A Personal Experience of Getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

A Personal Experience of Getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

Do you ever wake up one morning while on your holidays and think, ‘yeah that seems like a good idea?’

I am sure it happens to the best of us and whether you end up on a winner in the thinking process all depends on the ultimate experience.

In theory, the idea of going on a day trip to Shenzhen from Hong Kong seemed like a good idea, it’s all under one Chinese government and obtaining a Visa shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

At least that’s what I thought when the idea of getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen visa surfaced the mind.

In reality, getting a China Visa in Shenzhen isn’t too much of an issue with proper research.

However, mistakes were made on my travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, and when you’re travelling with a family, any setback can bring a few minor consequences, frustrating delays and the embarrassment of getting walked back into Hong Kong by the authorities in China. More on that later.

With the added dramas of getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen visa, I feel like I’m in the perfect position to let you know of what to do and what not to do. Therefore, in future, you can avoid the silly mistakes I made to get into China proper hassle-free.

 

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On the way to Shenzhen from Hong Kong.

 

What went wrong when getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

Let’s cover the big mistake that was made by myself when entering Shenzhen from Hong Kong.

In the grand scheme of things, this is quite a simple error of judgement to make, and on the day, we weren’t the only clueless travellers to make the same error.

It’s a simple error of judgement. Mainly because, when you are travelling into Shenzhen China by train, there are two border checkpoints when travelling on the light blue East Rail MTR line with a regular Octopus Card.

One of the MTR stations in the Lok Ma Chau MTR takes you to the Futian Checkpoint, here, you can get through to Shenzhen if you already have a Visa or you’re a Chinese resident.

The mistake comes when you have not previously purchased a Visa.

At the Futian Checkpoint at Lok Ma Chau, there is no Visa department office to instantly give the tourist a 5-day Visa pass to get into Shenzhen.

In that instance, when you have no pre-organised paperwork, you are politely marched back through border you previously came from for entry back into Hong Kong.

It’s not the end of the world in this scenario.

You only need to get back on the MTR, change trains at the next stop at Sheng Shui and take the Lo Wu train on the East Rail line to the other checkpoint area into Shenzhen.

You have now arrived at the second checkpoint for entry into Mainland China. To which Lo Wu, they have a VISA office which will give you direct entry into Shenzhen with a five-day Visa.

It’s a quick process of getting a Shenzhen Visa, unfortunately, a bit of time was lost at the Futian Checkpoint and we only planned a Shenzhen day trip. Still, in the end, we made it.

 

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Shenzhen city in China.

 

The Right Process for your Shenzhen China Visa

Below, through my personal experiences, I’ll run through the exact process of getting to Shenzhen from Hong Kong by train when you have not already purchased a Hong Kong Shenzhen Visa.

it’s quite a simple process when you get it right.

  • Catch the Hong Kong MTR train on the (light blue) to Lo Wu MTR to obtain your Shenzhen 5 day Visa for China and immediate entry into Shenzhen.
  • At Lo Wu, once you clear the Hong Kong MTR and scan your passport at the Hong Kong checkpoint area, you need to go to the foreigners VISA office on level 2 to obtain your visa before heading to the entry checkpoints on the lowest level.
  • At VISA office you need to do the following things:
  • Press the machine button at the entrance for your ticket number.
  • Head to the booth to take a photo, to get your photo taken, using your passport number for details, once you take photo, grab the paper slip and keep it with you.
  • Wait at your seat for your number to get called out.
  • Once called, go to the booth allocated and present your passport, photo ticket, from there authorities will take the passport to check if you’re eligible for clearance into Shenzhen.
  • Next, you pay the 168 Chinese Yuan at fee booth and go and sit down to wait for your Shenzhen VISA approval. A credit card will be accepted.
  • When your number is called again, collect your Visa and passport. You are now ready to spend a maximum of five days in Shenzhen. The whole process, if all goes smoothly, will last around 20-30 minutes.
  • From obtaining your China VISA, you go to the lowest floor at the foreigner’s checkpoint, scan for your fingerprints at the finger scanning machine, before queuing up in line. Make sure you do your fingerprints before lining up. Otherwise, you’ll be told to go back and do it all again.
  • Once the fingerprints are scanned, queue up and wait to clear customs, which at this point there should not be any issue.

