Ben Winston

Not your average travel blog

Starting out again…

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I’m supposed to be in the sky, but even though leaving England maybe imminent, I’m having to wait just a little longer for my next big adventure.

“It’s not the destination, it’s getting there”….said someone once, about the wonders of travel. I think they may have been quoted prior to airport delays; when getting there, was most definitely not about sitting in a beeping, flushing, squeaking, clicking, hard seated, overpriced waiting room that smells of disinfectant and burnt cheese. With New York currently drenched in rain storms and engulfed by high winds, my patience is being tested by a slightly abrasive, Mother Nature from the big apple. I can hear her, whining over another clueless tourist arriving at her door. It’s ok though, I hate to over stay my welcome.

I haven’t publicly counted down the days to this year’s adventure, but with just a few hours to go (hopefully), I thought I best get started!

I kept a blog of the last six months in the UK, but I haven’t published it mainly due to its depressing nature. I focused on the toils of my post-adventure (mild but in perspective) depression, as well as some anecdotal and unfortunately humorous experiences while working in London. Due to my pending adventure, I’ve been preparing, rather than editing, so reading about my disgruntled status in a city will have to wait.

I’m heading across the North American continent again, but this time I’m throwing myself across Canada, through the Yukon and north to the Arctic Ocean, eventually ending in Southern Alaska somewhere. I will then hopefully catch the ferry back to the lower 48.

I’ll travel again with my trusty old copilot, KP, (who I randomly met in Indianapolis just over a year ago). Somewhere in northern New York we’ll meet again, and then drag each other west, across the continent. I’m looking forward to some highlights; polar bears, wolves, arctic scenery and orca may be on the list, and some of the most remote and dangerous roads in the world lie ahead. The retiree and I have had to wait for summer to access parts of America and Canada, but as with all long distance adventures, it won’t be without a few challenges. For me, just travelling with someone, will be a new experience…

North America might be a whole lot bigger this year, but without the strict budget of $6 dollars a day or an objective of raising awareness for a great charity (World Land Trust), the next few months is “My story of travelling from New York to Alaska…with a dithering pensioner”.

Please sit back, relax, enjoy the inflight entertainment, and remember where the exits are. I hope to get us there safely…with a few gin and tonics on route. Next stop, New York City!

 

(Please bear in mind that these blogs have already been posted – just not here. They will now be synced so everyone can stay up to date on what odd trip I last decided to embark on).

 

 

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Where am I now?

After extensive work and tours through Southern Africa, I’m now mainly in Malawi.
Go Untamed Safaris is now up and running.
Between work days and in the rainy season (December to April); I am planning some expeditions and seek out some experienced individuals keen to be involved.
I am normally available in the U.K. January to March.

For safari and expedition details:

email: info@gountamed.com

http://www.gountamed.com

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