Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
I could think of many ways to spend $1 million. A first class ticket to Paris Fashion Week, the penthouse suite at the Shangri-La Hotel and private access to every designer store along Avenue Montaigne. Or hire out Laucala (a Fijian island owned by the guy who brought us Red Bull) for two blissful weeks. Or buy a villa in Ponsonby, at least half a villa anyway. But none of those matches up to the option of spending three months exploring the globe in search of our most endangered species. Who would choose fancy clothes or private islands when they could be not only encountering endangered animals but also helping to ensure their survival in the wild?
It’s not like you would be giving up the luxury factor, it is by no doubt a five-star trip. The accommodation included are some of the most incredible I have ever seen, not just because they are luxurious but also because they are in some of the remotest locations in the world. For example, during the Antartic leg of the journey you will stay at Whichaway Camp, which is made up of several igloo-like structures that, from far away give the appearance of an alien village on Mars.
Or in India where you stay riverside on the banks forested Banjaar River.
Or in Borneo on Lankayan Island.
I’d kill to stay in these places and I’d kill to spend three months hanging out with African wild dogs, rhinos, lemurs, orangutans, sun bears, turtles, giant tortoises, pygmy elephants, Bengal tigers, snow leopards, gorillas, chimpanzees, albatross, jaguars, penguins and polar bears. As soon as I make enough money that $1 million seems like a perfectly reasonable holiday budget, this will be the first trip I book.