Congratulations you are now in the China mainland! At that time, you may be confused about whether it is all one country, I have my doubts. Anyway, once through the checkpoints, make your way to the Shenzhen MTR to go deeper into the city, single journey trips will suffice at this stage.

Remember, at this point, you’re using Chinese Yuan and not Hong Kong Dollars, so you may need to exchange cash before heading out into the city. The excellent news about Shenzhen travel, however, is that everything is much cheaper than in Hong Kong and that includes MTR, shopping and food. Happy days!

 

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Navigate the Shenzhen MTR, it gets a little confusing.

 

What to do in your Shenzhen Trip

I’m not an expert in Shenzhen travel since I was only in the city for around half a day. I only have the previous experience of what to do or not to do when entering into the mainland. Therefore it’s probably pointless for me to give you great advice on what to do in Shenzhen.

We did in the short time in the city wander the streets of Shenzhen, check out the long underground shopping malls that lead to subways and explored the boutique Wongtee Plaza, for our hit of Starbucks coffee, browse the retail outlets and check out their rooftop garden.

The biggest thing we did do in Shenzhen was head the Ping An Financial Centre, the fourth tallest building in the world, which is a significant business area and shopping mall that has fantastic restaurants.

While at Ping An, we went up to the Free Sky Observation deck which sits at 562-metres in height, making it the third-highest observation deck in the world.

The cost to go up to the Free Sky is 200 Chinese Yaun. Appropriately priced for an observation deck and the views from the top are magnificent, even if it’s hindered on an overcast day.

There you have it, details on how to go about getting your Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa and brief travel guide at what to do in Shenzhen City. I hope this clears up and concerns or queries you may have and good luck with your future travel ambitions, for now, farewell from your Fair Dinkum Traveller.

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Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen.

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The moment I experienced an Earthquake in Osaka – Japan

The moment I experienced an Earthquake in Osaka – Japan

On Monday the 18th of June 2018 at the time of 7: 58 am, Osaka was hit an earthquake that hit 6.1 on the Richter scale that tragically killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

The earthquake in Osaka, Japan, was the first time I had been involved in an earthquake, or any significant natural disaster. While I felt safe throughout the whole experience, my memories of the occasion when the quake shook the earth are still fresh in mind, and I can’t get over how organised the authorities were from the moment the earthquake in Osaka had hit.

 

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The city of Osaka.

 

The moment I experienced an Earthquake in Osaka – Japan

 

Sometimes the best-made plans don’t work out.

On the morning of the 18th, I left the hotel at a reasonable hour in the morning with a busy day ahead as I was heading out to Nara to visit some temples and deer. A quick feed and coffee, I was out the door and off to the Kitahama subway station, which would eventually lead to the Kintetsu-Nara Line.

So far, so good.

Like any other morning in Osaka, I assume it was a routine morning for all commuters, and the train had been packed with business people and students going about their everyday routine with most eyes fixated on their mobile phone screens and checking out the latest news or social media gossip for the day.

Halfway to Nara with everyone minding their own business, all the mobile phones on the train gave out a loud alert, including mine. I had no idea what was going on because the message on the phone didn’t specifically mention it was an earthquake; in fact, it read:

 

“Emergency Alerts

Stay calm and seek shelter nearby.”

 

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The emergency response text message.

 

Emergency! Take cover? WTF. Those were the thoughts racing through my head.

Was it terrorism? Were we under attack? Had there been a significant incident somewhere in the city? I was somewhat rattled by not having any understanding.

Now, fortunately, a high school student sitting next to me on the train had seen my puzzled look and good on her for reaching out, in broken English, she said, “earthquake.”

“Earthquake,” I repeated, and my jaw must have hit the floor because a few other people in my vicinity were laughing at my reaction to the earthquake. At least everyone on board was relaxed, a clear tale sign that things may not appear to be so bad, just another day for them, remembering that earthquakes in Japan are frequent.

It’s important to note at this stage while sitting on the train I never actually felt the earth move, that would happen during the next 24-hours when I felt a few tremors with the aftershocks following the major quake, which got my heart racing also.

