It’s almost time for me to take off on the open road!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working hard booking flights and reserving my space in some volunteer programs. I’m pretty much booked for the first few months of my travels. Here’s my rough schedule:
April 1: Leave LA
April 3-6 Best Friends Animal Society
April 7-25 Spend time with the family in Kansas
April 25-30 Sister time in Dallas
May 1-5 New York
May 6-9 Chicago
May 10 Leave for Kuala Lumpur
May 18-June 29 Work with Borneo Marine Program
July 6- Aug 3 Work with Indonesia Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Friends Animal Society
I’ve been wanting to volunteer at this place for a long long time. They have been my charity of choice for a number of contributions, and now is the time for me to visit. Plus it’s kinda on the way to Kansas, so it all works out perfectly!
The sanctuary resides just 5 miles outside of Kanaab, Utah. You’ll find a few different areas to visit and volunteer at Best Friends. While I’m there, I’ll be working at Piggy Paradise, Dogtown, Rescue Village Rabbits, and Parrot House.
I’m so excited to finally experience this wonderful place I’ve heard so much about!
Time with Family and Friends
I would never be able to leave for a long vacation without seeing my friends and family first. One reason…..because they would never talk to me again, but the other…..because I love them way to much to travel to the other side of the world without saying goodbye.
If I’m taking the time to really enjoy life, then spending time with the people I care about most is part of it. It’s been a long time since I was able to enjoy an extended stay in Kansas with my family. Most of the time I’m too busy with work to spend more than a few days there. I owe them a longer trip and would be a little struck with guilt if I didn’t allot time for them this spring.
After I leave Kansas, I’ll head down to Texas for some sister time. Since my sister loves to travel as much as I do, I know she’ll be meeting me somewhere in the world at some point.
Then it’s off to New York and Chicago, where I’ll spend some time with my boyfriend before we travel our separate ways for 3 months. Is it going to be tough not seeing him? Yes! But we’ve been apart longer than that due to his former job, so to me 3 months is nothing.
We talked about this issue when we first started planning to travel together. We knew there would be times when we didn’t want to do the same thing, so we decided that would be our alone travel time.
I’ve only traveled alone. It’s a time that I cherish a lot, and my boyfriend is equally independent. It’s not that we don’t want to be together for everything. We just know that giving each other alone time will help keep our relationship balanced while we’re on the road.
I cannot wait to start the programs in Borneo!
The first one is the Borneo Marine and Sea Turtle Program that I mentioned an earlier post. I’ll be here for 6 weeks living in a tent on a remote area of the beach. Yes, a tent on the beach! This was actually one of the selling factors of the project. The closer to nature I can get, the better!
My duties for those 6 weeks will include: diving reef area and collecting hard and soft coral fragments, moving prepared samples of coral to the ocean nursery, transplanting samples from nursery to ocean reef, collecting data on improvement of reef, monitoring sea turtle production, and patrolling the beach at night to thwart off poachers looking for nesting turtles.
I wasn’t sure if the turtles would be nesting while I was there when I booked the trip. I don’t know why I didn’t think to check beforehand, but lucky for me they will be nesting for the entire 6 weeks!
Next I go on to the Indonesia Wildlife Sanctuary for 4 weeks. Indonesia is a hub for people smuggling exotic animals to sell on the black market. Before, most of the animals would be destroyed since authorities had no where to take them. Now sanctuaries like the Indonesia Wildlife Sanctuary offer a temporary place of stay for the abducted animals while they are readied to be released back into the wild.
Some of my duties at the sanctuary are: cleaning enclosures, filling water containers, gathering grass, seeds, or leaves from the forest for the animals, and helping with the general maintenance of the sanctuary.
Improvement of the Eclectic Trekker Site
Since I launched the site at the beginning of the year, I’ve learned a lot about improving appearance and attracting more traffic. My goal is to get as much word out as possible…..and you can’t do that without people seeing it, right?
Now I’m more involved in social media. I’ve had my Twitter up and running for a while, so if we aren’t following each other already, let’s start now! And it’s always nice getting more likes on Facebook. I’ve also been working on my Pinterest boards, so be sure to check them out in the next couple weeks.
Well there you have it. I’m almost down to a month before I take off. Now I’ll have to focus on packing up and organizing my gear. This will be my longest travel to date, so it will be a learning process to say the least…..but that’s all part of the fun of it!
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