Reasons to Choose a Wildlife Conservation Holiday

Wildlife conservation holidays are the perfect way to combine a good old fashioned adventure with a chance to do something worthwhile. It seems that more and more young (and young at heart) people are signing on to head out to exotic lands to lend a hand to some meaningful and exciting projects.

If you’re a little undecided about whether a wildlife conservation holiday is for you, or perhaps you’re just looking for an excuse to cancel that indulgent spa holiday to the Maldives, here are a few reasons that could help you make up your mind!

Leopard is the new black

As the information regarding the issues facing endangered species of animals becomes more mainstream, high profile celebrities and personalities are making wildlife conservation fashionable. Fur is out and fake is in; and if you aren’t a card-carrying member of PETA, darling you’re just so yesterday! Heading off to Africa on a wildlife conservation holiday will make for wonderful cocktail conversation, and just think of the handmade accessories you can pick up on your trip!

An elephant stole my homework

So you’ve just finished Uni, got your degree and are now planning your career as the next big thing. But aren’t you just a little burnt out and study shocked? Why not take a gap year to catch your breath before the next stage of your life? Taking a wildlife conservation holiday will not only give you a great excuse not to go into battle in the job-market, but you will also learn some valuable skills along the way. Who knows, you may decide on a whole new career path!

Felines are more fun than Facebook

Well come on now, lets face it. Feeding an obsession with Facebook and Twitter for sixteen hours a day dissecting your social life, is way less interesting than spending a few weeks in an African game park dissecting the social life of a lion. Enough said.

Baby, it’s cold out there

Paint yourself a picture. Winter in the city, waking to the screech of an over cheery breakfast DJ, then fighting for elbow-room at the rain lashed bus stop waiting for the bus that didn’t come. Or waking to a glorious African sunrise with the enchanting sound of the bush echoing in your ears, then heading out in an open-topped vehicle to spend the day working on a wildlife conservation project. Your decision.

Monkey say monkey do.

If you’ve had a hard year or two and you can barely tell the difference between Thursday and Sunday; if your best friend ran off with the love of your life; if you look in the mirror and you don’t recognise the worn-out frazzled face that’s staring back; or if you just can’t tame that ‘monkey-mind’ and need to spend a few weeks reflecting on life, the universe and everything – a wildlife conservation holiday could help put everything back in perspective for you. Spending some quality time with the wonderful wildlife of Africa and contributing to a worthwhile project, could help you redefine your priorities and bring you back to Planet Earth with a smile. Welcome home.

Mark Bottell is the General Manager for Worldwide Experience, an online tour operator offering extended breaks focusing on wildlife conservation holidays work and various adventurous gap years for adults.

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