At the same time the alarms were belting out over the phones, about the very same time I was getting my head around it all, the train had come to a complete halt, much like every train in Osaka I could safely assume. Announcements went over the speakers, but it was naturally all said in Japanese, so it didn’t help me to get an idea of what was going on.

We sat there and sat there, for much longer than I anticipated, although time was going quick due to the mind being fixated on the morning’s events. I messaged my wife in Australia to tell her the circumstances, posted a message on Facebook and for the next hour I checked the news on the Samsung Galaxyphone in reference to the earthquake in Osaka.

 

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commuters wait patiently on the train.

 

Finally, albeit slowly, the train began to move, taking us only as far as the next station where we waited longer, with more announcements over the speakers and the local authorities walking back and forth on the train. Finally, we were let out of the train at the Ikoma Station where we stayed for a couple of more hours as the time began to crawl, boredom had surely sunk in.

With no idea what was happening, I asked a different student with the aid of my phone translator, “how long,” he answered politely that it would be another 1-2 hours. I nodded my head, there was nothing I could do about, I bought a terrible coffee from the vending machines, and I waited much like everyone else.

After about a four-hour wait, trains began to move; I decided to head back to the city instead of going out Nara, I didn’t want to wander too far from the city at this stage, especially at a time of uncertainty.

I took the train back to Osaka, but the sightseeing didn’t end there as I explored different parts of the city with everyone out and about in the Osaka City with little fears of the earthquake that happened in the morning. While the experience stayed on my mind for the rest of the trip, I’ll never forget the moment I experienced my first earthquake in Osaka.

 

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A long delay on the platform during the earthquake in Osaka.

 

A shout out to the emergency responses in Osaka

I need to applaud the emergency responses in Osaka, from the instant alert to the phones, to the authorities reacting quickly to assure everyone’s safety, it had been handled like clockwork, and I send a huge thank you to everyone involved.

As I said, I felt safe and out of harm’s way the whole time, however, it was a great comfort to know that the city of Osaka had organised structures in place, in case of emergencies.

 

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Google’s alert of the earthquake in Osaka.

 

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The Experience of Tasting Durian for the very First Time in Malaysia

The Experience of Tasting Durian for the very First Time in Malaysia

Durian, the tropical fruit commonly found in Southeast Asia that we have all heard of and it’s not necessarily for it’s taste or unique appearance, it’s mainly because of its odd smell that has most people running away at the very thought of trying durian.

Durian, I must admit, is not new to me either, and when I say, “not new”, I mean, I have heard of the fruit, I have just never tried it before. That changed on a recent trip to Malaysia, when tasting durian became a whole new experience for me and I had the chance to reluctantly try the unique fruit that is commonly found all over Kuala Lumpur.

I say reluctantly, because I have only ever heard negative things about Durians’ before and those less than kind reviews have kept me away in the past. Me and many other I assume too. That changed when a couple of my Malaysian friends that I met during my travels in Laos the previous year, insisted I give it a go when I returned to their home country. I had no choice but to duly obliged, I was after all a guest in their home country.

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My Malaysian friends introduce me to tasting durian.

 

 

Tasting Durian in Malaysia

It happened on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, after a day out with my Malaysian friends on the ATV’s. We went to a fruit shop, a unique market setup that had hundreds of durians and a range of other fruits common in the country.

All the durians were placed on al large shelf, although the shelves were quite bare at this stage as a ute load of fresh durian had only arrived. When shelved, the durians are placed in the five category classes, with class-one being the best down to the lowest at class-five.

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A boutique little fruit shop that host a range of yummy fruits.

 

I will admit at this stage, I didn’t get all the talk about its smell, because from where I stood at close range, there was nothing wrong with the smell, of course that is my opinion, but my smelling senses couldn’t pick up anything out of the ordinary.  

My friends, who seemed like professionals in selecting the right fruit, carefully selected two large and expensive durians that cost around $30 Australian dollars for one. A man who worked at the fruit shop got out his large knife and prepared the durian for all of us and at a small table with a couple of stools, it was time to experience durian Malaysian style.

 

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Preparing the durian for a little tasting session.

 

The Secret Confession of my Durian Experience

The taste was like no other fruit I ever tried before, well obviously it was my first taste, but this was different and quite hard to describe, so I may stuff up in trying to do so.

