Volunteering on the cheap

Volunteering can be an expensive business, travelling to the other side of the world and supporting a project in a developing nation does have its cost. We at Quest do our best to justify every penny that is spent on our volunteer projects and you will have total transparency if you go away with us. […]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

If you’re in the London area this weekend and are looking for some ideas for attractions then why not check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum.     The exhibition show cases the very best nature photographs from the top professional and amateur photographers in the world. It costs […]

Quest boys take on The Grim Challenge

On 7th December 2008, three fit young men from Brighton will take on all that Mother Nature can throw at them when they run the Grim Challenge in Aldershot. 8 miles of uncompromising mud, ditches, water filled ravines, cargo netting and the biting December chill. Jon, Simon and Andy are running to raise as much […]

Andy’s guide to rucksacs

Probably the most important purchase before you go travelling.  Your rucksack will be your home for the time you are away so getting one that is comfortable, durable, easy to pack and the correct size is key.  If you buy wisely and look after your rucksack it should serve you well for many years. Don’t […]

It’s official – gap years make you smarter!

Recent research has shown that people who take a year out before university, on average score a first year university grade 2.3% higher than those who come straight from school. That may not sound like much, but if it’s the difference between a 2.1 and a 1st (or a pass and a fail), I’m sure […]

Domino Record Topples

It was a true team effort as 85 people from 13 countries came together to topple the world record for not 1 but 10 previous world records. There have been attempts in the past, one ending with a sparrow being shot, later to be recognised as protected (Netherlands 2005). The bird managed to knock over […]

Ever wanted to see a whale shark poo?

If the answer is yes then you’re in luck – the BBC has just released the first footage ever filmed of such a monumental event. Whalesharks are the biggest fish in the sea – growing up to 12m in length and (thankfully) only eating plankton, krill and other tiny sea dwellers. If you want to […]

Andy’s guide to water purification

When travelling overseas clean safe drinking water is always a problem. One solution is to buy bottled water, but on average it will cost you $1 a litre and this can add up. There is also the environmental cost in buying plastic bottles that are rarely recycled in less developed countries that lack the infrastructure. […]

How to climb Everest without leaving the UK

Who says pub landlords do nothing but drink beer, eat crisps and moan about things?! Well done to ex-Quest volunteer turned pub landlord Ben Ambridge for raising funds to help the local Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. How are they going to do this? By climbing their […]