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We know an extinct volcano in the Galapagos where there are more sharks and turtles than I could count and we felt like we were the only people on the planet.
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Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die
- A lot of these revolve around water, such as diving the sardine run in South Africa
- or ice diving in Antarctica
- or snorkelling with humpbacks in the Caribbean (the list could go on!)
- On land an ambition of mine is to one day live in India long enough for me to learn Bengali (I'm half Indian) though I'm not sure when I will have time
- Sitting on a beach with my wife, Milly, in southern Goa watching dolphins jumping at sunset.
- The most epic hotel I've ever been lucky enough to stay at is Laucala Island in Fiji. My favourite spot? Extremity.whiffed.overstate.
Toughest Travel Moment
- I was travelling with my father and sister in Ladakh in northern India early one March, when I stubbornly forced upon them a trip over the third highest road in the world in an SUV without 4×4 or chains on the wheels only to find that an SUV like that doesn't cope well when it snows. We were stranded at the top in the dark at over 17,000 feet and had to (almost literally) slide back down while my sister cried constantly and I had to keep getting out to push the jeep out of the snow in rarified air!
Weirdest Travel Moment
- Inter-railing with a friend aged 18 and ending up in Tangiers, Morocco, exhausted. Our first experience right off the boat was to be led by a new 'friend' to a carpet shop where the owner pulled a knife... to show us his indestructible carpet. Only one of us drank the peppermint tea in case it was poisoned so the other could run for help. After that we ate some eggs with yolks that were more green than yellow, stayed one night in a horrible campsite and went straight back to Spain. I have since been back to Morocco and loved it!
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