To begin, it’s quite creamy, with a little sweetness, mixed with a little bitterness, and on first impression it didn’t quite grab the attention of my taste buds upon first bite, but we had plenty to eat on the table and I soldiered on trying to get used to it, maybe even enjoy it.

 

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The Durians are selling fast, if you can believe that.

 

Now for my confession, perhaps my Malaysian friends will read this or perhaps not, at the time of tasting durian I said that I enjoyed it, I had to keep a straight face in doing so, because I can honestly say that was not the case.

I didn’t enjoy the taste of durian at all, I won’t go as far as to say I hated the fruit, but it was a unique taste that I could never get used to, and I was supposedly trying the highest classed durian you could find. I can honestly $30 for the price of one durian, at least that was the price at this store in Malaysia, I won’t be rushing back for another try anytime soon.

 

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The Moment in Life I Caught the Travel Bug

The Moment in Life I Caught the Travel Bug

In life, travel kind of crept up on me.

I wasn’t brought up with any great adventures in my childhood, as Holidays were a rarity in my household and any thought of heading on an overseas adventure simply a pipedream. They never happened. 

It often makes me wonder,  how did a grown adult with no history of travelling as a kid or further into early adult  life, get so addicted to travel?

 

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The Moment in Life I Caught the Travel Bug

 

Well even I need to ask myself the same question sometimes, because it even confuses me. The only conclusion I can come to in the end is that once travel became a part of my life, I was instantly hit with that little disease people like to call the travel bug, and once bitten, it changed everything forever.

As previously mentioned, travel was non-existent in my childhood, except for the odd trip from Melbourne to Sydney, where we would enjoy a holiday along the famous tourist strip of Manly Beach.

Even then those memories are vague, because those trips to Sydney stopped by the time I was eleven, and from that point on travel had come to a complete halt right through until I became a father myself.

 

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Teaching the Monks in Laos was an incredible trave experience.

 

The story on how I caught the travel bug

 

The very first time I ventured to an overseas destination was at the age of twenty-one in 2002. It came about due to my military deployment to East Timor for peacekeeping purposes, and for that trip, I didn’t even require a passport to enter the country as the Australian Defence Force had that covered.

East Timor was an unbelievable experience, naturally getting out and about with the locals was not an option, as we were in our own little bubble and on constant guard 24/7. However, it still gave me an eye opener to a third-world country that still trying to find its own feet, while watching from a distance how the locals lived their everyday life.

After East Timor, travel came to a halt again, even if you can call Timor a travel experience, it was not until the year 2005 when I went on my second overseas trip, this time with a valid passport, on this occasion I followed my Korean girlfriend (now wife) to her home country, South Korea, for a short trip and had my first glance at an East Asian country.   

Korea was interesting to say the least and while I had a few embarrassing moments that left me with a mega hangover during my adventures in Seoul, it was a memorable getaway to explore a new country with a proud culture, wonderful history and a modern touch, all in one.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

 

I am not sure if I could the travel bug at this point, but I sure had a nibble.

After my first South Korean trip (I have been back a few times since), I knew travel was for me, there was just one problem, I was completely broke and starting a family and with those responsibilities my choice was to have meaningful employment.

Unfortunately, travel took a complete hiatus, too long, eight years to be exact.

During those eight years, I had gone on a few trips within Australia, a honeymoon on the Gold Coast, a Melbourne trip or two and some local adventures in Western Australia, where I would visit the Pilbara region in the North and the gorgeous South West Region that is known for its wineries, fabulous beaches and tall trees.

Yet, it was an overseas adventure I really yearned for. I often talked about it, but I could never afford it and that depressed me greatly, because all I wanted to do was explore new destinations and learn new cultures in a foreign land.

It was in 2013 when I left Australian shores again, this time for the pacific islands and this time I got a chance to fall in love with Fiji. It was paradise at its best in Fiji, amazing 5-star resorts, stunning white beaches, day tours to smaller islands and cocktails by the pool. It was pure bliss and everything you need for a luxury escape.

The best part about Fiji were the locals. To this day, the Fijians are my favourite locals, happy people, who have a laidback style to life (very laidback), but they are always smiling and always singing. It was a pleasure to be in the company of these great folk that makes you realise that you don’t need lots of money to be happy.

