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A few years ago I worked for a small non-profit organization in Costa Rica. When I first arrived I was sent out to visit the various projects the organisation was involved in. One of these projects was turtle conservation over on the Caribbean coast. A project which deals with Leatherback turtles, the largest of the Marine turtles which can grow to be over 2m (6.4ft). As luck would have it the nesting season had started not too long prior to my arrival and I was told to make my way to the village of Gandoca and acquaint myself with the project there.
A few years ago I was struck by the urge to visit Georgia - the highest mountains in Europe, isolated communities, ethnic groups that speak poetry to each other as a matter of course - it sounded intriguing.
The original plan was to leave Vientiane for a couple of days and head on down to Sala Hinboun - a lovely little village with beautiful surrounding scenery.
This is not quite what happened.
I had been informed that buses run from 8am so I got to the bus station at 8.30am only to be told that the bus I needed to get left at 5am, 6am and 7am. So I needed to decide - stay in Vientiane or be adventurous and try and get to Hinboun. I took the adventurous route.
What a fantastic era we live in. You can travel to some of the most remote parts of the planet and still come across an internet cafe in which you can email home, update your social networking site or post a blog on your adventures. Instant communication with home at the touch of the button – incredible!
Our MD Matt West has been on the Imaginative Traveller journey of a lifetime, hot-footing around the world visiting our overseas Destination Managers and enjoying some of the Imaginative Traveller tours from Egypt to South East Asia.
Congratulations to Sameer for making it to the Final of Wanderlust's Paul Morrison Guide of the Year Award 2008.
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