Capturing the Magic of Wildlife on Holiday
The world is so full of natural wonders that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. If you are interested in see lots of species that are so local that they can only be found on one or two islands, Madagascar is the place for you; if you are looking for something incredible and out of this world, the islands of Indonesia are packed full of weird and wonderful creatures.
Travelling is always about discovering new things and getting the opportunity to experience something you could never find at home. And yet, our very human curiosity in the world is causing some serious problems as we all crowd around these natural experiences, completely ruining the moment.
The answer we should all be turning to is responsible wildlife travel: the ability to go and stand in awe without causing any lasting damage. You could take a full holiday or just go on an excursion, but knowing that what you are doing is for everyone’s advantage will certainly improve the quality of your trip.
Here are a few other things to think about while you are visiting the great outdoors.
Be Considerate with Your Camera
Taking photos is such an instinctive process for the traveler, even when you are more of a point and click kind of photographer than a real professional. When you are capturing pictures of wildlife, do take the subject into consideration beyond what looks good. In other words, that rhino might look amazing up close, but if it thinks you are in its space, it’s not going to be happy.
The best thing you can do is sit and watch your subject for a while to figure out any patterns in behavior before you start taking pictures. This way you can be as unobtrusive as possible and get a much better picture as a result.
Don’t Forget to Tidy Up
If you are planning to go on a trek or into an arid landscape, you should definitely be prepared and take a bottle of water with you. However, do remember that you should take any rubbish back with you; never leave your waste in the wild.
Plastic is causing all kinds of problems around the world, on land, in the oceans, and on beaches too. Taking it home really can’t be that hard and if you set a good example, hopefully, everyone else on your trip will do the same.
For a completely different experience to your usual luxury holidays, why not try volunteering? With the right organization, you can make a real difference to the species you are working with and learn a lot about conservation too. There are lots of opportunities around the world with various foundations set up to protect certain species.
There is no better way to get up close and personal with an animal in a safe and productive way than by volunteering and it is an experience that you will carry close to your heart for the rest of your life.
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