 

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Exploring Fiji

 

The Fijian trip, set off a chain reaction for a lot more travel into brand new destinations.

I visited many countries, mainly in Asia, with numerous trips to Bali, Thailand and South Korea. It included trips to Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia to name a few. It was a full-on culture course, where I had the enormous pleasure to explore amazing destinations and greet friendly locals.

I had been hit with the travel bug and liked it, a lot, I didn’t want it to stop, so I travelled as often as possible.

It benefited my family too, especially my kids. Remembering it took me until I was twenty-one to leave Australian shores for the first time, my own kids had already been to handful of countries before they reached double figures and I couldn’t think of a better education for them to learn how other cultures and their way of life.

 

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Educating the kids in new destinations.

 

It is no real secret that you need to work hard to get ahead in life and that is exactly what I did. I worked hard, accrued plenty of annual leave and I travelled as often as I could, usually half a dozen times a year.

Naturally, I had to cut down my spending to hit the road more often. Yes, my income was strong, but it still meant I had to cut down from eating junk food, reduce alcohol consumption, and any other unwanted luxuries were wiped out, like pay TV and sporting memberships. I did it all with no regrets, I just wanted to travel.

Once I was hit with the travel bug, which was about 30-years in the making, I knew it only made sense to start this travel blog and make a career out of travel. While travel may not be a full-time adventure just yet, it is fast on its way to becoming my way of life.

 

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Tell me your story in the comments below.

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The Unforgettable Volunteer Memories In Laos When I Taught English

The Unforgettable Volunteer Memories In Laos When I Taught English

The Unforgettable Volunteer Memories In Laos When I Taught English

It’s been a few months now since my volunteering days in Laos concluded and quite often I find myself thinking back to the days of teaching English in Laos. Often those volunteer memories come flooding back as I reflect on what I enjoyed most when assisting in helping others have the basic understanding of the tricky English language (even myself I find it tricky!!!).

I think back to the memories that were created and as to be expected there were a number of special memories that always stick in the mind. Lasting memories from the experience of teaching English to the monks and learning how human and downright cheeky they really are. To teaching the primary students and the challenge of keeping the young minds interested, while frantically making a dill out of myself.

 

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Teaching English to the monks in Laos.

 

All fantastic Experience to volunteer, I will admit

I can tell you now that it wasn’t the repetitive food we had at the Green Lion Organisation, or dorm style setup that didn’t provide any air-conditioning just a fan or two and made a good night sleep near on impossible. But heck, that was what we signed up for, to live in 3rd world kind of conditions, so we could really appreciate the gimmicks and comforts that were left back home.

 

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The lasting Volunteer Memories of my Time in Laos.

 

So, what Volunteer Memories really sticks out the most?

 

The single memory that does come to the memory bank often, amongst a lot of cherished memories, was the time spent with the fellow volunteers. A bunch of men and women of all ages who were in the country for the very same purpose as everyone else, which was to give back to the world, where the help was needed most.

 

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Fellow volunteers.

 

It is the greatest unknown when entering a volunteer house for the first time, what kind of people will I be volunteering with? It is one thing you can’t control, especially if going into the journey on your own, which I did on this occassion.

The questions run through your head, what nationality will they be? Will I get along with them? Do they have a sense of humour? What if I room with someone who annoys me or worse snores? Most times the thoughts are negative, that is human nature to have a little fear when entering the unknow, and to be honest those feelings should be quite the opposite as for any worry I had leading into my trip to Laos was unfounded.

Remember this little fact, each volunteer you meet has paid good money for the experience, it is not cheap. Whether is it teaching English or roughing it outdoors while constructing a building, they are all there for the common cause, to lend a helping hand. Therefore, each volunteer who you come across are honest, good folk who just want to assist in whatever way is required at the time.

 

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Fellow volunteers and the hosts in Laos.

 

It was the same for my own experience in Laos, people came to the Green Lion Volunteer organisation from all over the world, there were people from France, Malaysia, Denmark, Holland, England and Canada. I was the sole Australian.

