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Ollie - Original Traveller

Oliver Rodwell

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I have extensive travel experience throughout Central America, South America, Antarctica and Africa.

My travels

Jaguar in the Pantanal

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • See a jaguar in the wild. Despite various trips to the Amazon and Pantanal, I am yet to catch a glimpse of one
  • Ride with gauchos in Patagonia
  • Visit the Arctic and hopefully see a polar bear
  • Snorkel with whale-sharks (anywhere really but the Sea of Cortez in Mexico would be my first choice)
  • Drive a Porsche over the Alps
Driving across the Salt Flats

Best Moments

  • Driving across the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  • Having a silverback Mountain Gorilla step on my toe in Uganda as he walked past me
  • Having penguins dart past my shoulder as they were chased by sea lions in the Galapagos
  • Flying at less than 100 feet over the sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia
  • My own Mexican wedding in Guadalajara - complete with Mariachi and Margaritas!
  • The Polar Plunge - jumping straight into the Antarctic waters in my trunks!
City of Puno, Peru

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Having Molotov cocktails thrown at our bus in Puno, Peru during an anti-government protest
The Pantanal wetlands

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Fishing for piranhas in the Pantanal with a local who insisted we stuff our pockets with red meat and wade, waist-deep into the water to catch the fish.

Explore my blog posts

The Ultimate Adventure in Antarctica

They always say that you shouldn't meet your idols. In travel terms, Antarctica has been that idol for me; ever-present at the top of my bucket list. The question was - could it live up to my extremely high expectations?

cartagena colourful streets

Discovering the New and Improved Colombia

Colombia - an absolute whopper of a country both geographically speaking (although it's no Brazil) and in terms of its diversity. It may forever remain synonymous with one particular resident (thanks, Narcos), however, on my trip to this colourful (in more ways than one) country I discovered…

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