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Ok touching wild animals, riding elephants, is just some of the most sought after experiences for backpackers, travellers, etc. To countries like, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam. The reason I’m just saying these countries is because, they are the ones I have personally visited & have experienced, therefore, I can comment.
After taking part in the majority of them I can honestly say I would never do it again. Why ? I will outline a few experiences below.
Then there is the other side of it all, if they really knew how cruel they were being, would they still do it ? They live in countries full of corrupt governments that leave them no option’s, so the people have to do what they can, just to survive.
In Cambodia the human trafficking rates are appalling because people have to do what they can to survive while wealthier & educated people pay for sex with babies, disgusting. Read my blog in relation to trafficking A SHORT STORY ABOUT CAMBODIA
So really, when you think about it, it really is up to the tourist to not support this type of entertainment because after all, we are the ones keeping it in business !!! I always hear people say ohh but come on everyone else is doing it, so what, be different say no. Thinking like that is using denial to make ourselves feel better about what we are doing, I say this because, it’s exactly how I was thinking until I did it even though deep down I knew it was wrong & still did it. I denied myself the reality of it until I had the experience of it & felt the guilt instead.
Written By Siobhan
This is a great photo I was so glad to have captured while visiting the Blue Mountains in Australia.
They belong to a man who visits the top where the tourists start out their visit. He is a lovely polite man.
He used to be a tour guide there & now just goes up to see all the people for memories sake.
I remember chatting to him for all of 5 – 10 minutes he is full of knowledge & loves to tell his tales.
If you ever visit you will see him say hello 🙂
It’s the things in life, that we call the little things, that are actually, the biggest things that make the most impact on a person life. Like
Just a few to mention.
I believe it is so Important to really enjoy everything that happens in life especially the “LITTLE THINGS” Learn how to be mindful in every situation & you will have a very happy fulfilled life. We always want more enjoy what you have & more will seem amazing 🙂
This is a beautiful photo I captured while living in Queensland, Australia. This was a mama kangaroo who always came around the the balcony area of the apartment I was living at. I would give her some fruit & she would happily just chill around the area all the time. Then one day out pops joey 🙂
I captured this shot of this little fella trying to run away from me as I was walking along the walkway to the Byron Bay, Lighthouse.
I just love how it looks like he is on a mission & nothing is going to get in the way 🤣
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
I remember when I was younger always saying I wanted to bungee. As, I got older, this very much changed. I didn’t want to do anything that would call for a coronary I lost my nerve for everything. I hated roller coasters, anything fast I don’t know why it just happened.
So in Australia as my trip was coming to an end and I was going in the direction of Byron Bay, the highest jump at 14,000 feet. It was a now or never decision so I said f**k it. I told myself if I don’t do this now I will never do it again.
I remember paying for the ticket the day before I was shitting bricks. Paid for it & off we went to the supermarket to get the last supper. Pretending everything was ok.
When we finally go to the hostel we settled in chilled out & relaxed tried not to think about it too much *yeh right* There was meant to be a big storm coming the day of the jump I must have ( even tho I’m not all that holy) said every prayer over & over for it to be so bad we couldn’t do it & it was looking like it was gonna be bad. I was so happy because I was so nervous. Next morning wished one more time pulled the curtain the sun was splitting the trees. I was devastated !!
On the way I got a serious reality check of what I was about to do I couldn’t believe how stupid it was. Got geared up prepped up, given the direction of what to do’s. I started to feel so sick.
I got in first, thinking, I would be first out. Clearly, wasn’t in the right frame of mind because “first in last out”
It was about 15 mins up so to distract myself I was talking to my instructor & asked are you doing this long, he says, no I was a carpenter last week. That was it I was a ball of nerves for the rest of the journey.
Got to altitude level, doors opened the camera man & another diver just jumped straight our one of them clung to the side of the plane I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. One after another they were gone finally my turn I said I don’t think I can do it he pushed me along & said move it. I didn’t argue. When we got to the door he asked can you remember everything I nodded he said ok let’s go.
!!!!!! Legs tucked, Head Back & up !!!!!!!
I closed my eyes, I could just feel us rolling. I had a really quick prep talk told myself open your eyes or you will regret it the rest of your life, so I did.
The free fall lasted all of 1 Min, the adrenaline rush was unbelievable from it, I could feel myself shaking in the air. Bang, shute opened & we were in glide. The views were amazing I could see the whole coast of Byron Bay. I wanted to stay up there forever.
He was such a good Instructor. My sister & friend were also in the sky he made it all the more enjoyable by gliding us over to them to say hello & check in. The landing was also amazing. I wanted to go back up again & only for the cost I would have.
When travelling on a budget we tend to scrimp on certain things. It’s only when you have a f**t it moment & do it you realise what you could have missed. Don’t scrimp on experience like this or you will have major regrets. And, don’t, let the fear stop you.
It is still one of the best days of my life so far, not only did I push myself, I loved every minute of it & would gladly do it again. Whereas, if I didn’t how would I know.
Try everything once for the experience and to get your own opinion 🙂