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    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Justin Wateridge, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Justin Wateridge

I have had a lifelong passion for travel which stemmed from growing up in Zambia and the fact that my father instilled in me the wonderful diversity of the world and the importance of understanding people. I saw wealth, I saw poverty. I saw ideals, I saw corruption. I saw breath-taking beauty, I saw ugliness. Above all, I saw the ability of people to cope with not very much but to do so with ingenuity and a smile.

I’m lucky enough to have travelled a lot. It is a privilege I do not take for granted. With every country visited, I learn something new. With every country visited, I meet different peoples. I become less ignorant. I become curious. I learn that underneath the cultural differences of dress, location and religion, we want the same things: stability and education for our children, we care about the same things: friends and family, we laugh about the same things. I learn that we are not so different.

Travel gives us a different sense of perspective. We see life, scenarios through the eyes of others. Travel breaks down barriers, it changes perception and prejudice.

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
Lamanai Ruins, Belize

Lamanai - the best twenty-four hours?

Under six foot is cute. Over six foot is not cute,” said my guide, Ruben, with understated Belizean charm.

Ruben was referring to the capture, survey and release that we would be taking part in that evening as part of research into Morelet’s crocodile. We were in Lamanai in north-western Belize.

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Morungs Tribes,Kohima, Nagaland, India
Kohima, India

The head-hunters of Nagaland

Elephant tusk bracelets adorned their upper arms. Across their left shoulder was an ancient musket not quite of 1870’s vintage when muskets were first introduced by the British replacing bow and arrows or machete, but not far off it. Slung diagonally across from their right shoulder to their left hip was a chung pak, a beautifully embroidered piece of red cloth with yellow and green diamonds, that supported a battered old cane basket on their backs. The basket would once have been used to carry heads and trailing from the basket would have been palm leaves. Heads and palm leaves have been replaced by vegetables and shredded plastic respectively.

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Dog Sledding, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Dog Sledding, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Dog sledding in Spitsbergen

The air is charged with the sound of howling huskies. My foot quivers on the snow brake. The dogs in front of me strain against their harnesses.

It’s not a moment for misgivings or second thoughts: either you hold tight as you release the brake and the dogs snap forward, or you’re left behind as the sled races out into the open. I choose to hold on; this time at least.

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Whale shark underwater with snorkeller alongside.
Swimming with whale sharks

Looking back at our Steppes Travel Festival at the Royal Geographical Society, London

Children on Dug Out Canoes, Papua New Guinea
Children on the Sepik River

My Travel Advice

  • Travel with a sense of humour
  • Be curious and a collector of experiences
  • Connect worlds