Whatever the nationalities and personality differences there may have been, it didn’t matter, I got along with each volunteer. We participated in sport, played cards, drank beer and sang karaoke. The whole time was a blast, even if there was a few boring down times, that just meant we had to pick each other up and get through the dull periods by saying something stupid to create a little laughter.

 

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Fellow volunteers at the Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane Laos.

 

What blew me away the most was the age difference, I got there expecting volunteers of all ages and that I heard is generally the case. Except not during my time in Laos, at the tender age of 35 (which I still find quite youthful), I was the oldest volunteer in my tenure by at least ten years with most other volunteers being college students and under the age of twenty-two.

At first it concerned me. I mean my own kids were not that much younger, thankfully the fears were put to rest quite early, because I quickly learnt that age was no barrier, we all got along and acted as youthful as one another, sure they partied longer than myself in Vang Vieng on the weekend, but that suited me just fine to have a little me time.

 

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All smiles in Laos as memories are created.

 

Anyway, I marvel at the fellow volunteers I had the honour of meeting during my time in Laos with a lot of respect to them. To meet people so young but performing an honest deed and paying good money for the experience, including flights, was a real credit to them and for that there was a lot of respect.

When the program came to an end in Laos, you came to the sad realisation that it would probably be the last time you see any of them again, except for on Facebook, where everyone befriended each other. At the end of the day one common thing will always stick around, there were lasting volunteer memories that will always stay in the mind of the good and wild times that were had in Laos.

Check out other articles from my volunteering experience in Laos.

An Epic journey of a Volunteer in Laos!

What to expect during the Challenges of Volunteering Abroad! 

 

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A Desire to turn a dream into Reality – Visiting Antarctica

A Desire to turn a dream into Reality – Visiting Antarctica

In my life of travel, I have been spoilt to visit many countries. I have gone deep into East Timor during peacekeeping times, taught English to the monks in Laos and stepped in to the demilitarised zone in Korea. They are only a few of the adventures I have had the privilege to go on thus far, yet still, I can’t be satisfied, because the bucket list is full of different adventures that include many destinations and visiting Antarctica is high priority.

Over time, I have marvelled at the footage of Antarctica while viewing a television documentary and I have envied other travel writers who have stepped foot onto the icy grounds and wish, if only that were me. Envy doesn’t help me get me there quicker though, only a desire through hard work and commitment can help make my own dreams turn into reality, and so I soldier on until I can finally tick off another bucket listed destination.  

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A desire to cruise to Antarctica.

  I can only imagine the anticipation and the excitement levels of visiting Antarctica. Hopping aboard the mega cruise ship in Argentina and heading south to the planet’s most Southern Continent. Naturally, it would be bloody cold, but the idea of having such a unique adventure in an isolated environment would outweigh any severe chills. I like to assume that reaching Antarctica for the first time would be a case of, expect the unexpected. The excitement levels would still be in the air, that would never disappear, but now curiosity would filter through as you pass by the first ice glacier on your way to a whole new world. The biggest draw card of visiting Antarctica would have to be the wildlife. Those brave souls who were born to adapt to the cold climates and fight for their everyday survival in the harshest of climates. The Antarctic wildlife which would include, the Giant Killer Whales, the various species of seals that live in the south, and of course everyone’s favourites, the penguins. How amazing would it be to see those dazzling penguins in their natural habitat? Right now, I have Happy Feet on my mind. Penguins of AntarcticaPenguins of Antarctica. Picture from Pexels.   I have seen the range of activities on offer in Antarctica throughout various media outlets, what an adventure there is to be had in what I imagine to be the most spectacular scenery throughout the world.  Activities such as, kayaking through freezing waters with surrounding views, taking a hike in an unfamiliar climate, Having the guts to take on the terrifying polar plunge (no thanks), camping out on the ice, and of course, capturing stunning photography of a beautiful piece of land. Memories that will be kept forever. All this talk of Antarctica has me dreaming to someday visit to the isolated continent, when that is a possibility remains unclear. All I know is, that it’s  high on my bucket list and when I want something, I generally go out and make it happen. Are you dreaming of a visit to Antarctica? Or have you visited this amazing continent before? Please let me know either way on the comments below.

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Visiting Antarctica is high on the bucket list. Picture by Pexels.  

 

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