Even among the best-traveled globetrotters, the Azores is a little visited destination. It is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal – a north Atlantic archipelago of nine volcanic islands: Flores and Corvo in the west, Graciosa, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico, and Paial in the center, and Sao Miguel and Santa Maria in the east. Until relatively recently, flight routes from North America were indirect and schedules inconvenient. Now, though, daily direct flights make it much easier to reach these unimaginably beautiful and interesting islands in only a few hours. Once you get there, it's shocking how much there is to see and do, and how comfortably you can do it all. Why the heck hasn't anyone you know been here yet?!
Journeys International began running trips to South Korea in 2016. Adventure Specialist Kerina Rowley joined the first departure to this relatively unknown destination. Here, she shares her stories of the unexpected beauty, culture and history she saw along the way.
In April 2017, Journeys hosted its first women's-only adventure through Iran. Led by staff member Kerina Rowley, this group of women included 13 seasoned travelers, all of whom were eager to travel to Iran and immerse themselves in Iran's often misunderstood culture, to learn what it's really like to be a woman in Iran. Here, Kerina shares some of what she experienced along the way.