Magazine article Geographical

A World of Possibilities

Magazine article Geographical

A World of Possibilities

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One of the great joys of childhood is that everything is so new and exciting. I myself was lucky enough to grow up near bushland in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, where I could regularly chance upon something I'd never seen before--an echidna rummaging around in a termite mound; a bird's nest made of moss and lichen hanging from the roof of a cave; a slender emerald-green tree snake foraging among some foliage.

But as we get older it gets more difficult to get that thrill of discovery close to home and we're forced to venture further and further afield to see something really new and unusual. I think that's why the travel bug bit me so hard. That bug-bite has taken me to Costa Rica, Cambodia, Madagascar. It's taken me snowboarding in Japan and diving in Fiji and now it's brought me to England to live and work.

It's a well-worn cliche that travel broadens the mind, but as with many such hackneyed phrases, there is truth in it. …

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