Budget wildlife holidays

How to prepare for budget wildlife holidays

How to Prepare for Budget Wildlife Holidays The Road To Success Budget Wildlife Holidays Passionate about nature and wildlife, but can’t afford a crazy organised trip, why not plan your own budget wildlife holiday. In this article, I like to go over the resources I use to plan my holidays. Being prepared is the key to a successful epic journey. Nonetheless, if you are not the ‘organiser type’, find yourself on organiser or check out this page about my recommendations of organised wildlife & nature tours. Summary Select Your Destination (Focal species, Areas, Reserves & National Parks, …) Plan your … Read more

Animal tourism attractions to avoid

Animal tourism attractions to avoid

Animal tourism attractions to avoid Animals are often described as cute. Animal tourism is usually seen as a way to contribute to wildlife conservation. Animal lovers might not see the downside of this wild animal performing funny tricks in front of them. Who is not tempted to feed wildlife, get a picture with a monkey on a chain, take a ride on an elephant? Social media is definitely exposing more and more animal activities which are abusing and exploiting animals. Again, do people ask the right questions? Do you see the harm of swimming on the fins of dolphins … Read more

Gringo trails

Gringo Trails – Responsible travel with respect for culture and wildlife

Gringo Trails Responsible travel with respect to culture and wildlife Responsible travel – Ever travelled and asked yourself “Why am I here?” It’s a simple question, but it can keep you occupied for a long time. Are you contributing to the local community and will the next generation still be able to experience your adventure as you are doing it right now? Travelling is great, and we are lucky to live in an era where travelling is easy. But it comes with a lot of responsibilities if we want it to be sustainable. This blog post is inspired by … Read more

Kanahau Utila

Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility

Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility (KURCF) is a recently established research centre located on Utila Island, part of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras. The centre is a ‘home away from home’ for a group of passionate conservation biologists, who actively run various research projects from the facility from February to September. Kanahau made it their mission to catalogue the biodiversity of Utila, identify and protect threatened species and habitats on the island, and promote solutions to conservation issues. A large part of Kanahau’s work is focused around the local … Read more

Yucatan Peninsula - Wildlife

Yucatan Peninsula Wildlife: Top places for Nature and Wildlife experiences

Yucatan Peninsula Wildlife Top places for Nature and Wildlife experiences The Yucatan Peninsula is situated in south-eastern Mexico. It’s about 181 000 km² and separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. For tourists, Cancun is the most well-known place, definitely for American Students. But the Yucatan Peninsula has much more to offer, ranging from cenotes to Maya ruins and whale shark snorkelling… The Yucatan Peninsula consists of three Mexican states; Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche and stretches out to the border of Belize and Guatemala. For those that like the beach holidays, Cancún, Tulum and Playa del … Read more

Isla Holbox Whale shark

Isla Holbox: whale sharks and relaxing

Isla Holbox: Whale Sharks & Relaxing Holbox Whale Shark Tour – Isla Holbox is a great place to take some rest, exactly what I needed. Besides the relaxed atmosphere, Holbox is known for its whale shark tours. The village offers opportunities for both budget travellers and more exclusive travellers. Isla Holbox is accessible from the air and by bus. I took a bus from Cancun. Visit August 2015 Whale shark tour Last minute we decided to join a whale shark tour, snorkelling with whale sharks, but it was much more. This was a great experience. Our first goal was the … Read more

5 reasons to volunteer

5 reasons to volunteer

5 Reasons to Volunteer Volunteering is a popular term and the reasons to volunteer can vary, but I guess we all know someone who came back from a volunteer trip with amazing stories. You can volunteer in different areas from community-based projects (teaching, healthcare) to more environmental projects. There are various reasons for volunteering, whether it’s inspiring yourself, helping others or follow your beliefs, you just have to find the reason(s) which feel(s) right for you. This article is a more general article and aims to inspire you and help you find why you should volunteer and give you … Read more

Wildlife volunteering online Citizen Science camera trap projects

Wildlife volunteering online: Citizen Science Camera Trap Projects

Wildlife volunteering online: Citizen Science Camera Trap Projects There is a growing base for citizen science projects. If you are interested in wildlife volunteering online, here are a couple of projects you can join. These projects are focused on using citizens to analyse some of their camera trap footage. This is a great way to see nice camera trap pictures and help projects analysing the data. Camera traps are a great way to research areas, and the set up is very cost efficient. On the other hand, all these pictures need to be classified, and your help can be … Read more

Best places to watch wildlife in the canadian rockies

Best Places to Watch Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies

Obviously, the Canadian Rockies are a great place to be. They offer an amazing scenery and the possibility to watch some wildlife. Here you can find some of the best places to watch wildlife in the Canadian Rockies listed. Wildlife is moving around freely in these parks, so there is no guaranty to spot them. Nonetheless, you can increase your chances by taking some easy rules into account. For example: Drive slowly on the roads and keep your eyes open. If you have multiple people in the car, give everybody an area to ‘scan’ for wildlife. Obviously, the driver’s … Read more

Operation Wallacea review

Review of two Operation Wallacea terrestrial sites

Operation Wallacea Terrestrial Sites Mexico and Honduras The aim of this article is to give some more information on two research sites of Operation Wallacea (Opwall) which I visited as a staff member. More specifically, Calakmul (terrestrial research site of Opwall Mexico) and Cusuco (terrestrial research site of Opwall Honduras). Although I intend to help potential participants to further explore the options and make a decision on which Opwall site to visit, I want to stress out it’s my own opinion and thoughts. Learn more about other volunteer options. I will first describe my roles and activities, where after I … Read more