The Best Travel Destinations for Wildlife Fans

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If experiencing different types of wildlife is your idea of the perfect vacation, there are a few destinations you should add to your growing list.

Travelling is a rewarding experience in its own but encountering new wildlife in a foreign country is something exceptional.

Knowing where to go and having realistic expectations are two requirements if you want to take a wildlife-themed vacation. Some destinations don’t require as much planning to see an abundance of wildlife, while others require guides and additional knowledge on the area.

If you’re ready to have an adventure, here are some must-see wildlife destinations.

Top Travel Destinations for Encountering Wildlife

  • Seychelles

Situated off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelle islands are home to an array of different species. The islands have one of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world because of the number of species that require special protection. Giant Aldabra tortoises and black parrots are two of the most unique sights you will see during your time here.

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  • Galapagos Islands

600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, you will discover a magical place that is filled with wildlife you won’t find anywhere else. Because the Galapagos islands are so cut off from the outside world, the entire landscape looks untouched. The iguanas, penguins and sea lions are just some of the wildlife you will encounter. This is one of the more expensive vacation destinations but well worth it.

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  • The Amazon Basin

Brazil is home to one of the most expansive wildlife areas in the world. Walking through these jungles and along the river, you’re bound to see more birds, insects and animals than you can imagine. There are a number of lodges in this area that will immerse you in everything the Amazon basin has to offer. From sloths and river dolphins to toucans and giant otters, there’s never a dull day.

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  • Sri Lanka

If you would prefer to head to Asia, Sri Lanka is the place to be if you want to see a variety of big game and marine life. The Mihintale reserve was created in the third century BC and you can still visit it today. Most of the wildlife areas are highly protected, so you will more than likely need to arrange a safari.  The elephant and leopard safaris are firm favourites amongst travellers.

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  • Serengeti

These endless plains, forests and swamplands are based in Tanzania and are brimming with wildlife. If you want to experience a safari of a lifetime – this is it! The famous wildebeest migration is a sight to behold and takes place between May and December every year. If you happen to travel outside of those months, there is still an abundance of wildlife to take in, including crocodiles, lions, elephants and cheetahs.

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  • Jim Corbett National Park

Based at the foothills of the Himalayas in India, this national park is one of the few places where you still have a good chance of seeing tigers in the wild. Travellers can spend a night or two in the park and with the help of a good guide, you may just get lucky. Not to worry if you don’t though because there are over 600 species of bird, elephants, crocodiles, bears and sloths.

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  • Kruger National Park

There are so many parks that you can explore if you venture to South Africa. However, the Kruger National Park is by far one of the most spectacular. You can either take a guided safari or hop in a rental car and explore the park yourself. This massive national park is home to the big five and offers an experience of a lifetime.  

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  • Corcovado National Park

Based in Costa Rica, this national park is filled with swamps and forests that are home to some unique wildlife.                 Whether you feel like camping or you book a guided tour, you will get to experience monkeys, butterflies, birds and beautiful sea turtles.

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Travelling to some, or all of these wildlife destinations will truly give you a greater appreciation of mother nature and the world we live in. It also highlights the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

Travelling with Medication: What You Should Know Before Your Trip

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If you’ll be travelling with medication during your upcoming trip, there are a few basics you should know.

Every country has slightly different restrictions when it comes to travelling with medication for personal use. Unfortunately, it’s also not that easy to get the right information about it before you board a plane.

Every country independently regulates medication imports and this information is not always readily available to the general public. If you are planning an international trip and need to pack prescription or over-the-counter medication, this is what you need to know about bringing across borders.

Travelling with Medicine: Quantity Basics

How much medicine you’ll be able to travel with is dependent on the destination as well as the type of medication. In most instances, travellers can bring up to a 90-day supply with them, provided it doesn’t contain a controlled substance.

A controlled substance refers to an ingredient that can lead to addiction and misuse, which includes certain narcotic and psychotropic medication. Most medicines that are designed to make you feel and behave differently tend to contain controlled substances. A few examples of regulated psychotropics and narcotics include Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall.

While these substances have strict limitations, they can differ between countries. For example, while some countries will allow travellers to bring a month’s supply of medications that contain a controlled substance, others only allow enough for several days. Countries such as Japan actually prohibit many of these types of medications completely, even if you have a prescription from your doctor.

Medication and Your Travel Destination

So, how do you find out what will and won’t be permitted in certain countries?

There are two main websites that you can consult before your trip:

  1. The International Narcotics Control Board. This independent organisation that’s involved in international drug control. Unfortunately, since countries are required to report regulations themselves, the information is not always accurate or even available.
  2. The International Society of Travel Medicine. This is a pharmaceutical group that has put together their own lift of regulations, which may be able to provide you with specifics on your travel destination.

It’s important to check more than one source before you travel, especially if you require specific medication every day during your trip. In fact, you could probably even check with your general practitioner whether they know what you can take over and how much. You may even need to find an alternate medication in some instances. Another option is to contact the country’s embassy, consulate or national drug administration body to find out what the requirements are.

If you are permitted to travel with your prescribed or over-the-counter medication, make sure that you bring all of the necessary supporting documentation along with you. This includes a copy of your original prescription and a letter from your doctor that outlines the specifics of the medication and what it’s treating. You will need these documents when you go through customs and are asked whether you have anything to declare. If you happen to be travelling with more medication than is permitted, you will definitely need to declare it. Unfortunately, this also means that you may need to apply for an import license before your trip.  

Travelling with Medication: How to Pack

Here are a few dos and don’ts that you should follow when packing medication for your trip:

  • Do carry the medication in your hand luggage
  • Don’t place the medication in an unmarked pill box. It needs to remain in its original labelled packaging
  • Do store your medication in a way that protects it from temperature changes and moisture
  • Don’t mail your medication or carry it for anyone else

Travelling with medication doesn’t have to be complicated, it simply requires a little extra preparation, which is well worth it if it means having what you need on your trip.