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It’s a Wonderful World

Day 3 of #7daysofgratitude

I’ve been backwards and forwards trying to figure out what I’m going to talk about today. There is a lot to be thankful for, but I’ve been looking our for a sign and it seems the signs all point to this wonderful ball of green and blue we are spinning on so here we have it.

Our beautiful planet.

My gratitude has obviously expanded over the last few weeks given our plans.  Researching the countries we plan to visit has really opened my eyes to just how diverse and incredible it is, and we are hugely excited not just to come face to face with all the wonders of the natural world and all the creatures that live in it, but just how awesome it is going to be for Freddie as a world schooled child.

We do however understand that this is not just a holiday, and that we intend to give something back in terms of getting involved with conservation and animal organisations as we go.  So far we have a vegan monkey sanctuary in South Africa on our hit list, and Freddie has requested to volunteer looking after turtle eggs, so of course we will make sure that happens.  For me, top of my list is to see whales breaching, and there will be video footage of me crying like a little baby when that eventually happens.

We also want to ensure that Freddie mixes with children from other cultures, and that he is exposed to how other children live, particularly where they are not so fortunate as him.  As long as it is safe to do so, we may look for volunteering opportunities with refugees, or teaching english in poor communities where we travel to.

My gratitude in this sense is that I am in the fortunate position to be able to do this with my family.  We are not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, and we will be working as we go, so it’s not a jolly and it will be hard work, but it will be worth it.  It will be so worth it.  From the souful vibe of the East coast US, to the vibrancy and colours of South America, to the wild nature of South Africa, the lush green of Sri Lanka and the tastes of Asia, to the vistas of New Zealand, and then back across continents on the most epic train ride from Beijing to St Petersberg and the frozen lands to the North, the Northern lights and hot lakes, across to Europe and it’s history and architecture.  We live on such a beautiful and awe inspiring planet and it is time for Team Tinglert to go and soak it up.

Swimming in clear blue seas, eating fruit off trees by the side of the road, dealing with bugs and biters, sleeping under the stars, haggling and bartering, resorting to the emergency marmite and tea bags when we land in a country that doesn’t do vegan, making new friends, learning new languages, taking breathtaking trips and falling in love over and over again.

Here are a few of the place we are looking into visiting:

Vervet Monkey Sanctuary (South Africa)

Black Jaguar White Tiger (Mexico)

Sloth Sanctuary (Costa Rica)

Parasmina Turtles Conservation (Costa Rica)




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