2019 travel inspiration (July – December)
New year, new experiences. Make 2019 a year of extraordinary adventure and discovery.
Words by PELORUS
We’ve put our heads together and come up with 12 travel experiences from around the world for the 12 months of 2019. From fly fishing in the Scottish Highlands to dancing with the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley…
July: A private boat voyage around Komodo National Park
Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of 29 remote islands, many of which are uninhabited. The small settlements on Komodo and Rinca are some of the few remaining places in the world that are still virtually unaffected by Western influence. Once you touch down in Labuan Baja, you’ll take a short transfer to the harbour to board a luxury sailboat, your base for the next week, enabling you to explore islands and bays that are otherwise inaccessible.
August: Try your hand at field sports in the Scottish Highlands
Landing into Oban Airport on the West Coast, you’ll transfer to a five-star hotel set within remote surroundings. A RIB or helicopter will take you to the isles of Mull, Skye, and further still to Uist, to experience the most wild and beautiful regions of the country. You’ll spend a night on a private island, learning how to forage and cook what you find (back up oysters will be at the ready), and you’ll fly fish for Scotland’s most revered fish, the Atlantic salmon. And of course, you can’t leave without a lesson from a master distiller on the country’s most famous produce, whisky.
September: Be part of conservation efforts in Kenya
Conservation is at the heart of much our work at PELORUS – we recognise the immense importance of conservation in preserving the environments we visit, and the wildlife that depends on it. In this experience, you’ll head out to Kenya to spend time with world-leading conservationists in the vanguard of the efforts to turn the tide on falling populations of rhinos, elephants, lions and turtles within the country.
October: Track polar bears on snowmobiles in Svalbard
Svalbard offers a diverse and unparalleled polar experience. On arrival into Longyearbyen you will be met by your guide. The next morning you’ll travel by snowmobile to the east coast of Svalbard, crossing the large inland glacial ice cap that separates the east and west coast. You will be in the territory of polar bears, and with any luck you will witness these majestic animals in their natural environment.
November: Step back in time in Myanmar
Myanmar is an alluring country with a unique appeal – this country takes you back in time and far off the beaten track. In this itinerary you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful architecture of colonial-era towns, as well as trekking and biking through beautiful countryside to remote villages to engage with local tribes. You will participate in a number of authentic ceremonies, such as assisting in lighting 1000 oil lamps in a special offering to Buddha on the edge of a golden pagoda, and experience a traditional rocket festival in a local village.
December: Meet hidden tribes in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley
A guide will meet you off the plane and transfer you to an isolated Hamar village in the Omo, where you’ll spend the evening and night to experience a way of life that is remarkably stripped back and unique. The next day you’ll take a boat three hours up the Omo River, where you’ll meet a Mursi tribe, distinguished by their large lip plates. This is miles from the tourist trail; as authentic as it gets. With the Mursi, you’ll eat, dance, sing and share stories long into the night.
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Read Part 1 (January – June) HERE.