck workshops in Suffolk in the UK and in Cuzco, Peru. The past few years we have been focusing on updating our fleet and with 22 trucks on the road and a busy departure schedule, this has been some mean feat! Amber II Amber II was completed earlier this year by our team at the Cuzco workshop, headed up by Dragoman Regional Fleet Manager, Darren Nicholls. Amber II recently started a trip in Colombia and is making her way down the East coast Pan-American Highway, through Patagonia to the Southern tip…

Sampling the local cuisine is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture, and you don’t need to head to fancy restaurants to taste the best food a country has to offer. Many of the tastiest, cheapest and safest dishes can often be found on the streets! We explore the weird and wonderful dishes on offer on our Dragoman routes. A – Açai, Brazil This tasty and powerful superfood snack can be found on the beach kiosks and lancherías around Rio de Janeiro. Popular among surfers, athletes and health fanatics, the deep purple iced slush is made from the…

We all know that travel broadens our horizons, pushes us out of our comfort zone, gives us the opportunity for so many new experiences and helps us make new friends… but did you know that it can even make us more creative? Studies show that spending time abroad can affect mental change - creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or in simple terms, how the brain is wired up. These wires are affected by our environment, making them sensitive to change. Therefore all the new sights, sounds, smells and sensations we experience when travelling stimulates these wires and can revitalise the mind, sparking creativity. Over…

Ever wondered what it’s like to travel the Silk Road? How demanding is it? What is the weather and the food like? And what exactly is 'Goat Polo'?! Dragoman crew member Sinead has just arrived back at Camp Green after driving the Silk Road from Bishkek to Istanbul, and gives us the low down on this fascinating Central Asian route.   Which was your favourite country? It depends on what we’re talking about. For culture I’d have to say Iran, for landscapes Kyrgyzstan, and for historical sites it has to be Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has the most amazing architectural sites, so…

We have two Rio Carnival packages for the upcoming carnival season, one which gives you a bit more freedom to do as you wish (Independent package RTI) and the other with more inclusions so you can get the true carnival experience (Standard package RAC). For full details and prices of each package just use the links below.   Rio Carnival Standard Package Rio Carnival Independent Package   If you want to equip yourself with a quick bit of carnival history and a few pub-quiz facts before you head to Rio; check out our handy infographic below...         

Bob Books celebrates 10 years! We've scooped the chance for you to win a £40 voucher and transform your best holiday photographs into a beautiful, printed photo book. Looking for something special to do with your holiday photographs? Enter for the chance to create your very own customised photo book- an object you will treasure forever.   Bob Books has become the most well-loved and trusted platforms for creating and printing photo books and they turned 10 years old this month! Creating a photo book couldn’t be simpler. All you need is a moment of inspiration. Choose from a variety of sizes, paper types, and both digital…